Everyone loves to create a Bucket List, a list of all the things you would like to accomplish in your life. It’s fun to fantasize and think big. But then most of us stick it in a notebook or drawer and never look at it again.
A bucket list is suppose to keep us motivated and working on these goals, but I think we tuck it away because what it actually does is make us feel overwhelmed and that we aren’t getting anything done or living our lives to the fullest.
Enter the reverse bucket list. The concept has been around for a while, but I believe most people are unaware of how much it can compliment a bucket list and will help keep you motivated instead of overwhelmed.
If you don’t know what a reverse bucket list is, it’s a list of all of the things you have already accomplished or things you’ve done that make you feel proud. It should include both small and large accomplishments.
Creating one will give you the following benefits.
Looking at a long list of things you have already done reminds you how strong you are and that you are really capable of making items off your bucket list come true.
A More Positive Mindset and a Happier Feeling
Seeing a long list of accomplishments makes you feel more positive about where you are in life and challenges any notions you may have had that you are wasting your time. You have done things and you can do even more!
Following I have included my reverse bucket list to hopefully spur some ideas of what you can add to yours.
Traci’s Reverse Bucket List (in no particular order).
- Overcame depression
- Was Valedictorian of graduating high school class and made it through my speech
- Completed a ropes course where I had to climb a telephone pole and do a zip line
- Obtained my Bachelor’s degree
- Surpassed my highest paying salary
- Started my blog
- Former Girl Scout Troop leader and currently leading a social group
- Conducted trainings at several companies where I’ve worked
- Lost over 50 pounds
- Went on a cruise
- Got a tattoo
- Learned how to cut my own hair
- Bought major appliances, furniture and cars on my own
- Sang a solo in front of a group of people
- Swam with stingrays
- Went snorkeling and parasailing
- Took a job in a city without visiting it before hand
- Front row for several music concerts
- Met my favorite band – twice
- Wore a short dress in public
- Supervised several interns
- Worked for an international adoption agency
- Ran booths at networking events
- Rode a horse
- Raised a child on my own
- Head typesetter at a printing shop at 12 years old
- Assistant manager at a retail store at 18 years old
- Was in a play
- Ran sound system for a college event and recorded several events (plays, concerts, basketball games)
- Stood up for a friend who was accused of something that most people thought he actually did and visited him in prison
- Saw the Lincoln Memorial at 2AM when no one else was about
- Serve Christmas lunch and dinner at the Salvation Army
- Completed several 5Ks including an Insane Inflatable course
- Hosted my parents for a visit where they enjoyed everything we did
- In 5th grade asked a teacher to recalculate my grade and she ended up having to change it because she was wrong.
- Stood up to a few bosses who I believed were treating me unfairly (twice we were able to work things out, once I just quit)
- Mowed the grass
- Played on a recreational softball team (and actually had fun)
- Learned huge lessons from my daughter and am more open minded
- Helped out a complete stranger by letting her spend the night in my house, take her to the police department to file a report and helped her move in to a shelter
- Survived a car crash where I flipped the car and it landed on its top with barely a scratch
- Bounced back fairly quickly from a couple of really awful relationships.
- Am comfortable without having someone in my life.
- Surprised my mom for mother’s day.
- Held a plank for a minute and 45 seconds.
I strongly urge you to create one of these. It’s actually a good exercise in self-care. All those positive accomplishments are going to make you feel really good about yourself.
Feel free to leave some of your accomplishments in the comments below, be they big or small. You will encourage others and it’s completely okay to brag about yourself!
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