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With my members and students, we throw around the term “BHAG” quite a bit – you know, those Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals.
You might’ve come across this term in Jim Collins’ book, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, where he used it to talk about big dreams for businesses.
But guess what? You can totally apply this concept to your personal goals too!
Your BHAG could be anything from getting out of debt, meeting your soulmate, shedding a few pounds, globe-trotting adventures, moving into that dreamy house, or any wild dream you’ve got tucked away in your heart.
We all encounter challenges as we pursue our dreams. Whatever those are, they’re all just clutter and clutter can be cleared.
The real trick is figuring out if what you think is the obstacle truly is. It might just be a symptom of the real issue.
I once worked with a client, we’ll call her Meredith, who dreamed of working less, finding love, and settling down. We managed to cut her work hours, but her dates were all duds. She was convinced she’d never meet “the one.”
She was checking all the boxes – putting herself out there, both in person and on dating apps, and getting super clear about her ideal partner’s qualities. She thought her work hours were the roadblock, but things remained stagnant even after the work hours were slashed.
I had a hunch there was more to this puzzle.
“Is there anyone in your life who’s a major energy drain?” I quizzed Meredith. “Someone gobbling up your precious time?”
“My mom, for sure,” she replied. “She’s always calling, and she pops by without notice.”
Bingo! Her mom was hogging all the space in Meredith’s love life.
After clarifying how she’d like her relationship with her mom to be and coming up with the language to set some boundaries, Meredith had talked with her mom and things got much better.
Not too long after, Meredith bumped into her now-husband, and they’re living the happily-ever-after dream!
You see what I mean? Clutter is a trickster and it’s often way sneakier than it seems. Meredith thought she just worked too much when in reality she had no relationship space in her life for her dream man.
I’ve seen success stories like this time and time again and I’m absolutely certain you can have your own, no matter what your BHAG looks like.
So what clutter might be getting in your way? And what clutter might be under that clutter? Share your thoughts below!
P.S. If you’re scratching your head about what your “core” clutter might be, why not hop on board for my Radical Decluttering course? It kicks off next Wednesday, October 25, at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT. (And don’t sweat it if you can’t make it live – we’ll hook you up with replays and tons of support in our private Facebook hangout.)