Sometimes we don’t quite grasp that “me in five years” really is “me.” She/he is.
To some extent it’s just that the past me makes more sense. I really was already me 5 years ago, I have photos, a shirt I wore, memories. I don’t have that for future me.
To some extent it’s avoidance. I don’t want to admit that I will, in fact be five years older. I don’t want to age or die.
To some extent it’s fear of commitment. I want to keep my options open, a panoply of paths in myriad directions—it’s opportunity! But it’s a trap. Keeping your options open makes you free “on paper,” but it doesn’t give you the feeling of freedom, it gives you the feeling of stuck in place.
Future you is real. Invest today.
It may be about things like delaying gratification for future success, but it’s mostly about just taking quality action now to invest in yourself, your relationships, your project. Now meaning this day that you are reading this. This day your are thinking about this.
5-years-from-now you is coming whether you invite them or not.
They will be here, right on time, in 5 years. What kind of welcome do you want to give?