B.H.A.G. Level Results

Great Leadership Lessons, Note 10
Love It or Hate It, the idea of B.H.A.G. is now part of our leadership lexicon!

BHAG Big Hairy Audacious GoalsAnd it should be a part of our every day life! Even our Christian life.
Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals, or
Beautiful, Heavenly, Awesome Goals, or
Breath-taking, Heroic, Amazing Goals . . .

Maybe you don't like the specific words Jim Collins used in Built to Last. Probably the word that many of us went - huh? about was - HAIRY. All Collins was trying to do was to get out attention about getting REALLY GREAT, inspiring, WOW-like goals. If you don't like big, hairy, and audacious - come up with your own inspiring words. Just make sure that they are worthy, wonderful and they motivate you every day to devote your life to getting them!

I sometimes will push attendees at seminars and retreats and ask them a series of questions that are uncomfortable.

  • How much fruit do you want to bear for Christ?
  • How much love do you want to have for Jesus?
  • How much Christ-likeness do you want to experience in life?
  • How many people would you like to see reconciled to Jesus through your influence?
  • How much value do you want to add to the world as you follow Jesus?

Don't get hung up on the either-or of Quantity and Quality. We can and should have both. This is another place where the genius of the Both-And fits. How much fruit in terms of quantity and quality do you want to bear for Jesus?

Here is a spectrum of words to think about "how much?" Add any other words you think should be added. At the end of your life, in terms of its quality and quantity, do you want a . . .

about average
good amount
a lot
quite a bit
lots and lots

And perhaps I am asking this from the wrong perspective. After all - I am asking about what you want. I should be asking you - what does God want for you? What does God want you to experience? What does Christ long for you to be, think, feel, do, accomplish, contribute ... ? There are clues all throughout the Bible.

  • Bear much fruit that lasts.
  • Be holy as I am holy.
  • Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
  • Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength.
  • I have come that you might have life in abundance.
  • You are to THRIVE in the house of the Lord (Psalm 52:8, NIV)

I could add many more promises and commands that speak of the VERY HIGH quantity and quality that Father, Son and Holy Spirit want you to have. The Apostle Paul wanted the fullness of knowing Christ, his suffering and his resurrection. He had not yet achieved that fullness, so he pressed on, striving forward to reach that fullness of life God wanted him to have. Paul encouraged the Philippians to join with him in this lofty pursuit (see Philippians 3:10-17).

And what about the amazing doxology Paul gives us in Ephesians 3:20-21?
Now to him who by the power at work within us, is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

One of the reasons I love the Jesuits as an organization is because of the "Mas Mindset." 
Mas is the Spanish word for MORE.
Magis is the Latin word.
Mas. Magis. More.

That is how the Jesuits lived and led. This described their spirituality, their ministry of service and how they approached leadership. They were always interested in the greater good and the greatest good they could do for the mission of God in the world. No matter what they had previously done, their spirituality and theology told them - with God there is ALWAYS MORE. That mindset created hope, missional motivation and leadership energy. It was the same mindset that Paul had (I press on). It was the heart that Jesus had (for the joy set before him, endured the cross, won salvation, defeated sin, death and Satan). 

There is more. So Much More. ALWAYS MORE.

So - you should be living and leading with BHAGs that are the source of motivation, inspiration, energy, commitment, courage and staying power.

What are the BHAGs that you have defined for your life?
If you don't have them, make it a TOP PRIORITY in the near future (how about today) to begin reflecting and writing down BHAGs. BHAGs for your life, your work, your leadership, your family, your organization, your church . . . 

Tomorrow - a few thoughts on why Christians struggle with BHAGS and The More God wants for us.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


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