In 2007, a friend of mine was going through a tough time. I wrote an email of encouragement with the subject line “Ten Years from Now.”
I wanted to provide him with a window into the future I knew he could create: the future we’re ALL actually capable of creating.
If you want to know the real secret to predicting your future, to hitting all the goals you want to set, to making your dreams come true, I want you to read this email.
It starts now:
Prepare yourself for an unusual journey. I am going to take you far way, to a place so distant you can only dream about it.
Free your mind from any thoughts or concerns of the day. Relax.
Imagine it is morning and you are lying in bed, waking to a typical day in your life ten years form now.
That’s correct. Ten years.
Before you start thinking any thoughts on your own, I want to tell you what’s happened to you during these ten years.
You made it!!
I think that’s the most concise way of putting it. You found the courage and strength to develop and follow through on your plans. It may not have appeared that luck was always with you, but you believed in yourself, worked hard, and you stayed with it.
As I said, you made it.
You found success in your work and happiness in your personal life.
You don’t believe it?
Well, if you discovered what you’re naturally inclined to be and worked at it, in ten years you’ll be a success beyond your wildest dreams. And that’s precisely what you did!!
You still don’t believe it?
Are you suggesting that you’ll never make it, that there’s no possibility of you ever succeeding?
Let’s talk about these doubts.
I have news for you. You have confidence in yourself now. These doubts don’t exist anymore. You outgrew them long ago, so let’s have no more of this disbelief.
On this particular morning we find you living the life you always wanted and being yourself, without asking permission or making excuses. You’re doing what you love to do and doing it well because you’re full of energy and focused on your work. You’re friendly and you’re relaxed—but busy, optimistic, and enthusiastic.
If this sounds impossible, it’s probably because you’re still accustomed to doubting yourself. Trust that you will overcome your doubts and do what you have to do to succeed.
Learning to believe in yourself and realizing that you really are God’s greatest miracle was the most important thing you did in those ten years. Perhaps the most important thing you ever did. It made the difference.
Anyhow, you did it.
So put aside this old doubting and wake up this morning to a new world in which you have risen to your best.
Congratulations!!!! VERY proud of YOU for all you are about to accomplish.
…and you know I will remain,
Robert D. Smith
The secret to predicting your future? Simple: Stop doubting your ability to create it.
Question: What doubts do you need to let go of right now in order to create the future of your choosing? Leave a comment and let me know.