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What's on Your Bucket List?

Published December 27, 2010 10:09 AM by Glen McDaniel
The Bucket List is a 2007 comedy drama starring Academy award winners Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. They play two terminally ill men who set out on a journey with a wish list of things they want to do before they “kick the bucket.” Since then, the term “bucket list” has entered the lexicon.

In recent years, I've stopped making professional and personal New Year's resolutions because they have become so faddish and more often than not just foster guilt and a sense of failure as they go mostly unaccomplished. I still plan and set goals, but no longer use arbitrary socially-dictated dates or time frames.

At this time of year, I would like to ask you what’s on your bucket list both personally and professionally? Remember, a bucket list is not simply wishful thinking like being 3 inches taller or being born to different parents. Rather, it’s a list of outcomes that you can plan for and commit to achieving before you die.

I like to travel and teach to inspire (I figured out that my love of writing, speaking, life coaching are all done with that goal). I also like independence. My bucket list, therefore, includes the following:

  • Travel: Visiting West Africa, the Great Barrier Reefs and winter-camping at the Banff National Park
  • Work: Starting a profitable, location-independent business that allows me to influence others positively, doing something that gives me a sense of fulfillment; being among the best in the world in my field.

That short list is far from being exhaustive, but it gives you an idea of what is on my 10-item list. Bucket list items involve planning, budgeting and then taking the necessary steps to accomplish your goals. The last part, taking action, includes incorporating habits and routines into your daily life which will help you to gradually mold your life in the direction you want-taking you closer to the desired outcome.

So, what’s on your bucket list?


Wow, this is such a good blog. I was just thinking of making my New Year's Resolutions of the usual: start working out, lose weight, spend more time with family, get a check up etc. I still might do all of those actually. didnt do them last year even though I made the resolutions.  I know I need to do these still.  But this post made me think of my bucket list.

For starters: I want to get my master's, travel to Europe where my family is from, get my real estate license, cross train in Micro (after 15 years) and adopt one of those under privileged children. I have thought about these year after year, but I now will start making plans to accomplish these before I kick the bucket.

Thanks for encouraging and  inspiring me, Glen

Jonathan B. MT December 30, 2010 10:00 PM
Dothan AL

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