One of the best Christmas presents I received this year was a custom designed medal hanger. In the card it said: “To give you some extra motivation for your BHAG!”
As some of you might know, one of my BHAGs is to run a marathon on all seven continents.
Now you might be scratching your heads wondering…What the heck is a BHAG?
BHAG pronounced “bee-hag” stands for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. An idea conceptualized in the book, “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by James Collins and Jerry Porras. I was introduced to the concept when I joined the lululemon family and haven’t looked back!
The BHAG principal is a gift of empowerment. It conditions our minds to push our boundaries, limitations, and eliminate any comfort zone boxes we live in. The beauty is that as we crush each BHAG they get “Bigger and bigger!”
My 1st BHAG was to push myself from a once non-runner to running 3 marathons in 12 months. After that became a reality, I started my latest venture of running a marathon on all 7 continents on behalf of causes that are important to me! In 2013 I’m moving one step closer to realizing this dream by completing my fourth international marathon. In July I will be travelling to Australia to run the Gold Coast Marathon on behalf of I2P (impossible2possible). The vision of i2P is to use adventure to cultivate a generation of leaders, whose direct experiences and education will prepare them to lead social and environmental action all across the world.
Like any BHAG, I have set the bar high and the final 3 marathons on the list frighten me!
Continent 5- The Great Wall of China Marathon– 5,164 steps make the Great Wall Marathon course a challenge even for experienced marathoners.
Continent 6- Marathon des Sables – A six-day 251 km race held in southern Morocco in the Sahara desert. This ultra-marathon is the equivalent of six regular marathons combined and is considered the toughest foot race on Earth.
Continent 7 – The Antarctic Ice Marathon – Underfoot conditions comprising of snow and ice throughout, an average windchill temperature of –20C, an altitude of 700M, and the possibility of strong Katabatic winds to contend with (translation – defined as hurricane type winds… Perfect!)
Yes those are scary but knowing that I am already half way done this BHAG keeps me motivated! Another thing I do to move this BHAG forward is to tie it in with some of my other personal goals. For example, I have combined this BHAG with my #RUN4AC concept by connecting everyone to running for a cause!
Do you have a BHAG that completely frightens you but is something you want to pursue? Plan it out now! It’s time to make it happen and plant that seed. You will be surprised by how many helpful people are out there to help make your goals a reality. Throw it out to the world and the resources and the networks will find you! And remember, it’s ok to be scared.
Finally, who’s interested in joining me for Continents 5-7?
What is your BHAG? Love to hear about it!