Vanderkam notes that your list can be “as simple as ten places you want to visit, ten books you want to read, ten restaurants you want to try, skills you want to learn, or ten financial goals you have for yourself.” It’s important to remember that your 100 Dreams can be small or big, inconsequential or life altering. They just have to be goals you have for your life.
I found this exercise really interesting, but it was surprisingly hard to come up with 100 dreams! I didn’t list things that I had already done for brevity’s sake, although Vankerkam says that you can list prior accomplishments like getting married or getting a professional job.
In total, I came up with 33 Dreams. A little short of 100 but I plan to add to the list as I think of more.
A few of my 100 (err – 33) Dreams:
Take Henry to Disneyworld.
See the pyramids in person.
Own original art.
Create a tangible product to sell.
Foster a dog or cat.
Learn conversational Mandarian.
Go on an annual family vacation.
Write a best seller.
The next goal is to start tackling things on your list. There is no way that I can go to Egypt right now to see the pyramids. But I can ‘listen to NPR everyday’ and ‘regularly do sit-ups.’ I can also ‘schedule a meeting with a personal financial advisor.’ Vanderkam says, “By trying lots of thing you think you might enjoy, you will learn more about yourself, and what you are actually good at, what might be your core competencies, and which of the biggies are worth going for.” Vanderkam writes that your list may evolve and grow as you try some activities. For example, she tells a story of a woman who wanted to lose 75 pounds. She did, and then she became a fitness instructor, and then she opened her own gym.
Not only can your 100 Dreams help you figure out what professional avenues you want to explore, it can also change your life in little ways. For example – being up-to-date with the news makes me so happy. My list reminds me to listen to NPR, and I always feel very productive and accomplished after doing so.
I hate feeling like I did SO much in a day but didn’t do anything that really made me happy. The 100 Dreams list helps solve that problem by refocusing your daily energy on tackling things that actually matter to you. I taped my list to my bathroom mirror so I can see it over and over again.
What is on your 100 Dreams list? Do you share any of my dreams?