The phrase bucket list is by no means a new idea to anyone who speaks American English. But when the movie of the same name starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson came out a few years ago, the term returned to mainstream conversation with renewed vigor. Now people were thinking closely about the lives they were living, and the movie prompted them to seriously consider doing all the things they would ever dreamt about while there was still time to do them. Then again, there were also those who wrote their own bucket list just as soon as they got home from the movie only to never to do the things they had planned for themselves. Like most people, you have probably got a few bucket list ideas up your sleeve, but you may not know how to go about actually achieving them. To get started, try following a few simple rules.
First, visualize the things you want to accomplish and believe that you can do them. Imagine those exotic locales you have always dreamt of visiting as if you were already there. Think about the family members and old friends you would like to visit and see it happening, no matter what difficulties you may have to overcome to get to them. Imagine finally taking Italian classes or traveling to India to study yoga. Envision all of the strange foods you would like to learn how to make but never had time to learn about. See yourself doing all of these things completely without fear. Next, write down all of the things you have been envisioning. Take note of them on a large piece of poster board, leaving little chance that you will forget that you have made this list.
After you have put all of your desires on a large, visible page, share your ideas with family and friends. See who wants to participate with you, and make plans to spend time achieving your dreams. By bringing family and friends into the picture you will be more likely to actually put your plans into action because someone will be spurning you on. Surround yourself with people who will support your ideas with positive attitudes, but do not let anyone’s negative reaction hold you back from doing what you dream.
Create a reasonable timeline for your goals. In order to achieve the things you have set forth, it is important to be realistic in your goal making, so that when it comes time to put your plans into action you will have given yourself enough room to prepare. Do not abandon your duties at work or recklessly spend your inheritance unless you only have a week left to live. Most of us will benefit from taking the time to plan these goals. Do not put your dreams on hold indefinitely, but do not short yourself on preparation time either.
Lastly, do not let the business overwhelm you. Set yourself small goals at first such as selecting little things to work toward as part of the bigger picture. This way you will feel that you are getting there, slowly but surely.