What if you could go into the future and talk to the future you? 

Not the you that exists today but the you that exists 20 or 30 years from now, and seek advice and counsel from them. Do you think your life would be better? Do you think you would make better decisions today if you could get advice from “Future Me”?

Well, I think you can. But right now too many of you are listening to what I call “Little Me”.

Little Me is that voice inside of you that tells you that you can’t do this or you’re not successful enough or you’re not smart enough. It’s the voice that always puts doubt in your head. It asks you, Why are you thinking like this? Why are you assuming you can have this or be successful? 

Future Me, on the other hand, is that voice inside of you who says you can do it. It’s the voice that says you can be successful because it knows. It’s in the future looking back – it’s future you.

Future Me will thank you for studying for that test and getting an A in class. Future Me will thank you for preparing for that job interview that helped you get where you are today.

Future Me will thank you for the good decisions that you made, like the one where you didn’t go up to that bedroom where kids were doing things they weren’t supposed to. Future Me will thank you for not doing that kind of stuff.

Little Me will tell you, “Aw, don’t worry about it. You can go up there. You won’t get in trouble. You won’t get caught.”

Future Me will tell you, “I’m so glad you didn’t go upstairs to that frat party or that party in 12th grade where this young lady got pregnant or this young guy got HIV. Instead, you stayed home and studied. Instead, you went to the movies. Instead, you made the right decision and didn’t get in trouble that changed the rest of your life by one bad decision.”

So many of you are one bad decision away from changing the rest of your life, from being in the wrong car at the wrong time, in the wrong place with the wrong people.

You could be a great kid but one bad decision will change your life.

I’m not trying to be your parents but I’m going to tell you what they would want me to say.

It’s this: you become like the people you hang around. You become like the people you associate with.

If you hang around guys who get into trouble, or young ladies who do things they shouldn’t, you will become that person who gets into trouble or that person who does things he or she shouldn’t.

On the other hand, if you hang around kids who are going after things in their lives, who are trying to get their degrees, who are trying to get scholarships, who are trying to make a difference in the world, then you become like that.

If you’re the smartest person in your circle of friends, find a new circle of friends.

I hope you’re hearing me, guys. I hope you’re understanding me because this can change your life for the better. If you take the little advice I’m giving you and listen to the things your parents are probably telling you, pay heed to all of it.

Watch who you hang around. Watch who you associate with. Listen to Future Me.

Tell Little Me to shut up anytime you hear that doubt. “Shut up, Little Me. I don’t want to hear it.”

If you could learn to tell Little Me to shut up, and listen to Future Me and thank Future Me, your life will be bigger and better than you could ever imagine.

Until next time, take care and God bless!