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A big goal (and I mean big, like my a** big)

November 15, 2012
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Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs), are one way in which a visionary company can stimulate progress. BHAGs are nothing more than a bold mission statements acting as a very powerful motivator.

From–Some badly-written piece of crap baloney business malarkey I once read.

(And before the usual grammar nazis take delight, the lack of agreement of the singular modifier “a” and the plural noun “statements” in this quote is directly from the article itself. In fact, the whole quote is just a big mess and should have been edited. But, it never ceases to amaze me that people will take the time to write snarky, nasty comments pointing out all my grammatical errors. Seriously, it’s a blog. And is there anything worse than a grammar nazi except, of course, a real Nazi or a neo-Nazi? Maybe I should just be happy that people actually read my blogs and take the time to comment, but nah, bite me. OK, on to my big, hairy, audacious goal!)

According to this article, setting a BHAG is supposed to be how the most successful companies or people became successful (that is, if you count money as the ultimate indicator of success). The example usually given is Bill Gates. He didn’t set out to create a nice, little company that made some nice little product. He set as his goal changing the way the world works, communicates, and pretty much lives. Was he successful? You be the judge of that.

But stating your goal in public is supposed to be one way to reach it successfully. It keeps you honest, right? I mean, look at Weight Watchers. Why would you ever publicly humiliate yourself by being weighed in every week unless it motivated you to stick to your goal.

With that in mind, I publicly announce my goal here today: My 35th high school class reunion is July, 2013, and my big, hairy, audacious goal is to fit into a bikini by the weekend of my reunion. (I fully realize that it’s unfortunate wordsmithery to use the words “hairy” and “bikini” in the same sentence, and I promise, I will have that whole situation under control, too.)

I further promise that I will NOT appear at the reunion at any time in said bikini, for those of you who are justifiably revolted at that thought, and that I will never appear in public ever in anything less than a skirted tank-ini, which is the American middle-aged lady version of a beach burqha and the only age-appropriate beach attire for most women over 50 except for Helen Mirren.

So, there, I’ve stated my BHAG publicly. My biggest obstacle is going to be that I have no intention whatsoever of changing my eating, drinking, or exercising habits, so I may have to look into plastic surgery or maybe hiring my friend Nadine the gorgeous model to appear as me at the reunion.

This leads me (clumsily) to my exciting news! I have a guest blogger. Her name is Katie and here is her bio info:

I am a stay-at-home mom, married to my wonderful husband, and we live in North Carolina. I had my daughter Lily on Sept. 17, 2011 and she is everything to us. I feel fortunate that I can stay home with her and watch her grow, see her every day…it’s sort of amazing.

Katie is going to write about healthy living and eating habits. Look for her first post soon!

Thanks everyone, and by the way, I love hearing from you.

Next time: Are you his nanny?

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