Last post I talked about goal setting and making a bucket list to help deal with change. A bucket list is simply a list of things a person wants to do before she “kicks the bucket.” Bucket list items can include anything and everything, and that is part of the beauty, freedom, and fun of creating a list.
The items can be short or long events, cheap or expensive activities, quickly achievable goals or decades-long accomplishments. You can complete them individually or with friends, family, and even sometimes strangers. They can apply to your physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of your life. It’s fun to go crazy and dream big, and there are three more major benefits of goal setting through the use of a bucket list.
Brainstorming any and all ideas for your bucket list will illuminate your values. When you see the types of activities or events that are coming up, you may notice a few common threads running through some of them. As you reflect on your goals and compare it to how you live your day-to-day life, you may also discover some discrepancy. You can use this awareness to alter your actions accordingly with your values and goals in mind.
The busyness of day-to-day can make us forget about our long term desires. Having a physical or digital copy of your bucket list to look at will help keep your goals in the forefront of your mind. Going over the items every now and then will keep you motivated to work toward them and also keep your choices on track with what you want out of life. Having goals forces you into action and keeps you moving forward.Having goals forces you into action and keeps you moving forward. Click To Tweet
Checking or crossing off an item on a list is such a satisfying experience. As you complete items on your bucket list, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and achievement. These increase feels of fulfillment and life satisfaction. Just by creating a bucket list and going after those items will ensure that you’re living life in a positive way. Additionally, looking back on all you’ve done can also provide needed inspiration when going through challenging times.
If you’d like a jumping off point, here are ten examples from my own bucket list. Some of these I’ve completed, and others I have not. I may never accomplish all the items on my bucket list, and that’s okay. It’s bringing awareness, motivation, and fulfillment into my life already.
Backpack throughout Europe
2. Build a tiny house
3. Do the splits
4. Write a book
6. Complete a multi-day hike
Volunteer regularly with an organization (ongoing)
8. Achieve 5,000 subscribers on this blog
9. See the Northern Lights
10. Slide down a waterfall
What is an item off of your bucket list? Or, what have you always wanted to do?