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bucket-list-goalsSetting Life Goals and Aspirations

You've heard the buzz. Everyone seems to be making bucket list goals, but what is a bucket list? The term comes from a 2007 movie called The Bucket List. Stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two terminally ill men who take a road trip to accomplish everything they've ever wanted to do before they "kick the bucket." Now people commonly use the term for setting life goals and aspirations.  

Bucket List Tips

Many of us have dreams and hopes that we hold close to our hearts, and the New Year is a great time to put a pen to paper and make a list of life goals. Writing down your dreams is a positive step toward making them a reality, and it doesn't have to be intimidating. Just grab a pencil and start brainstorming. You can always make revisions by adding new things to the list, crossing off things you've accomplished or reshaping things as your interests and priorities change. Here are a few more bucket list tips:

1. Fill Your Bucket

Carefully consider what would truly be most important to you if you knew your life was going to be cut short. It would be easy to make a list of all the places you'de like to travel, but you may be missing great opportunities for growth closer to home, or in other areas of your life such as learning a new skill or finding a new hobby.

2. Borrow a Bucket

Browse other bucket lists. Lots of people have posted bucket list ideas and bucket list examples online. Use those as a means to get your own creative juices flowing. Also compare notes with friends and loved ones. Maybe you have similar goals on your bucket lists that would be more fun to accomplish together!

3. Basic Bucket Ambitions

Make some of your goals things that can be attained in the near future. It may take you a lifetime to save for a trip around the world, but there are probably many important things associated with your daily life that could be turned into a goal for the bucket list. For example, try a new activity with a loved one or sign up for a new class. Start with the small things that are easily accomplished and then break bigger dreams into more manageable steps. 

4. Get Your Bucket in Order

Draw up a timeline for when you want to accomplish certain things. Thankfully, most of us are not faced with a terminal illness, but it's easy to let the drudgery of daily life get in the way of our goals. Pencil in some reasonable deadlines, but if things don't work out as planned, remember to stay flexible and revise goals as necessary.

Reflecting on the brevity of this life can be sobering, but it can also be a powerful reminder of the importance of finding opportunities to appreciate the beauty in life. Making a bucket list can be a useful way to help you make the most of each moment. As the movie says, "Find the joy in your life." 

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