I’m currently participating in a Work Out Loud Circle. One of the exercises was to write a letter to our future selves to help us clarify our goals for the circle. I would like to share it as a way to hold myself accountable (even if it changes) and to help others by providing an example of what you think through as you WOL.
Frankly, I thought about not sharing as some stuff in it makes me feel vulnerable, raw and exposed. Then I realized this is exactly why I should.
Dear Future Me,
There is something more for you.
I hope that you:
- have learned to be open and vulnerable, despite your fear.
- have let go of perfect and embraced all the lessons that failure has to offer.
- have fallen in love with the messiness of life and yourself, despite what your perceive as flaws in both.
- make choices based on your core desired feelings:
- Affluent: I have enough & am grateful
- Wonder: I add to and experience the beauty in this world
- Tranquil: I am relaxed and open
- Rustic: I do things to get uncomfortable & buck the system
- Connected: I act with empathy and authenticity
- are traveling the word and are experiencing all that this life has to offer.
- are creating and providing services that help others learn how to let go of perfect, accept change, and see the value in being authentic – in life and work.
- are contributing to the global brain, connecting with others outside your core industry, across cultures and across time zones
- you have lived in another country, traveled alone, mountain biked New Zealand
- you have gotten over the fear of public speaking
- you have found a new position that aligns with the services you want to create and concepts you want to share.
- you have expanded your network to include a more global/cross-industry perspective and are sharing these insights on your blog
- you have learned to communicate your feelings, ask for what you want, and accept help from others.
What do you hope for your future self?
Note (mainly a reminder for me): You don’t have to be specific or SMART goal oriented. The point is to get something on paper so you have a direction to start moving. You can (and will) course correct along your WOL and PKM journey.