When I have the opportunity to speak on goal-setting, I always begin with a “Bucket List” exercise. These dreams are long-term goals in disguise, which is why I start here.
Usually only about half the participants have thought about what they want to do, where they want to go, or things they want to acquire before they kick the proverbial bucket. Regardless, every group dives in with amazing energy as they discuss, share, and compare their dreams.
There are always wannabe skydivers, fiscally responsible debt-payers, and sightseers to every corner of the planet. There are also unique dreams which surface, too. Either way, I’ve never seen anyone embarrassed by these dreams, common or not. Instead, as ideas are shared everyone is challenged to grow their own list further.
Perhaps it’s a silly exercise. After all, most of us will likely only be able to complete a portion of our list. On the other hand, I’d rather have something to dream about; something to remind myself that I’m doing what I’m doing today so that I can fulfill a dream tomorrow.
Yes, some dreams are small. But it’s fun to dream some big, bold dreams as well.