Quite simply, a Bucket List is a list of things that you would like to do before you die. I could dress it up with some swanky metaphors but I think that sentence explains it just perfectly. I believe everyone should have a bucket list and let me explain why?
Have you ever sat on the couch with your family of zombies, all zoned into the idiot box? The adverts come on and the first one showcases the brand new Jaguar XKR-S and your Dad says, “I would love one of those!” The second advert shows a holiday in Disneyland Florida and the kid’s scream, “I would love to go there!” The third advert is of a male supermodel in his skimpy underpants. Your Mum looks over at your Dad while he scratches his arse and takes another swig from his can of lager before telling her to put the kettle on…I will let you imagine what she is thinking!
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If there is something in life you want, then you can have it as long as you follow a few rules first.
1. Believe that what you want is achievable.
2. Create a plan to obtain it.
3. Take action.
By following these simple rules something quite remarkable happens in your brain. Almost like magic it springs to life and starts to sub consciously push you towards your end result. This process is often referred to as setting your satellite navigation system. Just like the piece of kit stuck to the inside your car windscreen, your brain knows where you are and it is just waiting for you to tell it where to go. Once you do this – like in the form of a bucket list for example – your brain just merrily goes on about its business. Strange coincidental things start to happen that inch you closer to your goal.
A goal without a plan is just a wish – Larry Elder
Programming your brains satellite navigation system is really a lot of fun and creating your bucket list forms a part of this. Have you ever said it would be great to have everything in life that you ever wanted? Try writing them all down, you will find it a lot tougher than you would think. I have so far only managed to get to number 83!
Here is my bucket list:
|1||To have zero credit card debt||Completed in 2011|
|2||To play in a WSOP event||Completed in 2011|
|3||To win a WSOP bracelet|
|4||To play in an EPT main event|
|5||To win an EPT main event|
|6||to Play in the WSOP main event|
|7||To play in a WPT event|
|8||Win a WPT Main Event|
|9||To win an online tournament for over $50k|
|10||Write my own autobiography|
|11||Learn to play the piano|
|12||Learn to speak French|
|13||Visit Venice||Completed in 2011|
|15||Visit Las Vegas||Completed in 2011|
|16||Learn to speak Spanish|
|17||Write a movie or TV series script|
|18||Become a millionaire|
|19||Visit Monte Carlo|
|20||Own a holiday property abroad|
|21||Iceland and the Blue Lagoon|
|22||Go on a cruise along the Hudson river|
|23||Go to Hawaii|
|24||Learn to play golf|
|25||I would like to take a photography class|
|26||To become a public speaker|
|27||To hold a stand up comedy show|
|28||To own a blog that helps inspire people and has 500 unique readers per day|
|29||To write a book helping people abstain from alcohol|
|30||To complete my book from The Valleys to Vegas and have it published|
|31||Visit the Atlantis in Dubai|
|32||Play at the PCA|
|33||To win a GUKPT Main Event|
|34||To win a UKIPT Main Event|
|35||To have completed a meditation retreat|
|36||Visit Hong Kong|
|37||See the Great Wall of China|
|38||Visit Niagra Falls|
|39||See the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam|
|40||Stay at the Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel in Sweden|
|41||Visit a world class Spa|
|42||To have commentated on TV on poker or any other sporting event|
|43||To one day have my own TV show interviewing people|
|44||To go on a safari holiday|
|45||Kaikoura New Zealand for whales and dolphins|
|46||To own a top of the range Jaguar|
|47||I want to hold an annual party where I invite everyone I love.|
|48||I would like to go on a cruise|
|49||I would like to learn to play the violin|
|50||I would like to take an art class|
|51||I would like to help teach writing one day|
|52||I would like to live abroad for two months||Completed in 2011|
|53||I want to ensure I leave a substantial Estate for my son when I die.|
|54||I want to own a jacuzzi|
|55||I don’t ever want a mortgage.|
|56||I would like to own a pet Bulldog one day and call it Davey Boy|
|57||I want to be financially free and live on passive income|
|58||I want to invite all my loved ones to a great big party in one of the best suites in Las Vegas|
|59||I want to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower|
|60||Develop an online business that earns $3,000 in passive income each month.|
|61||Earn $5,000 per month through online poker|
|62||I want my son to one day say “My Dad is famous”|
|63||Have an article published in a magazine that is not poker related.|
|64||To have a monthly column in a non poker related magazine.|
|65||To be a speaker at a TED conference|
|66||Learn to play the guitar|
|67||Write a song for a popstar that is eventually released in the charts and is a top ten hit|
|69||Go Camping at Loch Ness|
|70||Rent a villa on lake como and spend time there writing a book|
|71||Own a small restaurant|
|72||Be my own boss||Completed in 2011|
|73||Watch a magic show in Las Vegas|
|74||Watch an orchestra||Completed in 2011|
|75||Be in a movie or TV programme (actor)|
|76||Ride the train through the Canadian Rockies|
|77||Visit New York|
|78||I want to visit an opera in Venice|
|79||See the Northern Lights|
|80||Australia: See show at Sydney Opera House|
|81||To be a qualified psychologist|
|82||Introduce life coaching into the school curriculum|
|83||Learn enough magic so I can hold a magic show for my son and his friends.|
Each year I plan to achieve five of these activities. I might not achieve them all but it will not be for the want of trying. In 2011, for example I entered my first ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) event in Las Vegas. To enter one of these competitions was an activity on my bucket list so I had achieved one lifetime goal. Another goal is to win a WSOP event and as I was eliminated in only three hands I will have to wait another year!
Without the bucket list I would probably not have planned to travel to Las Vegas to play in the event. The bucket list is great for affirming your sense of meaning and purpose. It gives you something to live for.
If you could achieve one thing in life what would it be?
I am a great believer in goal setting; after all if you are not a planner, you live in hope that nice things will happen to you. It took me a few years to realise that the way I conducted myself in business could be translated to my own personal life. Goals are just a way of life in business and your pay rises and bonuses are dependant on them, not to mention the joy of achievement.
After I had done some work on my sense of meaning and purpose I was really fired up. I felt that I could achieve anything so I wrote a list of annual goals, split the goals down into activities, planned time to complete the activities and took action. Slowly but surely wonderful things started to happen in my life.
Back then I used to play online poker each night while listening to podcasts from the fabulous website The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn. One night I listened in awe while a man called Ian Usher entered my mind. Usher had decided to sell his whole life on eBay before attempting to accomplish 100 goals in 100 weeks. That night my bucket list was born and so was the idea to share this blog post with you.
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