Recently, we had the pleasure of attending an amazing night that celebrated vibrant woman and their stories at the first ever, Work Hard for the Money event in Minneapolis. We laughed, we cried and we embraced all the beauty that makes us who we are. Dr. Claudia May was the first storyteller…she talked about audacity. Interestingly, that word has two very different meanings. Until recently, in our language, we’ve been using the the form of “she had the audacity to do (insert a rude or disrespectful behavior here)”. Instead, she lets audacity shine in its other definition of “willingness to take bold risks”.
It got us thinking about the concept of bold risks… and Big Audacious Goals (BAG). BAG is different for everyone. For some it may be to ride a rollercoaster, others to start their own business, or like our friend Sally Vardaman Johnson, develop and produce a night to engage woman who work hard for their money. Sally came to us back in March with a BAG: she wanted to create a night of storytelling. Fast forward to October 9th and she was doing it. That first night back in March, we talked about the efforts, time commitment, money and the unknowns of never having produced a show. We are here to say Sally rocked her BAG because she knew no matter what was thrown at her, she is a strong, smart woman and she could do this.
How can you take that spirit and BAG it for yourself?
- Describe what it is you really want to accomplish: visualize what your future holds then write it down.
- Make a plan: starting from that vision, what are the three things you need to do to get there?
- Now, in all honesty, those three things may have some “to-dos” of their own, know you have to start somewhere and once you start on your journey, things will fall into place.
- Put some timing to your action: Dates can keep you accountable to your action. As Nelson Mandela said, “it always seems impossible until it’s done”.