While I’ve had my life list in one form or another since my early 20s, I only started to consider making it public about this time last year.
And then admired other people’s lists, adding things to my list from theirs.
Then, I thought about it some more.
Along the way, I came across these two videos.
The first is Derek Sivers, from a short (3:16) TED talk. His recommendation is to keep your goals to yourself.
Okay, fine. His statements are backed by research.
I disagree with him anyway.
He says if we tell our goals to others – ostensibly so that they will hold us accountable – we get the acknowledgement and satisfaction of having achieved our goals, without being motivated to do the work to actually accomplish anything.
This reminds me of the conversation I had with Tina, where she said she would feel obligated to do something if she shared her life list.
Sharing my life list isn’t about having other people hold me accountable. It is a celebration of all the amazing things there are to learn and do and see and taste and love in life.
A life list isn’t the same as a goal. To me.
Then I heard Chip Wilson, CEO of Canadian athletic-wear company lululemon, talk about goals (1:05).
Chip Wilson says that setting goals calms his mind. See also: yesterday’s post, and what Scarlet Lily said about that stuff taking up room in your soul.
The power in my life list was in writing it down.
The joy in my life list will be in sharing the stories with others.
Tomorrow: the list.