“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.” – George Bernard Shaw
Everyone is always talking about making a bucket list for themselves. Typically included in these lists are individual goals, dreams and desired life experiences. One usually makes this list in the hope that all the things listed will ultimately be achieved before they die.
I tried to come up with my own bucket list the other day and it turned out to be quite an insightful experience. As I sat at my desk I questioned what types of goals I wanted to identify for myself. I thought about the significance of this piece of paper and how it would make me feel a few years from now if I hadn’t achieved any of it. After a few minutes of thinking negatively I finally asked myself the following questions:
1.When I leave this earth what memory do I want to leave behind?
2.How can what I list on this piece of paper push me to leave a legacy?
3. What experiences would I regret never having done in my life?
4. Are there any life experiences that I see as non-negotiable? These are the things I feel just have to happen in order for me to feel like I have lived my life fully.
5. Are some of my goals time sensitive? How soon should I aspire to reach each goal I identify for myself?
By asking myself these questions I was able to narrow down my list to a solid 10 goals. Keep in mind that some of my goals had a time stamp next to them so I wasn’t too worried about the small number. Ten items seemed like a perfect starting point. After all, I have a lot of life ahead of me and I intend on doing a lot with it. New goals will surely come as I continue to gain insight and knowledge in life.
So now what? Whenever I talk to people who encourage me to draft a bucket list, they never tend to follow-up the discussion with next steps. What happens after you list these dreams out on paper? For me it felt like the imaginary clock had started. If any of my readers know me, I have always considered myself quite an organized person. When I make a “To Do” list those items listed usually get done!
Now I know a bucket list is very different then an everyday “To Do” list. These aren’t just reminders to pick up your dry cleaning on the way home. These are the visions for your future. A bucket list can aid you in outlining the steps necessary for you to live a full life. It can help to encourage you to maximize each moment you have on this earth and direct you on a path that really matters to you.
By completing this exercise I was able to gain a sense of clarity and focus. I now feel a healthy amount of pressure to make these dreams and aspirations a reality. As my first goal I listed the following item to remind myself of the significance i have attributed to my bucket list.
1. I aspire to make my bucket list a vision for my future. When I leave this earth this will be a list of accomplishments not a list of regrets.
If you never try you will never know. Try drafting your bucket list today.
– Ambition In The City-