Blue Flower

Ok I have a deal for you! Today only! One time offer! I am willing to trade you a Coffee House morning mocha and lunch at the local burger place for a day in the Marquesas, or the Tuamotos, or Australia, or anyplace that you pick.

Yes really, for about the same $32.00 that you would spend on coffee and lunch out you can have an entire 24 hours in the paradise of YOUR dreams. Scuba diving, longs walks on the beach, beautiful sunsets, and maybe even a green flash could all be yours for $32.00 or less.
I hear you out there, saying no way, this Guy is crazy. So let’s dive right in and look at the fine print shall we. Hmmm what have we here; no time share spiel, no interest payments, no blackout dates, no booking fees, no shipping and handling. There has to be a catch somewhere. Believe it or not, there is no catch. All that is required is that you change your mind. Change your mind and everything changes.

Everyday you make choices that keep you from getting what you want. Freedom, and adventure are as easy to have as deciding that you want them, and making the choices that get you there. In order to have them you have to transform your dream of blue oceans, beam reaches, and sandy beaches into a goal of blue oceans, beam reaches and sandy beaches. There really is nothing more to it.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Goals are what the foundations are made of. Goals are just S.M.A.R.T. dreams. The S.M.A.R.T. acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time Based. Once you have made your dreams SMART they become goals, and you start building those solid foundations that Thoreau was writing about.

The goal: Deposit $32.00 each day into a separate financial institution account for funding an adventure lifestyle.
Is it Specific? Deposit $32.00. Seems pretty specific to me.
Is it Measurable? Is the $32.00 transferred or not. Seems very measurable to me.
Is it Attainable? I know you can do it. Do you?
Is it Realistic? The goal seems realistic. I mean $32.00 a day really isn’t that much
Is it Time based? Let’s set the end of this goal at two years from TODAY. You could pick one, or five years, but really two or maybe three years is a good goal, one that we can meet.

Ok so where are you going to get that $32.00. Well the first place to look is how I can save $32.00 a day. Pack a lunch that is better tasting, better for you, and less expensive. If there are two of you on your adventure team, right there you probably saved at least $30.00. How about making your own mocha or latte in the morning, that is going to save you another $6.00 there. So without even stretching a little we are already exceeding our goal. Other ways to save? Learn to cook better and never go out to eat. Carpool and save $50.00 a week in gas, even more in maintenance and insurance. Turn off the cable and start reading books from the library another $100.00 savings a month.

I hear you starting to object….. What? You don’t want to “sacrifice” those comforts, those things you need. Which would your rather have a life filled with adventure, fun, excitement, doing what you want to do when you want to do it, or a life going to work every day and coming home to watch cable tv? Really which would you choose? It is simply a choice. Are you going to make every choice in your life about living your life, or about spending your time and money the way that someone else keeps telling you that you must. The choice and the life are yours. Your choice; buy a fancy new phone to impress your friends, or two get two more weeks worth of paradise? There are no sacrifices, only choices, what will you chose, a meaningful life or a thingful life?

Make your goals small, daily or weekly goals. No one would ever look forward to a fancy three course meal if they thought they had to eat the whole thing in one bite. When we look at it as something to be enjoyed, savored, and experienced to the fullest, small bite by small bite, we look forward to the meal. The same thing is true with your goals. Make the goal small enjoyable bites, each one a victory, each one something to be proud of, each and every choice a meaningful one.
Note: The average cruising couple spends about $32.00 a day when they are out cruising. Shouldn't you start banking days today?