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Make Great Things Happen – Write A Letter From Your Future Self

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“To Visualize is to see what is not there, what is not real – a dream.  To visualize is, in fact, to make visual lies. Visual lies, however, have a way of coming true.”  Peter McWilliams

Visualizing your future helps to make it come true.   It’s a secret that top athletes and entrepreneurs have been using for centuries.

Some would call that little bit of magic “the law of attraction”, but I think it’s more like this:  when you set your intentions, out loud and in writing, your subconcious mind picks it up and believes it and stores it away.

Then, with that intention stored away, whenever something or someone comes your way that can help propel you to the intentions you’ve set, your subconcious recognizes it and sends a bolt through your body. This is what we call “inklings” or “instinct” or “urge.”

Have you ever had a strong urge to call someone or to do something, and you werent’ sure why?  Often we ignore those urges.  Some of us have been ignoring them all of our lives, so much so that we don’t even recognize them anymore.

We should never ignore our urges – an urge is our subconcious telling us that something we’ve been waiting for has arrived.  Here’s the important thing to remember:  usually it arrives looking very different than you imagined or expected.

And that’s where faith comes in.

Some people have a hard time visualizing.  It takes practice.  I’ve been practicing for years and now I’ve gotten good at it.  The thing that helped me the most was doing guided visualization meditations on a daily basis.  Now I can visualize at the drop of a hat.

Today, though, let’s visualize your intentions for this year through a fun little writing exercise.

This will help you visualize how you want your year to end up and what great things you want to make happen for yourself in 2011.

Write a letter to your mom or your best friend or even yourself; someone who cares deeply about you and will be excited when they hear about all the great things that happen to you.

Date it a year from now, and then write it as if the year has gone exactly as you want it to.  What’s surprising is that as you do this, new ideas will pop into your head that you haven’t thought of previously.

Be as specific as possible with as many details as you can.  Keep it positive and only list those things you want to happen.

Avoid stating the negative.  For example:  You want to kick out that bum friend that’s been living in your basement for free for the past eight months.  Your letter would put a positive spin on it like this:  “Jack found another place to live and we have turned that room into a new office for me!”

One last suggestion:  leave your logic behind!  Go wild – it’s not like everything you write down actually has to happen.

This exercise is designed to get your creative juices flowing on the possibilities that life could have for you.

If you want more help on this exercise, check out Writing a Letter From Your Future Self and The Personal Excellence Blog.

After you’ve written your letter, go to FutureMe.Org and send the letter to your future self.  I just did with the letter below that I wrote to my friend Bridget.  I’ll receive this letter by email in one year.  Most likely, I’ll forget that I ever wrote it….

And then I’ll be surprised that most everything I wrote in the letter came true.  That’s how these things tend to work.

Grab yourself a pen and and have fun with this.  In the comments below, please tell me the top 3 wonderful things that “happened to you” in 2011!

(Below is the future letter I wrote to my best friend Bridget.)

March 1, 2012

Dear Bridget,

I have had the most amazing year!  It brought many great gifts and a few challenges, all of which I’ve grown from.

First, I learned how to deal with adversity through a few things that went wrong.  Like when both of my laptops broke at once – I had to learn the technical end of things.  Now, I’m an expert at dealing with PC problems!

Then, I got my THE PAINT SHOP tv show on the air.  And though it started out slow, only airing to three million people in Southern California, it’s now aired on National television!  I’m getting letters from artists all over the country who are not only inspired by the show, but energized by the idea that they, too, can earn a living doing what they love.

The show has attracted like-minded Sponsors who believe in our message on the show.  They are covering our costs and have enabled us to create top-quality episodes that we are very proud of.  We are being paid now to create this new art form that we’ve developed though tv.

Another great fallout from the tv show is that we’ve finally dispelled the myth of what professional artists do all day.  People are beginning to understand that the business of art is really about connecting with people, doing the work you love, and executing it to your best ability.  The stereotype of the “starving artist” is being thrown out the window!

We have signed on some very large clients this year as well.  We are doing business with one of the top car companies and the oldest camera company in America.  These partnerships have been lucrative for us, and now we are signing escrow papers for our dream house on the beach.

This year I’ve developed powerful skills in public speaking.  I’m finally comfortable on camera, and now it’s fun for me to be filmed!  That was the greatest milestone of all for me.

Drew and I are having a lot of fun creating new things together, and life is just getting more and more exciting.

I can’t wait to see you and hear about how 2011 went for you, too!

Life is Good – your best friend, Maria

See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.”  Robert Collier

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7 Comments Make Great Things Happen – Write A Letter From Your Future Self

  1. Archan Mehta

    Hey there, Spunky:

    What a great post.

    From an angst-ridden, confused teenager not sure of her place in the world to a busines-savvy maverik, Maria, the journey of your life has been sensational. Forgive me while I take a deep breath. Phew.

    We want you to achieve success, happiness and wealth. It is your imagination that has brought you this far, so keep on dreaming. You have an engaging smile, so keep on smiling.

    Nothing but the best for you will do, nothing but the best for you will do….and we are here to support you.

    Bridget’s not the only one who cares for you and sheds a tear every time you write a moving story or reveal your trials and tribulations.

    You are a go-getter and you never lose hope, despite the odds. And the odds have been ranged against you, but you were one persistent little gal back in the days.

    Let me take this opportunity to raise a toast to your wonderful life.

    1. Maria Brophy

      Thanks Archan! Your comments are so motivating and uplifting. I appreciate it!

      Yes, let’s a raise a toast to us all!

  2. Indigene

    Maria, this was a godsend for me this morning! Just what I needed today! Thanks for another wonderful post! It’s funny how hard it is for me at times to visualize for myself. I can do it for my art, no problem! But for me, it’s been a challenge, but I think the letter will help with this. Thanks again!

    1. Maria Brophy

      Indigene, I’m so glad that this filled a need for you today! It’s fun writing out your dreams.

      With regards to visualizing – it truly takes practice and over time you”ll get better and better at it. It is a powerful tool that we can use, and it’s free.

      Thanks for your comment and for reading my blog. 🙂

  3. Nadia

    Writing me a letter from the future will allow me to ackowledge what is really important to me. As creating a wealthier flow of cliens for my art, buying my building, creating an art biz school and producing the film of my life ! Thank you


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