3 Essentials for Achieving a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)

A faith-based model to guide you in the pursuit of your dreams
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 And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’

1 Kings 5:5

It was Jim Collins who came up with the funny-sounding acronym, BHAG. In his insightful book, Good to Great, Collins explains, “…a BHAG (pronounced bee-hag, short for ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goal”) is a huge and daunting goal – like a big mountain to climb” (pg. 202).

Do you have one of these? A huge and daunting goal, that is?

It could be anything. Maybe your personal mountain is to buy your own home, or rebuild an old car. Or it could be that your BHAG is to learn to play a musical instrument, dunk a basketball, get a master’s degree, start a business, or to rebuild a broken marriage.

Don’t laugh, but one of my personal BHAGs is to someday write a book that people would actually read and find helpful. In fact, launching this blog several years ago was a first step toward fulfillment of that goal. Realistically, the top of that mountain is still a ways out, but I’m still climbing…

Solomon’s BHAG was to build the Temple.

As the story is told in 1 Kings 5-6, the Temple was to be a permanent and suitable space where the Name of the Lord would be honored. Solomon’s father, David, had dreamed of building it, but constant warfare prevented him from doing so. So the BHAG of building Israel’s Temple fell upon Solomon. It would take 7 long years and a ton of resources, but Solomon would get it done.

But how? It’s simple. Solomon achieved his big, hairy, audacious goal in the same way the rest of us will achieve our’s. From his story, it is clear that achieving a BHAG takes at least three things:

  1. THE LORD BEFORE YOU. To succeed in building the Temple, Solomon was 100% dependent on God’s grace to make it happen. In fact, before the idea of building a Temple was even on Solomon’s radar, God was already at work. Years earlier, the Lord had prompted David to start collecting the materials so that Solomon could get right to work when he assumed leadership. In other words, God was providentially making a way for Solomon long before he even thought of doing something big for God. Friend, it is safe to say He has been/is doing the same for you. He is lining things up, getting things ready, preparing a path for you. Maybe this is what prompted Solomon later on to write these powerful and encouraging words of wisdom: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
  2. FRIENDS BESIDE YOU. None of us truly achieves on our own. We have help along the way and lots of it. And sometimes it comes from the most unlikely of places. A neighboring king to the north helped supply Solomon with all the lumber and additional laborers that he would need. His name was Hiram and if it weren’t for his collaboration with Solomon, the project would likely have stalled out. By the way, who’s your Hiram? Who’s riding with you? We all need at least one person to assist us with the climb. With this in mind, may God help us to be intentional about nurturing our friendships and fellowship today.
  3. THE DEVIL BEHIND YOU. Keeping it real, we know that the enemy will oppose us and try to keep us from pursuing the dreams that God puts in our hearts. Resistance is a daily reality. Setbacks, distractions, and fatigue are all part of the process. But, in Jesus, we have the power to resist the resistance. In His Name, we have authority to say as often as necessary, “Get behind me, Satan!” and then keep forging ahead.

For those who may be weary and wondering if you will ever get to see that BHAG become a reality, be encouraged and don’t quit on hope. With the Lord before you, friends beside you, and the enemy behind you, you’re almost there!

It’s a new day with God. Run with it.

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