The Goals

Creating a list of one hundred goals is a monumental task. Before reaching the one hundred mark, completing the list often becomes a goal of its own. I didn’t finish my list in a day or even a week, but eventually I reached one hundred (and it continues to grow!)

  1. Zero credit card debt
  2. $5,000 emergency fund
  3. Bungee Jump
  4. Skydive
  5. Volunteer with an environmental organization
  6. Sponsor a child
  7. Travel to Iceland
  8. Climb Mount Whitney
  9. Learn how to surf
  10. Photograph a wild tiger
  11. Give away $100 to a stranger
  12. Hitchhike
  13. Drive a car until it breaks down
  14. Sleep under the stars
  15. Bike Highway 1
  16. Cut down a tree with an ax
  17. Land an airplane
  18. Skinny dip
  19. Publish a book
  20. Eat traditional food in a foreign country
  21. Meet a world leader
  22. Get a Sphynx cat
  23. Get spa treatment
  24. Ride a rollercoaster that goes upside down
  25. Go deep-sea fishing
  26. Run a marathon
  27. See a Broadway show in Manhattan
  28. Hit a home run
  29. Golf 18 holes
  30. Buy a house
  31. Save someone’s life
  32. Shoot a machine gun
  33. See penguins in their natural habitat
  34. Go mud bogging
  35. Ride in a hot air balloon
  36. Create a website
  37. Take a Calculus class
  38. Go backpacking
  39. Climb Devil’s Tower
  40. Kayak at the Apostle Islands
  41. Buy a bike
  42. Take guitar lessons
  43. Eat sushi
  44. Take a yoga class
  45. Witness the Monarch Butterfly migration
  46. Teach a child how to do something
  47. Adopt a highway
  48. Visit Eldon, Iowa
  49. Take a photography class
  50. Go whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon
  51. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  52. Backpack around Europe
  53. Swim with sharks
  54. Finish Associate Degree
  55. Earn Bachelor’s Degree
  56. Tour the White House
  57. Drive a race car
  58. Swim across the English Channel
  59. Attend the Adult Entertainment Expo in Vegas
  60. Attend Comic-Con
  61. Look into the eye of a hurricane
  62. Chase a tornado
  63. Be in DC during a Presidential Inauguration
  64. Feel an earthquake
  65. Wander the Great Wall
  66. Visit Meteor Crater, Arizona
  67. Witness a volcanic eruption
  68. Swim in the Dead Sea
  69. Reach financial independence
  70. Learn how to tie a tie
  71. Scuba dive under ice
  72. Straddle the Prime Meridian
  73. Meet Marilyn Manson
  74. Learn how to change my oil
  75. Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef
  76. Climb Mount Saint Helens
  77. Hang glide
  78. Pay off my car
  79. Eliminate my student loans
  80. Witness a Space Shuttle launch
  81. Go to Disney World
  82. Visit all 50 states
  83. Solve the Rubik’s Cube
  84. Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  85. Zipline in the jungles of Costa Rica
  86. Firewalk
  87. Join the Peace Corps
  88. Travel to all Canadian provinces
  89. Stand at the North Pole
  90. See the Aurora Borealis
  91. Travel to all 7 continents
  92. Do a backflip
  93. Break the sound barrier
  94. Swim in each ocean
  95. Drive on the Autobahn
  96. Swim in the Blue Grotto at the Isle of Capri
  97. Visit Mecca
  98. Swim in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
  99. Take a late night cruise on Mulholland Drive
  100. Moonwalk like Michael Jackson
  101. Arrive in a limousine
  102. Ride a unicycle
  103. Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster
  104. Breathe fire
  105. Rock climb in Yosemite Valley
  106. Fight the forces of evil in Metropolis
  107. Have a fortune teller predict my future
  108. Get lost in a hedge maze
  109. Try acupuncture
  110. Dive into the Blue Hole in Belize
  111. Spend a night in the Borden House
  112. Disappear mysteriously
  113. Travel to every country in the world
  114. Find graffiti by Banksy
  115. Visit a honeybee farm
  116. Walk Hadrian’s Wall
  117. See TOOL in concert
  118. Visit Monument Valley
  119. Run a STOP sign
  120. Jump from the Sky Tower in New Zealand
  121. Knock on the Door to Hell
  122. Swim under the waterfalls of Plitvicka
  123. Stand in the center of Stonehenge
  124. Juggle
  125. Travel to each Mexican state
  126. Learn how to slackline
  1. Bet an entire paycheck on a horse race
  2. Summit Ayers Rock
  3. Spend the day at Cedar Point Amusement Park
  4. Get licked by a troll
  5. Pilot a helicopter
  6. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico
  7. Navigate a canoe down the Amazon River
  8. Throw a hand grenade
  9. Hike into a glacial cave
  10. Drive a tank
  11. Summit the Seven Summits
  12. Walk on water
  13. Celebrate Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street
  14. Go spelunking
  15. Climb Ancient Art in Moab
  16. Play with Gallium
  17. Climb the stairs to the top of the Empire State Building
  18. Build an igloo
  19. Hike the Manitou Incline
  20. Do the Wave
  21. Hike through Antelope Canyon
  22. Be debt-free
  23. Hike the John Muir Trail
  24. Camp at Lake Tahoe
  25. Start a fire with ice
  26. Lay on a bed of nails
  27. Get my Pilot’s License
  28. Go waterskiing
  29. Spray a firehose
  30. Get (some of) my tattoos removed
  31. Hike the Four Mile Trail
  32. Kayak the Na Pali Coast
  33. Sleep in a haunted house
  34. Watch a meteor shower in the Desert Southwest
  35. Get stung by a jellyfish
  36. Get married
  37. Make maple syrup
  38. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  39. Celebrate the Holi Festival in India
  40. Visit a Death Row inmate
  41. Swim in the Marble Caves of Patagonia
  42. Pull the Ripcord
  43. Polar Plunge
  44. Contribute to the Gum Wall
  45. Go to an oxygen bar
  46. Hold a Bald Eagle
  47. Apadravya
  48. Get sawn in half by a magician
  49. Explore the Winchester House
  50. Travel to Space
  51. Go on a sunset Lava Cruise in Hawaii
  52. Swim in Lake Hillier
  53. Birle
  54. Lay flowers on Poe’s grave
  55. Knob Creek Gun Show
  56. “Relax” at Maho Beach
  57. Dive into Jacob’s Well
  58. Visit Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home
  59. Whirl with the Dervishes
  60. Ride in a Stunt Plane
  61. Wing Walk
  62. Fly in a Fighter Jet
  63. Charm a Cobra
  64. Throw a Javelin
  65. Visit the Psycho House
  66. Experience Zero Gravity
  67. Follow the Yellow Brick Road
  68. Drive down Lombard Street
  69. Chinese Fire Cupping
  70. Learn how to blow glass
  71. Walk across Abbey Road
  72. See the Sailing Stones
  73. Bask under the Midnight Sun
  74. Attend the Super Bowl
  75. Traipse across the Golden Gate Bridge
  76. Throw Stones (Curling)
  77. Climb Montezuma’s Tower
  78. Restore a Chevy Bel Air
  79. Visit Jim Morrison’s Grave
  80. Find the Methuselah Tree
  81. Visit Oakley Court Hotel
  82. Hike the Haiku Stairs
  83. Hike Behind the Hollywood Sign
  84. Spend the Night at Barker Ranch
  85. Cycle a century

