December 16th, 2013

Your Fitness Future Foretold: 20 Predictions For The New Year

I’ve been writing blogs and articles about fat loss and fitness on the Internet since 1999. One of the most popular newsletters I ever mailed was sent out seven years ago, right around the new year. My email box blew up. I never received so much response. This was before social media when getting that much personal engagement was a big deal.  What created such a response? I wrote down my 20 predictions for the new year. I said…


“Today I’m going to predict your future and forecast exactly what kind of results you’re going to get in the year ahead.  Sylvia Browne, step aside… I’m pretty good at this…” 

I’ve saved a lot of fan mail over the years. After my “predictions” newsletter, one of those emails said…

“Dear Tom, it’s no surprise that you received so many responses regarding your predictions. They were so good I think you should mention them at the beginning of EVERY year from now on. We all certainly need motivating mainly because we have been swamped with ‘fast food’, which we think is pretty normal to eat most of the time. Your website is an inspiration to us all and we appreciate you very much. Anna.”

Then today, I knew I had to take Anna’s advice and revisit this when I got a message on facebook. It said, “Hi Tom- can you re-post a link to your famous “I Predict” New Year’s article from years back? One of my all time favorites and I can’t find it on my computer. Thank You!” Catherine.

Anna. Catherine. Your wish is my command. And all Burn the Fat Blog readers shall now thank you.

Your Fitness Future Foretold (revisited)

Several years ago, a public relations firm in New York City asked me to write an article for one of their publications about fitness trends and predictions for the coming year.

It turned out that my “crystal ball” was pretty darn accurate. I nailed most of the predictions I made, which at the time were about aerobics classes, yoga, core training, “holistic” approaches, online personal training technology, the baby boomer market, increasing obesity and many other subjects.

I do confess, it wasn’t that difficult, because instead of just taking a stab in the dark at it, I actually did some research on industry statistics. I also had some “insider insights” because I’d been a health club manager for so many years and was privy to fitness business trends.

This year, instead of making predictions for the whole fitness industry, what if I could take out my crystal ball again and predict with 99% precision exactly what kind of results you will achieve with your body by the end of the coming year?

Well, I can do that too!

I would claim that I have some kind of “gift” for this, but to be honest, you and I don’t need to be psychic to make predictions like these.

There are two things you can always count on: (1) Nature’s laws of cause and effect and (2) Human nature.

On that basis, here are my 20 fitness predictions for the new year:

I PREDICT that if you can reach into your pocket on any day in the year ahead and pull out a card or piece of paper with all your body and fitness goals written on it in vivid detail,the odds are 95 to 1 in favor of you achieving every one of those goals before the end of the year.

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on your goals and how you are going to achieve them, all day long, you will reach your goals so fast during the year ahead, it will make your head spin.

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on health woes and body fat problems and if you think about what you don’t want, all day long, your problems will get worse than ever this year.

I PREDICT that if you made a new year’s resolution, but you didn’t turn it into a specific, written goal with a deadline and a strong reason why you must achieve it, you will freely abandon it the moment the going gets tough.

I PREDICT that if you can tell me all the reasons why achieving your health and fitness goals are important to you, you will be motivated from within to stick with it when the going gets tough.

I PREDICT that at times, the going is going to get tough.

I PREDICT that if you can tell me today what is your life purpose and what is your lifelong vision for your body and your health, you will still be as motivated and driven at the end of the year as you were at the beginning.

I PREDICT that if you don’t have long term goals and a”big picture” vision for your life that you will lose your New Year’s enthusiasm and motivation in a matter of months or even weeks.

I PREDICT that the way you see yourself in your mind’s eye today will be an exact reflection of what you see in the mirror at the end of the year.

I PREDICT that if you have a setback that seems to get in the way of you reaching your health and fitness goals and you tell yourself “this just is temporary; this too shall pass,”then it won’t set you back and it will pass.

I PREDICT that if you believe the way your body looks today is out of your control and you feel helpless or powerless to change, you won’t even make much of an effort this year.

I PREDICT that if you accept complete responsibility for the way your body looks today and you believe that you have the power to change, that you will take action and keep taking action, even through the tough times.

I PREDICT that if you’re unhappy with your physical condition and you say, “it’s not my fault” or you blame it on genetics, hormones or age, then your body will look pretty much the same at the end of the year as it did on New Year’s day.

I PREDICT that the more you have patience, a long term perspective and the ability to postpone immediate gratification, the more likely you are to be a success one year from now.

I PREDICT that the more you seek “miracle pills” or “quick fixes,”the more likely you are to be a failure one year from now.

I PREDICT that you will be tempted by many quick fixes in the year ahead.

I PREDICT that if you hang out with losers and negative people this year, you will become just like them.

I PREDICT that if you hang out with winners and positive people this year, you will become just like them.

I PREDICT that you will run into more negative people and losers this year than positive people and winners.

I PREDICT that if you recruit just one friend or support partner that stands behind you and the lifestyle changes you want to make in, you will double your chances for success. If you surround yourself with numerous support partners, you will become virtually unstoppable.

So how does your future look for the next year?

