The Power of Making Lists
In her book, How Much Joy Can You Stand?: A Creative Guide to Facing Your Fears and Making Your Dreams Come True, Suzanne Falter-Barns, focuses on the power of making lists. She suggest making the following lists:
- 10 Things You are Passionate About
- 10 Things You Love About Your Life
- 10 Things That Are Uniquely You
- 10 Things You Would Like to Share
- 10 Things You Could Fix or Change About the World
- 10 Things You’d Like To Do Before You Die
The power of making lists comes from reflecting and writing down the answers to these lists. You will know more about yourself. You will recognize what you are passionate about and what you love about your life. You will know what makes you, well–you!
You will think of specific things you can share (time, talents, or money). You will think about what you could help fix or what you would like to change about the world.
Lastly, you will have the opportunity to think of things you would like to do before you die (your personal bucket list). Many people have testified to putting down the most unlikely events and they came true!
“Shark Tank” Investor and successful entrepreneur Barbara Cocoran, who uses lists to overcome her time constraints, organizes her lists into the following three sections:
- Calls to make
- Things to review
- Projects to do
As you write the answers to these lists down, you will know more about yourself and your goals and dreams. I challenge you to experience the power of making lists! Lists also let you evaluate how you are spending your time. It is easy to be busy, but harder to be effective. The power of making lists may be that it changes your life!