Job Search Change and BHAG'S – Big Hairy Audacious Goals


By Sandy Prock M.Ed. (Masters in Education – Counseling), JCTC (Job and Career Transition Coach), Co-Owner of & www.expertexecutiveresume serving clients locally, nationally and worldwide  

You may have heard the saying that change is the only constant in life. It’s true.  

I remember the day I decided to study the art of change. After feeling stuck for too long, I decided I had to discover ways that I could follow my life’s hints for change and growth.  

In a book by Harvard Business Review, called “On Change” I discovered a useful idea called BHAGS – "Big Hairy Audacious Goals." Companies who set “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” beat all the odds and achieved their BHAG'S.  British Airways – the worst airline became the best airline. British Airways set their "Big Hairy Audacious Goal." It worked. They became the  best.  

What did this tell me? Anything is possible. If you create small steps and daily goals, you can achieve YOUR “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.”  

  • Take the reins of your personal and professional life. 
  • Observe where you are then decide where you want to be.  
  • Participate in the creation of change in your life. 
  • Life offers us hints about our potential for growth and development.  
  • Listen and you will hear.  
  • If you don’t listen, life may hammer you. I know this from experience! 
  • Life naturally offers us continual growth and development.  
  • Nothing is static, except death. 
  • Good news – you have more control than you may think. 
  • Go for the Gold. 
  • Go for your personal and professional BHAG’S. 

Tools and ideas for setting small goals to reach your BHAG’S: 

  • Find time to relax. 
  • Relaxation provides space for your intuition to reveal new ideas.
  • Use the words, “I wonder….”  
  • Ask yourself “I wonder what I could do to (fill in the blank with your personal question)  
  • When you use the words “I wonder…” you invite your unconscious genius to collaborate with your conscious mind and hand deliver great ideas designed just for you. 
  • Say to yourself, “I want more of the feeling I had with…(fill in the blank with the feeling or situation you want) or better.” 
  • When you discover the “feeling,” you want in a situation, set your goals to include those specific feelings. 
  • Allow the feelings you want in situations to arrive in small, big and surprising ways. 
  • Create small steps. Move daily toward your "Big Hairy Audacious Goals." 

Daydreaming is a great way to discover what is important to you.  

  • However, daydreaming will not create what you want.  
  • You must also take concrete action
  • Work your job search goals every day

  • Keep moving forward and allow for the twists, turns and the surprises of life. 
  • Feel free to readjust your job search goals if you receive new information. 
  • Then keep moving forward. 

If a tool resonates, give it a try. If not, try something else. The choice is yours.  

Set  your “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.” Be the person you want to be. Land the job of your dreams. We wish you the best in your career and job search. 

The right company is out there. They are looking for you. Make sure they can see all you have to offer.