The Bucket List & Self Fulfilling Prophecies

November 27, 2011

“When you do what you love, the universe conspires on your behalf and when you’re on the wrong path, life chases you down.”

After job searching for the past three hours I’ve been enticed to do anything from outdoor adventures in Scotland to working as a consultant in Greece for Nike to volunteering in the Australian Rainforest and Wildlife. Simultaneously, I’ve created a 1 year bucket list in my head. The list includes dreams and what I’ve always wanted to do, NOT other people’s expectations when I graduate college. For the realists out there, consider me a dreamer, but I have love and respect for both views of this fascinating world we live in–all the more to fall in love with. As I wrap up my final months of college, and visualize my future after graduation here are things I’d like to accomplish:

Bucket List Pt. 1 Sunday November 27th, 2011

  1. Graduate from college in May 2012
  2. Make a video series before I graduate (fun style! on anything compelling or entertaining)
  3. Speak at a TedxLincoln event
  4. Speak at Ignite Lincoln in January
  5. Have a knock out 3 minute business pitch at the Quick Pitch competition in February
  6. Spring Break 2012 to New Orleans, Utah, or somewhere on the East Coast
  7. After graduation, go on a world tour

I’ve realized several things this past semester: I enjoy speaking to audiences, I get a this post presentation buzz , but there’s much room to improve. I love to both entertain friends and empower others. I want to travel, I will travel along with everything above that I believe are self fulfilling prophecies.

There is a reoccurring pattern in my life that closely resemble self fulfilling prophecies.

A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior.

Back in January of 2009  I contemplated about going back to college after getting my associates and then working at a summer camp– I wrote the following note:

It has almost been a year since I’ve been out of school. I’ve been too stubborn to even think about going back since recently. Now I think I would be holding myself back from a great experience if I don’t open my eyes and see there are doors of opportunity ready to be opened. I was just recently certified as a personal trainer, a dream that I’ve always had in the back of my head, and now it’s real. I work at a gym and I do what I love! But I would be lying to say that I’m content where I am at right now. There are so many things that I’ve dreamed of doing! There’s no way I can stop here. I can’t sit and wonder ‘what if?’ anymore.
Here’s my list of the pros and cons of going back to college:
-further my degree
-get involved in the campus community
-challenge myself
-more opportunities
-meeting new people
–….and the list could go on longer,
but let’s just say the whole college experience!
-money (that’s always a given, but a GREAT self-investment!)

College continues to develop and challenge me everyday. I’ve had some unforgettable experiences working with Outdoor Adventures, summer camp, joining the women’s ultimate frisbee team, landing my internship, and now I’m conquering my fear of public speaking one presenation at a time. Priceless relationships have been made over the past several years. I can’t tell you how determined I was, and how that little voice in the back of mind became reality, call it a self fulfilling prophecy, call it what you may.

There’s a quote that states, “The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of our own selves.”  Overcome that with a simple concept–believe in yourself.


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