The bucket list; we all have one in some shape or another. The things you want to achieve or do before our time on this earth is over.
For some of us, it takes a serious dose of adversity before we take a moment to pause, reflect and really think about the things we want to achieve.
It might be watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu, swimming with whale sharks in Mexico, or perhaps hiking in the Canadian wilderness…without the bears of course.
Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one.
What if you knew your time was limited, what would you want to achieve, what would you really, really want to be known for?
Don’t wait for that “perfect time” to begin—make your bucket list not because you are in the midst of a serious dose of adversity but because you want to live life to the fullest NOW!
With frenetic lives, family, kids, work and business, it can certainly feel like ‘infinity and beyond’, that there will be time to get things done, mountains climbed or in my case another half marathon to run (or walk).
The flip side to this is, a lot of energy and time is focused on the future, on the next thing, rather than the now.
The basic meaning of a bucket list is to keep track of your goals and to take steps to achieve these goals in order to maximize the incredible experiences in your life.
Now to clarify a couple of things, it’s not all about action, adventure and thrill-seeking, it can be the most simple things in life, like taking a one-day barista course at your local coffee roaster.
IT STARTED WITH A EULOGY
When I first took a step into the entrepreneurial space back in 2011, I was asked to write my own eulogy.
What? Why would anyone want to think about death, as in literally our own funeral?
The answer is that by doing this, you can learn a valuable lesson about what you want your life to look like when you are alive.
What legacy do you want to leave?
What do you want to achieve?
What would you want your family and friends to say about you and your life after you are gone?
And what this does is to get us to focus on what an ideal life would actually look like.
Even though you may have heard this before, take a moment to pause and think, to really think about what you would like to have said about you by the people who mean the most.
HOW TO MAKE A BUCKET LIST
Ok, now back to the bucket list.
The problem with a lot of goal setting is the fact they are big, audacious and can at times feel too big for reality.
But that is not really what the problem is, it’s the WAY the goals have been set in the first place.
Name your list.
Yep, call that list something, it doesn’t have to be called a ‘bucket list’.
The Dream List
Tick The List Of Life
I am sure you know what I mean.
Choose the words that mean something to YOU, not to someone else…this is your list, your goals, your steps to living life the way you want, so do it for you.
Work out how you want to ‘see’ your dreams, be it a vision board, the home page on your iPad, or a playlist to keep you focused.
Find out how you like to ‘see’ your world.
It starts with writing it down.
Recording this list is about commitment, commitment to yourself, research shows people who take this one small step are 33% more successful compared to those who don’t, in achieving their goals.
Get yourself that favourite notebook you have been eyeing off in Kiki K or Typo, or perhaps use a ‘notes’ app on your device to record your thoughts and dreams.
There is a stack of apps just for this exact thing.
The most popular bucket list community, record your goals, log your accomplishments, get inspired by other people in the community encourage people to accomplish theirs.
Another community to help make your bucket list, where the ideas seem endless.
- BuckitDream App
This downloadable app helps you build your own bucket list, plus share your dreams to inspire others.
- iWish App
The iWish app helps you discover your dreams with a stack of ideas to get you started and ways for you to achieve them.
Don’t forget the power of a vision board, they are super fun to create either hard or soft copy, a truly visual tool to keep you motivated.
How many things should be on the list?
What a great question.
There really should be however many you feel you should have…remember this is your life we are talking about here.
Add another dimension here of time – both short, medium and long term should be on the list.
Beware of the someday syndrome
Setting deadlines for a select group of goals can help escape the “someday” syndrome, a common excuse for why you won’t begin today because you will get to it someday.
If you do any research into goal setting, one of the first things you will come across is setting a date, to consciously create a level of urgency and priority in life to get these things done.
Fill your life list with ideas, I have already mentioned your eulogy, this will most definitely help you get started with ideas.
Dr Google will help with this as well.
The list is literally endless.
The thing is, is to keep it as close to reality, without crushing your dreams with too much detail or self doubt
Here are a few categories to help you get started:
- Nature, the environment and wildlife
- Sports and thrill seeking
- Career + Finances
- Just for fun
- Family and kids
- Entertainment & Events
- Experiences – both near and far away
If you are not sure where to start, here are a few questions to help
What are some places you would like to go?
What cultural traditions are you interested in?
If you had one month to live, what would you do?
What skills have you wanted to learn?
If you had three wishes what would they be?
What was your childhood dream — how do you make it relevant to today?
What has always been your biggest dream in life?
What events do you want to attend?
What thrills would you like to seek?
What have other people done that you would like to do?
The main thing is to allow yourself the time and space to create your list, the one that makes your heart sing.
A goal without a plan is just a wish ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It’s true, a bucket list, the life plan, the get shit done plan won’t happen until you do.
It starts with taking a little action and giving yourself the gift of time to get things started.
What will take the top spot on your bucket list?
Please let me know.
Have a great week.
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