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Bucket List Game Reminds Us That THIS Is the Year You Can Achieve Anything You Want: You Haven’t Let The Recession Keep You From Writing Up Your New Goals List, Have You?

Recession-Proof Your Bucket List Now

Bucket lists are big news these days and we’ve talked about them before, of course. But here’s one that begs to be shared with you. This time, instead of you coming up with your own personal list, you get to share your experiences with  others.  Think of  this as an opportunity to get to know your friends better.

Here’s how it works: Review all 100 items on the bucket list below and bold the ones you’ve already achieved – though undoubtedly you’ll feel that some of them are more like experiences than they are true lifetime achievements. Still, it’s fun to see how many you can check off!

Below — with brief annotations — is my bucket list. Thanks, to Rhea at “The Boomer Chronicles,” for sharing and getting us started. Feel free to share your results via a comment to the blog. I promise to comment back to each and every one!

Once you get done reading the list and contemplating how you would answer each point, it’s time for the real work to begin. That’s right – it’s time to develop your plan for what you want to personally achieve this year! After all, if you’re going to leave a legacy, it’s time to start! Here’s the bucket list:

I Have…

1. Started my own blog

2. Slept under the stars – while on a horseback pack trip. It was phenomenal

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii – no, but I’ve been to Alaska!

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than I can afford to charity – how could that be possible? The more you give, the more blessed you become…

7. Been to Disneyland/Disneyworld

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sung a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught myself an art from scratch – first there was macrame, then crochet and tie-dye. Hey, it was the 60s!

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning – no but I have experienced being seasick during a storm at sea. They might be analogous, not sure…

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty – no but I’ve walked DOWN from the top of the Washington Monument and the Gateway Arch…

18. Grown my own vegetables – that was during my “Earth Mother” days, but I am seriously looking into doing it again this year…

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked – my mother told me not to, but I did. Thankfully I’ve never revealed this to her… Guess she’ll know now

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill – what parent hasn’t been forced to take a sick day to care for a child?

24. Built a snow fort – oh and it was a dandy!

25. Held a lamb – no but my grandma took a shot of me as a toddler, holding a squirrel as I sat in my sandbox. My mother was petrified when she saw it

26. Gone skinny dipping – in Lake Mendota, at midnight, on a sultry June 21 – the longest day – after drinking a bottle of Boone’s Farm apple wine. Ahh, those UW college days…

27. Run a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse – well, you can’t watch it DIRECTLY…

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset – both are worth waiting for…

31. Hit a home run – I’m a leftie batter and THAT experience was amazing!

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught myself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied – for one brief shining moment…and then it was gone in a flash!

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke – but not as a solo performance…

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa – no but it’s on my wish list, along with Antarctica

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had my portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling – I was there with others who did, but I couldn’t get over the concept of spitting into my mask…

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie – no, but I’ve performed live onstage in front of an audience who paid to be in attendance…

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies – actually my cookie sales experience is what got me kicked out of Girl Scouts…

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving – no, but I want to

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter – over Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska, while the the ethereal music of “Enya” reverberated into my headphones, courtesy of the pilot. It was a  transcendent experience – a day I will never forget!

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy – well, I saved “Sheepie,”one of my kid’s favorite stuffed animals, but only books remain from my childhood…

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt – not yet, but I have a sister-in-law who’s promised to teach me

73. Stood in Times Square – way back in the 60s, before they cleaned it up!

74. Toured the Everglades- sadly, I don’t think touring Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs counts.  But I did go on a Cajun Swamp Tour in New Orleans that was pretty spectacular…

75. Been fired from a job – twice, though the second time was termed “closing your department,” but I wonder…

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone – technically I did bruise my tailbone in a skiing accident, but there’s nothing they can do for that. The subsequent ride in the Ski Patrol basket was pure embarrassment, however

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle – so far, only in my dreams

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book – lots of stuff I have written has been published, but my book’s not done yet…

81. Visited the Vatican – the most memorable thing for me, besides the Vatican Guards’ uniforms, was the catacombs…

82. Bought a brand new car- thankfully I’ve enjoyed this pleasure many times

83. Walked in Jerusalem – no but I have a sister-in-law who has…

84. Had my picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating – no, but I helped my Dad clean ducks he’d shot. That was close enough for me…

