After I returned from my trip to Australia and New Zealand, several people told me that those two countries have always been on their respective “bucket lists.” And trust me, I absolutely agree that everyone needs to visit those countries when they can.
Travel and Life Enrichment. However, I refuse to call any list a “bucket list” because the farther down you get on the list, the closer you get to the bucket! I have never wanted to live my life counting the days or events until I die. Instead, I’ve adopted the phrase “dream destination list” for the places I long to see and experience. Everytime I travel, I am enriched by the experience by the people, places, music and food. I am always a better person and know that my life has been enriched because of travel.
Dream Destination List. Some of the places on my dream destination list…places where I have never visited…include Russia (St. Petersberg and Moscow), South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), the Middle East (Doha, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait City and Dubai), China (Toyshan, Guangdong, Beijing and Shanghai), Singapore and Antarctica. As I explore the world, there are places I also want to revisit, and certainly Australia and New Zealand are both on that list. Fitting everything into your lifetime may be a challenge, but I advise everyone to not wait to visit the cities of your dreams.
Similarly, I don’t like the term “New Year’s Resolutions”. Too many times, they are declarations of achievements and plans which often get broken. When people make promises especially publicly, it is expected and anticipated that people will follow through on these resolutions. Needless to say, the resolutions are often broken, and we beat ourselves up for not delivering on these promises.
New Year’s Intentions. So instead of “New Year’s Resolutions,” I like to call these “New Year’s Intentions”. As many people know, one might have good intentions, but it goes back to follow-through and delivery. By at least stating good intentions, you are setting yourself in the right direction. With resolutions, you make a blanket statement to the public that you will do something…whereas an intention indicates that you plan to do something. Life has its twists and turns and having a direction is more important. It also gives one permission to continue on a path rather than being disappointed if a goal or resolution is not met.
One of the songs that has been an inspiration to me lately is the song “Masterpiece” by the artist, Jessie J, who states in one of her lyrics “I am perfectly incomplete. I’m still working on my masterpiece.”
Communications Powerhouse Tip: Take a breath. State your intentions and know that your direction will take you where you want to go. Stay away from resolutions as you don’t want to disappoint yourself and others.
- What are your dream destinations…where would you like to visit in the world?
- What are your intentions for 2015?
- What do you need to add to your masterpiece of your life?
What About Your Dreams? Have you ever considered dream destination to help you reconnect? Feel free to comment below or contact Naomi Takeuchi here.