New Years Resolutions Day & Happy New Year!

Hello Bucket List peeps,

We just wanted to say that we really appreciate you and are excited for all that you will do in 2016!!! You may or may not know, but Jan 1 is always the busiest day of the year on our website. I was going to take a moment to write a “new year”/”new years resolutions” note but then I received a great email from an inspirational friend of mine Curtis Christopherson (AKA “Coach Curtis”, thats what I call him anyways ;-)) and I thought it was a perfect message to share with our community. Hope you guys enjoy it reading it as much as I did this morning.

Bart


Here is the email:

Subject:  New Years Resolutions Day & Happy New Year

For many people this is the last day before they “change their lives forever”. This is the last day of gluttony before they begin to eat their new diet, this is the last day of sloth before they decide to exercise, or this is their last day of greed before they begin to spend more time with their families. This is the day of high hopes and good intentions, the day where everyone is planning on becoming better.

Unfortunately, the reality for the majority of resolutioners is that this is the last day you will have hope, because most resolutions don’t make it out of the first month.

This doesn’t mean that we sack our hopes and continue with the status quo. This doesn’t mean that we throw our goals out the window and succumb to the life we are tired of living. This does mean that we need to understand why we fail so that we have the ability to continue once failure happens. Failure doesn’t stop our resolutions, quitting does. One (quitting) we have complete control over and the other (failure) we have partial control over.

The first reason our resolutions don’t work is because we fail to talk to ourselves correctly. When we make resolutions we frequently use the word “don’t”. “Don’t eat too much food”, “don’t miss the day at the gym”, “don’t waste the day”. When it comes to focus, your mind doesn’t recognize the word “don’t” and because of this we create a negative self-fulfilling prophecy which empowers exactly what we are trying not to do. If we put a purpose to our thinking then we have a more powerful thought process. “I am going to the gym today because………” allows us to focus on why we are doing what we are going to do and takes out the passive nature of “don’t”. When we speak to ourselves powerfully, we create powerful thinking, which then creates empowerment. And might…just might…create the RESULTS (aka change) we are after.

The second reason resolutions fail is because we attach our goals to people outside of ourselves. “I am going to spend more time with my family because they need to see me more often” is a great resolution but is essentially generic and external. Half of this resolution is dependant on the idea that your family will be around to spend time with you. Any changes we make in life need to be selfish acts. This does not mean that you are a selfish person; it just means that you need to take control over you before you can become anything to someone else. When we act on the behalf of others, they have the control. When control is outside of ourselves then we don’t stand a chance to make the change because we don’t have the investment in change.

The final reason resolutions fail is because we are afraid to fail. Our fear of failure allows us to back out once things get tough. By doing this we are able to justify to ourselves that we chose to quit, we didn’t fail the task. Your reality is that if you are making a resolution, at some point you will fail, temptation during the initial stages of change are just too great. Failure however is not the end point of the journey, instead it is a new beginning where you are able to start off smarter then you were the last time you started. If you are unwilling to accept your role in failure then you are destined to repeat the same exact failure. If you are willing to see your fault, then you are willing to go beyond fear and enter empowerment, which ultimately will create the change you are seeking.

If you are among the millions of people who make resolution at this time of year, remember that without the power of you, your resolutions don’t stand a chance. If your current state of mind won’t allow you to commit, then save yourself the time and don’t try to fake the commitment. If you are seeking change in life you need to understand that resolutions aren’t a once a year thing, resolutions are an every day effort that ebbs and flows with the demands and changes of your life; once you are ready to accept them.

On that note, in 2016 I encourage all of you to challenge yourself, be open to be challenged by someone else, take your health serious, focus on any goals you have set, be committed at achieving the results you are after, take risks, maximize opportunity, and most importantly take control of your destiny. Life is not easy and there will be obstacles and unforeseen challenges that will come your way but if you surround yourself with great people, you should have the support you need.

I’m looking forward to spending time, sharing thoughts, collaborating, and/or just rocking out life with each and every one of you next year. Happy New Year to all of you — my friends, family and peers!

Here is to a healthy, happy, and a very successful (whatever you deem that to be) year in 2016!

Curtis Christopherson

Coach Curtis

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Staycation

The Staycation Bucket List

Did you know that every US state and Canadian province and territory are represented on BucketList.org? Not just BucketList.org visitors, but every state, province and territory appear on someone’s bucket list. That means that someone actually wants to come to where you live no matter how boring you think the place might be.

So here’s a quick guide on how to build a local, staycation, even, budget bucket list for your very own home state.

Use BucketList.org

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What to Add to Your Bucket List? How about Bungee Jumping.

That's one mighty crane!
Thats one mighty crane!

Bungee jumping is one of the top goals on Bucket List; currently nearly 1,600 people want to try it. If you’ve always wanted to bungee jump but have been putting it off, take it from two brothers who recently tried it: The exhilarating freedom of soaring through the air is much greater than the fear of jumping.

Ron and Todd were on vacation in Costa Rica, and they heard there was a bungee-jump crane in the nearby town of Jaco. Todd had bungee jumped several times, but Ron had never tried it, so they decided they had to go.

“We had heard that city had a bungee jump, and were eager to check it out,” said Ron. “Such a sketchy-looking crane was not what I expected, though.” From the rickety-looking yellow crane, jumpers get a magnificent view of the surrounding town and beach while their feet are strapped in. Then they jump and plummet forty meters (131 feet) into a swimming pool.

“The free fall, albeit brief, is an indescribable experience. The immediate future is entirely out of my control, but the pure freedom and flight-like feeling more than justifies any pre-jump anxiety,” explained Ron.

Getting closer to the jump!
Getting closer to the jump!

Todd’s motto is, “If it’s not on video, it didn’t happen,” so he just had to get the first-person shot. So he gripped his GoPro camera tightly and pointed it down. The footage of the tiny swimming pool getting closer and closer until it hits the lens was well worth the risk of dropping the camera.

HERE WE GO!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!
HERE WE GO!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!

The brothers wanted to share their experience with friends and family, so they decided to team up with VideoTov to turn their footage into a pro video. They picked the perfect song, and the editor timed the footage just right. Now they get to re-experience the thrill of bungee jumping any time they want.

Both brothers highly recommend the experience. If you’re nervous about it, they suggest you adopt the mantra of bungee jumpers in South Africa: “Fear is temporary. Regret is forever.”

Get inspired to do your own bungee jump by watching Ron and Todd’s video:

To learn more about VideoTov, click here.

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Bucket List Idea: Geocaching

Popular Bucket List Idea: Geocaching

Are you looking for a fun activity performed by people of all ages and from all walks of life across the entire globe? Congrats! you’ve found it. Welcome to the world of geocaching!

It also happens to be a popular goal that many members add to their bucket list. Who knows could be a good item to complete this summer.

At a high level, the best way to describe Geocaching is a modern day real-world treasure hunt where you get to look for and track “caches” hidden by one of the millions of people that play the game world wide. For one of the best resources & for more info on this activity, we suggest visiting www.GeoCaching.com! This site will give you everything you need from learning how to geocache, locating caches and joining the geocaching community.

Geocaching Logo
Geocaching.com Logo

We were lucky enough to get a tour of the GeoCaching.com offices by Jeremy and Brian (the 2 co-founders) in Seattle WA and found out all about this extremely fun activity. Whick by the way, made it onto our bucket lists and some of us have already accomplished 🙂

Bucket List at Goecaching.com
Bucket List & Geocaching teams

Click Here to add this item to your bucket list today and check it off this summer!!!

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