88. Had chickenpox – even gave it to my brother, who was just a few weeks old. Sorry, Eric!

89. Saved someone’s life – well I had to give my daughter Syrup of Ipecac once, so I think that counts…

90. Sat on a jury – called twice, but never chosen…

91. Met someone famous – Most notably,  “The Guess Who” came to our house and showed my son how to play American Woman on his guitar. Each played it a bit differently. We have pictures

92. Joined a book club – many times

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby – Did that twice – a long time ago

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit – oh yeah. Thankfully I’ve always won, even when I was the defendant

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Ridden an elephant – not yet, but I have a friend who arranges this in Africa, so I’ll do it eventually

Back to You: What’s in Store For You Goals-wise, in 2009?

Your answer, you understand,  is deeply rooted in your ability to set and achieve goals. The fact is, recession or not, you have the ability to achieve WHATEVER you desire. Perhaps you seek …

  • Robust health
  • Financial freedom
  • Enduring relationships
  • Wonderful friendships
  • Fulfilling family activities
  • True happiness

Whatever your desires, any and all of them are possible once you take the first step by setting goals for achieving these experiences.

Of course, to do it right, you really need to have a variety of goals:

  • Short term goals (goals you can easily accomplish in one day to one year)
  • Mid-range goals (goals which you can attain in one to three years)
  • Long term goals (goals that will take you three to five years to realize)
  • Finally, of course, you still want to maintain your “bucket list” goals  (those big picture things you want to experience before you die)

When you set goals strategically, you start by planning the long term goals.  You then carefully break down each goal into specific steps  to develop your mid-range goals.

Then, for each mid-range goal, you  ask yourself what you need to do to accomplish each one.

Use those answers to create your short term goal list.  These become your “To-Do List” each day for the next year.

Your goals list should not be about only those things you want personally …

Of course, there’s no need to limit your goal-setting to things you’d like to accomplish for yourself…You can also work out what sort of legacy you’d like to leave:

  • For the world
  • For your business
  • For your family

You can create goals related to anything that you can affect as well as anything that you want to participate in. It’s all fair game.

For example, do you long for world peace? Don’t let the dream die because you think it’s more than you can accomplish. Instead:

  • Put world peace on your long term goals list
  • Then figure out a way to make a peaceful difference in the world via your mid-range goals
  • Start building toward peace immediately via your short term goals – for example, you could start by participating in other people’s peace-generating activities

Regardless of what decide to you do, remember this:  Albert Schweitzer once said, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

In short, if you want to achieve all of your goals in 2009 and beyond, your first step is to  make sure that you include everything that will make you happy on your goals list AND make sure that you are focused on doing something you love!

That’s why it is so important to follow your passion in building a business.  Unless you have a true passion for what you are doing, you will find it all but impossible to succeed.

When you follow your passion, you’ll not only experience  success — but happiness will be its twin.

What Sort of Success Will You Create in 2009 and Beyond?

The answer depends on the goals you set for yourself and the action you take to achieve them.

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Doubtless “Survive Economic Meltdown” Wasn’t On Your Bucket List. Hopefully “Startup ‘Second Act’ Business” Was. One Fuels the Other, Of Course. Ready to Get It Going?

December 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Anne Holmes, Blog, Entrepreneurs, Work, Money & Retirement

Bucket List Business - Recipe For Success

Anyone who’s seen the news over the past few weeks knows that the United States is deeply embroiled in a tough economy. In fact, economists recently owned up to the “R” word, admitting recession is upon the land – and has been for the last twelve months. 

To which you undoubtedly want to snarl, “You think?”

Let’s See, You’ve Got:

  • Employers cutting jobs and benefits – left and right
  • The automakers begging Congress to bail them out – just a month after we experienced the mortgage industry bailouts
  • The banks, who’ve essentially quit lending money while the credit card companies are arbitrarily lowering your credit limits – even if you’ve been paying your bills on time
  • Constant stock market blips and dips
  • Not to mention a couple of wars and overall global unrest

Besides which, if your personal finances haven’t already been plunged into the toilet as a result of trashed 401(k) and retirement accounts, it’s likely all the dire news has left you feeling pretty nervous, wondering when the other shoe will fall… 

Maybe a Better Metaphor For What You’re Feeling Right Now Would Be This Unsettling Image:

  • You’re feverishly trying to build a house of cards on the head of a matchstick
  • While simultaneously trying to keep yourself standing upright as you balance atop a rolling log in the midst of a raging river of whitewater
  • Only to look ahead and see a precipitous drop-off as steep as Niagara Falls looming just around the bend… 

You’d Probably Have to Call that a “Triple Threat” or a “Perfect Storm” of Calamities, Right?”

