I came back to Australia with a beautiful surprise awaiting in my pile of mail… A letter to myself.
I had written it more than 18 months ago during a presentation delivered by a life coach. I had given up on ever receiving it back when it hadn’t reached my mailbox a year later, as promised.
So I was very excited to read about the wishes, dreams and expectations I had set for myself (all of which I had forgotten about).
I opened the silver envelope to discover a beautiful imagery – which again, I couldn’t remember. It was a stunning photo of young buddhist monks, reminding me of the time I spent volunteering in the monastery in Nepal last December.
I wrote this card well before any idea of my overseas sabbatical came to life (one year before, to be precise), yet I referred in the card to a ‘life changing trip’. Plus, I was randomly given a card depicting what was going to be one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever lived. Coincidence?
Since I learnt about this exercise, I’ve been doing it with all my coaching and mentoring clients. They have found both the writing and receiving parts very exciting and empowering. So I thought I’d share with you today how to go about writing a letter to yourself.
- Get yourself a card or a piece of paper that inspires you.
- Find your happy place. It’s important to be in a good frame of mind when you do this exercise so that positivity, inspiration and dreams transpire through your writing.
- Go sit in your favourite quiet, comfortable and inspirational place.
- Start with: ‘Congratulations (your name)!’
- Write down everything that comes to mind that you would like to accomplish in the next year. Your writing style should be as if you had actually accomplished these things (e.g. ‘Congratulations Kim! I’m so happy about having been promoted to director and been recognised throughout the organisation as a great leader. I’m also proud of having achieved my personal goals of…’). Write for as long as you want and can, letting the inspiration come to you and inhibitions and fears leave.
- Put the letter or card in an envelope and seal it.
- Write your name and address on the front; write today’s date but next year’s year on the back of the envelope (e.g. today being 21 April 2013, I would write on the envelope 21 April 2014).
- Ask a partner, family member or friend to send you the card in a year’s time (as indicated on the envelope) or hide it in a place where you will forget about it and put a reminder in your phone to go looking for it on due date.
It’s a powerful exercise to put your dreams and goals out into the universe in a way that is very positive, forward looking, creative and aspirational. And you know the saying: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (Paulo Coelho)
If you choose to give this a try, let me know how you go.
Now, it’s time for me to write my next letter to myself. Congratulations Kim…