The further I go on my weight loss journey, the more I find myself applying the institutional and organizational effectiveness principles from work to my own personal goals and objectives. This is simultaneously enlightening and terrifyingly nerdy. As a school, we are challenged to identify BHAGS. Do you have a BHAG? I have several.
I’m sure you’re wondering, “Who is he talking about?” A BHAG isn’t a who, but a what: a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal. These aren’t like “drink more water” or “pick up the dry cleaning.” BHAGs are like, “Fit into that pair of pants or dress from high school” or “Run a marathon.” Something significant that will take some time to get ready for.
Institutionally, we have BHAGs at the personal, departmental, and institutional level. Individually, I also have some BHAGs, some of which are weight-related:
- Be an inspirational example and resource for those with weight-related wellness goals
- Reach a healthy body weight, currently identified as 180 pounds based on the body mass index without weight loss surgery.
- Reach a body composition of 15% body fat through healthy eating and physical activity
- Learn to cook without recipes
- Learn to exercise without a trainer, guide, or system
- Save money to afford surgery to remove excess skin
- Develop a positive body image
Some of my BHAGs are only slightly-related to my weight loss journey and wellness goals, although they match up in several places:
- Learn to play the guitar
- This was mentioned in my post on hands.
- Publish a book (or whatever people will be reading then)
- This could be about my weight loss journey if it is biographical or self-help-y in nature. Perhaps covering weight loss tips, healthy recipes, healthy eating, my body image issues, plastic surgery if I have it, or even nutrition tips for weight loss
- Improve the lives of as many students as I can
- As a classroom teacher, I can only reach one room of students at a time. How I achieve this will likely involve technology, the Internet, and a redefinition of the term student.
So there you have a glimpse at some of my BHAGs. Think of a BHAG as where you’d like to be, whether or not you have the resources to get there right now. I don’t have the resources to afford skin removal. I didn’t have the experience or resources to exercise before I started going to the gym. It’s not about where I can get from right here, but about where I’d like to be regardless of resources and limitations.