Well, whatever you call it, there’s no doubt that you –  a successful Baby Boomer with an active Bucket List – never placed “live through an economic meltdown” on your list. It wasn’t even anywhere on your radar. Yet, you now find yourself hip-deep in that “opportunity” with few visible options ahead of you. 

So What Can You Do Beyond Wringing Your Hands and Gnashing Your Teeth?

How About Taking Action?

Instead of figuratively hiding under your bed or cowering in the corner, biting your nails as you read or listen to the dismal economic headlines, why not pull out your bucket list and pick out something on it that you can use to create a plan that will allow you to succeed despite the tough times? You know, something that:

  • Sounds fun
  • You enjoy doing, and
  • You could also use to generate some additional income…

Not Sure What That Could Be? Keep Looking at Your List, It’s Really Not That Hard.

If you initially think there’s nothing on your list that you can monetize, look again. Likely there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, something you haven’t made time for – which fits the bill. And it’s probably something you can get going, just by taking baby steps, one at a time.

For example, is there an idea that’s nagged at you over the years, perhaps an idea you’ve had for a better way to do something that’s related to one of your hobbies or passions? You know, maybe it’s an idea for a:

  • Better fishing lure
  • Healthier way to grow garden vegetables in small spaces
  • More effective way to train your pet
  • Field guide to successfully living overseas
  • Golf putter that’s guaranteed to shave 10% off anyone’s score
  • Cook book featuring heirloom family recipes, which you’ve updated to make them healthier

If so, did you ever stop to think that THAT idea might be something you could turn into a business?

Assuming your answer is going to be “yes,” there is some idea that’s nagged at you over the years, here’s your key take away: Once you dust off that idea that’s been haunting you forever, don’t you think now would be a great time to make a plan for how you can finally“get it going?” 

Think of it as your legacy, if you want, the way you will be remembered in the world. But do think about it – NOW.

Especially think about how to use this idea to start up a new income stream – while you continue to work full or part time.

That’s What Jan Bosman Did. Here’s How She Tells Her Story:

Jan Bosman“When I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, I felt had everything I needed:

  • A diploma
  • A diamond ring, and
  • A signed teaching contract

“I’d been trained by the best… I thought I would teach and retire, while managing a family along the way.

“But about 45 years into my scripted life, I had a new vision – a scrapbook for saving old handwritten recipes and the stories behind them. It all began with my love of collecting recipes from friends and family, using them over and over.

“At some point (I can’t give you the exact moment), I began to see the old recipes in my recipe box in a new way. They became more to me than formulae for good meals; they contained memories of the people who had shared them with me over many years.

“With the passage of time, the recipes took on new meaning and, I realized, they really defined my history. As I got started with my idea:

  • I wanted a place to save my special old recipes and tell about them.
  • I wanted to create a place where the recipes could be saved and the stories behind them and their creators told and saved.
  • I didn’t much care if anyone else wanted a book like I wanted; but the design firm I worked with convinced me that if I wanted a book like this, others would want one, too.
  • One of my friends says that the idea was in my heart for 45 years, but I really don’t know
  • I do know that fear kept me from breathing life into this idea for many years
  • I was afraid that someone would think it was a ‘dumb’ one, so I kept silent

Recipe Scrapbook“The evolution of the idea for my recipe scrapbook, Memories of Family, Friends and Food  is part mystery, part motivation.

  • When I started, I just wanted to realize a dream that had been lingering in my head for a very long time
  • Eventually I realized I had to move on the idea or forget it
  • I’d inherited a small amount of money at my mother’s death and I chose to invest it in my dream
  • Alternately, I could have put the money in the bank and let the dream die
  • Instead, I took action. I hired a marketing firm to help me develop and market my idea. I worked with a mentor to “get it going”
  •  I did not begin with a traditional business plan, nor did I work with any business development organizations to get started.

 “What I’ve now learned from my experience is that you never know when you will see life’s patterns in a fresh way.

