Congratulations on reaching the end of Unstuck’s 30-Day Habit Builder! You’ve strived, toiled, and really put yourself out there, and so let us be the first to say this: JOB WELL DONE!
When we arrive at the end of a goal or journey, finish a plan or project, or reach a benchmark, the first thing we tend to do is take a big, deep breath. Ahhh. And we should. Making progress on an important objective is both rewarding and exhausting.
But before that well-earned moment of relaxation and release has the chance to turn into a sense of aimlessness or a stuck feeling, let’s seize on this momentum for a minute and think about your next step.
Finding the next step
To help answer this, we’ve put together a little motivational exercise to keep the wins coming. So first, ask yourself, What do I want to do now? Are you eager to try for a new goal or continue the road you’re on? Do you want to start right away or set a deadline to begin? Give yourself a little time to think about it.
Write a letter to your future self
Next, whether you’re hoping to reach the next level of your current goal or angling to take on something new altogether, a meaningful way to feel grounded and motivated by the journey ahead is to write a letter to your future self.
We promise that you don’t need parchment and a quill pen, just a few minutes of time to reflect on the possibilities of your next step. Here are a few suggestions for topics and themes you might write about:
- Talk a little about where you are in your life right now.
- Write about what you’re hoping to accomplish in the next few months or year. (Be specific!)
- Imagine what positive changes or results will come from all of the efforts ahead.
- Think about what’s meaningful to you right now and offer your future self some advice.
- Ask your future self questions that encourage reflection. What makes you happy? What gives you a sense of fulfillment?
Finally, figure out how you will receive the letter and when. Maybe you can store somewhere safe and set a reminder or ask a friend to send it to you at a future date. If you’d rather go the high-tech route, try an email scheduling service like FutureMe.org.
The important thing is that you keep the positive momentum going and prepare yourself to take all that comes your way in stride. We’ll always be here to help.
—Your friends at Unstuck