What kind of future would you like to Create?
Do you have a plan? a goal? a vision? a Things To Do List?
If you don’t, you’re shortchanging yourself. A Things To Do list will
pinpoint those activities and achievements that mean the most to you. Life doesn’t last
forever. If you don’t prioritize your time, you might miss out on something important!
Your Future becomes your Past very quickly. Please consider making that list today.
Create your list and define your future:
1. Have different types of items within your list. You might include a few
physical challenges, like running a marathon. You might have a few adventures,
like scuba diving on the barrier reef or hang gliding. It might be fun to include a
few intellectual and travel items. Maybe you’ve always want to learn how to
play the banjo.
2. Keep it meaningful. Do you really want to spend six months and $100,000
climbing Mount Everest? Some things are impressive to others, but might not
be meaningful to you. Avoid choosing items just to impress others.
Just impress yourself, after all it is your future we are creating.
3. Keep the list short. You don’t have time to do everything that sounds
appealing. Better yet, make a long list but always have a top 10 list.
The top 10 can change over time, but always prioritize.
The most important items on your list will matter more than the rest
of the list combined.
4. Have one item you can do with your currently available time and resources. It
might be to go skydiving or rent a limo for the evening. There’s no time like the
present to check an item off your “To Do” list. You’ll have a quick sense of accomplishment.
5. Set goals that support items on your list. If you want to live in Costa
Rica when you retire, you might set some financial goals and start learning how
to speak Spanish.
Remember to review your goals regularly and remind yourself why you’re
6. You don’t have to create your list in a single sitting. Assuming it will take years
to check off all the items, your list will change. You’re changing, so it’s only
reasonable to expect your list to change, too.
When something strikes a chord within you, add it to your list.
Set aside a few minutes each month to update your list.
As you do give yourself a pat on the back. You have already been a creating force
in the designing of your future, which is now your present moment.
7. Have few items that are relatively easy to achieve. Some of the best things can
be simple and easy. Traveling to Europe is easier than swimming the English
Channel in December. Give yourself a few easier goals and gain some momentum.
Have items that range from easy to difficult.
8. Share these goals and aspirations with others. Seeing their will inspire you. You might even find a
good idea or two to add to your list.
9. Think about whom you’d like to share these experiences with. Going to the
Oktoberfest in Germany would be fun. It would be even more fun with your old
college roommate. Some of the items on your list you might prefer to tackle alone. Others
might be more meaningful with a friend.
Consider the many benefits of making your “To Do” list. It’s not only fun to brainstorm,
but you can also lay out a framework for the future. This should be required for
everyone over the age of five.
Go Make that list Right Now! Create the Future you Want!
Let me know if you found this helpful. We have an entire library full of positive re-enforcement over at the National Wealth Center,
and I need some help, so I hope you’ll join me in my efforts to make sure all of us Live Long & Prosper!