One Sunday evening my wife and I started creating a couples bucket list mainly consisting of all the places we wanted to travel and it got me thinking that I’ve never created a bucket list. Sure, I have pretty extensive goals, vision & values, but I had never taken the time to create a bucket list.
So, I opened up the Google Keep app on my phone and started a “Bucket List”. I brain dumped all the things I would like to do before I die (AKA Kick the Bucket). To get more ideas and spur the imagination I looked for bucket list examples by searching for things like best bucket list ideas, travel bucket list, and things you must do before you die. I was selective in what I added to my list but ultimately ended up creating a pretty good size list of things I wanted to do.
As I was creating my bucket list I found my “logical” (AKA Asshole Brain) brain kicking in and trying to reason why I shouldn’t add some things to my list.
One of my favorite aspects about writing out my bucket list initially was seeing all the things I had already done. You see, I normally focus on the future and don’t dwell in the past, so it was nice to take a stroll down memory lane. This is the equivalent of writing something on a to-do list that you’ve already done and then crossing it off. It just feels right!
A few of the noteworthy things I’ve already crossed off my bucket list are: Fight in a UFC type fighting competition, dive off a waterfall in Maui, get published on Forbes, become a (great) father, start a business, build a successful business, own a rental house, and get married to the woman of my dreams.
A few of the items that are at the top of my list are: Make my company an employee-owned company, give a TED Talk, achieve zero debt, write and publish a book, speak at MozCon, become a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, travel to Thailand, help inspire someone else to do what they once thought was impossible and many more below.
Additional Info & Resources:
What is a bucket list?
Why create a bucket list?
How to create your first bucket list?
What are the differences between goals and a bucket list?
Some great example bucket lists here:
https://www.locationrebel.com/bucket-list/ (A dinner conversation with Shawn Ogle inspired me to make my bucket list public to hold myself accountable)