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?) 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. Pray. 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.