Most people think of Hawaii and think of how expensive the flights and cost of living are there.
But that didn’t hold me back from going.
Because I have a simple 3-step strategy that I use for all of my big goals that may seem impossible to do.
So let me show you just what I mean:
1. Dare to be Excited
Dream and get excited about doing your goal even when others think it can’t be done.
For my Hawaii trip, I had dreamt about it for over 3 years but I never really got excited about it until a year before I actually went.
That's only because I finally made a commitment that it was going to happen this next year. And I set out to make it happen.
My husband actually didn’t believe me. (You’d think he would know first-hand that I have a knack for making my dreams come to reality)
That can be tough when someone as close to you doesn’t believe you can achieve it, but hold strong and stay motivated.
When they say it’s impossible, it only means it’s impossible for them but not for you.
There’s a reason, you have this yearning to go after your goal.
Get excited about it! Think about it every day.
To get excited about Hawaii, every week I watched Youtube videos of other people’s Hawaiian vacations. It left me inspired and driven. It was the fuel to my fiery commitment to actually make this trip happen!
So, get super immersed into your goal, because that excitement and motivation is exactly what you’ll use to take you to the next step.
2. How Can I Afford It and Planning Ahead
So now you’re pumped and committed.
Now, the crucial question to ask is, “How can I afford it?”
The one thing you can't tell yourself is, “I can’t afford it”.
When you say that depressing phrase, you’ve just cut yourself off with no options to move forward.
Asking “How can you afford it” will open your mind to new opportunities. You may not know an answer right at that moment but believe me your mind will start working to answer that very question.
I saw the price of hotels in Hawaii and GASP!
NO WAY, was I going to pay $300 per night for a hotel that I know I would rarely be in except to sleep.
So, I opted for AirBnB, and for us it was perfect. We got a local’s advice on awesome spots to check out and a nice place to leave our stuff while we’re hiking.
Your mind is a magnificent thing.
Don’t defeat yourself in the beginning by saying “I can’t afford it.” Get creative and your mind will find a way. Maybe, you’ll notice a new opportunity that was right in front of you. Or a friend mentions a book that you should read that will give you the secret sauce to quickly reach your goals.
Believe me, it happens, but you gotta be open to it!
Check out the prices of what it cost to give your mind an end goal to reach. If it’s overwhelming at first, then break it down to smaller phases.
I broke mine to the following smaller groups: First the plane tickets, then the AirBnB, then the car rental, next the activities, and last the spending money.
By breaking it down to smaller goals, it made going to Hawaii more realistic.
3. Take Action, Then Be Patient
Imagine my uber excitement when I got the first goal of buying the plane tickets done!
Seriously, I was a giddy little girl. I couldn’t stop smiling at work because at that moment, I was no longer dreaming about Hawaii. I was GOING to Hawaii!
You got your goals, and now it’s time to put the action into play!
Save the money, buy the tickets, or put down the deposit. Once you take action, the commitment gets stronger. And you’re that much closer to your goal!
It took me a year to get everything in place for Hawaii. I had to be patient but because I was already dreaming about it beforehand, the wait didn’t phase me.
Having to wait is actually a good thing for your goal. It gives you more time to make better plans.
By pre-planning ahead, I was able to organize my mom to watch my son and dog, request off the vacation days, organize my work so that nothing is missed before my vacation.
If I didn’t have that extra time, getting all this done would have been unnecessarily stressful. It’s a huge commitment to take a big vacation like that, so the pre-planning was so needed.
It also gave me the time to research some awesome activities to do in Hawaii, like swimming with sharks. We even had friends who use to live in Hawaii say, “You’ve truly experienced the island because I’ve never even swam with sharks before!”
My Actual Footage from Swimming with the Sharks in Hawaii
These are not just tactics used once and no more. Apply it to every goal you make, small or large. Some might take some time to get there and others will be faster.
But don’t let money stop you from living an exquisite life.