Years ago, a coach suggested that I write about my upcoming year, as if it had already happened. It was very mysteriously effective. I spent some time imagining what I wanted to have happen, then I started writing. “It’s December 31, 2023 and Oh, what a year it’s been!”.
Then you write about all the extraordinary things that happened for you in 2023, as if it has all, already happened! You infuse imagination, energy and emotion as you write: not only what happened, but how it felt. Include any aspects of your life that you want: professional, relationships, spiritual, physical health, family, play, financial, education, home…
It’s very different than goal setting. It is not a checklist of things to be crossed off once it’s completed, which is more of a linear thought process. Imagination and emotion tap into different parts of your brain than you would use for just thinking. It’s a more creative process. Writing by hand further facilitates the conceptual aspects of this exercise. You may type it up later, when you’ve completed your first draft to make future modifications easier. It’s quite a skillful use of your inner consultants, utilizing more parts of your brain.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein
It’s as if you are setting the stage for your life to play out. Another cool aspect is that this is a living document, an ongoing play that you can make changes to as you see fit, as your life unfolds. I would even encourage you to update it once a month. Share this exercise with a partner or friend if you like.
For me, this exercise has served as a compass, guiding my daily decisions and where I choose to focus my energy. It’s been a couple of years since I did this exercise. I’m excited about doing it again. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it goes for you!