Big Audacious Goals


Are your Goals too small?

Have we gotten conservative and lowered our expectations since Covid hit? Are we scared to move forward and fail?

We’ve been uncomfortable, restricted, in mortal danger for so long now. Can we be uncomfortable a little longer and make it all worthwhile?

Last week I taught a 2-hour workshop on Goalsetting for a Women’s Mentorship Group. I am not the greatest at traditional Goalsetting. SMART goals make sense, but they’re boring and tedious.

Too many times, we set goals that aren’t even ours. They’re cultural, or they came from our parents, teachers, friends, “Oh you should… You’re so good at it…”

I’m through being scared and tentative. I want some Big Audacious Goals that scare me a bit. You know, that feeling right before you jump out of a plane and you packed your own chute and you wonder, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? That kind of BIG.

Something I can get excited about. I will admit, I’ve always been a bit of an adrenaline junky. I love skydiving, rodeo, snowboarding, rock climbing… Those are things that make me feel more alive.

And right now, I want to feel more alive. Don’t you?

So, the Goalsetting class. Here’s a new twist to your run-of-the-mill, mundane goalsetting.

  1. Pick something Gianormous and scary and exciting. A Big Audacious Goal. What do you want? World Travel, More $$$, House, Family, Keynote Speaker, High-Quality Leisure, to Save the World, Start a Business, Published Author… What do you dare?
  2. Expect failure, delay, judgment from yourself and others, criticism, disappointment… Take it all in stride. Show up for yourself every day. Re-framing setbacks is swimming upstream, but as a culture, we need to shift this. One belief at a time.
  3. Trust yourself. Completely. Adapt along the way.
  4. Spend time working on your goal daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually. Incremental progress.

We’ve been sold a pack of lies about goals and dreams. You sometimes have to fight hard for them. Discomfort is your Buddy and constant companion.

We do like our Comfort Zones.

Comfort zone
When the reality is –

Optimal Performance – Learning, Expanding, Growing – happen beyond the edge of our Comfort Zone.

Guess what
Want to hear the really good news? Once you’ve expanded your Comfort Zone, you don’t have to return to being that small again. You can, it’s a choice.

But I don’t recommend it.

I was a Rock Climbing Guide for 8 years. So many think they want to be a Rock Climber – until they try it.

Face your fears daily. We could spot the wannabes in a heartbeat. We got used to tears and very bad behavior. Blaming everything but themselves. Then there are the bold, the hooked at first try.

Rock Climbing isn’t something you do. It’s who you are. It’s an identity. It’s a life choice. You accept the consequences fully. Every year you could lose a friend or an acquaintance. Someone you shared a rope with. And, you know they lived the life they chose. You celebrate that.

Goal setting is not for wimps.

What’s the drop-off rate for January goalsetting? 90% in the first 30 days?

Your comfort zoneWe’ve been so far outside our Comfort Zones for like forever. Can we do it just a little bit longer?

Not because of Covid, but for ourselves.

Set some Big Audacious Goals and go after them relentlessly. We have the practice at being completely uncomfortable. WHY Not Use It? For ourselves?

Don’t we deserve to grab a little bit of Good, some Hope out of this?

Are you with me?

I’m going to dare to really focus on my business in July & August. So I can take off like a rocket ship in September. I still have a lot to do in this life. I need to bump my earnings up a couple more levels, ASAP.

My passport is growing moss. Distant shores are calling me. I have grandkids to spoil and 4 books to write/publish, people’s lives to change, another business that’s been waiting such a long time for me to start…

How about you? What are some of your deepest most secret desires? The things that really scare you?

What are you waiting for?

Write them down. Say them out loud. Bring them into the material world. Solidify them. They may change, so what?

What’s the very next step? Research, asking questions, a new skill to learn? Recruiting support? Get busy. Take action.

Action is magic.

Then the Universe knows you’re serious and it gets onboard. It starts moving people, things, and situations in your direction.

Be awake and looking for them. Accept the gifts that ‘fall into your lap.’

Road to successAnd, remove the word ‘failure’ from your vocabulary. I’m serious. There is no such thing. You learn and you grow. End of story.

Pick yourself up, say, “I hope I never do that again.” Figure out what to do next and what you learned and get over yourself. If necessary, take a day or two to heal and regroup.

If you’re not falling, you’re not climbing hard enough.

Real Climbers have a saying, “If you’re not falling, you’re not climbing hard enough.”

And – You aren’t a ‘real climber’ until you’ve had a serious fall. If you quit, you were never a climber. If you continue, you’re a completely different type of climber with a far deeper understanding and commitment.

What does that mean? It means you are trying new things and harder things and challenging yourself. Expanding your skills and comfort zone consistently. Climbing is an obsession. Goals can be too. Passion is as magical as action.

With enough Passion and Action – you can do anything.

What do you want?

I’d love to hear your dreams in the comments below! And Good Luck! I’ll be cheering for you!

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Angela DunzAngela Dunz is the Introvert’s Guide to LinkedIn, helping people who feel awkward about self-promotion become confident and effective. Her mission is to shift the idea of self-promotion to one of service. She has been working with Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses for 8 years as a LinkedIn Consultant, Coach, Sales Trainer, and Social Media strategist. She considers herself an “Accidental Entrepreneur” having moved to the Bay area with the goal of becoming a Marketing Director with her shiny new MBA. She frequently speaks to Women’s Leadership and Mentorship groups about stepping into the world more intentionally. A former high school rodeo champion and rock climbing guide, always an NFL fan (go Packers!), and author of Conversations with Skunks. Check out her latest video here. Or, her website here.

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