Do any of these appear on your list of dreams from time to time?
Wait ... do you have a list of dreams?
You've probably heard of a bucket list (aka Life List): things you'd love to do, see or experience in your lifetime if you had no barriers whatsoever. I often coach my clients to create such a list, encouraging them to generate at least 101 items. Yes, 101! What may seem a daunting task at first becomes an excellent exercise in passion, purpose and authenticity.
When nudged to include so many dreams, you get below surface level and really begin to connect with what lights you up, what matters most and what brings you joy. You expand your sense of wonder. Not only a lot of fun, creating a Life List is also a deeply meaningful activity.
Your Life List can address all kinds of categories: places to travel, people to meet, books to read, crafts to try, classes to take, causes to support, you name it. One category to make sure you also include: your professional dreams. Again, if you had no limitations, what would you love to do in your career, leadership or business? Some responses I've heard over the years:
- Take my team on a five-day retreat to Arizona.
- Earn my advanced certification.
- Present at our industry conference.
- Give a TED Talk.
- Get published in a respected magazine.
My challenge to you this month, which you'll see below, is to create your Life List -- and I urge you to include both personal and professional dreams. If you choose to accept this challenge, two helpful hints to keep in mind:
Focus On The What.
One of the biggest blocks when it comes to dreaming big is worrying about how you'd ever make the dream a reality. Don't even think about the "how" right now -- that comes later. For now, just focus on the "what": What would light you up, make you feel amazing, change the world?
You've likely kept quite busy with work, family, volunteer service and the myriad roles that constitute your life, so don't worry if you have a hard time generating ideas at first. That's completely common! Also, this is not a to-do list or agenda of "shoulds." Strike up dream conversations with others and watch them light up -- and likely inspire you with more ideas, too.
Write your Life List! Generate 101 items you'd love to do, see or experience in your lifetime -- personal, professional, family, service and every other category that matters to you. You don't need to generate the entire list in one sitting; get it started, then carry it around with you for a few days. You'll be surprised what ideas appear once it's on your mind!
For more ideas, check out my quick video on YouTube as well as Phil Keoghan's inspiring book, "No Opportunity Wasted (N.O.W.)." Here's to your dreams!