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Something strange happens when you physically write your goals down.

Your brain internalizes it and your subconscious starts working to achieve whatever goals you have.

That is the idea behind an exercise two of my mentors gave me. To write a letter to myself from 10 years in the future.

And it’s been one of the most impactful and eye-opening exercises I’ve ever done.

In this episode, I’m challenging you to write a letter to yourself from 10 years in the future so you can accomplish everything you’re meant to accomplish too.

Show Highlights Include:

  • The Army Ranger’s secret for conquering mountains without breaking a sweat (1:29)
  • How to “time travel” to the future so you can give yourself the exact roadmap for accomplishing all your wildest dreams (3:25)
  • Want to make an impact that will be felt for hundreds of years? Do this today… (5:38)
  • How to set forces in motion that make it impossible to fail by doing this one silly-sounding exercise (6:05)
  • The guaranteed way to burn out before getting everything you want in life (6:30)

Write a letter to yourself from 10 years in the future about all the amazing things you've accomplished. And when you’re done, share it with me @Riverthan on Instagram and use the hashtag #DWPodcast, so I can take a look and share in your future glory.

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No! Don't go in there! Daddy's working.

Jonathan: Yes, yes, y'all, welcome back to another edition of Daddy's Working podcast. I am stoked that you were here and I'm grateful that you're listening and just want to thank you. Thank you for tuning in every week. And if you've rated, reviewed, subscribed to this show, thank you. If you haven't already, what the heck are you waiting for? A little guilt trip there. That’s mom guilt, isn't it?

Anyways, I don't know if you guys were tuning into the episode … I think it was Episode No. 70, where I shared a letter to 22-year-old J.R. But a lot of people gave me feedback on that one and really liked it, especially younger people saying, Man, this advice is still useful. This is still helpful. Thank you for sharing it. So, I'm stoked that we did that project and I've got another one, and this actually started in my last visit to Strategic Coach. [01:23.8]

I was in Chicago and Gary was the leader of that session and he was a former Army Ranger, a total badass dude, and he was talking about how he’d led his units through mountains and through all kinds of treacherous terrain. He gave us this idea that when you walk up to the mountain and you look up at it, you're face to face with this giant rock that you have to climb, ascend, and you don't know what to do. It seems like a task that is insurmountable. It's too big to conquer and it can be overwhelming. [02:03.5]

And he gave us this idea that instead of looking at the mountain from the bottom up, in your mind, put yourself at the top of the mountain. How much easier would it be, sitting at the top of the mountain looking down, to find the best path, the easiest way up? It would be infinitely easier.

And we did this exercise where we looked at ourselves 10 years in the future, what we have accomplished, what we have done, all the obstacles and challenges that we have passed, and we're looking down, guiding ourselves back up.
So, I thought this was an awesome exercise. It was really enlightening. Put yourself at the top. Put yourself where you want to be, so that you can give instructions on how to get there. It's an amazing thought. [03:02.2]

And so, in Episode 70, I shared a letter to my 22-year-old self. A couple of weeks later, Mark Evans challenged us again—and if you're not checking out Mark Evans on the Making of a DM, you have to check this guy out. Check him out on Instagram, Mark Evans DM. The guy is amazing—but it was just so funny that I had done that exercise at Strategic Coach and then Mark's next challenge to us was write a letter to yourself from 10 years in the future.

So, I'm 42 now. I would be 52, and what am I doing? What have I accomplished? What obstacles and what challenges have I overcome? How am I living? I thought, Man, this is interesting. It's just so cool how we did that in Coach and then Mark was challenging us. So, that's what I'm going to share with you today. It’s a letter from 52-year-old J.R. You can do this to think about the future you want, think about where you want to be, think about all the big things you want to accomplish and write a letter to yourself. And I will submit my letter as an example. [04:14.2]
Let's dive in.

What's up, Dr. J? I can't believe how quickly the last 10 years have blown by. I want you to know the investment you've made in your faith has totally paid off. You're closer to God than you've ever been. Your family is stronger than you ever thought possible and business is booming.

Every day you get to live your purpose. You've inspired tens of millions of people to break free from the daily grind and live lives of uncommon happiness.

You and Cupcake are in the best shape of your lives. Huddy thanks you every day for the wonderful education and life you've provided for him. You guys bounce around from house to house, all year chasing fun and happiness. You spent a couple months per year in your gorgeous mountaintop house in Vieques. You get all the snow days you want in your penthouse ski condo. You spend the rest of the year in your 01 penthouse at the Sanctuary. [05:15.0]

You take 100 days off per year completely. When you're working, you're 100% in your unique ability and you love every single minute of it. You've got $1 million of completely passive cash flow being deposited into your account each month. You give $100,000 per year to your church and they've named a building after you.

You're changing the world and your impact will be felt for hundreds of years after you're gone. While other people talk about making the world a better place, you are putting all your money and effort into making it a better place. You are unforgettable and you're just getting started.
J.R. [06:00.0]

Yeah, I've got some big dreams and only 10 years to accomplish them. But I will tell you that since I wrote this, and this was back probably about a month and a half ago since I wrote this, I have already gotten deeper in my faith. And I’ve got to tell you it feels good and it reflects in my family, in my relationships and in everything, and that's what happens when you do exercises like this. You embody them.

And that's why I'm going to encourage you right now, put down this podcast; get out a pen and paper. Think about where you want to be in 10 years and write a letter to yourself of what that life looks like, so you have a roadmap, so you have some guideposts on how you were going to get there. This is motivational. This is inspirational and this is instructional.

So, I urge you to do it. This is going to be a short episode today because I want you to take immediate action on what you've heard here. Write a letter to yourself from 10 years in the future about all the amazing things you've accomplished. [07:10.4]
And when you've got that letter done, share it with me @riverathan on Instagram, R-I-V-E-R-A-T-HA-N. Put the #DWPodcast, so I can take a look and share in your future glory.

Thank you for tuning in, and don't wait another second. Go and write the letter now. And share this episode. If this was helpful, if you know somebody that can use it, why aren't you sharing it? And that's what I've got for you today. I will be back in your earbuds next time. Thank you for tuning in.

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