Based on my “predictions,” if it doesn’t look as bright as you’d like it to be, then don’t worry, because a prediction is not predestination.

You can’t do anything to change the past, but by changing your thoughts, attitudes and actions in the present moment, the future is yours to create.

Train hard and expect success,

Tom Venuto

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26 Responses to “Your Fitness Future Foretold: 20 Predictions For The New Year”

  • Jimmy S.

    Everything you predicted is right on the money. It just depends on how someone wants to change or not.I also thank you for the free newsletter filled with great and articulate information. I personally neglected my body for 40 years and was 20 lbs. over weight – not counting how out of shape I was.I have changed this and have put things in place to achieve the necessary goals so I can be around for my wife and children.I am down to 16% body fat and continue to build muscle and strength through proper eating habits, cardio and weight trainning.My son is amazed at how daddy has changed so quickly! It is always best to lead by example – you can only pull a chain.With that being said – I can testify that everything you teach is the healthy way to live, eat, work out and BURN THE FAT!I wish you the best in the new year!

  • Helene

    I have never commented before but I felt compelled to do so today. I love your news letters because they are so down to earth and not self serving, despite this being the way you make your living. I sense a real commitment to help people lead better lives through empowerment and self motivation.Your “predictions” rang especially true for me as I have always been conscious and accountable for my body and my health, however, easily fall off the wagon with all the typical excuses… I eventually get back on track, but never in that completely commited way, hence my less than satisfied perception of me.My sister recently had lipodissolve with the promise of “no down time” and “amazing results” and she genereously gave me a cheque as a x-mas present so I could have the option to do the same. Her heart is in the right place but her priorities aren’t. She is in pain, still swollen and not seeing these amazing results three weeks later.I really hope she gets at least a modicum of normal after everything heals, but it just reminded me of everything you keep drilling at us to stop with the magic quick fixes and JUST DO IT! Exercise and eating right, no other way. Thanks for firing me up and keep doing what you do.Gratefully,Hélène

  • steve

    Hi TomThis was an outstanding read.Regards–Steve

  • Mark

    Awesome newsletter Tom! I just taped it to my wall at work.I’m turning 40 next month and lost 35 lbs last year (from 225 to 190) following all your advice/knowledge and just wanted to say “THANKS”.This year we’ll start building muscle and getting those last 10-15 lbs of fat off!.Sincerely,Mark B.

  • Michelle

    Dear Tom,I just want to let you know how much I appreciated the predictions newsletter you created for all your readers to see. I especially liked your last statement about thoughts, attitudes and actions. It really hit home with some things I am going through in my personal life. Thanks for sharing all your thoughts and inspiring me to open my own nutrition consulting business. I joined your program almost two years ago and started competing in bodybuilding a year and a half ago and I love it. Thanks again for all your inspirations.Michelle

  • Debbie

    Thanks, Tom. I was feeling a bit discouraged over lack of progress. I just decided today that it was time to read the beginning chapters of BFFM again. The New Year newsletter drove that point home for me. I did make many positive changes this past year and stuck to them. Now it’s time to refine and go for the finish line! Thank you so much Tom!

  • Mary

    Thank you so much for your most recent article (your “predictions” article). It was focused, sincere, true and motivating. I have always dreamed of achieving my goals but have never reduced them to clear, written goals. I should also say that I have never achieved my fitness goals….I have done plenty of dreaming though!!I will begin again, renewed and refreshed with a well defined purpose.Again, thank you.Mary

  • sarah

    Dear TomThank you so much for sending such a lovely letter to your friends. Although I am an Iranian girl, as you may know, over here there are lots of limitations and discrimination for ladies. Still, I have really really decided to do all the points you had referred in your predictions.When ever I read some thing by you I become very excited and this time I did take in all the words in your letter . I have got a good body and it’s been a long time I have tried to keep myself at this weight (I am 32 years old, 164 centimeters height and 55 kg weight ) but it’s been a dream for me to slim my legs more. ,I also love to widen my shoulders.I have promised myself to stick to your points and try to make it happen. I love your letters so much Tom. Sorry if I have some mistakes in my writing composition,English is a foreign language in Iran.yours trulySarah

  • Sharon

    This latest article is so helpful. You have opened my eyes to ways I am defeating myself on a daily basis.

  • helen

    Hi there, i read your predictions for the new year and i printed them out and i have put them in the front of my journal. I read them every time i doubt my personal goals. I’m now going to call them my “personal rules to self help and obtaining my fitness and wieght levels”.Every time i feel like i’m going off the wagon i will read them and remind myself to be positive and to not look back on my personal failures.Last year wasn’t too good for me. I had a major tooth infection which led to a strong course of anti-biotics which in its turn destroyed all the good bacteria in my gut, before i knew it i had put on over thirty pounds in seven months. I resolved that issue by eating plenty of pro biotic foods. Then unfortunatley as i was getting back into a good exercise regime i injured my back, the pain was so bad i couldn’t get out of bed without some kind of help, i went to a very good chiropractor and within a couple of months i was almost back to being pain free again.I don’t think i ever really gave up on my personal fitness goals there were just a little out of reach at times. Now i have the predections i will always look upon themon an almost daily basis and try to get where i want to be before the year is out.Thankyou for having the foresite to actually share these with ordinairy people like me, and millions of others. Its truly not often that you can find motivation so precious for free.Thankyou again.Helen.

