Drive readers have sent in their lists, including achievements. Here are a few excerpts from their stories.
In my early 30s, I began living in Minnesota, the heart of our nation’s best canoe country. Building on previous canoeing experiences in the Ozarks, I paddled upper Midwestern rivers and through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on numerous trips.
Seeking more adventurous canoeing experiences, I joined a canoe association and learned about canoe travel on wild rivers in Canada. I jump-started my Canadian canoeing with a monthlong trip on the first modern descent of the Quoich River near the Arctic Circle.
Since then I’ve paddled two dozen seldom-traveled, wild rivers in the boreal forests of Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, as well as the tundra in Nunavut Territory. This past summer’s canoe trip was a real classic tundra expedition in which six of us paddled 400 miles on the Kazan, Ferguson, and Wilson Rivers, ending at Whale Cove on Hudson Bay. Along the way we photographed numerous muskoxen and tens of thousands of caribou as well as unique rock structures built by the Inuit during their 10,000-year occupation of the Barren Lands. The lake trout and grayling we caught had never seen a lure.
Start with a general grouping of the types of dreams and aspirations you have. Divide it into similar goals.
For example: Which experiences do you want to have? Which language(s) would you like to learn? Where are the places you want to see and experience? Which famous (or otherwise important) people do you want to meet? What are your loftiest, most challenging (yet attainable) aspirations?
Those mark just a tiny fraction of the possibilities.
Another way of completing the task: Group ambitions along the lines of family, friends, career, spare time, and so forth.
It’s your list. Be serious, but also have fun with it.
Eliminate items that are unrealistic or may be impossible. Better yet, alter them to make attainment more feasible. For example, instead of stating, “become a billionaire,” try, “become financially sound and always have money to spare.”
Also consider collaborating with family members and/or friends on the loftier goals. Pooling resources and forming partnerships will make achieving goals easier and a lot more realistic.
Take things slowly. Ideally, start checking off the smaller, most attainable goals first, such as, “I will lose five pounds in a month.”
Use other peoples’ life lists (one online search will return infinite lists) for inspiration and possible ideas.
Never feel that you have to compete or keep up with anyone else’s goals to be successful. What helps bring fulfillment to one person’s life may bring nothing but headaches to another’s.