Do not waste your time planning out every detail of your life this year! The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. The Monkey is witty, intelligent, fast-moving and interested in new discoveries. This is a sharp contrast to the peace, tranquility and harmony of the Year of the Sheep to which we say goodbye.

This is a year for taking calculated risks and following your heart with unconventional solutions to problems and using the resources you already have. Events will also change quickly, so think twice before making big changes to your finances, career or relationships.

For those who can hang on for the wild ride, outsmart the trickster, and bluff their way through, they will come out unscathed. Those who are slow-witted and can’t handle the stress will come unglued this year.

Below are some helpful predictions for the year ahead to ensure you thrive in the Year of the Monkey.

Business and Finances- Fact, not emotion

The quick moving Monkey means there will be more financial events to deal with this year. If you want a good return on your investments, you will need to outsmart the Monkey.  The Monkey’s gift is the ability to find unconventional solutions to old problems. Daring to be different can lead to success, and this year business should flourish and risks will tend to pan out. A lot of global economic growth can be expected in the Year of the Monkey.

While this should be a progressive year with improvements to finances, politics and real estate, there will be an undercurrent of insecurity generated from the Monkey’s “dark side”. The Monkey is an emblem of trickery, and his talk is fast and cheep, so be on the alert for deceptions.

Everyone wants to work the shrewdest angle, get the best deal, and win big. However, when making business decisions this year they should be based on fact, not emotion.

Entrepreneurship- New Ideas meet with Success

A particularly auspicious time for new inventions, the Year of the Monkey is for taking risks and being rebellious. Expect a lot of life changing inventions to be released. This is a time for inventive minds, guts and bravado. Now is the time for courage, action, and to start new endeavors, since they are destined to succeed under Monkey’s influence.

Personal Growth- Learn Something New

The key to success this year is education. Take a course that matters for your everyday life not just for your career. Don’t be too shy to take up silly little courses or join a financial group to help manage your money or start up a small business. The monkey is all about being creative and innovative with what you have.

Remember that this year will reward the individual effort, and those who place their trust in the group collective will face disappointment.

Workplace- Out with the Old

The Monkey can be menacing as he can easily overthrow old conventions that no longer work. This could mean the toppling of old empires or difficult bosses. So remember, bosses that have been taking advantage of this economic downturn may soon regret it. All things find their balance eventually.

Health- Keep Moving

With so much mental energy bouncing around, everyone needs to re-evaluate their fitness program, diet and health plan. If you don’t have one, you definitely need some form of regular physical activity this year. The body was designed to move and stress needs to be burned off.

Say goodbye to the peace and tranquility of the Year of the Sheep, and welcome the quick and innovative year of the Monkey. Choose innovation over complacency. Move forward, make strides, and stretch for what may lay ahead. The Year Of The Monkey 2016 is a time to take risks. Run with ideas, embrace the inventive, and don’t look back.