The 3 keys to your bucket list success

If you want to be successful:

  1. Know what you are doing.
  2. Love what you are doing.
  3. Believe in what you are doing.

 It really is just that simple. And here’s why…

1. Know what you are doing

First things first, you have to know what you want to do. You simply can’t go after something if you don’t know what you want. A lack of focus and planing is the first fatal flaw to letting your bucket list goals slip away. I can’t hark on the importance of specific goals enough. General goal do not harness the power of goal setting the same way a more specific one would. Take a look at the examples below of how you can transform general sentiments into specific goals.

Examples of vague to specific goals:

1. Get in shape = does this mean lower your blood pressure, have consistent energy throughout the day, lose 15 pounds by your college reunion, or run your first 5k race?
2. Build my business = do you mean open a second store, increase revenue by 20%, or hire five new employees?

3. Spend more time with friends = do you mean have dinner once a week or schedule a four-day ski trip? (source)

By taking your goals just one step further and narrowing in on what you want to achieve, you’ll have a higher likelihood to actually achieve these goals.


2. Love what you are doing.

Secondly, you gotta make sure those specific goals are things you love. Not every single second has to be sunshine and rainbows, hard work rarely is, but your objective should bring you great joy, and to be honest the journey should be fun as well.

Experience has made it clear that insofar as happiness is concerned, if presented with the choice of either improving a strength or overcoming a weakness, go for the strength.

We stop struggling to reach our goals when the goals we set are the things we already love doing.

Not only will you enjoy doing what you already enjoy doing (most of us become increasingly passionate about the things we’re progressively good at),  you will also stick to it longer, spend more time working on it, will therefore be more likely achieve your goals and find more joy and happiness in the process.

This shouldn’t be taken as an excuse to toss our weaknesses on the nearest shelf and proudly display them as trophies. It just means there’s more joy in building what we can already do than working to overcome something that has already shown itself to be a stubborn weed in the flowerbed our lives.(source)



3. Believe in what you are doing.

Finally, you have to believe in what you are doing. I think there is a critical distinction in is having the self-belief (i.e. confidence) to go after what you want, your ambitions, your desires, uninhibited. As Yaro Starak suggests

One of the most difficult concepts…to grasp is the idea of having belief when there is no physical demonstration to back up your belief.

For example –

  • You need belief that you can start a business that will succeed so you do not need a job.
  • You need belief that if you keep putting yourself out there you will meet someone and fall in love.
  • You need belief if you keep exercising for long enough you will significantly transform the shape of your body.
  • You need belief that if you keep writing eventually you will publish a best selling book.
  • You need belief that if you keep practicing your sport, eventually you will startwinning tournaments. (source)


Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing or Check out Sara's bucket list here