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Your Journey Starts Today – Big Hairy Audacious Goals

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We’ve all heard the steps about how to set goals, and that goals should be SMART. If you’re not familiar with SMART goals then check out my previous blog.  And there is something to be said for setting realistic goals. Set your goals and tart your journey today. But what about dreaming big. I mean really big.  When I was a kid I was convinced I was going to have the following three professions:

  1. Olympian
  2. professional basketball player
  3. lady wrestler

All of these things certainly could have happened and they do happen for some, but the fact was is that I never had a doubt in my mind that they would happen. Somewhere along the way as adults we start to lose our way and we stop setting big goals.

Big Hairy Audacious Goals

I recently participated in an online course where they talked about setting goals. And they went over the SMART goal process, but Eric Johnson, the instructor for the course, also encourage everyone to set BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOALS (BHAGs). These are goals that are awesome but also scare the crap out of you a little.

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I actually love setting BHAGs. Having the butterflies in my stomach when I set these goals. I love the giddy feeling I get just thinking about the journey that will get me to the finish line.

Don’t Let Failure Stop You

But the thing about BHAGs is that you can’t be afraid to fail. It’s easy to set goals that you can attain. And it’s good to set those goals, or ones that push you just a little bit outside your comfort zone. But with BHAGs we talking about goals that make your comfort zone a dot to you.

When I started my fitness journey I started with working out and training. Because be athletic and active is something I knew how to do. I knew if I started moving my body then I would lose weight. So yes I had set a goal, but it wasn’t one that would take me outside of my comfort zone. So I set my BHAG. Complete and Ironman. This was definitely a BHAG because I had already attempted an Ironman and had failed.

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I am happy to report that I did complete an Ironman on my second attempt. But one of the most important lessons I learned was that I stressed out way too much during the journey. I was worried that I wouldn’t finish, I was worried that I wasn’t training enough, I was worried I was training too much, I was worried that I wasn’t spending enough time with family and I was worried I was spending too much time with family.

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All that worry really took away from the enjoyment of the journey. And even though I did really well during the Ironman I often wonder if I would have done even better had I not been so completely consumed by worry. Now when I set BHAGs I try to focus more on the journey and the enjoyment instead of the constant worry. But even that is a journey for me because I still find myself worrying. But now I try to be cognizant of the worry and take steps to change my mindset around.

I’m definitely a big fan of stetting SMART goals and BHAGs. But I’m an even bigger fan of enjoying the journey. When setting goals we are often focused on the outcome. I want to lose weight, or place first in a triathlon, or be a more supportive wife. These are all great goals, but we need to make sure we place an emphasis on enjoying the journey on accomplishing these goals.

It’s the Journey – Not the Finish Line that Counts

For me one of my recent goals was to lose weight. And along the way to losing weight I learned how much I love being raw. I also really want to try a plant-based lifestyle. So I was losing weight but also researching different fruits and veggies I liked. Finding different recipes that converted old favorites like chili into a new favorite, raw chili.

I also started broadening my horizons and looking at how different people live their lives. One of the things I love is summer and being a Minnesotan when summer is here you need to take advantage of it, but I also have started really getting into strength training, which I do in my home gym. So I felt this conundrum. How do I strength train, and get outside and enjoy summer as much as possible.

Well during my journey into the raw/vegan lifestyle and friend introduced me to Derik Simnet, via YouTube. And Derik is Canadian and loves being outside just as much as I do. He actually has some of his strength training equipment outside at his house. Awesome! Now if I hadn’t started broadening my horizons I would never have figured out this novel idea of taking strength training to the outdoors.

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I’ve always been a meat and potatoes kind of gal. But when I went raw meat and potatoes were out and not only that but basically for fruit it was either apples or oranges. Which are great fruits, but honestly I needed a little bit more variety. So recently I ventured out to try my hand a Jack fruit. OMG if you haven’t had Jack fruit you have got to go out and get some. This fruit is awesome. It looks totally weird and had I not needed to venture outside my comfort zone I would never have found Jack fruit. And I can honestly say my life is more complete with Jack fruit in it.

So slowly but surely I’m starting to learn how to enjoy the journey and not just get to the final outcome as quick as possible. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m enjoying the journey and in return enjoying life that much more.