In yesterday’s post, Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice posed the question: “Can your BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal) be too big?” It didn’t take long for me to answer. For me, the bigger, the hairier, the more audacious a goal is, the more likely I am to set it! I am definitely a go big or go home kind of gal. Leap before you look. All in. Fearless. So yeah, I’d say my BHAG is big, but I’d never say it’s TOO big.
I think most people have big goals, but many are afraid to put them out there. Guilty as charged. I generally keep my goals to myself. That way if I do fail at them, no one is the wiser. Case in point: My first race ever was the Chicago Marathon in 2013. I literally crossed the finish line and called my BFF and said, “Guess what I just did”! Seriously, I told almost NO ONE (only my kids knew in advance so they could plan to come home from school for the weekend; I didn’t even tell my husband until two weeks before the race).
Part of the reason I started this blog was to write my goals down on (virtual) paper and invite others along for the ride. Putting myself out there was a big step for me. I’m not one who likes to be seen as a failure (who does?), and by putting my goals out there for others to see, I’m more likely to continue to work toward them. In fact, if you click on the “Races & Goals” tab on the upper right corner of this page, you will see my Goals Map. On this page I list my completed races with linked recaps and continue to add races to my upcoming calendar. I was methodical in my approach; start small, and keep building through achieving my biggest, hairiest, most audacious goal of all. After this past weekend I can check off Goal #6 on the map: Complete a Sprint Triathlon. While that may not seem big to some people, the fact that I can barely swim made it a big deal for me. And now it’s done!
Next up on the agenda for me is running all of the Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathons. This is very achievable, limited only by the monetary expenses involved and my having the time to travel to these different race venues. Thus far I have run two of the five half marathons in the series (Napa to Sonoma three times and Santa Barbara once). I am hoping to do the Healdsburg race next.
By far the loftiest goal I have set is to run all of the World Marathon Majors. I will be running my sixth consecutive Chicago Marathon in October, and next month I am running the Berlin Marathon, which will get me one third of the way to achieving my BHAG. I will find out some time next month if I will be offered a lottery spot in the Tokyo Marathon next year. That will leave New York City, London, and the Holy Grail of them all, Boston. It is highly unlikely (in other words, completely impossible) I will ever qualify for Boston, but by hook or by crook I will run that race. That’s the thing about a big, hairy, audacious goal; if you can believe it, you can achieve it!
How about you? Are you a goal-setter? Do you have any BHAGs to share?
I’m linking up with Marcia, Patty, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run (you know, because today is Wednesday), Annemarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Debbie, Rachel, and Lora for Running Coaches Corner! Be sure to check them all out, along with the other great posts from this week’s linkups!