Imagine waking up a year from now, and opening a letter…from yourself and addressed to yourself…which describes the wonderful experiences you had and all you’ve accomplished in the past year. (You also could do this for any time period that works for you, like 3 or 6 months from now, or several years from now. This will be your Future Date).
The future letter is a great exercise for creating our goals and intentions.
Here’s how it works:
Pretend it is the Future Date you chose. You are reflecting back on the past year and giving thanks for the many wonderful things you did or accomplished. This could be in any or all areas of your life — i.e. career, health, relationships, family.
As you write your letter, let your imagination run free. Joyfully describe writing your first book, running half a marathon, paying off your credit cards or debts, donating time and/or money to your favorite charity — whatever makes your heart sing! The more you can tap into your feelings by being specific, the more powerful this activity can be.
As you write down each experience, be as specific as you can and also add dates to them if you would like, but remember also to be flexible.
Finish your letter with “I am so grateful for all of these experiences.”
Here’s an example from the FutureMe website:
I’m here because I know, when I create a more deliberate future vision for myself then I live a life with meaning and direction.
So Sean in the last 3 months, I’m proud of you! Look at all you have accomplished!
The training business has gone live, of course it had its challenges, but taking action and asking how else can we do this is what you are good at.
You are still working in the 9-5 but being a true entrepreneur is so close you can taste the freedom and look at how that bank balance is starting to bulge!
You are now living your life with the realisation that the best path in life is to continually add more value to the world, and the rewards naturally follow.
And good work on doing a stand up comedy routine! Mate, I am seriously proud of you of having a go – no matter how it went you are a rare breed in being willing to put yourself out there and push your boundaries.
Congratulations, one day when you are kicking back on your rocking chair and thinking about the glorious path that led you here you can send me an email saying thanks!
Ps. You were awesome at the kickboxing bootcamp and it’s great that you are keeping the momentum going, but stop checking yourself out in the mirror and being so vain!