This week I digress from how to go after one dream to practising dreaming. Very often we regret the things we did not do or who we did not spend time with. We all want to live a life in which we express our full potential.
People create life goals lists to remember what will help them to live a life no regrets. A variety of people have bucket lists or life goals lists. Top athlete and Olympic winner in swimming, Michael Phelps has a list of goals which he looks at every day. Jack Canfield, an author of and founder of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, keeps his list of over 101 goals on his website. Anthony Robbins, an entrepreneur who teaches others how to achieve their big goals, keeps his own list.
In this post, you will create a list of life goals or a bucket list. Your life goals list is simply a list of things, experiences, and skills you desire most.
Why you should keep a bucket list or a list of life goals
Like Queen Latifah in the movie Last Holiday, you will create a list (or book in the movie) of possibilities.
But remember, as Queen Latifah says in the movie,
I wish I’d known that happiness comes from going after your goals while you are alive – not from waiting for that day to occur at some point in the future.
While this post is about making a list of your dreams, remember that it isn’t enough to make a list and look at it ever so often. You have to go after your goals with everything in your arsenal.
You define your dreams, you gather support, you take risks, you act in spite of your fears, you develop habits and routines, you decide you’re not going to have regrets, you do not leave any opportunity wasted, you stay accountable to your dreams, and you allow the pursuit of your dreams to propel you forward.
Over time, as you pursue your dreams, your list of possibilities will eventually become your list of realities.
But to go after your dreams and life goals, you need to know what they are. You need to have this list accessible so that you can look at it and take action toward items on it.
Your life goals list is a reminder of what will make your life a full one.
Incidentally, the creator of the term “bucket list” or your life goals list, Justin Zackham, came up with the term while writing his own list of goals to do before he dies. He eventually turned his phrase into a movie, The Bucket List, starring two of Hollywood’s iconic actors, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. See what your bucket list can do for you?
While the original meaning for a bucket list deals with accomplishing goals before dying, the term does not have to be limited to death. You can have a life goals list to do before a certain age (40 things to do before 40), for this decade or for every decade of your life.
Regardless of how you develop your life goals list, your list should energize you, motivate you and prompt you to action.
Before you get started with brainstorming your life goals, decide on where you want to keep your list. You could use a notes app on your phone such as Evernote, or write the list in a notebook, or maybe keep it on your personal website.
How to make a bucket list
Making a basic bucket list is easy. You sit in a comfortable place and you give yourself the time and space to dream. Imagine the best life possible for you and write down those things that have the potential to make you feel stretched, happy, content and fulfilled.
Write down what comes to mind first. Your list is unique to you because we have different strengths, family backgrounds, and culture.
After making a first draft list, consider the following categories to flesh out the list:
- Financial Goals
- Career/Business Goals
- Family Time
- Health/Appearance Goals
- Relationship Goals
- Personal Growth
- Making a Difference (Purpose)
Other bucket lists that people keep
People keep a variety of bucket lists. Browse these other categories below in making your list. Let your heart and imagination be your guide. Look at other lists online to see anything that interests you.
A bucket list of destinations to have a vacation
Where would you like to visit for vacation?
Maybe New Your City, Los Angeles, Europe or Lake Moraine.
A bucket list of adventurous experiences
What adventurous experiences would you like to have? Maybe riding in a hot air balloon, sky diving, or ziplining.
A bucket list of things to learn
Some people love to learn new things such as a new language, instrument, sport or craft such as soap making.
A bucket list of books to read or movies to watch
List out 20 books you would like to read or keep a list of movies to watch.
A bucket list of experiences with family and friends
Write out lists of experiences you would like to have with your entire family or with individuals such as a son and/or daughter.
Bucket list for couples
Keep a separate bucket list of experiences to have with your partner. I hope my husband and I could vacation in a ski lodge and dance the tango.
A bucket list of things to own
Consider things you would love to own. A Tesla vehicle is on my list.
A bucket list for each holiday
You may want a list of experiences or even emotions to feel during holidays. Create a list for each holiday, for example, Christmas or the summer period.
Your bucket list is not static
Periodically update your list. Look at it every day.
Each day, you will have new experiences and insights. If you look at your list every day you will remember to update it.
If a daily reading is too much then read the list weekly.
Your list is flexible. You can add to it and you can also delete items from it.
After you have created your full list, help someone else to create their own.