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How a Bucket List and Goal Book Can Help You Achieve What You Want Out of Life

Updated on July 29, 2012
Guitar.  Want to learn to play that.
Guitar. Want to learn to play that. | Source

Introduction: Life Desires

Someday I want to be fluent in French, play the guitar, do the splits, run 3 miles every day, act more, write more, and travel the world. These are only some of my life desires. I wanted to come up with a way to get to them realistically rather than keeping them all in the dream stage because of lack of time. I work full time and keep busy with creative projects, writing, and "having a life" with friends and family ~ how can I ever be able to achieve my many life desires?

Everyone has things they want to accomplish, do, become, places they want to visit, people they want to meet, relationships they want to develop, and more in life. And most people, like me, are short on time.

Here's my simple, sensible guide for getting to all your life desires.

Step 1: A Bucket List

Make a list of all the desires you have that you'd like to accomplish some day in your life. The list can be as long as you want. What matters is that it is true to your heart. Since your heart might change over time, it's perfectly OK to come back at any time and revise your list. Keep it current and true to yourself.

This list can include anything your heart desires, including a career change or promotion at work, travel, hobbies to take up or get back to, people to meet, languages to learn, a business you want to start, and so on.

Step 2: Prioritize Your List

Now prioritize your list by numbering every item in it in order of what you'd like to accomplish first, second, third, etc. Some things can be accomplished quickly and some are ongoing. That's all OK. Later on you can work on achieving more than one item at a time. This is just to help you get organized and clear on what you're doing to achieve what you want out of life.

Setting Goals

Creating goals is an important step in achieving the items you list on your Bucket List. For good advice on setting goals check out:

Step 3: A Goal Binder

Now create a Goal Binder. What you're going to do is translate your prioritized Bucket List to a Goal Binder by making each item a goal with a set end date.

Break down an item like this:

  • If it costs money to do, you'll have to plan for it so you'll need to know how much to save and earn to accomplish it. An example would be a trip to Hawaii.
  • If it's something like "learn to play the guitar" you'll have to know the answers to the following questions and translate all of that into a goal. For example, do you have a guitar or do you need to buy or acquire one somehow (trade with someone, get one at a garage sale, etc.)? Once you have the guitar, you'll have to factor in how much time you'll need to practice to get good and make yourself goals with learning chords for instance, or learning your first song by a certain date, etc.

Once you have changed your bucket list items to goals you can start working on them.

Since a bucket list is long and since you've prioritized yours, you can see easily which goals you want to work on right away and which you're willing to hold off on for some time while you accomplish earlier goals.

Start Working on Your Goals

Once you start working your goals you can track your progress with the goal binder and add pictures and notes of your goal accomplishments as you go.

You can revise your bucket list priorities or change your goals if you want to as life goes on.

A trip to Paris would be a great reward for learning French.  (And help to practice the language.)
A trip to Paris would be a great reward for learning French. (And help to practice the language.) | Source

Reward Yourself for Accomplishing Your Life Goals

Often accomplishing a goal is its own reward, but don't forget to give yourself a reward when you complete a goal. Not only will you likely deserve a reward, but it will keep you motivated to work on your other goals.

Crafting the Life You Want

By making your bucket list and turning it into goals that you work on to accomplish what you're really doing is crafting the life you want in the most pro-active, successful way.

May you accomplish your dreams.

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    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Your welcome, thanks for stopping by.

    • TycoonSam profile image


      6 years ago from Washington, MI

      Hello Carozy. Very inspirational Hub. Thank you.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks very much B. Leekley, I'm glad you like it. I'll check out that book because I'm into stuff like that.

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Very good advice, carozy. I'm thinking I should follow it.

      I recently re-read the 1997 book YOUR HEART'S DESIRE: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING THE LIFE YOU REALLY WANT by Sonia Choquette. Your hub agrees with her chapter 1: Bring Your Dream Into Focus. That's the first of 9 principles of creativity to manifest your heart's desires -- meaning what you would love to accomplish, not what some fear has convinced you you ought to accomplish. 2 is getting your subconscious to fully believe in your dream; 3 is vividly imagining your heart's desire; 4 is eliminate obstacles -- be disciplined about giving your dream appropriate priority and making time for it (and your hub addresses this); 5 is be open to intuitive guidance, and so on. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oui, rewards are excellent motivators and have helped many accomplish goals. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Excellent tips on helping people accomplish goals. The one thing I think helps most is having a reward for accomplishing the goal. I find that if I can see the prize at the end of accomplishing the goal, then everything in between comes naturally. Accepte-vous?

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Everyone says writing down your goals makes them happen, so thanks for the proof! Happy travels too. :)

    • BizVT34 profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Good stuff, we've kept a "places we want to go on short notice" list for many years...strangely we've been to a lot of them. We have a plan for how to do short notice and it works well. Surprising how we have more opportunities for short notice stuff than we do for well thought out, long term planned.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Aloha! Thank you chrisinhawaii. Sometimes we don't even realize it when we're pursuing what everyone else wants instead of what our own heart wants.

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      6 years ago

      Like EuroCafe mentioned, I also appreciate that you mentioned that these goals have to come from the heart...and not just any heart, but "your heart". How much of our lives have we wasted trying to accomplish goals set for us by others? As well-meaning as that might have been, the goals must be our own to have any real meaning.

      Thanks for a great hub. Voted up and useful. Aloha!

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Diana Lee. I love that you can also see your accomplishments with a goal binder if you put in pictures and have fun decorating. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is a great idea. It's fun to see how often our goals change in life. It's the goals that never change which require the most work.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, and I agree ~ isn't that the most important thing. Found your article helpful so happy to share it.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Why thank you EuroCafeAuLait. :)

    • EuroCafeAuLait profile image

      Anastasia Kingsley 

      6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Hi Carozy, I love your topic and that you reinforced that these are goals that come from the Heart. The heart is the most important thing if we want to live happy, satisfying lives. Voted up and beautiful.


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