Well, well, well. Here we are at day 28. Be proud! Taking the first step is half the battle. I could go on with numerous cliches here but I’ll save you the bore. On day 9, you wrote a letter to your future self, sealed it, and dated it for 10 years in the future. Today, you’re going to open the letter. No, no, no. I’m just kidding. Today, you are going to write another letter to your future self. This time you will not seal the envelope because this letter is going to help you through some of the times you want to quit; the times you feel like no progress is being made; or the times where you don’t even want to start. We’ve all had those days and without proper support the days could easily spiral into weeks and months.
Write a draft
Before you craft your letter, I want you to reflect on perspective. When you are down on yourself, what does your inner voice say? Do you give yourself a pep talk? Or do you loathe in the shoulda, coulda, wouldas? Often times, we are harsher on ourselves than others. For that reason, I want you make a draft first. In the draft, you will write someone (pick a fictional person, a relative, or friend) and offer them your best pep talk. What would you tell a friend who is having a hard time finding motivation? How would you help them overcome this hurdle?
Don’t sugar coat things
Once you’ve written your draft, it’s time to put some of that perspective to use. Be kind to yourself but don’t sugar coat things. Offer words of wisdom. Remind yourself what drove you to start this plan/journey in the first place. Write quotes that have inspired you. Fill that letter with anything that will help you climb out of a funk or avoid a week long Netflix binge.
Take some nuggets from the draft letter and apply them to your letter. Did you point out admirable traits in the draft letter? Did you make analogies? Use those tactics.
Don’t worry about it being perfect. You aren’t sealing the envelop and will likely want to add to it in the future. During the year since starting this 10 year plan, I’ve added to my letter. Quotes and doodles. Just because I love capturing data, I also kept a record of when I looked at it and why. Not to be self-deprecating but to see if patterns emerged. Remember this 10 year plan is yours. I’m only providing a conversation. You can make this what you NEED it to be.
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