Win Harper | Life and Leadership Coach

Give Yourself an A exercise for 2017

Here is an exercise I do every year. I have attached the reasons I earned my A in 2017, and I would love to see yours. I have also attached a reviewed of my A for 2016.

Exercise: Give Yourself An A. I want you to think about 2017 and what you want to do and achieve. Now, I want you to give yourself an A for the whole year. The A is based upon your effort and your accomplishments. Now I ask that you write me a letter telling me why you deserved an A. I want the letter to start with “Dear Win, I earned my A because…” and then describe in as much detail as possible, how you came to achieve this extraordinary grade.

Now go to this time next year, and look back, and write about all the insights you acquired, milestones you attained during the year as if these accomplishments were already in the past. Everything must be written in the past tense. Phrases such as, “I hope,” “I intend,” or “I will” must not appear. If you wish you may mention specific goals you reached, but I am more interested in the person you will have become by January 2018. I am interested in the attitude, feelings, and worldview of the person who will have done all he wished to do or become everything he wanted to be. And I want you to fall passionately in love with the person you are describing in the letter.

Remember, it isn’t always about reaching your goals…it’s about who you become as you try. Who do you want to be in 2017?
From: “The Art of Possibility”, by Ben Zander

Have fun with this exercise.

Love, Win

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