Dear Future Me – Write An Email To Yourself

Back To The Future

A long time ago, at a motivational event that I can no longer remember, the speaker got us to write a letter to ourselves. This was a real letter, not an email – the internet hasn’t hit mainstream yet. The lesson that day was about being accountable to one’s word. Our assignment was to write a letter, addressed to ourselves, and state where we are six months from now. The letter was to be written in the present tense because we won’t be seeing it again until six months later.

The speaker took all the letters and stored them for half a year. By this time we have all forgotten about it. Then six months later, I check my mailbox and there was a letter addressed to me from me. After reading what I have wrote to myself I became completely disgusted and ripped the letter to pieces. I have not done one thing I had stated in the letter to myself. I felt like a complete failure. And it was the worst kind of failure as well. It’s one thing for someone else to tell you to do something and you fail. It’s something else entirely when that someone is you. I never forgot the lessons from that letter. It helped me to refocus myself and get back on the right track.

Now I would like to offer you the same lesson. Thanks to a service call FutureMe.org you can now send an email to yourself to be received at a future date. So, I would like you to write an email to yourself. In the email, state the following:

  • What are you doing now?
  • How much are you making?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you have any kids?
  • Where are you living?
  • Anything else you want to add.

Set FutureMe to send you your email six months from today. If you’re like me, you’ll forget about this within a week or two. Then in six months, you’ll receive the shock of your life. I challenge everyone to do this. I know it can be very scary to actually write down one’s goals but it’s something you have to do if you wish to be accountable to yourself.

Where will you be six months from today? This is your chance to tell it to yourself. And don’t worry if you fail at what you tell yourself. The path to success is paved by a string of failures.


34 thoughts on “Dear Future Me – Write An Email To Yourself”

    1. elie says:

      Just finished doing it also..

      I’m very excited. 😀

  1. Hwa says:

    Hahaha. You are an amazing entertainer. This one almost tops your apple store incident.

  2. Great way to be accountable. Just the thought of knowing that email’s coming in 6 months would make you take some action!

  3. Mathew Day says:

    This is exactly what I need to help me stay focused and productive. cool. 🙂

  4. Diabetis says:

    This is a good way to get yourself working harder!

  5. PPC Ian says:

    What a great idea! Looking forward to checking it out.

  6. Diabetis says:

    I remember doing that when I was only in Highschool but internet was’nt a big thing during those days.
    so we were doing that on a piece of paper.

  7. Simon says:

    I’ll be getting an email from myself on Christmas Day. I definitely will have forgotten about it by then!

  8. Joy says:

    Honestly, 6 months is a GREAT time frame. I wrote to myself back in ’06 using FutureMe and sent it one year later…I was fine. Then I sent another one in ’07, delivered in ’09 — oh, boy, that one was heartbreaking.

    This time, I’ll take your 6-month challenge and hope that’s much easier to receive after half a year! Haha.

  9. A great exorcise to sharp our vision. Thanks to info this great tools John.

  10. I love the idea of that, it is like writing a contract to yourself. Make yourself accountable for your goals rather than a passing wish.

    Great Idea John

  11. I did this before about 4 years ago, but used a different service. I did end up doing the things I said, but I’ll try it again with different goals.

  12. thanks john for this amazing tool 🙂

  13. poorblogger says:

    Good information.
    But still confused of their function

  14. That is very clever.Now you can see what you have. 🙂

  15. Soares says:

    Well done it…maybe i wont regreet it….LOL
    Good ideia John

    Cheers

  16. Free Picks says:

    lolz!! it look like fun, i am not going to email myself, coz i know where i will be in next 6 month 😉

  17. Knowing me, I’d forget I’d sent one tomorrow LOL, but I’ll certainly give it a go 😉

  18. fas says:

    Ok done, lets see

  19. Great I’ll make one tooo…. and lets see if I get pissed, after six months. Or I have magically me all the goals I have set.

  20. This one seems to be a nice one.. I wish if Gmail will allow Email scheduling or similar kind of thing.. Rediff had it when I was using it… year back…

  21. verniers says:

    Just did it….I am future e-mail #1,062,912

    1. great verniers 🙂

  22. Cool Bananas! Count me in. I really need a couple of swift kicks up my backside, and this is really a worthwhile 15 minutes spent on an autumn sunday morning……

  23. i do an exercise like that with my clients every time we start a new cycle, and find that if we keep it manageable and it’s framed in terms of what they DO rather than what will happen (“i’ll be rich mike john chow”), they usually get quite close to where they want to be.

    still, it’s a great idea to do this for myself, so i’ll be heading to futureme right now.

    1. oops – i meant “rich LIKE john chow.” don’t know how ol’ mike got into this.

  24. jtGraphic says:

    That’s a really great idea. It’s simple and life changing. I mean the idea of the website and my letter. Kudos to the developer.

  25. That’s cool. Always good to set goals. I don’t know if the letter would help, but it would remind you of what you should have done.

  26. Sharninder says:

    Very cool way to set goals for yourself and shame yourself into working for those goals 🙂

    Thanks

  27. Thank you John for telling us about this website. I’m going to give it a try and see what happens when I get it in the future.

  28. Hey! That’s wonderful!

    It’s really a great chance to know if I’m really doing everything I thing I am!

    I’ll write my email now – and I hope I have good surprise in six monthes!

  29. It’s a very good way to get you back on track when you think that you haven’t lost your way.

    It’s literally a big kick up the backside. We all need that sometimes.

    I will have to check it out myself.

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