Write it down. That’s what I did.

A few months back, I started thinking about all the things that I want to accomplish in my lifetime. I also started to think about the things that I’ve already done and checked off the list. Just a few years ago, these accomplishments would’ve not even been conceivable for me. So, I made a list of everything I want to do, no matter how small or how outrageous it sounded.

Then it hit me...this is real! Before me sat this list that scared me and excited me at the same time. Putting pen to paper and writing these goals down brought this fantasy to life. My thoughts already turned to making plans to start crossing items off my list. You can call it a bucket list, I call it my Life List.

Seeing these goals made me start thinking of needs to be in place to get these things done. How much is this going to cost? What do I need to do to prepare? When will I have the time? Can I get the time off work? Can I do this with the family? Am I going to be risking my life? The answer to these questions set the process in motion. It changed the list in my head from a wish to a tangible goal.

At the beginning of this year, I challenge everyone to write out their LIfe List. Make it real. Put it on paper. Write small goals and big, crazy goals. You don’t have to share it with anyone. Include goals that can be accomplished now or goals that may take years to get to but write it down. Make the plan and commit to it. Your goals and priorities will change over time, but that’s ok. This list and commitment on your part will move you in the direction that you need to go.