Transformative Thursdays: The Bucket List


Have you ever challenged yourself to complete a certain task or feat by the time you were a certain age? Or maybe a few years ago you started adding tasks to your bucket list? This morning the thought hit me. Why do we have a bucket list? Do we need something tangible that gives us motivation to achieve?

What would it look like if we viewed each day as a “bucket list” day? What if we didn’t wait until we were 30, 40, or 75 to do something? What if we acted as if today was our last day? How would that change things in our lives? Would we live more, do more, love more, give more, serve more?

Beyond the bucket list, are other factors holding us back. Perhaps it’s apathy or a lack of motivation. Maybe it’s fear to do something different or take that leap of faith. Maybe it’s feeling there’s not enough time to do it today. Perhaps it’s not having sufficient resources to do it. Whatever your reason is for holding back and continuing to wait for THAT day to come, why not make THAT day, TODAY?

Tomorrow is not promised. So go ahead and make a decision to create the life you want now!

~Coletta Jones Patterson

*Coletta is an author, business executive, life/business coach and speaker who is passionate about helping others go beyond stuck. Her latest book, “Beyond Stuck: Creating the Life You Want” is available on Connect with Coletta at

One thought on “Transformative Thursdays: The Bucket List

  1. I think a lot of people ponder the “tomorrow is not promised” and it triggers a fear reaction. I wonder if it would help some to reframe that sentiment as “everyday has the possibility of being amazing and transformative so get after it”. I stopped framing goals with the “bucket list” language awhile back because of how often people associate that with this notion of running out of time. Folks need to find their path to living their best life. That’s one of the things I love about folks like you and Shon and many others who are offering people very affordable services in the life coaching arena. Make plans and follow through. Ask for help. Do it afraid. Take chances. Stop settling for the familiar. Trust God. All of these are short statements with long reaching, life changing possibilities.


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