Power of Intention Increased with Modern Day Message in a Bottle via Email
Are you aware how much the research supports guided imagery? The imaginary rehearsing of your most desired future actually increases the likelihood you will live into it. Olympic athletes, stage performers and top public speakers know this. I don’t remember where I discovered this fun visualization technique, but I have used it often to increase my power of intention.For the past three years it has been my own private:
- Cheerleading service (Dear FutureMe, hang in there…this too shall pass. I'm proud of the way you handled yourself with dignity and the kindness you showed to....)
- Intention setting method(Dear FutureMe, by the time you receive this you will have completed a major creative goal…congratulations! I see your book is now on Amazon.)
- Way to hold myself accountable (Dear Future Me, I love that you are finally doing something about the serious matter of play deprivation in your life! How did you enjoy that pottery workshop? I love that you have increased your social connection with your monthly breakfast club.)
- Reality check (Dear Future Me, when you receive this you will be so much healthier and stronger…swimming 40 laps easily and doing flip turns again!)
- Dream permission giver (Dear Future Me, How was that month in Italy? What a great job you did refreshing your Italian. And what’s it like to know 1000 women are now having more fun and living more creatively by meeting regularly in Creativity Clubs because of your work? )
What is it? How does it work?
It is a free service available at www.FutureMe.org. You write yourself an email and post it to be delivered at a future date. I will often assign this as a homework assignment to my clients. If your therapist or life coach doesn’t yet know about it yet, pass it on!
"Usually, it’s the future that will reflect back on the present. FutureMe flips that around.
So send your future self some words of inspiration. Or maybe a swift kick in the pants. Or just share some thoughts on where you’ll or what you’ll be up to in a year, three years...more? And then we’ll do some time travel magic and deliver the letter to you. FutureYou, that is. Getting a surprise from the past is actually kind of an amazing thing …
FutureMe.org is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than e-mails."
I think that FutureMe emails to yourself work because it amplifies the power of intention three ways:
- It engages you in imagery rehearsal which is a powerful visualization technique.
- Because you are also writing down what you are imagining / hoping for yourself, you are engaging and integrating more areas of your brain and mind/body connection than imagery alone will do.
- You are faced with an automatic reminder / feedback loop / reality check when the email arrives.
Recommendations, Cringes, Carrots & Compassion
- I recommend you focus on writing about the values you truly wish to amplify in your letters. Motivate yourself with these carrots: health, creativity, social connection, joy, peace, intellectual challenge, spiritual growth, adventure, etc. Write about how you see yourself bringing more of these values into your life in concrete ways.
- Avoid the "stick" mentality of harsh goal setting that is focused on purely external measures.
- As you write to yourself, really dwell on how it would feel to experience what you are writing about. Use your imagination to vividly picture and experience it...how it would look, feel, how your body feels, etc. This is called imagery rehearsal, and it has powerful influence on your mind body system.
- I readily admit that sometimes when I receive an email from myself I suffer a brief cringe reaction. I have not lived into all the values I have set for myself. That’s just fine. I focus on seeing the changes and efforts I havemade. I live a "perfect is the enemy of good" and "progress, not perfection" philosophy.
- If you find yourself cringing when your email arrives, have some compassion for yourself. Join the human race, warts and all! Simply reset your intentions and write yourself another email right away for the next month.
- Consider writing an email to be delivered each year on your birthday or new year's also.
Learn what the media is saying about FutureMe.org here.
Get started now. write your first emails to yourself here. Perhaps one to receive one month from now, another a year from now.
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