What’s your BHAG?

What’s your BHAG?

Sustainable Leaders create keystone habits that leverage small wins to achieve BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals)

While “SMART goals” have their purpose and place, creating and maintaining new habits is a more effective strategy.

There are many reasons people are reluctant to set goals, and even more reasons why they fail to achieve goals.  If this is you, consider these key ingredients:

1. Public accountability – Tell someone, better yet put it in writing AND share it with others!

2. A shorter feedback loop or time-frame (30 days is perfect) with which to adjust course as necessary.

3.  1 Action Step you can take in the next 48 hours is essential to motivate you to continue with the next Action Step (and public accountability for that action is essential, too).

4. Clear Impact:  Can you answer the question, “What difference will it make for me, my family, community, organization, customers, etc.) when I achieve the goal?”

5. You have a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious) goal, that involves your team and their public buy in, too!

Start now:  Post  your BHAG for 2013?  If you have one for yourself and one for your organization, post it too!

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About the Author Christina

Christina Haxton is the Chief Potential Officer & Founder of The Center for Sustainable Strategies, a business strategy & executive advisory company, assisting technology and life science entrepreneurs, business owners & CEOs to build a strong, purpose-driven company, achieve sustainable growth & avoid burnout. Contact Christina at (970) 387-8935 or christina@sustainable-leaders.com to inquire about speaking, training, coaching and consulting solutions for yourself or your company.

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Dan Woods says December 30, 2012

Hello Christina,

Fantastic article. The use of “Big Hairy” certainly caught my attention and I had to take a look. I couldn’t agree more with the challenges we face in creating and failing to maintain goals. Writing those out and posting them somewhere you see them often helps keep them at the forefront of our thoughts and activities. Its also important to set realistic goals that certainly challenge us, but with focus and effort can be attained. Here are three goals at the top of my list for 2013

1. Create a Professional Reading List

2. Join a Professional Association

3. Find Someone to Mentor

Happy New Year and I wish you much success in 2013.

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