One Year from Today, I...

Where will you be one year from today? Have you ever thought about how you might create your year in advance? In The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander (2000), Zander explains how he asks his undergraduate music students at the beginning of the year to write a letter giving themselves an "A" in his course, highlighting the growth they've achieved in one year and telling the story of what will have happened to them a year from today. They are to give as much detail as they can in line with the extraordinary grade of an A:
In writing their letters, I say to them, they are to place themselves in the future, looking back, and to report on all the insights they acquired and milestones they attained during the year as if those accomplishments were already in the past....Everything must be written in the past tense (Stone Zander & Zander, 2000, p. 27).

In books such as The Secret (Byrne, 2006) and The Key (Vitale, 2008), these authors talk about the concept of living as if. You live in the present as though you already have what you wish to attract. This link lets you do just that--write a letter to yourself, phrasing your letter as if you'll have achieved your goals--and that you'll receive back in a year via e-mail. Go to:

What two to three personal and professional goals are you setting for yourself so that this time next year, when your letter arrives, you smile and say: "Wow, look where I am from one year ago!"? How will you give yourself an "A"?


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