I remember learning about BHAGs – big hairy audacious goals – and their importance in being a visionary leader who people would follow.
But lately I’ve been struggling to come up with BHAGs.
Sometimes I look at my goals for the year (yes – I do set goals at the start of each year!) and they look less than big, hairy and audacious. In fact they occasionally seem rather tame and uninteresting.
I am reminded of William Carey’s words ‘Attempt great things for
God. Expect great things from God’ which is well and good if that is what God is asking of you.
Lately (the last two or three years) I have felt like God has been asking me to keep walking steadily in the same direction and in one sense that is a huge goal for me. I love change, variety, new initiatives and new challenges, but it seems the biggest goal of all at the moment is to keep walking the same line.
I think something has happened theologically to also cause me to rethink the appropriateness of BHAGs. I have no doubt that sometimes God gives people a dream and they must chase it to fulfill their own identity/destiny, but sometimes I wonder if BHAGs are a way of co-opting God to our own plans for self aggrandisement and personal achievement?
Or is that just me looking for a lazy man’s escape route?…
All this is not to say I don’t have a dream or dreams. I do, but annual goals are a little different!