 “The life I envisioned when I graduated is so different from the life I live. I’m seeing better now than I did then… despite the glasses and developing cataracts. So keep your eyes open. You just never know…”

If, like Jan Bosman, you’re ready to start making your dream a reality, there’s no need to be overwhelmed. You can start with baby steps. But you’ve got to start…

You’ve Just Got to Put One Foot in Front of the Other and Start Moving Forward.

  • Create an action plan
  • Get help to develop your strategies
  • Work your plan

Here’s a fun way to look at it:

 Jan’s Advice for You If You’re Considering a “Second – or Third – Act” in Life:

  • Plan to work hard
  • Be clear on your goal
  • Be ready for surprises – both happy days and disappointments
  • Be ready for unsolicited advice: “Not everyone is going to be as excited about this project as you are.”
  • Self promotion takes a lot of time. But you are the best person to promote your project. You believe in it, you breathe it. And without promotion, “Don’t expect your books to fly off of the shelves.”
  • Fear is real in all its forms. “Sometimes I’m afraid that someone will tell me my idea is ‘dumb.’ Sometimes I’m afraid to succeed. Fear hasn’t conquered me, but I haven’t completely conquered it, either.”
  • Don’t undervalue yourself
  • Be flexible, sometimes that’s the only way to get things accomplished
  • People WILL help you
  • Finally,follow the dreams that haunt you. You will never know yourself well enough if you don’t”

She adds that she has met hundreds of people she never would have met without this project and it has kept her vital after many years in education and a few in the domestic violence field.

“I am a good speaker and have had a chance to bring a message to people about the value of hand writing, dating and signing the recipes they share with others. Then your recipes, too, can live forever.”

Jan’s resulting book is in binder form so that pages can be moved about. She explains that It is intended to be a place where each person can create an heirloom, one recipe and story at at time. On the cover she’s included a picture of some of her mother’s personal items–glasses, tablecloth, recipe box, pearls, recipe cards, antique Jewel Tea Autum Leaves crock. 

Jan’s whole idea with her book is for each person to create their own book in his/her own special way. Sort of a cross between a journal and a recipe card binder – her book consists of: 

  • 15 acid-free 4 x 6″ pocket pages (total room for 60 recipes or pictures or other memorabilia) 
  • 15 acid-free lined, two-sided journal pages
  •  15 lined recipe cards for sharing favorite recipes with others
  • Sample journal page as a model for your writing
  • As one purchaser commented about Memories of Family, Friend and Food, “There are few of the author’s words but plenty of room for yours.”

OK, Back to You: So Hopefully You’ve Pulled Out Your Bucket List and You’re Reviewing It…That’s Great!

If you’ve decided to start thinking about generating some additional income via starting your own business, undoubtedly you’re now wondering about all sorts of challenging stuff, including:

  • Time Management Challenges related to starting up a new business while you already have a job
  • How to keep your Start-up Costs affordable
  • Whether you have what it takes to run a business
  • How difficult it might be to gain Spousal Buy-In
  • Health care costs for the self-employed
  • What steps you’ll need to take for Asset protection
  • Whether you can really turn a hobby into a business
  • Maybe even how much money your idea could actually generate for you, whether you’d need staff to pull off the idea, etc.

Don’t get too stressed over these questions.

They’re all valid concerns, whose answers we’ll discuss in upcoming posts. For now, your main job is to figure out what your goal is with this concept of starting up a business. And – determine which item on your list sounds the most promising… from a business development standpoint.  

Feeling better about the economy now? Thought so!

That’s what happens when you take action!

Bucket List Redux: Is Starting Your Personal Dream List Frustrating You? Or Maybe You’ve Got the List, But You Can’t Figure Out How to “Make It Happen?”

September 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Anne Holmes, Blog, Work, Money & Retirement

Start Your Personal Dream List

Clearly the desire to create a list of things you want to experience before you die; a “dream” – or “bucket” – list is popular with Baby Boomers. It’s also exciting many of you who are a bit older…

After our recent post about making a Bucket List,” one of our readers shared his story of his lifelong dream of sailing a boat around the Eastern half of the United States. He said he’d envisioned the trip this way:

  • He’d start in the Midwest, sailing from the Upper Mississippi River down to New Orleans
  • Then he’d sail out into the Gulf, around Florida via the Intercoastal Waterway
  • Next lap would be up the Atlantic Coast, into the Chesapeake Bay
  • Continue west into New York, down the Erie Canal
  • Onward through the Canadian Heritage Canals and through the Great Lakes
  • Finally he would complete the circle, sailing back to the Mississippi River

