Twain's quote is reminiscent of another one of my favorite quotes from James Dean. "Dream like you will live forever. Live like you will die today." On the other hand I think Twain's quote is a little more structured ... it makes me want to think about the things I should do.
Over the years I have developed a habit of creating lists. One of those lists is a list of places I would like to visit before I die; another is a list of some things I would like to do before I die.
My experience is that by creating those lists I have started the process of meeting those goals ... and indeed have crossed some off my "bucket list".
The act of creating the lists brings a focus to ideas that might otherwise just be dreams that never reach reality.
The act of writing down these goals causes me to really think about them, to actually commit that these are important to me.
Having made that commitment I am a step closer to making them a reality.
These kind of goals can be "big audacious goals" or they can be just small things that you want to achieve. Try it!
Think about a few things that you would like to achieve and write them down.
It might be learn to scuba dive, or take some dance lessons ... it could be a visit somewhere you have never been before or a commitment to read a book a month. Anything that works for you.
Once you have established that these are important to you, then you can start to figure out how to make them happen.
Talk to others about them.
Think through what it will take.
Create a plan to get there and then execute on that plan.
The pleasure you get from reaching goals is a great feeling.
The trick then is to keep setting goals and achieving them.
The more accomplished you become, the bigger the goals might be ... and your life is filled with achievements.
It is a great way to live, rather than letting "fate" determine your destination!
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman