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Fitness Success: Set Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals [2023]

Last year I wrote an article for SFH regarding setting SMART goals.


I am a huge believer in setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals. Using this method puts pen to paper and makes us set up the steps to achieving the goals and put a time stamp on it to make it happen.


All good things.


The only part of the acronym that I take issue with is the "achievable" portion. If we set small goals and achieve them... we are just like everyone else.


I first heard the legendary CrossFit coach, Ben Bergeron, use the term BHAG... Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals.

Other than his shorts being way too long... he makes a great point!


If the goal doesn't scare you a little bit, it's probably too small.


If you're not a little embarrassed to tell your family and friends about your goal... it's probably too small.


If the goal doesn't require a little sacrifice... it's probably too small!


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Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Serena Williams, Starbucks (ew), Etc... didn't accomplish what they accomplished and become household names by setting goals that were normal and safe.


They took risks, believed in themselves, and didn't let the opinions of people who quit on their own dreams stop them from pursuing and accomplishing what they set out to do!


Don't be safe. Take some risks. Pursue something out of the ordinary that will improve your life and the lives of others.


What big, hairy, audacious goal have you put on the back burner? Combine this goal with SMART principles. I just want you to set a goal that is slightly beyond "achievable" to push yourself to new limits!


Let's do this thing! Set big goals and stack days! Read my article from last week on "Stacking Days for Long-term Fitness Success."


Love,


Ben


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