I’ve always liked the idea of having a bucket list: a list of things to do before you die.
I have a friend who is serious about her list. Crystal made a pact with herself that ANYTHING she put on her list, she had to do. No matter what. In her young teenage years, she put ‘go on a road trip across the country without a road map.’ She probably thought it would be all fun and games, money wouldn’t be a problem, not much planning, and quite the adventure. Well, at least she was right about it being quite the adventure! Crystal studied maps intensely beforehand (her rule was she couldn’t bring them with her), got a few friends together, saved the money, reserved places to stay, etc, and off they went.
My first thought when hearing about this experience and all the fun they had was, “I wish I could do that.” My second thought was, “Well, why can’t I?!” Maybe not the exact same thing, but something to fulfill a wish I have or had at one time in my life.
What is important to you to pack into this life?
First of all, “A goal not written down is merely a wish”, so…here are a few pointers on how to set goals, which will help you accomplish both what you want to (like bucket lists) and what you need to.
Step 1: Evaluate (decide what needs to be done). Make a list of the things you would like to know, qualities and abilities you would like to develop, and things you want to accomplish in your life.
Step 2: Plan (what to do and when). Write down the goal and how you plan to reach it. Remember, a goal not written down is merely a wish. If you want to, choose a parent, friend, or leader to whom you will report the progress you make. Set a time to complete your goal and dates along the way to check your progress.
Step 3: Act on the plan. If the goal is something you can do by yourself, do it! If you need help, ask someone to help you complete your goal.
Step 4: Report on progress and results. Meet with the person to whom you chose to report your progress. Tell what you have done and check your progress. Some of your goals may be confidential.
Last tip: You can also check yourself or always report them to Heavenly Father in prayer. I know He loves to see our progress and help us when we need it!
What if we felt the same way Crystal did about our goals? If we just had to accomplish every single one of them! It takes a little planning and a little patience, but not many things are impossible! Try to apply these steps to something you’re trying to accomplish now! I’d love to hear about your experience. Please comment!!