Life is too short not to have a Bucket List!

photo (7)Generally when people think of a “bucket list,” they think of all the things that they want to do or experience throughout their entire life, before they proverbially, “Kick the bucket.”

While I believe everyone should create their own bucket list, I’d like to also encourage you to set goals and experiences to live and accomplish on a smaller scale. Focus on experiencing something every day, every week, every month and every year. We cannot wait for the right moment to experience life. We cannot wait for that big break or that big dream to come true and miss out on the beauty of the present experience. We have to create the right moments and experience life on a daily basis. As you create your bucket list, be sure to make your family and loved ones part of it. Many bucket lists are self-centered and ego-centric. Because when we are young, we tend to think of all the things WE want to live/try/see – US! But we may end up at the finish line or in certain moments of your life and realize that we can have all the experiences the world has to offer, but if we don’t get to share them with those closest to us, they will be empty…and less memorable.

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A wise man once said a goal not written down is really only a wish. There is power in writing down your goals. Life is short and it is easy to let the days flow by without exploring what is outside the daily routines of life. Someday it will be our time to kick the bucket. None of us know when this day will come and as such we should treat every day like a special occasion. Surprise your loved ones (friends, family, lover) every once in a while with a spontaneous experience that will bring you closer together while allowing you to check off one of those items from your list.

Besides the fact that a bucket list can motivate you to break the routine, it is also a fun element to have in your life and also can help you clarify what you really want for the future. It is also an indicator of the type of personality that you are. Somehow, once you draft it and re-read it, you might get a better idea of the type of person that you are, given the things you really want to do and live. For example, this is how I realized that I am a free and adventurous spirit, because most of my experiences on the bucket list involve adrenaline things or going to places where my spirit could feel unchained.

Below I drafted three elements that I believe are very important when drafting your bucket list:

Direction. Chart your own course in life. As you write down your goals, your desires and the experiences you want to live, you will have a clear path to follow. There will always be things competing for your time and energy. Having a bucket list will give you the direction on what you actually really want. It may help you when you are lost, down and unmotivated.

Focus. Having specific goals written down will help you stay focused. When the daily routines of life set in, it can be easy to let the days pass without taking much thought for your dreams. Use the items on your bucket list to keep yourself focused. Make an effort to accomplish something small each day, week and month. You will find that you have attained great successes as the years pass. You can pick every month two or three things on your list and try to accomplish them. Every month, something different. It may help you get out of your routine for a change and give you a sense of accomplishment as you cross one more thing on your list.

Purpose. What do you want out of life? Why? This is your purpose. You should ask yourself these questions with each goal that you have. This will help you determine if you really want it or not. Taking time to reflect on your purpose, to sit down and write out the answers to these questions will keep you motivated when times get tough.

Create a bucket list to bring direction, focus and purpose to your life. Do not waste time waiting to experience life. You must design each moment that you want to experience. Work to create those moments in your life and check something off your bucket list every month. Enjoy the ride! 🙂

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