What do you want to do before you die?

Stop putting your dreams off for “some day” . . . Take inspiration from the movie “The Bucket List” and ask yourself: If I had one year left to live, what would I be sure to do? Create a list of 100 things you want to do before you kick the bucket and start crossing items off your list, today.

Maybe you want to . . .

1. Write a script for a TV show
2. Do stand-up comedy
3. Write a children’s book
4. Go camping
5. Ride a gondola in Venice
6. Learn how to salsa dance
7. Host Saturday Night Live
8. Visit a Renaissance fair
9. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
10. Witness a solar eclipse

It’s never too early or too late to create a bucket list. So, whether you’re 10 or 98, use this lens for inspiration and for guidelines on how to get started. You’ll also find over 360 things you can consider adding to your bucket list (suggestions to get your creative juices flowing).

“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed (98 3/4% guaranteed).” – Dr. Seuss

How to Create Your Bucket List 

A lot of people are unsure as to what to include in a bucket list, so they decide to put it off until they’re crystal clear on exactly what they want. Don’t allow performance anxiety to stop you from creating your bucket list. Start by creating a preliminary rough draft; you can always add, delete, or modify as you go along.

You’re going to create your list by having an individual brainstorming session. Set your kitchen timer to go off in forty-five minutes and find a place where you won’t be interrupted. Play Baroque music in the background, if you have it. Baroque music, such as “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi and Pachbel’s “Cannon” have been shown to slow brainwaves down to the Alpha range, the brain frequency which has been linked to increased creativity.

Do not criticize or evaluate what you write down during the brainstorming process: you’re trying to open yourself up to possibilities. Write down whatever comes into your head, it doesn’t matter how wildly impractical the idea seems. Basically, you’re going to have to quiet your internal critic, that little voice in your head that might be saying: “You can’t do that”; “That’s silly”; “I can’t afford that.” Push the limits on what you currently think is possible for you and think outside the boundaries of your current life.

Don’t stop at 100; write down as many things as come to your mind. Later you can sift through the list you created and narrow it down to 100.

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