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A New Spin on New Year's Resolutions  E-mail

Have you ever received one of those holiday letters?  You know, the kind that tells you everything that's happened in the person's life during the past year, from births to deaths, the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between. . . ?

Thinking of those letters gave Donna an idea for a new spin on New Year's resolutions. If you're tired of writing resolutions but still want to set some goals or intentions for the coming year, write yourself a letter instead.

Write the holiday letter you will be writing one year from today.
Date your letter December 31, 2014 and begin it with:
Dear (your name)
What a great year this has been!  This year, I . . .

Next, write, in as much detail as you can, the story of what will
have happened to you by December, 2014.

Place yourself in the future, looking back.  Report on all the insights you acquired and milestones you attained throughout the year as if they have already happened.  Write everything in the past tense.  No "I hope, I intend, or I will." You may mention specific goals reached.

Write about the person you will have become by next December.  What are the attitudes, feelings, and worldview of that person who will have done and become so much throughout the year?

Sometimes, when attempting an activity like this, your inner critic might get in the way and either stop you before you start or keep you focused on what you should do in the coming year rather than what you really want to do.

Here are some tips to get you going while keeping your critic at bay:
1.  Get yourself in a great state - excited, playful, full of anticipation.
2.  Set a timer for 5 minutes and start writing everything you want to have done by this time next year.
3. Think about personal, family, career, financial, community & spiritual goals. 
4. Write fast without stopping to edit, rearrange, censor or critique. 
5. Get as much written down as possible in the 5 minutes. 
6. After the first 5 minutes are up, take another 5 minutes to make any changes necessary for you to feel satisfied with your letter.

If this activity sounds like a good idea, don't put it off.  Do it now!  It only takes 10 minutes to capture your thoughts on paper and set yourself up for success in the coming year. 

Once you've written your letter, put it in a special place where you can find it next December or place it in a self-addressed stamped envelope and ask someone to mail it to you a year from now.  No matter what you do with it, just writing the letter will move you that much closer to achieving your goals.













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