The First Step to Manifesting Who You Want to Become

It's human nature to desire growth in our lives. Growing and evolving is a long difficult trail that we should never stop exploring but where do we start? 

Below is a powerful tool for setting up and crushing your goals.

Write a letter from someone that looks up to you.

The first step to manifesting who you want to become is to write a letter to your future-self. However, this letter won't be from yourself. You're going to write this letter from the perspective of someone that you want to look up to you.

Think about how you want them to perceive you. How do you want them to talk about you? What would you want them to say about you to someone else?

This shifts the focus from what you WHAT you want to become to WHO you want to become.

Who should the letter be from?

For Matt Bauman that was from his younger brothers.

Bauman wearing the tortoise 'I AM JOY' sunglasses

Bauman is a head coach at F45 La Jolla, certified physical therapist, ex-college athlete, and most importantly a big brother. Matt's father passed away when they were younger and he took them under his wing. "I tried to do my best even though I'm not perfect," says Bauman.

Here is that letter.

"From my little brothers to me,

Matt was always so optimistic. He would always make you look at the brighter side of the situation. He was excellent at helping you solve problems because he made you feel like there was never really a problem in the first place. Matt always seemed to be the most confident person in the room. He could spark up a conversation with just about anyone and Matt loved to create. He was always thinking about how to make things better and he was the master of his emotions. He would never say much when he was upset, even then it took a lot to get him rattled. We knew he loved us because he would do things for us and get things for us that most of the time we didn't even know we needed in the first place, and we trusted him because he always had a habit of shutting down conversations that involved throwing shade on others."

Bauman says he got the idea to write the letter from a book called The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.

While Bauman was a top-level track athlete in college, the path that he saw for himself was derailed by injuries. He soon decided to become a semi-pro football player and moved from his hometown in Washington State down to California.

After major life shifts, Bauman realized there was a mental block. He left sports and dove deeper into sports psychology to learn how the mind plays a factor into physical attributes and everything we do in our daily lives.

"Right now I'm down here in California to show them [my brothers] that there is a better way. So really I'm down here for them," says Bauman.

So, are you ready to become the person you want to be?

It all starts with a letter.

This exercise is an amazing tool to find out what life you want to live and how you want to be remembered by the people you love. Once you figure that out, you can start deciding what the right paths and actions are to bring your best life to fruition.

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