This Year Make a Bucket List, Not a Resolution!
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With every New
Year come new resolutions. Some people resolve to quit smoking, some to lose
weight, some resolve to get out debt – some people just resolve to follow
through with previous resolutions. Even with generic
resolutions like these, a whopping 85 percent of people fail to succeed.
The problem lies in the longevity of the resolution. Quitting
cold-turkey is nearly impossible. Losing
weight is a difficult task to begin with. To accomplish it, then keep it off
for 12 months, is even harder. And getting
out of debt is a task our
country’s leaders can’t even tackle. So what makes you think every January
you will be able to jump head first into solutions for these
What you should be doing is making bucket
lists. A bucket list is a resolution for life. It’s not something you need
to accomplish tomorrow. It’s not something you need to even start tomorrow. A
bucket list is a list of lifelong goals, goals to complete before you “kick
the bucket.” Don’t consider it a “wish
list,” you need the mindset that this is a list of things you WILL
accomplish before you die, not thing you just WANT to accomplish.
It’s just like a to-do
list. You shouldn’t make your daily to-do list full of just the most difficult
tasks. Instead of just writing “run 3 miles” or “finish project” or “clean
the house” – add some simple tasks like “brush
your teeth” and “eat breakfast” and “put on some clothes”. These tasks will
allow you to cross things off, and give you a sense of accomplishment as you
progress through your day. Instead of staring at those substantial tasks and procrastinating
as long as possible, you will jump right in and start check-marking
Don’t make your bucket list full of things you’d hate to do
but know you should. A don’t make a list of completely impossible tasks, aka
resolutions. You can have some aspirational goals, like make a
million dollars, kiss Keira
Knightley, or drive a flying car – knowing they may be unreachable, they may
still help you strive to reach other “un-listed” things.
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