Your Bucket List on Steroids

motivational_speaker_linda_larsen_bucketEvery psychologist, business person and motivational speaker on the planet talks about GOALS at this time every year. But I’d like to share with you a way to determine which goals will really make your heart sing!

First ask yourself, if money and time were absolutely no object in your life, then what would you want to do, be or have?

Want to climb a mountain or jump out of an airplane? Maybe you would like to write a book or own an Armani suit. The sky is the limit. You have absolutely no restrictions on your imagination. Make a list of at least 50 things on a sheet entitled "My Magnificent Wish List." And yes, it's a bucket list on steroids. Just run wild and have fun, letting your imagination actually SEE and FEEL those wishes as realities. Listen carefully, also. You may hear a little voice that pops up occasionally, telling you why "that's impossible" or "you can't do that!" Just notice that voice and then respond simply with, "Oh, I'm not saying I WILL do this – I'm just saying I would like to." Then keep writing, imagining and playing.

When you think you are done, post the list somewhere that you will see it daily. 

What you have done is create a fabulous pool from which you will pull actual future goals. I believe that one of the reasons we don't set and achieve goals in life is that we don't allow ourselves to explore what it is that we would actually like. Oh, we have fleeting thoughts like, "Gee, I wish…" or, "Wouldn't it be nice if…" But when we do it that way, the ideas are elusive and vague. They come and they go.

motivational_speaker_linda_larsen_12secretsMy audio series, 12 Secrets to High Self-Esteem, started out on my Magnificent Wish List a few years ago as one of those, "Someday I sure would like to…" items. But because I had committed the idea to a piece of paper that I could look at and be reminded of frequently, when it came time to actually move something from that list over to a real Goal Sheet, I chose that one because it kept speaking to me. Once it left my MWL and became an actual goal, I moved into the next phase to make it reality. It then went from being a "wish" to becoming a "will." It was published the same year I set it as a goal and has, since then, sold over 130,000 copies. THAT'S the power of a Bucket List on Steroids. 

Later I'll share with you a few ideas I implemented that helped me achieve this goal, but right now we are simply focusing on the first phase – creating your big old fantastic wish list. Let loose! Have fun! No limits!



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Ooooooh Linda!  I LOVE this exercise.  I just did it : )  You are right, I could feel the "that's impossible's" raising their head, but it was so powerful to be able to say "I'm just saying it would be nice to…"

    Thank you for giving me a way to keep my wishes on hand so they can become wills!  

  2. Isn't is funny that as I was reading your post I was thinking, "Oh good!  She's giving me permission to write down all my dreamy ideas and desires!"  Because as a rational, mature adult I won't give myself this permission.  Thanks for letting me break out of that old rut and run wild!!

  3. You reminded me to dig up my list of 100 goals I wrote twenty years ago while listening to Mr.Soup – Mark Victor Hansen. Still remember a few years back finding an exercise I did in a Tony Robbins event –was married and the girls were toddlers at the time. The question was if you were to die tomorrow, how would know you led a successful life. My answer reflected my love and time spent with my immediate family, desire to love and spend REAL time with my daughters growing up, remain dear friends with my husband for life, laugh hard with all my girlfriends while throwing down a cocktail, a little travel mixed in for good measure, and encouraging women to let go of their need for approval and speak their truth. I smiled finding that paper over 18 years later. You'll notice there was nothing on it about being wealthy or owning a business :-). Ah, perhaps that's what I need to write down!!

    • Isn't that cool, Colette? To find something you wrote so long ago that you created as a bit of a "destination on my life road map?"  You determined what it the final outcome would LOOK like – and then your smart little self (now having the picture of what it looked like) could both consciously and unconsciously set out to create it.  LOVE this. And, um, I think I was attending the same Tony Robbins seminar!


  4. Because we are a community of highly – motivated motivational speakers, we are surrounded by these amazing great ideas about goal achievement and leading amazing lives. Just think of the average person reading your post – I bet they are on fire! And the timing is perfect for me and Frenchie. We're about to do our joint bucket list! Thanks for the dose of steroids!

  5. It always amazes me how often my dreams come true after I have written them on paper and whispered them to the wind. So this dream I am going to dream BIGGER!!!

  6. Thanks for telling me about the Linda Larsen Positively Speaking store. Excellent lineup of items.

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