The problem with goals
Have you ever achieved your goals, dreams and aspirations and had that gnawing feeling of dissatisfaction? I know that I have. The proven way to resolve this by using SMART goals.
There was a period in my life where I had everything I ever wanted:
- I had a flat that I loved and decorated to my style and taste.
- A boyfriend who was a dream come true.
- I had a rich social life with many friends.
- I was earning the amount that I decided to earn in a job that I loved – despite under-earning for many years prior.
Create a SMART action plan
I was truly miserable.
And after many months of feeling this way I decided to focus on my emotional wellbeing. I transformed and changed the many things that I didn’t like about my life.
This included letting go of the many relationships with people and things that were inconsistent with my happier self.
I also had to dig deep without fear and decide what would make me truly happy.
What is a SMART goal example?
SMART goals are different to other types of goals as your why is at the heart of them. This is why they differ from other types of goals, like new year’s resolutions, because these often do not motivate you when the going gets tough.
I knew the moment that the sunshine and smell of nutmeg hit my nose that I wanted to at least live a year of my life living in Grenada. I wanted to eat mangoes and avocados directly from the tree for months rather than a rushed 2-week vacation. I also didn’t want to wait until retirement to get there either.
My uncompromising SMART goal became clearer. To eventually work and live in Grenada. So I decided I would figure out a way to make this happen.
This is how the concept of this blog was born.
What are the 5 requirements for a smart goal?
I created Unique Money Mission initially to document my journey to live and work in the Caribbean.
SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound.
- Specific – I have an online business to create value for others.
- Measurable – create content for Unique Money Mission every week. Spend at least an hour a day working on the blog. Have strategies in place when I (eventually) hit obstacles so that I can keep moving forward.
- Achievable – get all the knowledge and experience to create an online business. Have an action plan and checklist in place to ensure all steps are in place.
- Relevant – consider if each sub-set to getting the larger objective is relevant. Also, this means letting go of activities that do not contribute to my objective (for example, constantly scrolling on Instagram).
- Timebound – the deadline to being able to create a profitable business is June 2023.
My why for the blog is also clear:
My truest desire is to create a financial happiness path to share with others. I want to be YOUR cheerleader to create a different and more fulfilling life. I hope that Unique Money Mission inspires and shows you that financial freedom and independence is a possibility for you.
Why goals fail
I started my first blog in 2014 with the aim to create content that would add value and benefit others. I then started another blog in 2016, using a free platform, and another in 2020. I realised that the first two blogs never gained traction because I wasn’t willing to invest in them or treat them like a business. I was just writing content without much consideration planning or understanding.
Not have a compelling enough ‘why’.
I then had another blog that failed in 2020. This is because I got stuck on WordPress. However, I really decided that I would do whatever it took to surpass this obstacle.
I also knew deep down that there was meaning to why I couldn’t get out of the beginning phase other than a lack of knowledge about blogging.
I was afraid. I was fearful of investing in myself. I was afraid that working for myself wouldn’t work out. I felt if I wasn’t an employee I wouldn’t survive.
You see, I really felt that work, earning a living, having a job equalled not being entirely happy. Deep down I felt that I could never be happy, have a great time doing it and get paid. I felt my desires were too big, bold and entitled. I felt it was wrong to create a dream life that did not include the drudgery of 9 to 5. I had to remove these blocks. I had to really believe in myself.
By putting myself at the centre of my life and I started to invest in myself, dreams and the future. I started to see infinite possibilities and opportunities. I created Unique Money Mission to share and document my personal journey and the various techniques to create a life on my own terms. And to also show you what is possible.