Possibility & the Someday List

LeaderShape’s Vision: A just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

The notion of living in possibility has been a part of LeaderShape for 30 years now. At the Institute, one way in which we explore this idea is in regards to the visions that we create for the world. This line of thinking allows us to break through mindsets that hold us back and prevent us from reaching (or even pursuing!) our goals.

Living in possibility is not a tool reserved only for vision work. It is a mindset that when embraced in everyday life can open up possibilities that excite us and engage our interests. Possibility thinking brings with it innovation, freedom, fulfillment. It can help us to realize all that can exist in our day-to-day lives. It can turn our thoughts about who we want to be and what we want to do “someday” into a reality.

LSH-all-banners-LO-RES-3There are people in the LeaderShape community who I know embrace this kind of thinking. So I reached out to our Pebble Club members asked them to to think in terms of possibility and share their “Someday Lists” with us. Here is what we received:

Ally Vertigan
Visit every Spanish-speaking country
Ride my bike in every state
Go to the Harry Potter theme park
Become an ordained pastor
Take a candle-making class

Aja C. Holmes, Ph.D.
5 things on my “someday list”
Travel to South Africa
Pay of credit cards
Save up 3-6 months of expenses
Develop a regular Yoga practice
Fall in love

Visit all of the museums in Washington, D.C.
Get in the habit of eating slower
Experience the Broadway show Fun Home
Learn how to grow mushrooms
Attend another National Collegiate Honors Council conference

Take the day off to play with the kids, without feeling overwhelmed
Expand my business to another product category
Travel to New Zealand
Build a legacy in the community
Retire early in life to enjoy all that is out there to be part of.

How are you living in possibility every day? And how does that translate to your own Someday List? Tell us in the comments.

If you are into lists, check out another post with our friends from the Pebble Club, The Today List.

The Today List

I love lists. Making a list helps me think, dream, process, produce, clear my mind, fill my bucket.

I can turn anything into a list. I can make a list from anything. Can you relate?

Even though I can list like it’s an Olympic sport, sometimes I look at a blank sheet of paper and decide to make it a “Today List”, putting on it only what I am going to do today. This day.

For me, the day-dreaming and wishful thinking and believing myself to be a superhero who can tackle a 75-point to-do list in one has to take a backseat to current priorities and the time that I have on this day.


There is power in a good “Today List.” It demands that we embrace the present. It requires that we be mindful of what tasks are most vital. We must consider where to focus our attention. Today is all that matters with this short (and important) list. Just today with these to-do items.

In fact, I recently read an article in which the author reflected on the power behind his daily top three priority post-it note habit. Each day he decides on his top three priorities, writes them down on a post-it note, and sticks it to his computer. He sees this note all day. Although other things will likely get done that day, these are the three things he will be sure to attend to. I wish I could find that article – and have now put “find article on top 3 priority list” on my general list of wonderings and to-dos.

With all of this in mind, I was curious what others put on their own versions of the “Today List.” So I invited some members of the Pebble Club  to share what was on their own “Today Lists.” You can see them below.

What about you? What is on your list? Post it in the comments.

Vertigan.ExpoAlly Vertigan
Complete a blog post for class
Be mindful of my time
Take the dogs for a walk
Mail thank-you cards
Three weeks worth of laundry


Headshot Fall 2015Aja C. Holmes, Ph.D.
Finish Staff agenda
Read manuscript
Grocery shopping
Give an awesome reference check for former staff member
Drink more water= going to bathroom =getting up and walking more frequently 🙂


Christy FolkChristy
Start on Hispanic Lit Homework
Do laundry
Skype with my Dad
Practice piano
Research for-profit internship opportunities


Book Travel to China
Mail new catalogs to customers
Schedule training session with marketing team
Confirm weekend travel plans
Clean desk

Kristen Bendon Hyman is the Director of Community Engagement at LeaderShape, where she gets to meet and work with change-agents from colleges and universities all over the country. She believes there is power in storytelling and the best part of her job is the privilege of hearing the stories from members of the LeaderShape community. After hours you can find her making memories with her family, hanging out with friends, with her face buried in her Kindle, and/or making lists.

My “Get To Do” List


Do you find you have a strong attachment to your planner or to your “to-do” list? If you are anything like me, it’s probably equivalent to one of your best friends.

Just consider it. It guides you through your day, and saves you from those embarrassing moments of missed deadlines, forgotten birthdays, or late rent payments. It greets you every morning, and brings you unmatched joy when it somehow turns up blank. It is a constant, continual reminder that you are needed somewhere, to accomplish something.

However, at times, they feel endless.

Work. Class. Soccer Practice. Oil Change. Mow the lawn. Dance recital. Pay bills.
Call family. PTA meeting. See the doctor. Grocery Shop. Laundry. Sleep.

Seem familiar?

If you find yourself overcommitted at times, chances are you might feel frustrated, upset, or overwhelmed. With so much going on, we sacrifice the rest and relaxation we need to perform at our best. We long for days with no commitments, and the freedom to change how we spend our time.

The next time you begin to feel this way, I’d like to encourage you to shift into a perspective of gratitude. Instead of a “to-do” list, consider it a “Get-to-Do” list. When the list gets long or the planner gets full, take a second to run through it, and consider the hidden joys that each chore holds. Consider the above list, shifted under this new light:

Work -> I get to be employed, when so many are searching for jobs.
Class -> I get to pursue an education that will set me up for future success.
Soccer Practice -> I get to have children that are healthy and active.
Oil Change -> I get to own a reliable vehicle.
Mow the lawn -> I get to have a safe place to call home.
Dance recital -> I get to watch my children follow their dreams.
Pay bills -> I get to have electricity, showers, and a warm home.
Call family ->  I get to own the technology that allows me to talk to those I love.
PTA meeting -> I get to have the time to be involved in my children’s education.
See the doctor -> I get to live in a country where healthcare is available.
Grocery shop -> I get to go to the store, instead of collecting my own dinner.
Laundry -> I get to have a closet of clothes that fit me well and keep me warm.
Sleep -> I get to have a clean and comfortable bed to lay in every night.

If you find yourself slipping into a habit of complaining about your busy schedule, this could be your cue to take a step back. Reevaluate those areas in your life that are causing you stress, and look for silver linings among the dark clouds. Be excited for all of the daily opportunities in your life. Chances are, one day you might miss them.

So, what do you get to do this week?



Shelby Allen serves as a Marketing Intern for LeaderShape. She is a 23-year-old Okie who enjoys dancing, travel, campus life, jigsaw puzzles, and summertime. Post-graduation, she hopes to continue encouraging and leading others to live in possibility.