Want some aloha?

Recently, my guilty pleasure is watching Hawaii Life on HGTV. 

Given that I totally love real estate and Hawaii, it’s a wonder it took me so long to get into this show! 

Growing up, part of my money story was to hold rich people - and where they went for vacations - in great disdain.  As a result, I actually didn't want to visit Hawaii for a long time!   

That’s a crying shame, as anybody who has been to Hawaii can attest.  It’s paradise.  My first visit to Hawaii was for our honeymoon in 2006, and we’ve been back three times.  The food, the weather, the beaches, the mountains, I could go on...  We're actually going again in August!

But, back to the show…  I know I’m not the only one who grew up thinking Hawaii was expensive.  In the show’s intro, they say “you don’t have to be rich to live in Hawaii, you just have to want to live in Hawaii”

Families moving over from the mainland have a few similarities:

  • Most have surprisingly normal budgets of $300k - $500k.  (I live in Boston, and that budget will get a decent sized house in various towns in the Boston area).  Of course, there are the million-dollar budgets - as there are anywhere.  But with a normal budget, a family can still move to Hawaii.
  • They’re looking for a new lifestyle, not just a new home.  They want to hit the beach daily, they want a year-round growing season, they want to escape the cold winters.   (Honestly, the show gets me thinking… if I could get a house and an outdoor lifestyle for the same price as a house in Boston, with its long snowy winters… )
  • Most are moving to Hawaii as families in their 20s – 40s, and they’re relocating their kids too.  They don’t want to wait until retirement to take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle.

When it comes down to it, the people on the show are just normal people, who’ve realized they want something more out of life, and they decided to do something about it, and are taking action to realize their dream.

When it comes to achieving a big goal – for your business or your life – what does this tell you? 

  • Decide on a realistic goal – These families have put their desire for a year-round warm weather above all else.   Do you need a million-dollar budget to move to Hawaii?  No, you don’t.  Do you need to make $20k per month in order to have a successful business?  No, you don't.  You define success, you choose the goal.  Pick a realistic goal (a bit of stretch, but not unreasonable), so that you can actually achieve it!
  • Create a plan to achieve the goal – planning a cross-country move isn’t easy, but people do it all the time.  A dream of living in Hawaii, or having a six-figure business, is not enough to make it happen.  Plan out your finances, your timeline, your process, to make the goal a reality.  
  • Take action to implement the plan – make smart spending decisions, call a realtor, do your research.  Creating the plan is great, but if you don’t take action, come February you’re making snowmen, not sandcastles.  What actions will help you reach your goals the fastest?  Take focused, goal-oriented action every day to make your business goals a reality.  
  • Focus on the goal.  Maybe you cut back on some daily expenses in order to save for the move.  Is it a sacrifice?  Sure.  Is it worth it?  Ask anybody who’s ever relocated to Hawaii.  I think the answer is “absolutely!”  Keeping your eye on the prize will give you laser vision - you'll cut out the noise that distracts you or delays you from reaching your goal.

Whether you want to move to Hawaii, or grow your business in a new way, the steps to succeed are the same. 

How do you stay focused on reaching your big goals?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!