Creating a Reverse Bucket List

Creating a Reverse Bucket List

Many of us have a “bucket list”, a list of things we want to complete before we “hit the bucket”. However, looking at this list can be daunting. It can be seemingly impossible to get everything on a bucket list completed in a lifetime. This frequently leaves us focusing on obstacles in our way and a feeling of defeat and inadequacy.

A reverse bucket list is a “mindfulness exercise” that can turn those feelings around and produce a feeling of fulfillment and gratitude. The concept is simple. Instead of writing all the things you wish to accomplish, write a list of all the things you have already accomplished!

This reverse bucket list provides a feeling of gratitude and self-fulfillment and it often triggers “forgotten” memories that may have been stored in our subconscious.  It turns pessimistic thinking around and pushes our psyche toward an optimistic mindset – creating the momentum necessary to achieve our “future” bucket list items.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” –Winston Churchill

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