Many of us have personal bucket lists – things we’d like to do, see or experience before we die (‘kick the bucket’). But what about a business bucket list? Do you have a list of accomplishments or things you’d like your business to help finance before your working days are done? Bucket list goals are the big, sort of scary goals we have that give us something to focus on and strive for, so it makes sense to have a business bucket list as well as a personal one.
A bucket list goal may seem small to others but may be a big accomplishment to ourselves, and that’s really all that matters. For instance, to a person scared of public speaking a bucket list goal may be to have a paid speaking gig where they teach others about aromatherapy. To a natural born speaker, that may seem easy and not ‘worthy’ of a bucket list goal, but again, it only matters to the person with that item on their bucket list.
Some bucket list goals may seem very daunting, but that’s okay – it provides an end goal to focus on, and in order to fulfill that dream, other accomplishments will happen along the way to boost confidence and keep the momentum building to reach that final goal. For instance, each of my companies has a philanthropic arm where products and funds are given back to causes near and dear to my heart. Vintage Body Spa donates to survivors of domestic violence. A.J. Murray’s supports active duty and retired veterans and their families. Bath and Body Academy focuses on organizations working in adoption and support services for cancer patients and their families.
A bucket list goal I have for Vintage Body Spa is to open up a secured facility where we can hire domestic violence survivors can work. This way, they can learn job skills and earn a comfortable living wage to get back on their feet in a safe, protected location that also has space for childcare, rooms for studying to earn GEDs and even private space to meet with social workers/therapists. There are a LOT of things that need to happen in order for that bucket list dream to happen, but it gives me a focal point for the difficult days and a great feeling of accomplishment, seeing how far we’ve come already in the past 7 years. I look forward to that day when I can cross that item off my bucket list, and realize all the other smaller dreams that were fulfilled along the way.
If you don’t have a business bucket list, start one today! Write down some of the biggest dreams you have for your business and post the list where you can see it regularly. When mapping out your plans for the next quarter or year, refer to the bucket list and see what small, consistent steps you can take to get closer to realizing that goal. You may cross that item off of your bucket list sooner than you think!
What’s on your business bucket list? Share in the comments below so we can cheer you on!