Do you have a bucket list of things that you want to do someday? Your bucket list may be written down so you can see it every day or it may just be a mental list that you keep in your head. Some people may have a large list of items to accomplish while others may only have only a few. When there are so many things going on, that list is sitting there waiting to be checked off. It is one of those things that gets pushed to the back burner due to the many other priorities you have. How will you get to your “someday” to accomplish those things that you want to do?
I was reading an article by Karl Bryan about Tim Ferriss who wrote The 4-Hour Workweek from the http://thesixfigurecoach.com magazine. If you don’t know his story, Tim was running a business that took up over 70 hours per week and he didn’t get to spend time on the things that he wanted to do. He shifted his focus and how he accomplished his work to be able to do those things that he wanted. There were a few quotes from Tim in the article that I wanted to highlight for you:
- “Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you”
- Think about the things that you want to accomplish in this life and find a way to do them. You only have so much time to make them happen. Most people put the bucket list off until they are retired, but at that point may not be able to physically do them anymore. What if you started working on doing one or two items on your list each year instead? Set an example for everyone around you that someday can start today.
- “What we fear doing most is usually what we need most to do”
- Fear is what keeps us safe and talks us out situations that sound risky or push us out of our comfort zone. It is trying to protect us, but it also prevents us from doing great things if we let it hold us back. What is the worst thing that could happen if you try this new thing? If the answer doesn’t sound that scary, then actually doing it probably won’t be either. Usually the anticipation of doing something like this is way worse than actually completing the act itself. Think about something that you did in your life that scared you before you did it. How did you feel afterwards? Hmm….did you say something like “that really wasn’t that bad. What was I so scared about?” Make a list of those accomplishments to remind yourself when you go to try the next scary thing. You have already successfully done things like this in the past. Just add the next one to your list.
- “In your wildest dreams – success is more possible than you think”
- Most of the time we think that those big dreams are not even possible, so we shut them down before we even try and then get disappointed. What if they were possible and you just lost out on a great opportunity? This is where your mindset and your fear have a tendency to talk you out of things. Change the way that you think about it. What if you told yourself that you have to accomplish this one thing? What if you come up with 1-2 actions that you have to take to move it forward? What if you talk to 2-3 people and ask them to help you? Don’t look now, but you are actually moving forward on this thing that seemed so impossible.
Think about these three quotes as you are planning out the goals that you want to achieve or the bucket list items that you want to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to be big and bold. Write them down and start talking about them. People who are passionate about what they are doing will attract others who are passionate about those same things. Inspire others to join you on your journey. Someday doesn’t have to be that far away if you change the way you think about it.
Shout out to my coach friend Marc Mawhinney who is on the cover of The Six Figure Coach magazine this month! Way to go Marc!
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