Dear Tiff (because that is what I call myself), I can’t wait to meet ya!
Can you remember what was important to you last year? Are you a little unsure of what you want to create for your life in 2021? Let me share with you a future focused practice that will help you stay in touch with where you’ve been and who you want to become.
In 2019, at a Tony Robbins event, I wrote a letter to myself at the end of a few intense days. I was full of powerful optimism. It felt great!
When I wrote the letter, I sealed it up and handed it to a staff member at the event, who promised to send the letter to me at a random date. I can’t tell you how fun it was to open the letter from myself.
In that letter I promised myself a few things. I’m proud to say that I actually followed through with becoming a certified life coach with The Life Coach School. I pressed the “enroll” button on their website while sitting in my hotel room late at night after committing to my future during the event. The final line of that letter was, “Above all – keep fucking going.” And I did.
A tradition is born…. can’t wait to meet ya!
On January 15, 2020 I decided to write another letter to my future self. Again, I was full of optimism with big dreams. That’s the way I like it!
I give myself a HUGE pass for 2020. There was no way to predict how our world would implode. One of my favorite lines of the 2020 letter is, “No more leading a life of quiet desperation. You are a solution seeker.” And I was.
This year I wrote another letter with the thought, can’t wait to meet ya!
Building a relationship with yourself
Do you have a relationship with your past, present and future self? Building this relationship is a wonderful way to create the life you’ve always wanted.
I am extremely compassionate with who I was January 15, 2020. Poor girl had no idea what fresh hell she would have to endure on a daily basis. One thing I can say about her is that she plugged into growth and embraced the journey. What can you say about your January 2020 self? Be kind to your past self. Despite all the failures, I bet you learned valuable lessons along the way.
Living in the now is an extremely helpful skill to learn. The Bible says to not worry about tomorrow, it will take care of itself. Your future self is encouraging you to build the skills today that she will need in the future. So, get busy creating!
What will your future self think about you a year from now? Will she be proud of what you attempted or how you grew? I guarantee if you start thinking about her, you will show up differently today. What is important to her? What do you need to learn today to set her up for success?
Write the letter
Writing a letter to your future self each January is a pivotal way to learn about yourself from year to year.
I had forgotten what was important to me in 2019 and then at the beginning of 2020. I realigned with some of my past ambitions and pivoted from some that no longer serve me.
Writing a letter to your future self is a valuable tradition. It’s a chance to write from the heart to the person you know yourself to BE. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Offer compassion to your past self
High five your accomplishments
Explain what is important to you today (in the now).
Share your goals with her
Tell her how you will work on for her behalf
What do you enjoy and hope to add to your life during the year? Any adventures you hope to take her on?
What relationships will you foster?
Your future self will thank you!
I can speak from the receiving side of a letter, and am grateful to my past self for caring about me.
I hope my letter tradition will inspire you to write your own letters to the woman you will be in January 2022. This practice can inspire you to act on her behalf today. It can become a tradition you look forward to each year as a marker of your personal evolution.
Becoming future minded allows you to aim for possibilities. Your future self will thank you!
I concluded my January 2022 letter with, “I hope you will be proud of me. Can’t wait to meet ya.” XOXO Tiff
On a side note: It was magical when I received a letter from myself after the Tony Robbins event in 2019. I am offering to hold your letters until the end of December 2021. If you send me your letter sealed in a self addressed stamped envelope, I will drop it in the mail in late December.
Send to: Tiffany Eckhardt, P.O. Box 174, Burton, Texas 77835
I can help
It is my goal to help midlife women believe their best years are ahead. Writing a letter to your future self is just one of the tools I use to help women get in touch with who they are and how they want to show up in the world.
Are you a little unsure of what you want to create in your life?
I’d love to chat with you about creating a future from the future with exciting growth.
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Here’s to a year of working towards who we know we can be! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to meet her!
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!