We’ve all heard of a bucket list (the things you want to do before you kick the bucket), but why should we wait to see the pearly gates on the horizon before we do the things we have always wanted?
What is stopping you from living life right now?
Recently we caught up with Seb Terry, who travels the world helping people tick off their 100 Things list. He is the ultimate guru when it comes to creating your list and choosing to live a more fulfilling life.
Even if people do have a bucket list, not many things on it get ticked off, as day-to-day life tends to get in the way. These reasons and excuses may sound familiar:
Money – “But I don’t have enough; I can’t afford it!”
Failure – “I won’t be able to do it; what if I don’t win?”
Commitments – “I am too busy at work; I already do too much; I have kids and a dog and a partner!”
Opinions – “What would people think?”
Comfort – “I have control over my life at the moment, if I change anything everything will fall out of place.”
Success – “What if I really love it? What if I’m good at it and don’t want to go back to my old job?”
Fear – “I don’t know if I am ready/brave enough.”
Give yourself permission
Sebastian Terry says we choose to do something or to not do something and in the middle sits one word; permission.
The first step in deciding to write or start ticking off the things on your list is to give yourself permission. You’re the only one with the power to allow yourself to think about what you really want to achieve in your life.
When we’re young we know what we want; we would be able to sit down and write an endless list with no concerns about how to make it happen or whether it’s realistic or not. But we get older and we’re told what to do and how to think by other people. Things are laid out for us by others. By living your own truth you are choosing to empower yourself.
In order to grow, we have to step out of our comfort zone. Creating and ticking off your list allows you to shape your identity, or redefine your purpose on this earth and revisit your values that may have been shadowed or buried in a pile of work and responsibilities.
You will never know an answer until you ask and most of the time, you have nothing to lose by asking. Asking if someone wants to join you in your quest, asking for the time off work, asking if someone needs a house sitter in the Canadian Rockies, asking if anyone has a workshop you could rent to start your craft. Passion inspires passion. People generally want to help other people achieve their goals.
What is something you care about so much that you don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks?
Write it down.
You just need to know why you don’t need to know how just yet, the how will come. It’s the idea of manifestation = action, know what you want, put it out there by thinking about it, talking about it and looking into it. Before you know it, that dream will start taking shape.
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