Instead of resolutions, write a letter to your future self

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2019 by Jessica Salerno

Even if you’re not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, you might have some ideas for how you’ll grow in 2019. So instead of resolutions, considering writing yourself a future letter.

Kathleen Davis from Fast Company writes that it’s something she’s done for a few years now on New Year’s Eve, and “…it paints a picture of the type of life I’d like to have, and in doing so helps me in some small way to manifest it. It’s also a nice window into what’s important to me and how over the years that changes (and often how it doesn’t).”

Instead of committing to goals that are unrealistic or will just leave you feeling guilty in the end, a letter to your future self is an optimistic opportunity to envision your life at the end of the year. From a career perspective, consider what salary you plan to earn, new skills to learn, projects to complete and connections to make. Maybe you’re looking to revamp everything from your career to your wardrobe, or maybe you’d prefer to make a few small adjustments.

Grumbling about New Year’s resolutions is allowed, but making no plans for your future isn’t. Think about the ways you plan to grow and commit it to paper. You just might surprise yourself when you open it up again on Dec. 31.

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