Monday Morning Mojo – What’s your BHAG?

By Tom Tognoli, CEO and Founder, Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.
mojo bhagSo…what is your Big Hairy Audacious Goal?  Perhaps the better question is do you have one?  I sure hope so, but if not now is the time to set one. 
Some of you may be asking yourself “what the heck is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)?”  The term ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goal’ was proposed by James Collins and Jerry Porras in their 1994 book entitled Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary CompaniesIn the book they define a BHAG as a strategic business statement similar to a vision statement which is created to focus an organization on a single medium-long term organization-wide goal which is audacious, likely to be externally questionable, but not internally regarded as impossible. 
Now you can have a BHAG in business or anyone of the areas in your life.  It just needs to be something that fires you and gets you charged up to get your butt out of bed every day before the suns comes up so you can go out and conquer the world.  It can be in anyone of the areas of your F5 – Faith, Family, Friends Fitness and Finance.   It may be that you want to complete a triathlon…you may want to go on a mission in some far off place to help save lives…you may want to get married… it may be that you want to start a family…you may want to buy that dream home…you may want to take your company public…it may be that you just want to make a pile of money.   Whatever it is, we all need to have at least one BHAG in our life that fires us up.  I know we have a BHAG for Intero and it is hanging in my office.  I actually have BHAG’s in a lot of the areas of my life.
I see so many people every day just going through the motions…people wandering around in a daze not really crystal clear on what it is they want.  They may just want things to get better or be different, but they never take the time to define what that better or different is…they just hope they are going to bump into it or something. 
So, what is that BAG in your life?  What do you dream about but never tell anyone because it is so big you are too embarrassed to even tell anyone?  Yeah…that’s the one…the one that puts a smile on your face when you think about it.  So often when we have these dreams….these Big Hairy Audacious Goals in our life we think they are just too hard…too far off…impossible to accomplish.  Well listen…it really does not matter what your BHAG is there is someone out there in the world that wakes up every day just like you, and puts one sock on at a time just like you that has it.  So…why not you? 
My challenge to all of you this week is to take some time to create your BHAG or BHAG’s.  Once you have created them build a staircase to get yourself there.  Figure out exactly what you need to do to accomplish it.  Then break those tasks down into small bite size chucks or stairs on a staircase that will lead to your BHAG.  What you will discover is that if you really sit down and figure out what it is going to take to accomplish your BHAG and then create the steps to get you there, most of the time it’s not as hard as you think.  The key is you need to get it out of your head and on to a piece of paper, in a schedule and then you need to execute on it every day.  Just take a bite…take one step and before you know it you will be at the top of the staircase savoring in your BHAG.  It’s not always going to be easy but if you want it bad enough and you don’t ever give up, you will get it.
Have a great week and GO FOR IT!!!!!   


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