Create your own Bucket List!

A few days ago, I was researching my word of the year online and I came across someone's bucket list. And it inspired me to think beyond 2018 and uncover the goals that I want to achieve before I die (don't worry, I'm not ill and don't plan on going anywhere just yet!).

Every man dies - not every man really lives.
— William Ross

Why create a bucket list?

I am a fan of lists; to-do lists, shopping lists, packing lists, client lists... you name it! But a bucket list is different. Instead of listing chores or tasks that potentially invoke feelings of stress and anxiety, a bucket list is a curated space for planning the HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR LIFE. It opens up the context, frees you from any limiting beliefs, and gives you an opportunity to set experiences that make you happy. A bucket list item can be anything you want it to be - big, small, funny, crazy, or just plain random!

Even though goal setting is an integral part of my life and business, I love the concept of a bucket list because it gave me a whole new layer of enthusiasm for tomorrow and the future. A bucket list acts as a reminder of what's important to our core values instead of wasting away each day in an unproductive rut. In fact, what I love most about a bucket list is that the objective is not to race against time to tick everything off, but rather it's an opportunity to maximize our life and enjoy every moment of our existence.

Don't have a bucket list? Create one!

It's never the wrong time to set your intentions and start afresh! Download my free worksheet below and work through the questions to help pinpoint some experiences that will add meaning, joy, love, fun, [insert adjective here] to your life.

  • How long will it take? Probably 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • How much will it cost? Free. Nothing. Nada. Zilch!
  • What will I gain? Significant clarity and focus on what you want from your life.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!

Already have a bucket list? This section is for you.

High fives for being proactive with your life! But just because you have a bucket list, it doesn't mean you get to sit back and do nothing :) Take this opportunity to review your list - make a plan to check something off in the near future, add new experience or two, and remove anything that no longer aligns with your core principles.

>> Remember a bucket list is a work in action - keep evolving and growing it! 

Get some inspiration

Here is a sample of some experiences that you may want to add to your bucket list - don't choose them unless they resonate with you (and definitely don't add them for the sake of it!).

  1. Travel - Where have you always wanted to go? Why?
  2. Get a makeover.
  3. Go high - Make a mission to climb a really high mountain, or go up the tallest building in the world.
  4. Go low - Why not learn to scuba dive?
  5. Make a new friend.
  6. Learn something new - Master a language, get a degree, learn a new sport.
  7. Push yourself - See what your body is capable of doing and train for a marathon/triathlon/anything that you haven't done before.
  8. Dance in the rain.
  9. Fall in love and be in a fulfilling relationship.
  10. Try something extreme - Bungee jumping, parasailing, shark cage diving...
  11. Become a mentor - We all have something valuable to share.
  12. Plant a tree and watch it grow.
  13. Do something that frightens you - Sing in front of an audience, start your own business, tell someone you love them.
  14. Find a shooting star.
  15. Throw a mega party - You don't need an excuse to have a great time!
  16. Thank someone - Go out of your way to express gratitude and kindness to someone in your life.
  17. Fly first class - Because who doesn't dream of that!
  18. Do something out of character - Be impulsive and book a last minute vacation, forget the time and play silly buggers with your kids, give free hugs to strangers!
  19. Help someone in need - Foster a pet, give food to the homeless, volunteer at a retirement home.
  20. Find enlightenment/peace.

Share your bucket list ideas in the comments below.