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My Future Self’s Kind Advice

December 21, 2010


Today’s Prompt:
Future Self.
Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead?
(Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

I’ve always resisted five-year plans. But I do love my Future Self, and it’s been far too long since we’ve had a visit. I first met my Future Self back in the fall of 2001, through a visualization in my coach-training program. The vision I had of her that day and her name, Contented Light, have gained even more meaning and resonance over the years. More than I ever could have imagined back then.

So, yes, I’ll happily take this opportunity to hang out with her and hear what she has to say.

Taking a deep breath. Knocking on the metaphorical door. Getting hugged and being welcomed into the warmly lit sunroom, where we sink into the deep, comfy couch together.

Contented Light begins offering her bullet points of wisdom for the next year:

Be bold.

Be creative.

Be yourself.

Be love.

Stay with it.

Trust yourself.

Start small. Dream big.

Enjoy the boys. All three of them.

Enjoy your parents.

Take care of yourself … body, mind and soul.


Be grateful.

Act on gratitude.

Pay it forward.

Pay attention.

Be kind.

Be kind to yourself.

Be kind to yourself. It is your foundation for growth.

Be kind to yourself. This is your most important work this year.

After that, it will all be easy.

My note to myself of 10 years ago?

Do all of the above. Only much, much sooner.


Coach’s Query

What does your Future Self have to say?

Every one of my clients has had a powerful experience meeting his or her Future Self through a guided visualization. Would you like to meet yours? E-mail me by Dec. 31, and I’ll be happy to facilitate the introduction at no charge.

  1. Love your note to yourself 10 years ago. Sooner. Amen!

  2. I would love to do this! I have been doing a guided meditation where I meet a wise man. He tells me what I need to hear. It has been a little challenging, but I always feel more relaxed and more alert afterwards. What a great idea. I am going to think about it and make a list of what my future self would say to me. This is great

  3. Very good advice for 2011 & always!

    Happy ICLW!

  4. I love the way you describe sitting down with yourself. 🙂

  5. The future you sounds extremely wise. 🙂 Especially her decision to own a nice comfy couch. Just kidding.

    • Michelle Buzgon permalink

      Oh, Junebug, no need for the “just kidding.” The comfy couch is one part of my original Future Self vision that has already come to be. Even better, it sits in my brand-new sunroom 😉

  6. What a great list of guidelines on how to live your life. I hope 2011 is kind and gentle to you.

    ICLW #29

  7. Sarah permalink

    Great advice!!!

    May 2011 bring you happiness and joy!!
    Happy ICLW

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