You probably have a few goals you’d like to accomplish in the next year. Here’s an idea that I liked to incorporate into my goal-getters and vision board workshops years ago.
Right now, get out a piece of paper and an envelope and write a letter to your future self—the you that you will be in exactly one year. Date it with today’s date and congratulate yourself on achieving your goals. Here’s a short example (your letter will probably be longer depending on how many goals you have set for yourself):
Well, here we are, enjoying the summer sun on our great new deck. It was a lot of work getting it built and dealing with contractors but so worth it! I love sitting out here on my bright Adirondack chairs, listening to the birds and the little waterfall in the pond and watching the hummingbirds around the feeder. I’m really enjoying this.
And I want to congratulate you on your new healthier lifestyle. You did great losing that last 25 pounds. Working out regularly with the trainer has really helped up your fitness level and now it seems easy to stay on track. So fun to have all new clothes too.
Stay true to yourself,
Love, Me xox”
When I had people in my workshops do this, I gave them a sheet of paper or sometimes even a beautiful blank card and an envelope. Depending on where the workshop was held, I would play some nice music or send them off into the woods to write to themselves. Then they would put the letter into the envelope, address it to themselves, seal it and give it to me. Then, a year later, I would send it to them.
After receiving their blast from the past in the mail, people would contact me and tell me how nice it was to receive a letter from the past. They told me that, if they had achieved their goals it was a real pat on the back. If they hadn’t, it renewed their commitment and sometimes was enough to get them back on track.
If you’re doing it for yourself, you’ll have to put a note in your calendar to remind yourself to open your letter a year from now. Or give it to a trusted friend to mail to you.
By the way, not only is it fun and a great motivator, the actual process of imagining yourself in your ideal future is a powerful tool in manifestation. By seeing the future you want to create, in as much detail as possible, with all the warm and fuzzies attached to that future, you are activating the Law of Attraction and creating Future Pull. For a more detailed explanation and to learn more powerful tools, read my book, Future Pull.