What if I told you I’d found a really simple trick to help you figure out what you really WANT to achieve in your life AND how to make it happen, using JUST a pen and paper?…
Now, you might be thinking: “This all sounds a little too basic!”
…but believe me, this stuff is magic, as you’re going to discover!
When I was in my early 20’s, every year I’d write a letter to myself of all the goals I wanted to achieve that year.
I’d choose a date, take the day off work or make time over the weekend, and I’d sit down and write a letter of everything I hoped I would achieve in that year.
e.g. learn to drive, try and find a cure for psoriasis, etc.
Then, I’d fold the letter, put it in an envelope, and seal it. On the envelope, I’d write the date I would be allowed to open it.
I’d then open the letter on that date, (be it a year, or 6 months in the future) and see what I’d achieved.
And you know what?
It was AMAZING how many things in the letter I found I’d managed to achieve!
I found that there was something in the process of writing a letter to my future self actually helped me achieve certain things.
It turns out that there’s actual brain science that proves why this works!
Today, I’ll share with you why writing a letter to your future self works AND how to write the letter so that it helps you take back control of your life and achieve your dreams…
The BEST thing is that this letter is personal to you – so you can write WHATEVER you want!
Remember – there are NO limits here!
Write down ALL those things you always wanted but never thought you could do or were too afraid to even think about.
Be as descriptive as possible.
So for example, if an ambition or goal is to buy a house, don’t just write “move house” – describe what the house will look like.
Where will it be? What does the road look like?
By being more descriptive, you’ll be helping your brain visualise the future.
Descriptions help our brains ‘visualise’ what we want.
The brain takes this visualisation and starts to forms neuro-pathways that send signals to our subconscious self to help form new positive behaviour that enables us to think in a positive, goal achievement orientated way and help make what was seemingly impossible…
So, here’s the deal…
…this letter should be written TO your future self, as your self in the future.
Write the letter as if you’ve already achieved your dreams, goals and ambitions.
In your letter, try to avoid writing ‘hope’ – instead, write as if you’ve already ‘done’ it.
“…in the next ten years time, I hope to have launched my very own beauty product line (if you’re reading this post-2018, maybe I already have!! Eeek!).”
So… a paragraph in my letter written to my future self as myself in the future would read:
Trust me, this small change in wording makes a HUGE impact on how you visualise things and then go about achieving them.
When we tell ourselves we’ve already done something, our brain perceives it as a more achievable thing.
By writing it as if it’s already happened, you’re already believing it!
This letter has to last you 10 years, so it’s important to store it safely.
Pop it in a plastic folder to keep it safe, then put your letter somewhere safe but accessible.
By keeping your letter close to hand, if you’re having a bad day you can re-read it and gain inspiration once again!
Any-time you’re feeling a little lost in life or uninspired, read your letter. If you don’t tend to have these feelings, then read your letter every 4 months.
Make dates in your diary to remind yourself.
As you achieve parts of your letter, tick off paragraphs so that you can see progress.
Don’t worry if you read your letter and no progress has been made.
Just by reading your letter regularly, you’ll be training your sub-conscious mind to start to influence your thinking to take little baby steps towards living the life you wish for yourself.
It’s easy to see how just the PROCESS of writing down and reviewing your goals can really help to make them a reality, isn’t it?
Don’t just wait for New Year to make a resolution to change – we have a chance to start fresh EVERY DAY!
Just give it a try!
Make a date in your diary right NOW to sit down and write a letter to yourself, then make another date for 4 month’s time to see how you’re getting on.
Just by making a date in your diary, you’re telling your brain that this is something important to be done, and you’ll be much more likely to make time to do it!
This is the magic bit!
See what happens.
By visualising and believing that this works, your brain will create new neuro-pathways that will make the impossible seem POSSIBLE!
In time, you won’t believe the positive life-changing results that come from this!
Happy time travelling, friends!
Makeup Artist | Stylist | Founder of Beautyandtheboutique.com