The media loves to make bold predictions. With 2016 here, I thought I’d weigh in on as to why people love to make, read, and talk about predictions.

Predictions get attention.

Predictions get people talking.

Predictions get people thinking.

Predictions get people riled up.

Here’s my bold prediction for 2016: nothing will dramatically change in your life, unless you believe it can and will.

I know, I know…it’s not a sexy, controversial, or a bold prediction and here’s why: success on your terms doesn’t come from someone else. It comes from you. No one can give it to you. It is purely up to you to self-reflect, discover, and act upon it once you find clarity and purpose. In an age of intense victim mentality being peddled at us non-stop by the media, politicians, and in many social media circles, the illusion that somebody else owes us something or that opportunity is limited to a select few, is a bold faced and dangerous lie.

The highest achievers in any industries have several key characteristics in common with their attitude and work ethic that give them a decided advantage when pursuing their passion and goals. One thing they avoid is letting others tell them what they can and can’t do. They march onwards toward the goal, even in spite of the many critics who publicly and privately predict their demise.

So, as we embark on 2016 I urge you to map out and create the future you desire, versus one that other’s may believe is best for you. Remember, it’s your life, not theirs so use it wisely and live with passion under your own terms.

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