Make it happen! How to turn your bucket list dreams into reality
WHETHER IT’S SKYDIVING, SEWING OR SEEING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, MANY OF US HAVE A ‘MENTAL’ BUCKET LIST. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN TURN THOSE DREAMS INTO A REALITY
Everyone has a ‘mental’ bucket list – an idea at the back of your mind of what you want to see or achieve in your lifetime. Or maybe it’s simply that recurring daydream about being on a tropical island far, far away. But how often have you put those dreams down on paper? Not only does writing a physical list make you stop and think about what you actually want to experience, it also reminds you that life is short and should be lived to the fullest. On top of this, it helps to fuel those essential feelings of curiosity and hope.
A bucket list means you’re taking active steps towards making that wishful thinking a reality. Want to visit the Great Wall of China? Always wanted to learn how to sew? Or even pick up a team sport? If you don’t know where to start, try this five-step plan.
‘whatever your dreams are, take them very, very seriously’
» Ask ‘What excites me?’
Write down the first three answers that pop into your head, and ask who, when, and how? For example, if one of the answers is ‘travel’, ask ‘who is involved? Am I flying solo or with a companion?’ Then ‘when do I want to go – next month, next year?’ and finally ‘How can I make it happen?’
» Surround yourself with like−minded individuals
You can catch extra willpower from your friends – psychologists have identified this effect as ‘social contagion’ – so if you want to achieve your list, make friends with people who are actively pursuing their dreams too.
» Make a timeframe
Ask yourself what has a time limit. Once you’ve noted it, break it down further to ‘this year’ then ‘this month’. This way you’ll have a clearer idea of when you want to achieve something, rather than having a ‘one day in the future’ list. Or think in terms of what you want to achieve before your next birthday.
» Keep it realistic
Put things down that you can do for less than $100. For the bigger ideas, price out what it would cost and budget accordingly. Anticipate potential problems or barriers and write down ways you could work around these.
» Talk it over
Share and compare your list with your partner or friend. Verbalising your ideas will mean you’ll have someone else accountable in the planning, as well as the option of splitting expenses for anything that matches up.