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Run Lift Mom is an audio podcast uplifting women and guiding mothers through their fitness journey. Episodes feature expert interviews in the topics of running, strength training, and motherhood.

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I uplift other women in the areas of running, lifting, and motherhood and create community for servant leadership.

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Running, Lifting, Motherhood

Run Lift Mom is an audio podcast uplifting women and guiding mothers through their fitness journey. Episodes feature expert interviews in the topics of running, strength training, and motherhood.

Why Do You Need a Big Hairy Audacious Goal?

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Why do you need a big hairy audacious goal? My guest Ashley St Germain joins Run Lift Mom to discuss how hers changed her life.

Ashley is currently the only women to rollerblade across Canada (10,000km, equivalent to 6,200 miles) and talks about why she did it, what the journey was like, and why the experience convinced her we all need life-changing goals we are afraid of.

Benefits of setting a goal like this

BHAG stands for “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”. It represents a goal outside what is historically (personal) or market (business) realistic.

A good BHAG is great for your personal development:

  • Makes it easier to share personal dreams– It gets people excited and inspired. With your big hairy audacious goal, you’ll have a tool that sparks thought-provoking conversation with others.
  • Creates something bigger than yourself – With a big hairy audacious goal, you have a vision that you’re set on carrying out. It is likely long term and can guide short term goals within.
  • Confidence booster! When you achieve something seemingly impossible, it solidifies your growth mindset. It creates a foundation for future visionary thinking.

How To Create Your Own BHAG

First, you need to identify a goal worth pursuing. We often think too small with our goals, so as you write out your potential ideas. Don’t try and filter yourself. If anything, try to err on the side of “too audacious” or even “crazy.”

YOu’ll Hera Ashley say in the episode you

A good BHAG is not something can be achieved quickly or easily. Aim for a long term goal but not so long (20 years!) you won’t be actively engaged.

Your goal should be action-oriented. It’s not something that will take care of itself.

Sure, you’ll throw “SMART” (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time based) out the window for brainstorming. Your goal should still be measurable.

Giving a concrete number in your BHAG allows you to measure your progress. It also makes it more memorable and compelling.

A BHAG Is Simple

You should be able to fully communicate your BHAG in a sentence or two. Don’t confuse simplicity with dullness, though. Do something so exciting and scary it makes you a bit nauseous to think about!

Connect with Ashley

Website – she’s also a very talented photographer! Superwoman, right?!

Instagram – go tell her how cool she is!

Support this show

Join the new Patreon coaching membership– this is where you can get your Flexible Training Schedule as well as access to a private podcast feed for members only with run coaching

This episode is made possible by your support of my ZYIA Active efforts and a partnership with Red H Nutrition: use RUNLIFTMOM to save 15% on anything. If you’re rollerblading across a country, make that Super Flexy

Pssst- here’s another episode about BHAGs from last season!


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