Data can only look backwards. If you want to use it to look forwards to predict the future, you have to combine it with a story. And the longer that story is, the more fictional it becomes.
You might have a pretty good sense of what your business' revenue will be next month, but try to extrapolate that out to a goal for five years from now, and you'll likely find that there are far too many variables at play to make an accurate projection.
The pioneering computer scientist Alan Kay says that the best way to predict the future is to create it.
Analyzing data can only get you so far. After that comes the hard work of making the narrative you craft come true.