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A Letter from the Future

As we draw to the close of the year (and the decade), it’s time to review where we’ve come from and where we’re going. Personally, I often think about this on my journey to “Become Human” as I unpick limiting beliefs and outmoded paradigms that no longer serve me, and the end of the year is a great time to do this.

A powerful technique to help is the “Letter From Future You.” Many coaches ask you to think of yourself a year ahead and write down what you are grateful for having achieved that year. You then review it and if you’re not super-psyched by what you have written then you’re holding something back and need to revise it until it gets you excited (and a little nervous).

I’ve been following the GeniusU programmes from Roger Hamilton for some time now (intermittently if I am being honest) and there was a great template for the Letter From the Future that asks you to jump one year ahead. Roger calls this the Future Vision Template. Here it is:

Write the date One Year Hence, then complete each of these prompts as if you were writing a letter one year from today.

I am so grateful for the last year. In the last year, I have … (think of what you achieved)
My personal cash flow …
My assets …
My time …
My job/business …
My mentors …
My team …
My customers …
My partners …
My health …
My family & friends …
My passions & pastimes …
My contribution …
My next year …

It’s actually a powerful tool. I have tried it for one year now and it’s amazing how it focuses the mind on achieving what you really want to go after. Also, as time passes you get better at identifying the things that don’t really matter as much as you thought they did, and can discard them along the way instead of keeping them a never-ending pipe-dream.

I’d also like to thank Marie Forleo for inspiring me to write this post so I can share what works for me and helps me along my journey to become a better human. Marie has a template for a Decade in Review (which I am doing) and I would also recommend the three parts (included below to make it super-easy to find).

In Part 3, Marie talks about writing out your three most important goals for the next year as well as jumping 10 years ahead and doing a similar, more visionary exercise. This reminded me of the Future Vision Template, et voila!

I hope you’ve had an incredible year and made some great wins. I have learned a lot about myself through the exercises, reading and introspection I set out to do a year ago and it has been liberating. My journey created this site and I hope you find the posts useful. It’s been an essential process for me and will create a massive shift in momentum, even if it feels like I am a Saturn V rocket trying to escape gravity at launch at the moment.

Decade in Review: Part 1
Decade in Review: Part 2
Decade in Review: Part 3

This site is my journey of discovery through various tools, books and general life lessons. These are the things that are helping me become a better human and I hope that they inspire you to find your path, whatever it may be, and to become your own better human too. If there is anything you want me to write about or cover on this site, let me know on the contact page.

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