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Do you have a bucket list? You know, that list you made when you were contemplating life and just what you have to offer as a legacy. The list that everyone makes at some point in their life, and most times, don’t stick to.

 

The origin of the term ‘bucket list’ is vague. Some believe it comes from the 1700’s when offenders were placed on an upside down bucket, noose strung around their neck, and the said bucket was kicked from under them. Hence, people say, “It’s the list to create before you kick the bucket.” i.e. before you die. Why would you want to create a list of things to do before you die?  It all seems a wee bit melancholy and, well, too fatal.

Why don’t we think about setting goals, rather than making up lists that invariably put such pressure on ourselves. Especially at New Years, or rather the next year, when you are asked, “So, how far did you get with your Bucket List?” It’s a lifetime list, right?

Take a step away from listing death defying conquests, and really focus in on what you want to do. If you really can’t see yourself doing a bungee jump, then don’t! If you have a fear of heights but wrote down to careen down the highest roller coaster, then maybe you shouldn’t. If you swore to start up that cupcake business, but actually can’t see a future in it, then let that one lie.
Now, we are not saying don’t put yourself out there and try new things, but really, most of those list items are generally someone else’s ideas. Whether in the business world or part of your personal goals, taking one focus at a time bears more results than pages of items. Here are our tips for how you can really achieve your goals:

 

1. SPLIT YOUR FOCUS BETWEEN A PERSONAL AND A BUSINESS GOAL
Start with personal, its always easier, and think about 1 short-term goal (like filling in that personal tax return) and 1 long-term goal (like training for the next half marathon).
Now, move on to a business goal (even if you don’t work for yourself), 1 short-term and 1 long-term goal.

 

2. GIVE YOURSELF A DUE DATE FOR EACH GOAL
And, be realistic about it. No point in putting undue pressure on yourself, but also don’t procrastinate over it.

 

3. TAKE TIME EVERY WEEK TO ADDRESS WHERE YOU ARE WITH EACH GOAL
Besides scheduling due dates for each goal, schedule a feedback/check in time for yourself. Life can get busy and the next thing you know, a few months have passed and you haven’t tackled any of your goals.

 

Should you feel a trifle stuck, consider reaching out to one of our Valueneurs™ Mentor Coaches, who will help you set those goals, be your check-in person, and take you along the road to achieving those goals.