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 six 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,
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