There’s something special about looking forward to…

Looking forward to anything. A drink after a hard day’s work. A bar of chocolate after a whole day abstaining. A holiday. A reunion with an old friend or even better, an opportunity to meet someone for the first time.

Then there is the annual thought process of looking forward to what lies in store for you in the New Year and beyond.

Or not.

Do you find it difficult to drum up any excitement for whatever the next twelve months may bring?

If so, rather than the standard resolutions and reluctant goal-setting that we all tell ourselves will make a big difference (they may well do but equally they may not) but if we’re truly honest – the goal may simply be too unrealistic, or we may not actually prioritise it enough to make the required effort; how about instead, you take some time today to write a letter to yourself written this time next year?

What will you tell yourself? How will you describe the year you have just had? What fears did you overcome? What was the best thing you achieved?

What would be the one word to describe 2016?

This is a big one. Take some time to ask yourself: What do you want to see, experience, enjoy in 2016?

Write that one word down and then write your letter from the future.

I’m not promising anything spectacular. I’m not even going to guarantee you will feel any better or more optimistic about the immediate future.

But it will at least give you something to think about. Which may lead to some sort of plan of action.

Or an idea.

Or a person you would love to meet but right now, you haven’t a clue where they are going to come from.

What have you got to lose?


In a world of increasing uncertainty, those with hopes and dreams, combined with some written plans that instantly become goals if accompanied by some daily action are the ones who remain steadfast and refuse to be beaten down.

That alone, must be worth looking forward to.

Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.


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