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Decide exactly what you want in every area of your life; you can’t hit a target you can’t see

Brian Tracy

Knowing what you want is the starting point of personal progress and career success. If you don’t set goals, the end result is simple, you fail. You can have almost anything you want in life, but first you have to decide what it is. Thousands, if not millions, of people wander on the earth every day without a quest. If you do not want to spend your life wandering aimlessly, you have to decide exactly what you want in every area of your life. Do you want to run a marathon?, Get a degree?, Write a book?, Build a house?. Every man has goals. Sometimes our goals are lofty aspirations (make a difference, change the world), sometimes they are simply tasks we need to achieve in order to function better (sleep more, quit smoking). Too often in life we get caught up in our day to day business and time just slips right past us. At the end of each year, we habitually look back and sum up the events of that year, taking stock of what we really accomplished. Many of us could probably sum up 2018 in a few words, something along the lines of I worked a lot, made some money, spent some money, paid off some bills. Now that is all well and good, but did you have childhood dreams about working a lot to pay off bills, and nothing more? No. If that was all you dreamed about as a kid, you probably had a lot of lone time at the playground to think about it. As kids we dreamed about doing something amazing, about having grand adventures. We dreamed about one day becoming men of action, who seized every day as our own and made the most of it. So what has changed? Age is just a number. Sure, you have more responsibility now than when you were a kid, but you also have far more capability. The things you once could only dream of are now within your reach; why not take hold of them?

No matter how grand or trivial our goals, it always feels good to achieve them, and there is a very simple tool that can help you do just that-the bucket list. A bucket list is a list of everything you want to do before you die, no matter how big or small. And we believe every Superhero should create one. Creating a bucket list adds a sense of direction to your life. It forces you to consider what matters to you, so you can live in a meaningful way. It’s also a great productivity tool. Having a set of goals you want to accomplish before you die helps you discard the time-wasters in your life, both personally and professionally. It has been scientifically proven that if you write down your goals, you are far more likely to actually accomplish them. When you physically record your goals, your mind creates a sort of contract with itself, and nobody likes to let themselves down. Plus, having a physical list lying around that you see on a regular basis serves as a constant reminder of your aspirations, and keeps you goal oriented. So where to start?

What is a Bucket List?

A bucket list is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die. Whether it’s written down or not, there is something in this world that you would like to do, but have yet to experience or accomplish. Writing it out is called a bucket list. It was made popular from the movie called “The Bucket List” where two terminally ill guys (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) meet in a hospital and then set out on an adventure to try and do everything on their lists. Simply, It’s a list of things you would like to do before you die (or “kick the bucket” ).

Why Create a Bucket List?

There are Only Seven Days in a Week, and Someday Is Not One of Them.

Everyone has things they want to do in their lives.  The problem is, very few people have the mindset that allows them to actually accomplish their goals. If you don’t live your days by personal goals and plans, then the chances are that you spend most of your time caught up in a flurry of day-to-day activities. Have you ever felt that your days are passing you by without any tangible output to speak of? What did you accomplish in the past 3 months? What are your upcoming goals for the next 3 months? Look at the things you did and the things you’re planning to do next, Do they mean anything to you if you are to die today? Having a bucket list reminds you of what’s really important so you can act on them. Sure, at some point in the future you would like to see the tallest building in the world, start a business, and meet a world leader.  That means nothing until you make it a priority, and creating a bucket list can be the first step. Even if you frequently live by goals or to-do lists, they are probably framed within a certain social context e.g. performance, career, health. A bucket list opens up the context. It’s a forum to set anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to do, whether it’s big, small or random.. It’s just like planning ahead all the highlights you want for your whole life. It was an incredibly insightful exercise. The objective of creating this list isn’t to instill some kind of a race against time or to create aversion toward death. I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth. I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth. our physical lifespan is but a short speck of our existence in the universe. The whole point of creating your list is to maximize every moment of our existence and live our life to the fullest. It’s a reminder of all the things we want to achieve in our time here, so that instead of pandering our time in pointless activities, we are directing it fully toward what matters to us. Bucket lists make you stop and think what you actually want to experience in this lifetime, reminds you that life is short and we should live it to its fullest and increase your happiness because they give you both hope and curiosity.

Creating your bucket list

There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~ Christopher Morley

It is a strange fact that the people who have accomplished the most things in life tend to have the biggest number of items still left in their buckets. People with no goals in the future also tend to have no accomplishments in their past. If you don’t have a bucket list, I highly recommend you to create one. How much will it cost? Zero. How long will it take? Probably 30 minutes to an hour, or more if you get really caught up in the writing. What do you stand to gain? Significant clarity and focus on what you want from your life. It’s an invaluable exchange.

If you already have your list, take this opportunity to review it. See if there are new items you want to add-on. If so, add them in. Check if all the items listed are still relevant. If not, remove them.

Now, take out your pen and paper or open up a text document. Start writing down what comes to mind as you read these questions:

  • What if you were to die tomorrow? What would you wish you could do before you die?
  • What would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?
  • What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
  • Any countries, places or locations you want to visit?
  • What are your biggest goals and dreams?
  • What do you want to see in person?
  • What achievements do you want to have?
  • What experiences do you want to have / feel?
  • Are there any special moments you want to witness?
  • What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?
  • What are the most important things you can ever do?
  • What would you like to say/do together with other people? People you love? Family? Friends?
  • Are there any specific people you want to meet in person?
  • What do you want to achieve in the different areas: Social, Love, Family, Career, Finance, Health (Your weight, Fitness level), Spiritual?
  • What do you need to do to lead a life of the greatest meaning?

Come up with as many items as you can. The items should be things you have not done yet. Don’t stop until you finish listing at least 100+ things. If you find yourself stuck, with chances are you are mentally limiting/constraining yourself. Your bucket list is meant to be a list of everything you want to achieve, do, see, feel and experience in your life. The bucket list should contain the following sectors of life.

  • Travel
  • Relationships
  • Career
  • Financial
  • Entertainment
  • Adventure
  • Contribution
  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Health

Important tips to consider when writing your bucket list

Many people spend their lives drifting from one job to another, or rushing around trying to get more done while actually accomplishing very little. Setting goals means you can clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively, and increase your chances of achieving what you want in life. The bucket list can be very exciting in writing when you know some rules in it. Knowing these rules has a tremendous and profound impact in achieving the goals.

  1. Set Goals That Motivate You
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