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Skip the Resolutions, Try a Bucket List!

It is that time of year when people often reflect on the past year and look at all the things that didn’t go well. That leads them to come up with list of personal habits that they want to change.  For most people making these changes are tough to achieve.  What if this year instead of trying to focus on changing behaviors, you flip this around and make a list of goals, dreams, and life-experiences that you would really enjoy doing?  This is a much more positive way of looking at yourself and life, instead the negativity of making a resolution.

A bucket list is a list of goals, dreams, and life-experiences that are important for you to experience within your lifetime. Here are a few tips to get you started.  Identify some of the things you want to do and accomplish in your remaining years. As you read the following questions, begin thinking about items you want to put on your bucket list.

  • If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
  • Where have you always wanted to travel?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What skills do you want to have?
  • What special moments would you like to have?
  • What do you want to experience?
  • What would you do if you had unlimited resources?
  • What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t?
  • Who would you like to meet?
  • What would you like to witness throughout life?
  • What is your biggest dream?
  • What would you like to achieve socially, physically, financially, socially, health wise, spiritually, or with your career?

Now that you have started thinking about your bucket list, write down at least 10 of your goals and dreams as well as experiences you wish to have throughout your life. This can now be your roadmap for your future!  When you need to re-focus or feel like you have lost a sense of direction, this list can help you to get back on track towards a fulfilling life.

Source: Keys to Embracing Aging

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