Writing a list of goals might seem like a big waste of time and, for some people, it might be. Some people will create a list only to forget about it moments later. It’s understandable. We have “real lives” and chasing after a bunch of goals doesn’t fit into our routine. There’s dinner to be made, bills to be paid and obligations to fulfill. That goal of taking a vacation with your mother isn’t really a priority, and becoming a doctor just isn’t practical when you have to work two jobs just to make ends meet. There’s no time for dreaming…

It’s exactly this attitude which renders the list meaningless … a waste of time. A person can only maximize the value of their list when they’ve altered their perspective about life’s possibilities. The reality isn’t that the list is a waste of time, it’s a person’s attitude that makes it a waste of time. Without belief in yourself and in your abilities, a list of goals changes absolutely nothing. If you don’t believe you can change, you won’t. You’ll become a product of circumstance, and you’ll forfeit control in your life.

Those who dream and believe will find creating a list of goals to be exactly the catalyst they need to change their lives for the better. Cynics may not believe that accomplishing a goal like skydiving or bungee jumping can change someone’s life. I’d argue otherwise. Pursuing goals requires a person to stand up and take a proactive position in their own life. They create opportunity and pursue their passions. They conquer fear and overcome personal weaknesses. No longer is their life a consequence of their surroundings but instead, a result of their efforts.

Those who dream and believe will do whatever it takes to make their dreams a reality. They’ll do what it takes to change the aspects of their lives that they are not happy with and will begin living aggressively in pursuit of their desires and ambitions.

Creating your own list of one hundred goals might just be the biggest waste of time that can change your life…forever.