What if life seems to stop? If there are no goals left that you would like to achieve or meaning that would give you the strength to jump out of bed in the morning?
Good questions. And frequent. More than a third of the people who write me letters ask something similar.
I have a tool for you that I use myself.
A tool that...
- ...will help you find your new challenge;
- ...will help you dig out the goals and meanings that you had, but did not fulfill;
- ...will inspire you for new adventures or other entertainment;
- ...will inspire your friends to change and grow with you;
- ...and best of all, in the most difficult moments, he will personally help you achieve what you set out to do. It doesn't matter what exactly you want to do.
This is the Crazy Goals List.
By the way, this is not a theoretical tool or an exercise just for thinking. If you read this story of mine, but do not do the exercise, the responsibility falls on you.
...And here it is my list, if you're so eager to see an example of what I'm going to talk about in this article. 😉
A list of crazy goals? What is it?
Cloud's list of crazy goals is… List.
~ Ta-yeah! ~
Okay, just kidding. 😁
On the left is the usual "dream list" and on the right is BTS:
Notice the differences?
- The "dream list" does not change, oh The Crazy Goals List changes and grows with you.
- "Dream List" is abstract, and The "crazy goal list" is measurable.
- "Dream List" is about what you will do sometime in the future, oh The Crazy Goals List is about what you're going to do today.
- "Dream List" encourages meaningless achievements, and The Crazy Goals List promotes personal growth.
On the crazy goals list, we set goals that make sense to US. Personally. Whatever they are. This is your personal epic without embellished, unrealistic dreams. It's a practical tool for the challenger.
I have been using the techniques on this list for over seven years.
Here are the lists of a few more cloud dwellers:
- Wild carrot: A list of crazy goals
- Vygantas Šimkus: List of manhood.eu challenges
- Antanas Toliušis: My crazy goals list
- Aurim Gudas: List of life goals
And others chose to write on paper:
So, I have a feeling you're already wondering…
How to create YOUR list?
Or if you want something quieter - turn on this M. Jociaus album. Or choose no music at all if you so desire. The most important thing is that there are no words in the music (or you simply do not understand them), so that the words do not distract your thoughts.
I, personally, like to turn on something like this. Because epic music is suitable for everything, but when creating an epic of your life - just right.
If you want, you can draw your BTS on the floor with a crayon. But I don't recommend it because it's a temporary solution. I'd rather suggest one of the following alternatives:
- Notebook. Having more than one or two leaves. Better with a hard cover, because you will be using this notebook for a long time.
- Computer file. It doesn't matter what. Can use MS Word, Notepad, Google Docs, or anything that can write text.
- Sheet of paper. Preferably large, at least A2 size, as you would be using it as a poster. Not crumpled. And please - no stains. They may appear spontaneously in the future, because you will have this sheet for a long time and keep it, I guess, in a visible place.
- Or a web application. If you're a smart person and really promise me you'll remember to turn these apps on, here are some options: Workflowy and Evernote. 1
Choose what TO YOU it would be most convenient to fill out, edit and open at least every few weeks.
That's why I don't recommend writing with crayons on the floor - the text rubs off too quickly, and bending up and down can be uncomfortable. Even room wallpaper is more suitable. I've tried glass and a scratch-off marker. It was a good experience, but it was a little disturbing - it's dark behind the glass at night, so you can't see the marker marks.
I personally prefer the online option - write directly to the blog. Although I sometimes forget to open this list, it is convenient to update and I avoid another sheet of paper or notebook on my shelves.
But then again, write on the walls. The most important thing is that:
- you, exactly you, are comfortable;
- the written place would not disappear;
- the list could be expanded because, yes, your list will expand.
Don't try to make a nice list. The beauty will come from seeing how you complete old challenges and record new ones.
I warn you: if you write on a piece of paper or in another non-electronic way, remember to leave a space under each important point. After all, the uniqueness of the "Crazy list of goals" is that each point can have additional stages.
Another option, if you write on paper, is to write additional goals on glued or otherwise attached pieces of paper. However, it can become downright chaotic over a long period of time. But that's your responsibility.
Creating the list itself is done in two steps:
1. Start with categories.
They aren't necessary, but it will not only give you more ideas for what to add to the list, but it will also make it more fun to read. After all, it can be fun to watch how different areas of your life change over the years.
I have six areas in my list: Life, Cloud, Body, Travel, Challenges, and Everything Else. Your categories should be whatever is most comfortable for YOU. They may not exist at all.
If you don't know what categories to write, don't write any. If anything, you can always change it in the future!
2. Write down all your goals, dreams and challenges.
The order is not important.
However, I highly recommend: choose only what YOU want to do. For myself. Otherwise, procrastination will be born, which kills progress.
...And that's it! It's just two steps.
True, I have a few more tips for you. It is not necessary to do this:
- Define your challenges as precisely as possible. This is the main difference between goals and dreams – achievable goals are countable. For example, how many push-ups do you want to do in one go? How many books to read in a month? And so on.
- Don't be afraid to set yourself crazy challenges. They bring joy to everyday life.
- However, at the same time, it is better to write goals in achievable steps. Don't write that you want to climb Everest. It is better to first climb a mountain in Poland, then one of the peaks in the Alps, then a mountain in Georgia, and only then Everest. Train yourself. Don't aim for what is literally impossible. Raise your goals one step at a time. After climbing one, you can always add a second, more difficult one.
Or, to put it another way, trying to jump above the belly button is fine because that's how you train, but without training above the forehead, you won't jump. Take advantage of the Insane Objective List and build your own ladders.
Because opportunity see and keep updating the list after achieving one goal, adding new ones and discarding those that simply became uninteresting is the cornerstone. Make the most of it.
And yes, that's right, if you want - targets can be removed from the list. For example, on my list two years ago, I had the goal of cycling from Kaunas to Varėna to see the girl I was in love with at the time. 2 After breaking up, the goal became uninteresting. 🤷
But when it comes to making the list visible... You can:
- make a screen wallpaper on your computer or phone;
- hang on the wall at the desk;
- put yourself in the kitchen so that you see him almost the first thing when you wake up;
- to sit on the chair on which you usually throw your clothes at night, so that when you get dressed in the morning, you can pick them up together and look through them;
- post online in your own blog;
- put it on your facebook. If you want to. I wouldn't want to because public goals potentially reduce the chances of achieving them, but it's your choice...
...Or you can put it somewhere else where you would see it every day (or at least every week), remember it and, if necessary, write something new down.
The Crazy Goals List isn't just for you to create and hide behind for your own selfish use. His other side is friendly.
- Inspiring other people to start the life they've always wanted.
- Inspire them to grow with you. To study. And improve.
- Well, it doesn't matter if with you. Also available separately.
Because the "Crazy Goals List" items, steps and your journey of change are the best proof that if you want to act and act - you can achieve what you always wanted. Step by step.
Therefore, I recommend: share the list with friends, family members, colleagues, classmates or others around you.
Forward this article to them so they can build their own list too. After all, that's what I wrote this story for. I want the tool I use to help others. But it is not necessary. ☺️
So, my dear cloud, your task for today:
- Create YOUR list of Crazy Goals.
- Share it if you want with people around you or in comments with other cloud dwellers. (Is not necessary.)
- And finally - start what you always wanted to start.
Create your own epic. One that your grandkids will hear epic music playing in the background, trumpets, drums and gongs. Because your life is not given to you to waste. It is designed to be used.
Fully. Bravely. Crazy.