Dear future me

Writing a letter to your future self is a way of setting your intention for the future and capturing this moment in your leadership journey.

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Time 30-60 Minutes
Participants Individual
Materials Computer

Change takes time. Even if you’ve identified some areas to work on you won’t see a difference overnight. To help reflect on where you want to go, we’d like you to write a letter to your future self.

Writing a letter to your future self is a way of checking in and seeing how it’s all going. It’s also an exercise in self-love, a means of preserving and protecting what’s important today well into the future. It has also been proven that writing something down makes it more likely that it will happen.

Steps

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Change takes time. Even if you’ve identified some areas to work on you won’t see a difference overnight. To help reflect on where you want to go, we’d like you to write a letter to your future self.

Writing a letter to your future self is a way of checking in and seeing how it’s all going. It’s also an exercise in self-love, a means of preserving and protecting what’s important today well into the future. It has also been proven that writing something down makes it more likely that it will happen.

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Open a document on your computer.

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Be casual. You’re writing this letter to yourself, so don’t feel you have to take a formal tone. Write as though you are talking to your best friend.

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When talking about your current self in this letter, use “I” language. When talking about your future self in this letter, use “you” language.

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What you want to include in your letter is up to you. Here are are some suggestions for you to consider:

  • Summarize your current self. Start with a quick reminder of where you currently are in your leadership journey.
  • Identify your key values and beliefs. Ask yourself what guides the current you.
  • Note your skills and leadership abilities. Pick out a few skills or capabilities you can clearly identify in your
  • Define your goals and hopes. Write about things that are important to you now and what you’d like to accomplish in the future.
  • Add things you want to stop, continue, and start doing.
  • Give yourself advice. Think about what advice you want to give your future self. Your advice can be simple or complex.

Ask yourself questions. These questions should make the future you reflect on what you’ve done to reach the point you’ll be at and how you feel about it.

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If you want to, you can copy and paste the letter into this form: https://lettertomyfutureself.net/write-letter. Letter to My Future self will email it back to you at a future date of your choosing (we usually suggest months into the future but that’s totally up to you!).

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Now all you have to do is to click send and wait for your future self to receive the letter!

Facilitator notes

Change takes time. A regular check-in with this exercise can be a fun reflective ritual to do every every six months. Give yourself time to reflect – is it still relevant, what progress have you achieved, what have the challenges been along the way? Perhaps writing a new letter and scheduling it.

This activity could work well alongside the ‘Future-Self Portrait’ exercise – as a way to put into words your vision.

Sources

This exercise was developed by Clore Social team and is used on the on the Discover programme where participants write a letter to their future selves to set an intention for their continues leadership development.

For further reading take a look at this ‘Goal setting research’ summary as well as the Forbes article; ‘Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals by Ashley Feinstein

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