– Louisa May Alcott
I believe in the power of intention partnered with action which starts in a space of vision, passion and purpose. This isn’t a half way thing, I believe in it with all my heart and all my soul.
By the same token, the phrase “bucket list” is downright annoying to me. How can I be passionate and purposeful about kicking the bucket? I feel like my subconscious mind rebels with language like that – so I prefer to say “my passionate possibility” list for Fall.
(And yes, the general population calls them BUCKET LISTS! so for today, see my passionate possibility list as… an autumn bucket list. An autumn harvest of potential. An Autumnal Pile of Leaves to Jump In!
I admit it. I can go overboard with my quirky –
I spent time this morning working on the bucket list concept and realized I have some carry-over from earlier goals which made me ask the perpetual question, “What is up with setting goals (like finish my website) and yet then not taking time to bring that goal into action… over and over again?”
I sat back in my chair, feeling like a failure, as I scrawled these words into my notebook page.
“So what is up? Fear, resistance due to concern about failure, the fact you don’t really want to do that or you don’t really know what you want to do so you don’t make a choice and by default don’t succeed?”
Ouch and yes. Yes and ouch. There is some truth there.
“An average person with average talents and ambition and average education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.”
-Mary Kay Ash
I can guilt myself with the best of them. I know I have talents and abilities others might use with great gusto and zest.
The question I need to step into and live – rather than just talk about – is “What simplest step am I willing to take to discern whether or not that is a long term goal I want to reach?”
A Fall Bucket List (or Pile of Leaves to Jump Into) is essentially a list of short-to-medium term goals. When I think of it like this, somehow it all seems more approachable.
My basic art journal broke my bucket list into pieces:
“Feeling Good” (Physical health)
Make love tangible (Art/Work and Life/Work)
Receive Abundantly (Financial Health)
Business Breakthroughs (Life/Work in the form of infrastructure like website, mailing lists and product development.)
Creative a-ha’s (Back to Art/Work and Life/Work)
Sacred Memories (Spiritual Growth in My Home/World + Travel)
Family Legends (Along the same lines but specifically in relationships).
So for your purposes:
What are the most important categories in your life that may or may not be reflected in my categories?
What are the words that inspire you the most? I said “Bucket list” doesn’t do it for me like it does for many others in our culture. I won’t use that in my final visual momento that will serve as a reminder of my Fall Passionate Possibilities.
What sub-goals might you list under each?
Crucially important: What simplest first step am I willing to take? For goals you continually list and don’t take action upon, What simplest step am I willing to take to discern whether or not that is a long term goal I truly want to reach?
What methods might you want to use to fully realize what you want to have happen in your life? Art journaling, list brainstorm, stream of consciousness writing, a conversation with friends or partner?
I started writing this because I had an assignment within my Periscope #OctoberScopers challenge. This is a slightly nutty reason to insist upon finishing my list today, so I am electing to let it steep and sit and get clearer.
Tomorrow I will revisit and revise and put a less-rough-draft version of my passionate possibility list as well as a visual art journal style poster to hang in my room so I may be reminded of my goals on a conscious and also a subconscious level.
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