2011 BHAGS

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If you’re not familiar with the term “BHAG,” then you’ve probably never attended leadership seminars teaching the importance and fundamentals of goal-settingBHAGs are Big Hairy Audacious Goals like the one President John Kennedy set fifty years ago when he put America on the course to land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth before the end of that decade.  Wow.  I wasn’t even a glimmer in my father’s eyes when JFK took office; but, it’s not hard to imagine how impossible such a feat must have seemed in the 1960’s.  This one sentance gave the entire country a rally point in the Cold War with Russia and patriotic euphoria when Neal Armstrong made his “giant leap for mankind” in 1969.

It’s been years since I sat down to write my short-term, 3-year, 5-year, & 10-year goals.  I simply fell out of the habit … until today.  My friend John Wade, a successful Indianapolis entrepreneur, invited me to participate in a session for his company’s management team, focused simply on how to set goals – and, most importantly, achieve them.  David Early did a great job leading the group in a refresher course on the need for all of us to dream big, visualize the end result of hard work, clearly write specific goals in both our personal and professional life, and the process to reach them by the deadline you set.

Sure, most of us have probably heard what he had to say, but he did a fantastic job with the small group of professionals in the room to perfect the skill of goal-setting and the difference having such a life plan can make on your road to success.  If you would like to contact David or schedule him to speak with your group, email me for his contact information.  I won’t steal his thunder by posting his suggestions, but I will leave you with my one unexpected takeaway from the afternoon … write a personal mission statement.

And, I’ll be working on my BHAGS and goal grid this weekend.  What about you?  What are your goals for 2011, and beyond?  Leave a comment if you have a suggestion for an industry-wide goal, or just want to share your own.

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