You could say I’m a bit of a dreamer. All through school I’d sit there and think about all the things I wanted to accomplish in my life. Graduate University, travel the world, become a millionaire all pretty big dreams.
But luckily I’m also a list maker, whether it’s my “to-dos” for the day, week or even month. And, to be honest, I always get quite a kick crossing every item off.
It wasn’t until I started working for bucketlist.org that I realized I could transition this mentality of thinking into my larger life goals, the things I wanted to achieve before I died, my bucket list!
Motivation is often something that diminishes over time, especially in this lull period between ‘New Years Resolutions’ and summer time goals. But here’s a little exercise to help keep on track to crushing your bucket list.
Our bucket lists should be long and crazy awesome, but sometimes all that ‘crazy-awesomeness’ may become a little overwhelming. My advice? Choose one goal at a time. Something that excites you, but at the same time a SMART goal, remember those?
2. Step by step, day by day
Take your goal and break it down into mini goals. Personally, I am training to run a 10km race by the end of April (I don’t like running). But one of the things that keeps me going is the training schedule, broken down into three runs a week. Its really helped me focus on the little milestones along the way. At first running a 10km seemed nearly impossible to me, but after completing about a month of training, my goal seemed within reach.
3. Hold Yourself Accountable – tell a friend
Some goals are private, and mean more to you alone, than anyone can understand. But for the ones you are ready to share, tell a friend, and have him or her tell you theres. It truly is amazing the power of sharing your goals has! Just check out this awesome stat:
“People who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals!” (source)
4. Keep on, Keepin’ on
Finally, as the title suggests, keep moving forward. If you mess up a week, don’t beat yourself up, after all you’re only human. The best way to get over the failures is to celebrate the victories. You run a mile without stopping? Celebrate! Booked your flights? Celebrate! Wrote down your bucket list? Celebrate! After all life is all about the little things!