Bucket List Failure

Failure as Part of the Bucket List Experience

Are some of your bucket list goals pretty wild? Way outside your comfort zone, not to mention your budget, skills or abilities? And are you afraid you may try and fail at some of these goals?

Then you and I have something in common.

My bucket list is the To Do list of an adventurous, athletic, wealthy genius. I love who I see when I look at that list: Michelle on top of mountains, Michelle racing cars, Michelle learning languages and living like an expat, owning a radio station and fighting with nunchucks.
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SMART Goals with Bucketlist University [Infographic]

Class, I stand before you a proud teacher. I’ve shared with you my wisdom on SMART goal setting, and now it is time you spread your wings and fly (literally if you want to skydive).

But it’s time for you to grab your bucket list by the metaphorical horns and start achieving your life goals.

We love making goal setting and especially SMART goal setting as easy as possible so we created a handy infographic chocked full of neat stats to help you stay motivated!

Setting SMART Goals with Bucketlist University

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Targeted Goals are SMART Goals

Guess what folks, we’ve made it to T! For the last few weeks we’ve been looking at what makes a goal SMART and how by adding a few simple details to your goal, you become almost 80% more likely to accomplish your goals than people who don’t even write their goals down.

We started with Core Values or the foundations of your goal. Family, fitness, and learning are all examples of core values. Chances are you already know what your core values are. I like to think of them as the things that drive the major choices of your life and your everyday actions. Keep them in mind when creating your bucket list to keep you motivated to achieve your goals.

Targeted Goals

The last leg of the SMART goal process is setting targets for your goals. Let me ask you a question, when if you have a task to do but know deadline, chances are it will take a lot longer than expected (or than it should) to complete. The same mentality can be translated to your bucket list goals.

Set targets to complete your goal. Little milestones are a great way to stay motivated and and keep your goals in the forefront of your mind.

An Example of a Targeted Goal – Running a Marathon

Running a marathon is a great item to have on your bucket list. Not only is it physically challenging, but it requires months of dedication, training and focus in order to achieve it.

To make running a marathon a targeted goal, start by choosing a marathon you want to run. Obviously, depending on your physical shape and endurance depends on how far away it should be for training, but let’s say six months is a good place to start.

By setting an end time you’ve taken the first step to making your bucket list item of running a marathon a targeted goal. The second major step is identifying milestones along the way. Like running 10 miles without stopping or training four days a week for a month. Celebrating these little steps will make you achieve your goals in no time!

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Realistic Goals are SMART Goals

Good news team! We’re trucking along in our Bucketlist University series and we’ve already made it to the ‘R’ in SMART Goals. Now if you’ve read the title of this post, you’ll notice that R stands for realistic. 

Remember those core values I talked about a couple of weeks ago? They are key to making your goals realistic.

Core values are the values that are important to you and your everyday actions, such as family, fitness and adventure.

Setting goals that are important to you and that align with your core values is the first step to checking off that item from your bucket list!

Here’s a quick refresher on SMART goals:

SMART Goals

Well, a SMART goal stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

The beauty of following this framework for setting you goals is that they are much more likely to succeed than an unfocused goal! Research has shown that putting the effort into setting SMART goals, effects your subconscious where without even knowing it, you’ll be on the path to completion in no time!

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In order for your goal to be realistic, it must be a goal which you are willing and able to work towards! We all hope to wake up a multimillionaire, but I’ve come to terms that I don’t think thats going to happen. Setting goals which are achievable (in this lifetime) will help you to keep on track with achieving your goal, because you won’t feel like it is completely beyond your reach.

Making your goals realistic increases your personal motivation and in the end will help you achieve success!

Have any questions on how you can plan and achieve SMART Goals? Leave us a comment below!

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Attainable Goals are SMART Goals

Don’t get me wrong, dreaming is a beautiful thing! And I encourage you all to dream big old hairy goals … every once and a while.

I’ve always wanted to be legitimate royalty (too many Disney movies growing up) but I have to be honest with myself, finally at age 22, I don’t think Prince Harry is going to turn around a propose to me (at least not for a little while.)

The same can be said for setting SMART GOALS, make them attainable goals. Understanding our limitations, doesn’t mean we have to settle for the mundane. I think it means the opposite. It means that we can set our sights on outrageously awesome goals that with some work and planning we can actually achieve! And let me tell you, accomplishing these types of goals are so, so sweet!

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SMART Goals

Here’s a quick refresher on SMART goals. Let’s step back a little. What is a SMART goal? Well, a SMART goal stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

The beauty of following this framework for setting you goals is that they are way more likely to succeed than an unfocused goal!

Making Your Goal Attainable Goals

Just by creating a goal and writing it down you innately begin to start laying out the steps you need to take in order to complete it!

We all do it. There has been countless hours I’ve surfed the internet for cheap flights, good hotel deals on just drooling over cool vacation destinations. Believe it or not, these are some of the first steps in accomplishing an item on your bucket list. Realizing that these goals are attainable will change your everyday actions!

Begin laying out the process through which you can achieve your goal. Every day activities, or monthly checkins roughly marking out the direction you will go will help in making your goal attainable!

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Specific Goals are SMART Goals- Bucketlist University

So, you’ve sat down, figured out your core values and are itching to start your bucket list. Congratulations! You’re on your way to crossing off your goals in no time at all!

But can I be frank with you? Achieving goals is challenging, but the rewards are amazing!

Just like you need to set your goals based on your core values, setting SMART goals will allow you to see the road to success more clearly and direct.

So to start off the second instalment of Bucketlist University, today we’ll be looking at putting the S in SMART goals, be specific!

SMART Goals

Actually, let’s step back a little. What is a SMART goal? Well, a SMART goal stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

The beauty of following this framework for setting you goals is that they are much more likely to succeed than an unfocused goal!

Specific Goals

I’m sure many of you are in school, and are told on the regular how important it is to be specific in your work. Whether it is in an essay or an algebra question precision is expected for success. Well the same goes for your goals.

I sure know I could lose a few pounds after the holidays, but a not SMART goal would be to get fit. Instead working on the core value I believe in, fitness, if I set a specific goal of running a 5 km race in 30 minutes, I can now work towards a specific goal.

Making Specific Goals

A simple method to setting a specific goal is by answering these 6 W’s.

  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

The more information the better! When you lay out the guidelines for your goal, taking the next step is inevitable!

Before you know it from making your goal specific, you will begin to subconsciously work towards it through your everyday decisions and choices!

Interested in finding out more on SMART goal setting? Stay tooned! In the next few weeks we will be adding to our Bucketlist University series and guiding you on your bucket list journey.

PS: We found this great infographic on goal setting! It is illuminating!

Great graphic from OnlineEducation.net breaks down the realities of goal setting. Setting Goals Infographic

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