This is part of the a month long project called #Trust30. On their homepage they describe it as
“…an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.”
For today’s question, I decided to share it. I felt this could inspire you to take a look at the question and find your own answers.
What would you say to the person you were five years ago?
What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?
I decided to write it as a letter to myself five years ago and looking at myself five years from now.
I’m writing you this letter from the future. Don’t throw it away. Don’t try and understand how it’s possible. The important thing is to read what I have to say. That’s all you need to understand.
You should do more with your life. If you keep doing what you’re doing now, you’re going to be miserable for the next five years. In five years from now, you’re only beginning to realize your potential in life. Start now. Don’t wait.
For too long you’ve been unhappy with where you work. You’ve been looking for more to your life. The reason you’ve been looking so long is because you’ve been too safe. You were afraid to try new things for fear of failing.
There is no success without failure. If you look at some of the most successful people they have failed numerous times. They didn’t give up because they believed in what they were doing. Don’t let failure stop you.
Take care of your body better. You’ll go through phases where you gain weight and lose weight but stay consistent and healthy. You do your best work when you’re exercising and eating right.
Don’t think buying more things will make you happier. The definition of success isn’t shown by the things you own. Even if you buy a nicer car or a bigger television won’t make you happy for long. In five years, you’ll have a house full of crap you don’t care about.
Surround yourself with inspiring people. Think about the people you hang out with now. Are they the type of people you would want to be? If you can’t find them, look online because there are so many amazing genuine people there.
Read more books. Read for pleasure but read more books that will teach you.
Don’t try and multitask. You’re terrible at it. Focus on one task at a time without distraction. You’ll get more done in less time. Trust me it’s taken me five years to figure that out. I’m going to save you some time.
I know you love to watch TV but limit it to only shows you truly love to watch. Cut out the rest.
Don’t complain about not having time to do things. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Instead of making a to do list, try to make a list of things you shouldn’t do so you have more time.
Be thankful for what you have and you’ll have more. Thinking of what you don’t have will only keep bringing you nothing. You won’t believe how powerful gratitude is. It’s changing my life everyday as I write this. It can improve your health, wealth and relationships. Besides, life is a gift and you should be most thankful for that.
If you don’t like yourself, then nobody will like you. How do you expect to be a person everyone wants to be around when you don’t even like yourself? Start by changing your attitude about yourself and only then will people be drawn towards you.
Your thoughts are more powerful than you think. How you think you are is the type of person you will be. The outcome you envision in your mind will be the outcome you attract.
That inner voice you have? Shut him up.
There’s only one Benny Hsu in this world. I want you to live life the way you want to. Feel happy every day. I’ve had periods of wondering if life will get any better. Listen to me, it will.
Finally no matter what you do these next five years, make sure in May 2007 you go to Taipei and stay there for 21 months. Be sure on August 8, 2008 you go out with your kickboxing friends to a small club cause you’ll meet the woman of your dreams named Eleanor. Don’t worry she won’t act interested at first but by the end of the night, both your lives will never be the same.
See you in five years.
P.S. Here’s a sneak peak at Eleanor. Beautiful isn’t she? Her personality is even better.
Five Years from Now
Question: What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?
Wow Benny you look great! You look so fit and healthy. You look better than five years ago. You actually look younger but I don’t know how that’s possible. Are you sure you didn’t do Botox? Ok I believe you.
I’m happy the hard worked paid off you and found what it is that you love to do. I can feel the passion when I talk with you. You always tell me you wake up every day and feel so happy. That’s amazing.
I’ve never seen you happier. Five years ago I imagined life would be good but not in my wildest dreams did I think it would be like this!
Just think in October 2010 you had your breaking point and started to make changes in your life.
You walk differently, you talk differently, and you think differently since then. All in a good way!
Your child is so adorable. Thankfully your child looks like Eleanor and not you. You know I’m kidding right? Ok..I’m not kidding but you understand!
You and Eleanor are the perfect couple and you both act like you just started dating. I knew when I met her she was the perfect one. Five years later I couldn’t be more correct.
I’m proud of what you have done. It makes me feel good to know the work you started five years earlier is paying off.
Just remember to be thankful every day and don’t take life for granted. Take care of your body and your mind. Continue to love yourself, love your family and your friends.
Keep inspiring people and touch lives every day. Your impact in other people’s lives is truly wonderful.
I’m going to work hard these new five years so I will make sure I’m matching how I want my life to be five years from now.
Till I get there, keep my seat warm.
I hope you take the time to write the answers for yourself. It can be short. I can be long. It can be private or on your blog. Answer it however you want.
Also if you’re hoping to learn more about yourself and get better at writing, join #Trust30 at Ralphwaldoemerson.me.
I think you’ll find only positive benefits by learning about yourself from writing each day.
Thank you for taking the time to read my “letters” and hope it’s inspired you in some way.