Today we’re going to chat about lists. Lists have their place -- they’re a helpful tool in giving your day direction and getting those ideas and to-do’s running through your mind onto paper. And, let’s not forget how good it feels to check items off your to-do list, right? Goals have their place too -- they can help bring your life’s direction and purpose into clearer focus and bring your ideas and dreams to fruition. Again, they have their place.
For today’s purposes, we’re going to talk about a different kind of list -- a bucket list. The term bucket list became popularized by a movie of the same name. I hear it used a lot! If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find many articles like the “Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Bucket List” or sites that include 10,000 ideas of incredible adventures to add to your list. What strikes me as funny is we seem to be adding items to these never-ending bucket lists… but aren’t quite checking them off or pursuing them. It’s almost as if we’re hoarding ideas on what becomes more of a “permission-to-put-things-off” list.
My challenge to all of us here in the Best Life Map community is to ask ourselves are we taking action on these list items or are we simply piling them into some ever-expanding repository?
Bucket lists remind me a bit of New Year’s Resolutions. The statistics on New Year’s resolutions are eye-opening -- only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals and 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. I don’t share this with you to discourage you from setting goals or pursuing dreams -- I believe your goals and dreams are worthy of being fulfilled. This is why I want to encourage you to actively pursue them now and not when you’re about to start another trip around the sun. I don’t want you to save them for that “someday” when you’ve arrived at or are approaching your retirement years. I want you to begin living your best life now, today.
John Lennon was so perceptive in observing that “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” If you’re busy accumulating dreams on a bucket list and operating from a place of fear -- you may miss out on the best moments of life. Living your best life is about being fully engaged in the present moment and taking action on meaningful goals. If you’re living each day from a place of trust, actively pursuing your goals and dreams and are being attentive to the seven Checkpoints along your Best Life Map journey… you won’t need a bucket list! Your life will become your bucket list.
Don’t wait to live your Best Life.
I’d love for you to comment below and share a dream or a goal that perhaps you’ve been putting off until that far-off someday. What’s something you can take action on today so you can ditch the bucket list and enjoy living your best life here and now?