January 11, 2012
Niles Nerd

Big, Hairy & Audacious Imagineering

Hi! Start of a new year – Happy New Year!
Don’t believe the prognosticators, the Mayans just ran out of rock… that’s why they PLANNED on the world ending (in 2012).
Big, Hairy & Audacious goals! I’m sure you’ve heard that expression before. The challenge with big, hairy and audacious is the stretching. Literally, the IMAGINEering stretch. Most folks are comfortable with bits and pieces, and they celebrate, and get in the habit of celebrating (these).
What they need – as we all do – on a regular basis – is in the major arenas of your life (mine are Faith…Family…Fiscals) you NEED a big, hairy and audacious goal. Now for instance – faith – for me… I’m going to die at one hundred and twenty plus 1 day… and be met at the gates with, you know, a little bit of fan-fare – well, at least one or two people are going to know my name, anyway!
Family – exactly WHAT are you thinking of when it comes to major events in a family’s life. The kids, the grandkids, all that kind of stuff. Picture it! You can close your eyes every once in a while and take time to put colour, verve, energy, sound, taste and thrill into that sort of that!
Fiscal – pick a number! (laughter) Go ahead, pick a number! You don’t have to share it with anyone, but you should know what big, hairy and audacious means in your life – there’s nothing wrong with that.
Then get in the discipline of the “month-to-month”. I, as some people know, die every thirty days! I live my life in month-tight compartments, because in a month you can accomplish some SPECTACULAR stuff, and in a fiscal sense, you can hit reasonable targets with deadlines. But month-by-month, you can start with very small steps on the way to big, hairy and audacious, and you might be surprised that after that moth of commitment to dumb stuff… like walking up stairs and no elevators… like eliminating certain foods – sugars, chocolate bars and french fries.. You’d be surprised at the end of thirty days how (well, you need to celebrate!), but how comfortable you tend to get at “sticking to it”. So big, hairy and audacious to begin with. Most important, start at that seventy thousand foot perspective (with big, hairy & audacious), and second, the month-to-month discipline – just the baby steps. Stick to it for just a month at a time, you can do it!
Good planting! Good harvesting! Good day!

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