Start crossing things off your Bucket List
We’ve all heard about the Bucket List – that famous phrase coined from the movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson about things they want to accomplish before they “kick the bucket.” And, in fact, The Bucket List has been around long before the movie. Many of us have lists, either on paper or just floating around in our minds, of our life goals both big and small. So what’s the key to creating an achievable, yet ambitious Bucket List? Choose what you want, not what you think you should want. If you don’t see skydiving or swimming with sharks or a tattoo sleeve to be in your best interest, ignore the peer pressure and concentrate on you.
Mix up the crazy with the seemingly mundane, the big and the small. A good Bucket List is all about variety. Think about all the things you want for yourself. It’s natural to want immediate things along with those things that will take years of effort. So put the Masters in Economics and the trip to Bali right next to tap dance classes- they’re all worthy!
Sprinkle your list with a couple of things you’ve already done. It’s human nature to work better when you’ve got a little momentum. Plus, you should be proud of what you’ve already accomplished; after all, you are not starting at the beginning! So if you’ve already gone scuba diving and it was something you always wanted to try, put it on the list and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing it off.
Be ambitious, but patient. Use your list to stretch your comfort zone, to face some fears, and make sure some of the things on the list take true effort and discipline, but remember that most worthy things take time. Marathons, advanced degrees, saving for travel - all of these things take training, time, and planning. Just by beginning to take the steps toward what you want you are showing your Bucket List who’s boss.