Everyone’s heard of vision boards – the goal-focused collage representing the direction you want your life to go in, and what you want to achieve. However, if you can’t see yourself doing hours of arts and crafts in the hopes of a Pinterest-perfect creation, writing a vision letter may be a simpler solution.
A vision letter is addressed to your current self, detailing what you’ve achieved so far and your future goals and ambitions. You write it as if you’re in the future, telling current you all the wonderful things that you’ve achieved and how far you’ve come. For example, you may write "2020 was the year we bought our dream house – it has a giant walk-in wardrobe and a room just for the cats." You know, just your standard goals.
You can write it as if it’s one, five or even 10 years from now, although one year might be a good place for beginners to start, as you’ll find it easier to envision your goals. Goal-setting, whether they’re career, money or relationship-focused, lets you pinpoint what you want to achieve, and how exactly you’re going to do it. Why write from the future? It means you can assess your journey from a different, and unique, perspective.
Don’t be afraid to get personal - think of it like a diary entry. Share your current feelings and emotions, as well as your goals and desires, to get a well-rounded letter. It reflects what success looks like for you in this moment, so don’t be surprised, or discouraged, if your life is slightly different than you anticipated when it comes time to read it. When you’re done, write the current date, and the date you're going to open it, and seal it. And for goodness sake, remember where you put it.
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