You are not the same person you were a year ago. Some of you got married or had a baby. Others went back to school or changed jobs. A few welcomed a new puppy or kitten into their household.
The list goes on. Change is the only constant.
Listen to this article:
Present You know very little about Future You. You overestimate what you can do in a year, but underestimate what you can achieve in a decade.
You drown in everyday life and forget to see the bigger picture of where you’re going. What can you do about it?
Write a letter to future you
I encourage you to write a letter to your future self. Grab a pen and paper and write to Future You. Put the letter in an envelope and store it somewhere safe, so you can read it later.
I wrote letters to myself when I was younger, but you need some self-discipline to pull it off. It was well worth it, though.
Another option is to type it into a free service like FutureMe.
You visit their website and write your letter there. You can choose which date you want the email to arrive in your inbox.
A few writing prompts
Write the letter as if you were writing to your best friend. Be compassionate, curious, and understanding. Remember, people change and that’s OK.
Ask Future You a few questions:
- What do you want to have?
- Who do you want to be?
- What do you want to give?
- What do you want to do?
- Where do you want to go?
Write in third person. Research shows that using your first name improves performance and reduces anxiety. Olle often refers to himself by name in his head, but he assumed that this was another crazy thing that only he did.
Use the letter as a reminder to Future You. Did you act as you had intended?
Hey Future Olle,
Did Olle go to that calisthenics class that he wanted to? If not, book it in his calendar. If he did show up, how was it? Was the practice as scary as he thought it’d be? I’m cheering for him.
Write a letter to hold Future You accountable, to offer yourself guidance and support. Check in with yourself to ask him or her what’s up.
Give it a try. Who knows, Future You might thank you for it.