We were inspired by the movie, The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman as Edward and Jack Nicholson as Carter. Terminally ill, Edward and Carter escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish-list of “to-dos” before they die. If you haven’t seen it, we recommend you do!
Our challenge? To create our own personal Bucket Lists. It was an eye-opening experience, because we realised just how many things we would like to achieve, but how little time there is to achieve them.
How often have you been at a dinner table when someone tells the story of an exciting adventure they’ve been on and you think “I’d love to do that – it’s going on my to-do list”? But then everyday circumstances get in the way and you don’t get around to doing it.
So what can we do to ensure we accomplish our goals and dreams?
Here are some ideas we’d like to share with you – because our dreams are meant to be reached, aren’t they?
1. Commit your dreams to paper
We’ve all heard the quote “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. But it doesn’t have to apply to us – there are measures we can take to prevent less important tasks from overshadowing the achievement of our bucket list.
One way is to ensure your bucket list is a physical list (not a list that exists only in your mind). Commit your dreams to paper and visually display it in a place you can and will see regularly. This is key – if the to-do list is to be done, then you need to see it regularly.
2. Put your dreams on your “must-do” list
We all have many responsibilities which we generally categorise into “must do”, “should do” and “would like to do”. More often than not everything else around us takes priority – our tasks generally sit in the first two categories and our dreams find their way to the third “would like to do” slot.
Move them up two notches. Your dreams deserve to be in the “must-do” limelight.
3. Share your bucket list
It’s clear that we’re more aware of disappointing a friend rather than ourselves. Somehow we will live with letting ourselves down, but we try our hardest not to disappoint others. The solution? Join forces and create Bucket List experiences that you can share with your family and friends.
The more energy allocated to arranging the experience, the greater the chance of achieving it.
For all of us at FPM the month of June has involved soul-searching and clear forward-planning, but more than anything else it has taught us to dream again. We hope you can dust off those dreams and aspirations and put them back in the limelight because that is where they will prosper.
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