Have you got an audacious, outrageous goal you’re currently pursuing?
Is it to climb Everest, take a turn in space, or skydiving? Maybe swimming with dolphins, or saving the elephants? Writing a novel or a screenplay? Or starting that company that’s been in your idea book for the past few years? We all have a Big Hairy Audacious Goal and some of us are doing our best to accomplish them.
Putting ideas into action is what brings audacious goals into focus, and attainability. Every great journey begins with a single step. When we’re in touch with our awesome goal, and understand what is required of us, and the risks involved, many of us go for it, nonetheless.
What does chasing a BHAG have to do with a coworking space in the San Fernando Valley of Sherman Oaks? Our coworking space in LA is filled with people pursuing their BHAGs. When you join or work at a coworking space you are immediately surrounded by passionate, driven people. Being in proximity of this passion and drive provides you with even more motivation to pursue your own Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
What makes the goals big? Each one of our coworkers has taken a risk, by going into business for themselves, stepping outside the café and their kitchen counters to make their dream a priority, make new connections, and reach a new level of focus, determination, and mastery previously unattainable.
What makes the goals hairy? There is no guarantee of success. We are all Sisyphus pushing our rocks up the hill. The challenge never ends. But we are determined to make each and every day better.
Audacious? The goals are daring, and take copious amounts of time, money, blood sweat and tears to pursue. Those that have reached the cover of the recent glossy business magazine make it look and sound easy. Those of us in the trenches know that those stories gloss over the times when the dream got so tough and so hard, you didn’t know if you could continue. But you made a decision to see to it to the end, and so you go on. As you move on and reach the other side of the challenge, you realize you come out better, brighter and smarter, just in time for the next challenge.
Take a moment to decide what is your BHAG. Stop saying you’ll start someday. Someday isn’t a date on the calendar, and it will never come. Make sure you surround yourself with passionate, driven people who are also pursuing their big goals with passion, determination and audacity. It makes the journey so much better!