  • Deborah.Kerr

    Very inspiring…you are definatley where you belong in life!!! Thank you so much!!

  • bushra

    dear tom,just thanking you for your newsletters would be short in REALLY helped me out..what you did is give me the courage to start for my help me get you said anyone can get better than his or her present physical state no matter how fat he or she is…and i also liked the line..”TRAIN HARD AND EXPECT SUCCESS.”…this line gives a definite solution, we all know witohut pain there is no gain(meaning no success,not weight gain..:-).. ) so keep up the good work and keep motivating us as we really would love that.THANK YOUBushra

  • Marcelle

    Hi Tom,Just wanted to let you know that this newsletter – as well as everything else that you write – is phenomenal. Your language is so compelling and inspiring! It’s one thing to have this gift; it’s quite another to use it. Thank you for having the drive and courage to do what you do, and thank you for putting so much of yourself into it.Thanks again!Marcelle

  • srmiller

    I really want to thank you for all the efforts you place in takng time to motivate others. That’s what we are supposed to do and you are another positive example of “good and caring” people in this world. Happy New Year and again, thanks for all your efforts and concern.SRMiller

  • Andy

    “You can’t do anything to change the past, but by changing yourthoughts, attitudes and actions in the present moment, the future is yours to create.”I’ve never read such a powerfull message…Nuff said!!!

  • Amna

    Hi Tom,Thank you for this…. as well as your website and newsletters.Wish you the best,Amna

  • Great article, Tom!

  • Tanya

    Dear Tom!I am a Ukrainian lady,and I like to read your articles. They are always helpful and inspiring! Your predictions is a great gift to me, I will fix it on my desk. You give good example how to inspire people, sure, in this way Life will give you one hundred times more!all the best!Tanya from Ukraine

  • Hi Tom,I’ve been in the weight management field for over 20 years. You did an excellent job of summing up most of the “secrets” of success! Keep up the great work.Elaine Murphy, BA, CNC

  • WOW – what can I say – I’m blown away – you are talking about the truth here man – the first thing I’m doing tonight when I go home (And yes its a Friday) its writing all my goals down in as great detail as possible and creating a card that I carry around me.Thanks – you are a genius at fitness and IM Business. You are one of my heroes.

  • chad

    Hey Tom,This is the first one of these I’ve ever responded to, so 1st – thanks a lot for all of these newsletters, updates, tips, etc, and I really got a great deal out of BFFM.I had never stuck to a regular weight lifting routine until after reading your book, and I don’t there’s much coincidence there. I plan to reach my ideal body fat % this year for the first time in my life.The reason for the reply on this one – this was pretty badass, definitely my favorite among favorites. I also like the “sure things” a lot.I especially enjoyed this:”There are two things you can always count on: (1) Nature’s lawsof cause and effect and (2) human nature. “Nicely done,Chad

  • SaWEET!While most articles and publications choose to focus on why 95% of people will fail to reach their goals, you come out with your very first prediction that focuses on the positive……”the odds are 95 to 1 in favor of you achieving every one of those goals before the end of the year.”My prediction…Thousands of people will realize the importance of a powerful mindset and actually apply these amazing strategies which will lead to the achievement of lean and sexy bodies…All because of your relentless pursuit of what really works when it comes to fat loss Tom. You are a crusader!Scott Tousignant, BHK, CFC

  • Hi Tom, I just wanted to thank you for your great articles and your great book. Based on what I’ve learned from you and others, I’ve managed to lose 20 lbs of fat and gain 25 lbs of lean muscle so far. I am a LOT stronger than I was a year ago and feel great about how I look. Your ebook was the first one I ever purchased, so I started my new blog out with a review of your fantastic book!Best wishes!

  • Astrea

    Thanks for a good reminder.As I was working through this task I was very surprised to discover that my weakest point was my belief in not having any power to significantly influence anything that had to do with my body. “No matter what you tell yourself, things are as they are, they won’t change” was the hidden mantra I was obviously repeating, even if unconsciously.I was surprised how strong that opinion was in me. No wonder it throws me off the wagon each time after a couple of months, especally when things start to look better. Once I were near my goal…then I grew physically tired, a doctor discovered severe anemia and before I knew what training went out the window and I gained 20 pounds (but gained no iron in my blood).I simply give up on mysef when things start looking brighter.Hopefully this will change now.

  • Kris

    Dear Tom,First of all let me thank you for the emotional support you gave me through the news letters. Before writing any further let me tell you that i used to way 115 Kgs (3 yrs back), tried the dieting way and was reduced to fats and bones instead of muscles. It was a “DISASTER”, Now i dont diet (Apart from avoiding food with high FAT CONTENT) and all thanks to your advise and motivation that i am exercising (Both weight and cardio) my way to fitness.

  • Thanks very much for an inspiring article. I’ve been reading a lot of stuff in the same theme today! Even when its halfway through the year, goal setting is just as important right?Thanks,Mckenne

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