Out of all the thousands of Life Coaching exercises this has to be the best. We often use it on our Life Coaching Holiday and it’s always really useful. If you have ten minutes and want to change your life this may be worth giving a go.
Okay, grab something to write on. Sit quietly for a few minutes and think about the changes that you would like to make in your life. Be very clear in your mind what that change is.
Once you can see those changes clearly imagine that it is one year from today and you have made this change, or changes. Life is better and everything is working out okay for you. Your life has improved and your wellbeing is one hundred per cent better. Everything is working out okay. You have succeeded in the changes that you have made.
Life Coaching Miracle Letter
Now, take whatever you write on (lap top, phone, paper, parchment, stone tablets) and begin writing yourself a letter. Address it to yourself: Dear….
Write a letter explaining to yourself how you made the changes that you have. Write it as though you are writing to a best friend, not only explain what you did and how you managed to do, it but give yourself a little encouragement as well.
Try to include all the things that made it possible to successfully change, every step of the way. Be clear and be specific. Don’t be afraid to spell it out to yourself (as they say). Perhaps include things that you know might be difficult and how you overcame them. Make sure you miss nothing out, and also make sure you are very encouraging. You really want them to do it. You’re really on their side, you’re really rooting for them.
Write the letter and put it away for an hour or so. Do something else, do the washing up or a stroll round the park and forget about it. Come back to it after at least an hour and read it back to yourself.
In your letter you will have included all the information you need to know to change your life. All you need to do now (he says in cavalier fashion) is follow it through. You have the blue print of how to change your life, the next step is just putting it all into practice.
The good thing about this exercise is that you can re-do it at any step of the way.
When you come up against your first hurdle, don’t panic, sit down, grab something to write on and write yourself a new letter. Hey presto, it’s like magic.
We often have the information that we need in order to change, it’s often the case of getting it out there clearly so we can work on it.
If anyone’s interested…and to be honest I really don’t see why you should, this Life Coaching Exercise comes from a motivational counseling style which underpins Motivational Enhancement Therapy. It was passed on to me at a Counseling and Life Coaching Convention by the eminent and august originator of MET, a kindly man with a ginger beard called Professor Bill Miller. He made it up specifically to help people he was working with at the time…which was 1993. How time flies, seems like yesterday.
For more Life Coaching techniques or information about our Life Coaching Holiday check out other articles in the Life Coaching Blog.