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During a recent coaching program, while discussing tips and effective methods of goal setting, we broached the topic of personal accountability. That is, how can we remain accountable for the promises we make to ourselves?

It was during this session, that I introduced the group to a tool which allows you to write a letter to your future self – and mail it!

Imagine setting yourself a project, goal, or mission, with a timeframe of 3-12 months. Then, writing to your future self, checking in on the progress of that project, goal, or mission.

What did you promise yourself? What action steps did you commit to? What obstacles did you envisage? How accurate was your prediction? Did you achieve what you set out to?

While the initial concept of writing your future self a letter may appear strange, it can become a form of self-care that defies the normal rules of time. In this practice, not only are you taking a moment to reflect on where you are, where you’re heading, and what’s important to you right now, you’re also creating a reflective check-in with yourself to mark these two points in time: the writing, and the receiving.

It really is a unique exercise that has many unexpected benefits.

If you’re up for the challenge – and why wouldn’t you – you can start immediately by using the simple email template available here at FutureMe.

Once you’ve written yourself a message, set the desired delivery date, along with your return email address (for the postman) and then hit send!

It could be the most anticipated email you receive this year – or next…


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