Amazingly, He Actually Completed His Dream Trip This Summer, At the Age of 78. Along the Way, He Found Out That:

  • He DIDN’T invent this trip, it’s been done before, and is actualy called the “Great Circle Route,” or America’s “Great Loop”
  • You can’t sail down the Mississippi due to the height of a sailboat’s mast, and the inevitable bridges. (So he had to change the vision an bit, and make the trip in a power yacht)
  • It’s best to have on-board help for navigating the locks and tying up the boat, so this is not a trip to make alone
  • You can’t actually get all the way down to New Orleans via the Mississippi – the opportunities for gas purchase run out
  • The trip took years to plan and arrange, and parts of several years to complete
  • It was the adventure of a lifetime; in fact, sometimes he and his one or two man crew experienced an adventure a day
  • He’s already hard at work on the next item on his dream list… hand-building a sailboat large enough that he can live on it!

The story of this man’s dream trip was so fascinating and inspiring, we will be sharing it with you in an upcoming post. Sign up for our RSS feed or join our email list, so you can make sure you don’t miss it!

Meanwhile, Lots of You Report You’re Excited About Creating Your Very Own “Bucket List.” But You’re Challenged In Two Ways

You’re Either:

  • Feeling a bit anxious over your ability to create a “worthy list” OR
  • Wondering how you can help make your dreams actually happen!

No worries! Read on to find out how you can readily overcome both of these frustrations and go happily on your way, proudly checking experiences off of your very own list

Many People “Get Stuck” After Listing Just a Couple Dreams. Here’s How to Come Up With the Other 95 Items You Want to Add to Your List.

  • First, realize you’re not alone. As intriguing as it is to have a bucket list, many people have trouble building theirs.
  • Maybe it’s because you aren’t used to identifying what you want to achieve in life.
  • Or maybe it’s because you’re unsure what’s realistic to include. In that case, you might decide to put off creating your list until you’re “crystal clear” on what you want.
  • This is NOT a good idea – procrastination never gets anything done – and you might be missing some fantastic opportunities along the way.

So here’s how to get started building a list you can’t wait to launch into…

First, don’t allow performance anxiety to stop you from creating your bucket list, just start.

It may help to tell yourself that you are merely creating a preliminary rough draft. There’s some freedom that comes from knowing nothing is set in stone. You can ALWAYS add, delete, or modify as you go along.

Start by Spending Some Time Brainstorming with Yourself. Here’s How to Get Going:

  • Begin by setting a time for your personal brainstorming session
  • Find a place where you won’t be interrupted, ideally an inspirational place, but that’s not required
  • Provide a notepad and pens, a tape recorder or a computer. Some way to take notes
  • Get seated so you’re comfortable
  • Pour yourself your favorite beverage, tea, coffee, whatever. Gotta keep those brain cells hydrated!
  • Set your kitchen timer for thirty to forty-five minutes. Realize you can spend more time if you wish, but you want to begin with this as a minimum
  • Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind. Relax, focus and prepare to have some fun thinking about wonderful possibilities
  • If possible, play some Baroque music in the background. Pieces like Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Pachbel’s “Cannon” have been shown to slow brainwaves down to the Alpha range, the brain frequency which has been linked to increased creativity
  • Do not criticize or evaluate what you write down during the brainstorming process: you’re trying to open yourself up to possibilities
  • Write down whatever comes into your head, it doesn’t matter how wildly impractical the idea seems
  • Mentally agree to silence your internal critic, that little voice in your head that might be saying: “You can’t do that”; “That’s silly”; “I can’t afford that.”
  • Push the limits on what you currently think is possible for you and think outside the boundaries of your current life
  • Once you get going, don’t stop at 100; write down as many things as come to your mind
  • Later you can sift through the list you created and narrow it down to 100

Give Your Brain a “Kick Start:” Begin By Reviewing this List, Which is Merely a Starting Point… Designed to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!

