About Your Bucket List

father and son on the sea on sunsetThis article went out to my free member newsletter audience about a year ago and received a lot of attention.

The phrase “bucket list” has come into popular usage in recent years. In fact, it’s become such a common place term that I’d be willing to bet you have you probably have one. The idea, of course, is that your bucket list is comprised of things you hope to experience or accomplish before you…well…”kick the bucket”.

Let me ask you a question. Do you find yourself mostly checking things off your bucket list or mostly just adding things on to it?

For many of us, our bucket list is always growing, but our time and/or money to do those things is lacking.

Even the mindset of a bucket list seems to breed procrastination. After all, these are things we hope to do before we leave this mortal coil and that’s not happening…well…we hope for a long time.

Buddha once said that the problem most people have is “They think they have time.”

We think things like:

* “I’ll take that Mediterranean trip when… the kids graduate from college.”
* “I’ll start that business when the house is paid off.”
* “I’ll take those art classes when work lets up a little.”

Sound familiar?

Our bucket list represents those things we most want to do in this world. And yet, most of us put these experiences on hold…until the right circumstances appear… someday… hopefully… because we have time, right?

It’s not really the circumstances that are holding us back. It’s really three things – time, money, and courage to act. Knowledge might be in there too, but we can get that or hire it.

Our perception, and possibly our reality, is that we don’t have the time or the money because we work a job for 40 or 60 or 80 hours a week. That job saps us, takes the best of our mind and energy. We do it because our parents did it before us and because it feels “safe and secure.”

A job is ONE revenue stream and it’s a revenue stream that is very dependent upon the whims of your boss, the marketplace, even your age. It’s also a revenue stream that requires you to keep trading your most valuable commodity – time – for enough money to survive, but not quite enough to move those bucket list items to the front of the line.

Successful people have multiple revenue streams and revenue streams that rely initially on their own efforts and then on duplication of effort. The idea is do the work once and keep earning. Why is this important?

Think about the owner or CEO of your company. He or she probably makes a very nice income. It’s an income that allows them to have the money to do what they want. Here’s the catch. They probably work more hours every week than you do. They have the money, but they still don’t have the time. Their bucket list is growing just like yours. And if you work really hard, you can move up and be just like him or her.

How do you get money AND time ? You must have multiple revenue streams. They must take advantage of duplication. That’s the way you get the time and the money to experience your bucket list now, rather than having your grand kids roll you out onto the beach in Hawaii in your wheelchair at 80.

I’m not painting this picture to depress you. I’m not saying go “fire your boss” today and risk everything. I’m saying have a plan in in the works to do it some day. Heck, maybe take your boss with you, if you like him.

I’m painting a picture and sharing a message of awakening, like Paul Revere spreading the word. If you want to move your bucket list into the present or the near future, rather than the distant, hopeful, undefined one…the time to act is now.

Remember when your crazy uncle or the neighbor next door told you last month they had this “business opportunity” they wanted you to take a look at? And your conditioning cringed at the thought of circles on a board or selling soap?

That person was approaching you because they care about you. They care about you enough to let you share in their dreams. They care about you enough to share a possibility that could help you move your dreams from hope to reality.

Maybe you politely told them things are really busy right now. Next month would be better… because you’re waiting and hoping for that big break at work that get you 20 more hours of work each week, more stress, and further from your dreams.

I’m not suggesting you sell soap. I’m not suggesting you become involved with the latest Internet scam or craze. I am suggesting that you need to find more sources of revenue. I am suggesting that the corporate world is not going to change and allow you duplicate effort or get paid for months at a time while you travel and mark things off your bucket list.

Maybe our conditioning about what our neighbor or our crazy uncle are working to do is wrong. Maybe they’re onto something and we need to listen. Maybe we need to open our minds and understand that the whole job thing was just a type of conditioning we were raised to believe in as the pathway to success, but that there are other, better paths.

We unconsciously become the past until we choose a new future.

These other paths knock out two of the three obstacles you have to living your bucket list right now – time and money. What about the third – the courage to take action?

  • Find your bliss – You already did. It’s that bucket list.
  • Follow your bliss – That’s the courage to take action and the open-mindedness to look at new possibilities.
  • Become your bliss – That’s you walking on the beaches of the world, experiencing different cultures, pursuing your charitable passions because you had the time, the money, and the courage to make it so.

Opportunity is always knocking, my friends. Pay attention or pay the piper.

See your greatness today and help those around you to see theirs too.

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation, Ray’s first novel,  is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

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About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is an author and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. His latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - http://www.AATrilogy.com. Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. http://www.theaffirmationspot.com. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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