What if you get to the end of your life, look back on all that you did over the course of your life, and felt fulfilled with everything that you accomplished? The experiences that you created, the relationships that you built, the greater good that you established for the world around you, what if there was a way to track it all?
Right now, we all have a lot of things that we want to achieve over the course of our lives. Unfortunately, however, once we come to the end of the road, too many look back on life and feel unfulfilled instead of knowing that they lived their life to the absolute fullest.
Doesn’t sound like an enjoyable realization to face, does it?
There is a way to prevent this feeling. How do you do so? By creating a life list for yourself.
Life list, bucket list, to-do list, wishlist, whatever type of list it may be, I want to share with you how to create one, and how it has helped me to live a far better life than the one I was living before.
What Is a Life List?
A life list is a list of everything that you want to accomplish over the course of your life. Pretty broad, right? That’s because it’s supposed to be. With a life list, you list anything that you want to accomplish. There are no limitations to what should or shouldn’t be on your life list, only things that hold meaning and value to your life.
Ask yourself this question, “What are some things that I want to do before I die?” How do you want to spend your life? What memories and experiences do you want to create? Where are some of the places that you want to travel to? Make a list of your answers. Don’t worry about any limitations, just write whatever comes to your mind and listen to your heart. That is a life list.
Create Your Own Life List
One thing to avoid when making a life list is fuzzy goals. This is your list. Nobody else needs to know about it, so you have no need to be embarrassed by what goes on it. Know what you want, be specific, and make your goals measurable.
What sounds better to you, a goal of losing weight, or a goal of dropping ten pounds so that you can finally fit into those clothes that have been stored in your closet since you hit your adult years? If you’re asking me, the second one would be more likely to keep me motivated. Not only is it specific, but there is a purpose behind it. It’s not vague, so when the time comes when motivation is running low, there is some inspiration in the goal itself to keep me motivated.
Now, my goal isn’t to lose weight, but you get the point. One of the goals on my life list is to travel more. Again, it’s a vague goal to have. So to make it more measurable, I decided that I wanted to travel to at least one new destination every month for a year. Whether I drive or fly to that destination, I just want to experience a newfound place.
There are two things about this goal that stands out. First, it’s specific. Variables like “once a month” and “new destination” are going to help me to keep my goal in sight. Second, it’s forcing me to break out of my comfort zone. Going to new places (especially alone) is not always an easy task. The more you break out of your comfort zone, the more you both learn and experience in life.
Examples of non-specific goals:
- Travel the world
- Lose weight
- Start my own business
- Read more
- Save money
Examples of specific goals for the above:
- Schedule a trip to backpack across Europe in the next five years
- Lose ten pounds of weight in the next two months by walking for forty-five minutes every night
- Start working on my side hustle every night until I make enough to turn it into a full-time income. Then, quit my job and focus solely on my business.
- I am going to read for at least thirty minutes daily. Split it up if you need
- Save $10,000 this year. How? By tracking my spending and putting $200 from every paycheck immediately into my savings account.
Forget Thinking Small, Think BIG
Don’t be afraid to mix it up, and whatever you do, don’t limit yourself. This is the list that you want to accomplish over the course of your life. Not just in a year, but your life. Who knows where you will be in a year or two. The possibilities are endless, but if you limit yourself, odds are that you won’t be too far ahead of where you are right now.
You are only going to achieve as much as you can imagine for yourself. If you think small, I hate to break it to you, but you aren’t going to achieve what you are truly capable of achieving. When you think big, on the other hand, the possibilities become endless. Forget about your fears or the unlikely possibility that we conclude in our minds of “what could go wrong” and just write.
Forget About Buying “Stuff”
I used to be the type of person who thought that I needed to have all of the latest and greatest gadgets, fashion, and cars in order to be happy. Man, if only I had that Lamborghini, that would have cured all of my unhappiness.
Truth be told, items aren’t going to make you happy. They are only going to make how you feel until you get them. Once you get them and they become apart of your life, you will either forget about them or move onto your next desire.
What’s better than buying stuff? Experiencing all that life has to offer. There is this sense of happiness that you get from going out in the world and doing good for others, creating experiences and memories, and soaking up the life around you that purchasing “things” just can’t fulfill. This was the case for me anyways. It doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be rich someday, but it’s not my number one priority like it used to be.
Hold Yourself Accountable
The final step to achieving your life list is to publish it. If you don’t hold yourself accountable to your list, this list will end up like all of the other ones that you have created – in the garbage next to your desk or at the bottom of the drawer you never check.
Publish this list wherever you feel will help you to fulfill it the most. Maybe it’s on your blog, maybe it’s sharing it with your friends on Facebook, maybe it’s by taping it to your bathroom mirror, maybe it’s by placing it on your review mirror so that you are forced to see it every day as you back out of your driveway. Either way, put it somewhere that you are going to see frequently see it. The more you see it, the more it pushes you to actually start chipping away at it.
This is your opportunity to have fun, to let your imagination run wild, and to list all that you want to get out of life. This is also your one life to live. You truly don’t know what you are capable of achieving until you at least try.
Having a list of my own has given me a direction in which I want my life to go in. From my own personal experience, I can tell you that having a life list has helped me to break past my comfort zone and has helped me to live my best life.
If you have never written a list of things that you want to accomplish over the course of your life, I strongly encourage you to do so. Jot down whatever it is that you want to achieve. You will be more inspired and more motivated to actually achieve the things on your list when you put them into focus.
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