  1. Run in the Boston Marathon
  2. Kiss someone passionately in public (maybe give yourself bonus points if you do this on a blind date!!)
  3. Test drive a Ferrarri
  4. Write a script for a TV show
  5. Set foot on each of the seven continents
  6. Attend the Richard Petty Driving Experience
  7. Volunteer abroad for a month
  8. Visit a real “Blues Bar” in Chicago
  9. Enter and Win a recipe contest
  10. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  11. Learn to dance the tango (extra “points” for learning in Argentina)
  12. Send a message in a bottle
  13. Speak publicly on something you’re passionate about
  14. Make love on a train
  15. Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  16. Learn a new language and practice speaking it with natives
  17. Buy a boat and learn to sail
  18. Be a contestant on a game show, like “Jeopardy”
  19. Serve on a jury
  20. Write that novel you have tucked away inside you
  21. Become someone’s mentor
  22. Sleep under the stars
  23. Attend a state fair
  24. Make bread from scratch
  25. Skydive
  26. Learn to play a musical instrument
  27. Teach others how to do something you love, share the joy
  28. Research your family heritage and document it for your children
  29. Learn to surf and practice your “hang ten” skills at all the best surf beaches of the world
  30. Donate to a favorite cause anonymously
  31. Visit all the European capitals
  32. Cruise America’s “Great Loop”
  33. Spend the night in an historic hotel (maybe give yourself extra points for “experience a ghost?”)
  34. Take a hot air balloon ride
  35. Learn to paraglide
  36. Meet a U.S. President
  37. Start a business
  38. Become a millionaire
  39. Take your grandchildren on a once-in-a-lifetime trip
  40. Dance naked under the Northern Lights during the Summer Solstice (again, give extra points for doing this while summering with the Laplanders in Norway)

Finally: Whatever Your Bucket List Includes, Here’s How to Make Sure The Items On Your Dream List Actually Happen!

In a prior Bucket List post, you read a review of Jack Canfield’s book, Key to Living the Law of Attraction.” There, Jack identified one of his best keys to making dreams become reality: Vision Boards.

Vision Boards are a highly effective tool. Perhaps you saw the movie “The Secret,” where Jack tells the story of how he actually purchased the exact same house he had placed on a vision board a few years prior. And, since he hadn’t realized he had done this, how emotionally moved he was when his young son helped bring this to his attention.

Yes, vision boards work. But if you want to experience “vision boards” on steroids – if you want to REALLY jump start your bucket list and perhaps start living your dreams in as short a time as 90 days – you should actually make your very own Mind Movie.

Of course, the Mind Movies website offers you a series of six free generic mind movies which you can watch twice a day to help you manifest your bucket list.

But, if you’d prefer to create a powerful Mind Movie all your own, with your own visuals, affirmations and music, you can do that, too. So imagine the power of watching a three minute movie twice a day that’s totally created to help you manifest everything on your bucket list!

And it’s easy to do yourself,  because the highly affordable Mind Movie creation kit comes with video tutorials that will help you to quickly and simply build a 3 minute slideshow/movie of your perfect life. Watch your Mind Movie every morning and night to help manifest through the Law of Attraction everything you want to be and everything you want to do.

The Mind Movies Concept Takes Setting Intentions, Creating Treasure Maps, Vision Boards or Dream Boards and Repeating Affirmations to A New Level

If you’re familiar with the concept of the Law of Attraction, if you understand that THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS, you can instantly understand how Mind Movies will help you:

  • Focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want
  • Create positive statements that are full of joy and gratitude and state them in the present tense
  • Remember to have an Attitude of Gratitude
  • Engage yourself in the process rather than just stating the affirmation
  • Take the Necessary Action to Make Your Dream Come True!
When you make a Mind Movie, you are able to take your ideas from the abstract “wish” state into reality in a very short time. Your Mind Movie will help you pull your dream into reality, because it uses visuals and music to helps you align your deepest strongest feeling and emotions and put it all together:
  • The desire
  • Your description of it
  • What it looks like
  • What it feels like

So Here’s to Activating Your “Creative Muse” and Getting on Your Way!

“You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.”

~ Dr. Seuss “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Do You Have a “Bucket List?” You Know, A List of Things You Want to Do Before You Die?

September 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Anne Holmes, Blog, Work, Money & Retirement

The concept of a bucket list was popularized by the recent buddy flick of the same name, in which two terminally ill middle-aged men, one a corporate mogul, the other a mechanic (marvelously played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) bust out of a cancer ward in order to experience life to the fullest before they die.

If you’ve seen the film, you know the two meet while sharing a hospital room, and don’t initially hit it off, which adds to the movie’s comedy.

