Sorting Out Your Ideas
After writing down your ideas the next step in the process is to sort them all out. A bucket list goal should be challenging, perhaps improbable but not impossible.
A bucket list goal to be another 10 inches taller is not practical and is indeed impossible to achieve but one to get fit and lose 15 kilograms is.
The first question you need to ask yourself is “If I did everything I could possible do could I achieve this goal?”
If the answer is yes then you can continue, otherwise it needs to be put aside but not permanently forgotten. The reason for this is because circumstances change and while you might not be able to achieve this goal now if you had the resources etc in the future this could change. Your circumstances are not permanent.
The second question you need to ask yourself is “Is this challenging enough?”. A bucket list goal should be challenging but not impossible. A goal to read a book is not challenging is you have been able to read all your life. However if you have just learnt to read, then reading a book is an appropriate challenge.
Don’t make the mistake of choosing goals that are not challenging enough – otherwise it will be an empty pursuit making a bucket list as you might as well be making a to-do list.
The final question you need to ask yourself is “Do I really want to do this?”. This might be a strange question to ask at the end of this process but it is an important one. Sometimes ideas come to us of things we should do, things we think we like or that will impress others but we need to ask ourselves “Is this something I really want to do?”. This is not always an easy question to answer, especially for involved bucket list items that take a lot of work and dedication, it is important to know if it is worth it.
So ask yourself those three questions for each of your ideas and start pruning your list of ideas.