Most everyone wants to live life to the fullest, but do we really practice that mantra? How often do we pass on opportunities because of inconvenient timing or trivial commitments? I would like to present a formula for living that has the potential to leave no adventure unfulfilled … no dream unrealized. I call it “Living My Bucket List.”
When I ask others what’s on their bucket list they often tell me they’d like to go to Africa, or finish their degree, or attend a World Series game. But when I ask what they’re doing to make those things happen, they stare at me blindly. Michael Jordan once said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” You are the only one who can make it happen.
Build Your Bucket
The backbone of a great bucket list is the bucket itself. And contrary to how most people view their bucket, mine is not just one large cavity. My bucket is sectioned off into the types of activities that I enjoy. My sections are “Things to Do,” “Places to Go,” “Things to See,” and “Unusual Things I’d Like to Eat.” Your bucket will differ, depending on your hobbies, passions and goals.
Filling Your Bucket
Each section in my bucket has two levels, the first is for things I’ve already done. This is where I started filling my bucket. Recounting all the wonderful things I have already done and places I’ve been served two important purposes – it helped spur more ideas about things I want to do and it made me feel good about what I have already accomplished.
Next, I filled the other section – the things I will work to accomplish in the future. The important thing about this section is that it is a work in progress. As I age and my preferences change, so does my bucket. And that’s OK. As long as you won’t regret not having done something, it’s perfectly fine to take it out of your bucket.
Be sure to include small things in your bucket as well – things that can be accomplished easily, inexpensively and quickly. This allows you to make progress in between your larger, more grandiose goals.
Live Your Bucket
Without a doubt the most important part of this exercise is living your bucket. You can have the most awesome bucket in the world, but it does you no good if it stagnates. Here are some tips to help you integrate your bucket into your everyday life:
* Review your bucket frequently.
* Actively work your bucket. Choose small things that you can do on a day-to-day basis.
* Break down larger goals into smaller chunks like saving for a vacation or taking individual classes to complete a degree.
This may all seem simple or silly. But I guarantee that if you take the time to construct a good bucket and then live that bucket, your life will become much more fun and fulfilled.