Their adventure begins when Freeman, the “mechanic,” tells Nicholson, the “mogul,” about a challenge his college philosophy professor had set forth: to make a list of the top things you’d like to accomplish before you die – and actually experience them.

Before We Know It, They Are:

  • Hitting the tables in Monte Carlo
  • Climbing the pyramids
  • Riding Harleys on the Great Wall of China
  • Stalking wild animals on an African safari
  • Downing obscene amounts of caviar, and
  • Tearing up the road in supercharged cars

All in the name of experiencing life to to fullest before they meet the grim reaper. Thankfully, the movie ultimately sends its two wanderers to the people, not the places, who matter. “Find the joy in your life,” Freeman tells Nicholson before the credits roll. Great advice for all Baby Boomers.

Have You Thought About Creating Your Own List of Ultimate Experiences?”

You know, a list of:

  • Places you want to travel
  • People you want to meet
  • Things you want to do
  • Experiences you want to encounter, maybe even
  • Stuff you want to own

It isn’t complicated.

You simply start a list titled “100 things I Want to Do Before I Die” and keep going until you reach at least 100. It doesn’t have to be a fancy list. (In the movie, Morgan’s list is written on a sheet of yellow notepad paper. And initially he throws it away…)

But don’t throw yours away. The important thing is that you write it down and keep it in a safe place, where you can refer to it frequently. Then if you really want to get serious, go public with the list.

Most likely the first 25 or so will come easy, then the next 75 will probably be a bit more challenging. But don’t let that stop you.

Probably the first 25 things you think of will be basic simple stuff and not too much of a stretch. You know, fairly predictable goals like:

  • Lose weight
  • Drink more water
  • Start an exercise program
  • Plant a garden in the spring
  • Join a club
  • Look up your best friend from high school on Facebook
  • Write a Letter to the Editor of your newspaper
  • Organize your closets… or
  • Make a plan for retirement (Yikes, that last one’s a “biggie,” how’d that get in with the easy ones?)

Then, once the easy stuff is out of the way, you are forced out of your comfort zone and you have to start dreaming. Now you’re listing things that aren’t goals, they are possibilities.

Now You’re On to Things You Would Want to Do if Nothing Stood in Your Way…

Maybe you’ll decide to include popular Baby Boomer legacy-building experiences like:

  • Start a retirement business (there it is again, that concept of planning for retirement; maybe you really ought to work on that one first!
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Write a book
  • Fall in love
  • Learn to be happy
  • Go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Get married
  • Go on an Alaskan cruise
  • Witness a miracle
  • Meet the Dalai Lama
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Mend a relationship
  • Buy a Harley and learn to ride it
  • Take your grandkids on a memorable trip – one kid at a time

You Need to Start Your Bucket List Action Plan Now

If you’re not sure how to get your bucket list started, don’t worry. Here’s help! Check out “Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams.” A fantastic book, you’ll find it’s also a quick, easy read.

In the book, Canfield, who you may remember from the movie “The Secret,” not only explains the Law of Attraction and how it pertains to your life goals, he also clarifies that crucial part from the movie about how whatever you focus on expands.

Once you understand this crucial concept, you’ll immediately know how to make your “bucket agenda” a reality. (The book also explains why you don’t want to allow limiting thoughts and beliefs to enter your mind.) But here’s the “big stuff” that’s really helpful. The book:

  • Includes easy to use worksheets that help you set goals and come up with your own personal bucket list. (Canfield calls it a “dream list.” But whichever you call it, it’s the same thing…)
  • Introduces you to the concept of creating a vision book and a gratitude journal
  • Provides you with a 24 item list that gives you with the key to unlocking the law of attraction and creating the life of your dreams
  • Is quite simply a fabulous tool for creating your own list, whether you end up calling it Your Bucket List or Your Dream List.

Finally, Canfield’s book explains how to use Affirmations, Visualization, Attitude, Prayer and Action to make your dreams reality!

Can’t beat that!

So grab the book right now and GO FOR IT!

MAKE IT HAPPEN!?

Not that time’s short, but why not see how many items can you check off your bucket list this year?

In the End, You’ve Gotta Say, “Just Do It!”

Start making your bucket list today. If you already have a list get it out, review it and add to it.

After all, you can’t kick the bucket if you’ve still got stuff on your list, right?

So what’s on your list?

Wanna share?