Big Hairy Audacious Goal, well that’s what I’m calling mine. Not an original idea but i’m happy to use it.
Setting sail for most of us means sacrifice, goals and a budget.
I have always been a fan of a goal or two and I love to write a list, even if its a back of the envelope to do list on the weekend for housework. I get a kick out of crossing them off (sounds sadder than it is) but it does keep me to task.
Years of goal writing and achievement makes me perhaps not a professional but certainly qualified to suggest some tips that make goal setting lead to gold star achievement.
The Rules to Achieving Your Big Hairy Audacious Goal
Tips to begin
Just get started
Make your decision and BACK YOURSELF
Take Action & Take Responsibility
What other people think of you is none of your business – so you need to no longer care
You do not need other people to validate you – this is your life and your goal
Don’t let your stuff, your car, your house, your job or other people define you – Be You
Start with a Big Goal – Doing the Same Stuff Gets You The Same Result – YOU Need to Change
1 What is the goal? Write it down.
Repeat step one everyday in your diary, at breakfast, in the bathroom at least once a day when you have a pen in your hand or a keyboard at your fingertips
2 Give it a value – Work out how much and how long
3 Set a date – imprint this date in your mind and on paper. It may change but for now it is set in stone
4 Break it down – cost it out dollar for dollar as much as you can. You don’t need to be fancy just honest
5 Stop buying stuff – just stop, you don’t need it on a boat that is tiny to your house
6 Start selling your crap – you don’t need it and the money can go into your “don’t touch boat account”
7 Immerse yourself in the goal, read, talk, find out all that you can to understand what it is you want.
8 If after step 7 you decide that goal isn’t the one for you – change the game plan
9 GET A BUDGET and stick to it. Budget is not a dirty word (more on budget later)
10 Check in with someone you trust, partner or even a mentor. Be accountable to the goal and measure how you are going
11 Trust yourself and stay focused. A big goal will mean sacrifice, but the pay off is worth it
12 Every morning when you get out of bed hit the floor with both feet at the same time – it works at setting the purpose of the day
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
Clever Mark Twain