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Eight Bucket List Questions to Ask Yourself

Eight self-reflection questions to stimulate ideas for your bucket list.

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Eight self-reflection questions to stimulate ideas for your bucket list.

1. Who would you like to meet?

2. Where would you like to travel? If you could only do 3 things when you got there, what would you pick?

3. What challenges (if successfully achieved) would give you the biggest confidence boost?

Hint: Are there things you would really, really like to be good at, but you doubt your capacity to do so.

Personal example: One of mine is becoming more mechanically skilled. As part of working on this, I took a bicycle wheel building class yesterday. Taking steps in this direction helps me feel more competent and well-rounded as a person.

4. What bucket list goals have you thought about but not pursued because you'd feel embarrassed if anyone knew you had that goal?

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5. What do you like consuming that you might like to have a go at producing?

e.g., writing or acting for TV, writing a song, making a film, writing a novel, cooking foods you like to eat, writing comedy.

6. When you imagine yourself as really, really relaxed and happy, what are you doing?

7. When you imagine yourself as awestruck or giddy with excitement, what are you doing?

8. What was unique about you as a little kid? What were you passionate about as a little kid that you stopped exploring as you got older? 

If you liked this

If you liked this, try How to Write a Bucket List http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201207/how-write-bucket-list

I'd love to hear what's on your bucket list. You can tweet me @DrAliceBoyes or join my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/DrAliceBoyes.

Photo credit: "Catch a Falling Star" by Peasap

Alice Boyes, Ph.D. translates principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and social psychology into tips people can use in their everyday lives.

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