I imagine that when I go to heaven someday, I will be asked only two questions.
Have you found joy in your life?
Has your life brought joy to others?
Seem like simple enough questions, but the more you think about them, the tougher the questions seem to be. What is joy really mean? How do I know if I bring joy to others? The truth is that everyone has different things that bring joy to their lives. There are no set rules. There are no right or wrong answers. Find joy in your life. Simple statement, but how in the world do I go about doing this? Well one place to start is to make a bucket list.
Some people call them Life Lists, some call them Bucket Lists, and still others call them Things I Want To Do Before I Die Lists. Your list helps determine what you want to do in life and also helps define your purpose.
Once you know what you want to do and accomplish in life all you have to do is follow your daily rituals that you have put in place. Always remember, you can never be too old to create a bucket list.
Tips For Creating Your Own Bucket List
- Write everything down that comes to your mind without worrying how you will accomplish it.
- The main two things that “might” keep you from doing the things on your list are money and the time to do them. So guess what, if you want to do everything on your list, you are going to have to either make more money or free up more time. Why not do both at the same time. Learn some new ways of making money or creating wealth and free up more of your time. You are probably going to have to step out of your box to do this so be warned.
- Create a list of at least 100 things
- Once you have your 100 things listed, go back through your list and decide which ones you are going to do first.
- Pick 3 items from your list and write down a specific deadline for doing them.
- Go over your list at least once a week and keep asking yourself, “How can I do X……,” instead of making excuses.
We all have bad habits and behaviors in our lives. Create rituals in your life to set yourself up for success. Setting rituals will make you more productive, more balanced, and free up more of your time. Use that extra time to learn how to create wealth. The key is setting rituals for every area of your life that will lead you to do the things on your list.
You must be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Staying in your comfort zone is a fine way to never accomplish anything in your life. PROGRESS is one of the biggest things we all want in life. To progress, we usually have to step out of our comfort zone.
13 Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Your Bucket List
- If you had one year left to live, what would you do, who would you take with you?
- If you won the lottery, where would you go and what would you do?
- What did you always want to do when you were a child?
- If you were on your deathbed, what would you most regret not having done?
- If you had an upcoming high school reunion, what would you like to be able to tell your former classmates you accomplished?
- What do you need to have more of in your life?
- Who do you admire and why?
- You are sitting with your grandchildren on your lap and telling them about your travels, what stories are you telling them?
- You died and are listening to your eulogy, what are your friends and loved ones saying about you?
- If a Genie granted you 3 wishes, what would you wish for?
- What do you want to Be, Do or Have?
- Where do you want to go?
- Who do you want to spend your time with in your life, negative people or positive people who you like, trust, respect and that make you happy?
50 Ideas to Get You Started
- Set foot on each of the 7 continents.
- Cross a state on a bicycle.
- Ride something bigger than a horse.
- Visit a “real” blues bar in Chicago.
- Learn a second language.
- Climb a mountain.
- Swim with dolphins.
- Participate in a Carnival parade in Brazil.
- Tango dance in Argentina.
- Learn to surf.
- Go SCUBA diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
- Volunteer abroad for a month.
- Cross a glacier on foot.
- Follow your food from the filed to your plate.
- Photograph an endangered species.
- Spend 24 hours in the jungle.
- Attend a music festival in another country.
- Attend the Olympic Games.
- Partake in a Japanese Tea ceremony.
- Go to Oktoberfest in Germany.
- Stand at the north or south pole or both.
- Be in the stands when two rival South American club teams play each other in soccer.
- Visit the birthplace or gravesite of a cultural icon.
- Smoke a freshly rolled cigar in Cuba.
- Visit every capital city in Europe.
- Go skydiving.
- bike along the Pacific Coast Highway.
- Participate in the world’s biggest water fight during Thailand’s New Year’s festivities.
- Run a marathon.
- Learn to water or snow ski.
- Make a hole in one while golfing.
- Write your own song.
- Play golf at Pebble Beach.
- Join a rowing club.
- Complete Insanity fitness program.
- Do deep-sea fishing.
- Hunt grouse in Scotland.
- Play in a bowling tournament.
- Go horseback riding in Central Park, New York.
- Swim in the ocean.
- Swim across the English channel.
- Learn to play your favorite song on the guitar.
- Learn to play the harmonica.
- Ride in a hot air balloon.
- Sing karaoke.
- Join a church choir.
- Go to a jazz club in the New Orleans’ French Quarter.
- Overcome a major fear of yours.
- Forgive an enemy.
- Witness to someone.
My Top 10 things on My Bucket List
- Watch a football game in the stadium of every major college football team.
- Go to Ireland and spend the afternoon in a small pub in the country sitting next to an older Irish local talking about life and sipping on Jameson.
- Visit Germany and see where the Marsau’s come from.
- Watch Iowa State University win a national championship in football or basketball.
- Play a game of one on one with a former NBA player and when I make a shot, just wink at them like I knew it was going in the whole time.
- Coach in a college football game.
- Perform a gig on a stage either by myself or with a band.
- Go to seminary.
- Go to a Cubs vs. White Sox game.
- Visit the Holy Land and walk the path Jesus did at his crucifixion.