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The year 2019 has gone and has left us with mixed memories. We have now entered into 2020. The New Year always comes with a lot of hopes and excitement. But before we accelerate our activities in 2020 let us look back and see what we have achieved so far, and, decide what our ultimate destination in future is. Just examine:

  • Can you identify some passionate dreams that you set in 2019?
  • Have you made whole-hearted efforts in 2019 to achieve your dreams, desires, and goals?
  • Have you not compromised with your dreams at some time in 2019?
  • Could you achieve your goals?

I am sure some of you must have set and achieved your goals. Kudos to you. You are the role models for others. But some of you might have forgotten your resolutions, on the way. And some of you might not have ever thought of what is it that you really want in life. There are people who do not take decisions about their lives themselves and are dragged away by life to places they don’t like.

Anyway! If you want to have a great lifestyle and achieve big, then the best time is now. Say Goodbye to 2019. And use this New Year 2020 to make a solid plan and put all-out efforts to accomplish your dreams.


As the Year 2020 begins, let us put some time in solitude and answer few questions, keeping in view your long-range vision and mission. Keep the end in mind.

  • What is it that you want to achieve in this life?
  • What is your ultimate goal?

Yes! I agree that it is difficult to think about all this when you are struggling hard to somehow manage your life. But no matter what, if you are willing to bring your life to an exciting level in 2020, then take some quality time and decide about your vision, mission, and ultimate life goal before you proceed further. Answer another question:

  • Has your life so far been driven by your goals or by default?

It is time now to decide the direction your life must follow. A goal-driven person can make big achievements even when faced with innumerable hurdles on the way. Decide to be a goal-driven person. Friends! Understand that if you do not take your life in a goal-driven desired direction, it will move in a haphazard direction and may not take you to a higher point in life.


In one of the Harvard Business School Studies, it was found that only 3 % of MBA pass outs were having written goals with their plan of action. After 10 years, it was observed that the net worth of these 3 % was more than the rest of the 97%.


Now my question to you is what type of net worth you want to build? Like that of 3 %ers who had written goals or like the 97 %ers who had no goals? If you want to have higher net worth, you must have a goal and a plan to achieve it.

Friends! There are very few people who have learned to set goals. But the fact is that if anyone has achieved big things in life, it has been done by setting a goal and working with great passion on the plan set for its achievement. All great achievements have strong backing of passionate goals behind them. All successful people have worked on their goals and achieved success.

On the other hand, a large number of people continue to flow in the direction created by the situation in their lives. They do not have plans to overcome the situations and just get carried away when flooded with challenges.

My purpose here is not to explain why people don’t set goals or how to set goals. My objective is to make it clear that unless you think clearly about where you want to reach in your life and set a goal with an action plan, you will reach anywhere.

Time To Look Back & Move Ahead


New Year is the time when many people set their goals or make resolutions. A Geoff Blades study, however, suggests that 80 % of people give up on their resolutions by the second week of February. According to another study by the University of Scranton, a massive 92 % of people who set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them. Only 8 % of people achieve their goals.

The purpose of this statistic is, of course, to warn you. When you decide something for 2020, make sure you become a part of 8 %ers who achieve what they decide.

Let us now plan your YEAR 2020. Follow the 10 step approach:

  1. Identify your goals. What is your target for the Year 2020?
  2. Include goals related to personal, family, financial, professional, health, social and spiritual life?
  3. If you are currently facing some challenges, then set a few goals to overcome them.
  4. Prepare an action plan to act upon.
  5. Identify the resources that will be needed this year to accomplish your goals. Make sure to manage their timely availability.
  6. Make sure to give your 100 % personal commitment.
  7. Keep plans ready to cross the hurdles on the way. Make alternate plans to follow if the basic plan fails.
  8. Take action. Massive action. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Learn from mistakes and move ahead.
  9. Use your 2020 Diary to write down your vision, mission, goals and update the progress on a daily basis. Ensure that you are growing every day and becoming better and better.
  10. Practice an attitude of gratitude. Thank God each morning for whatever you are getting in life.


Don’t let the year 2020 slip away. Make it the foundation year for your upcoming life. Remember friends! Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You can make your future exciting and fill with joy, happiness, and achievement. The need is to make a decision. A decision to set a goal, plan activities and perform accordingly. It can change your life.

For example, let me tell you about my daughter. While studying in 7th Standard, she used to observe the way me and my wife were setting and achieving goals. One day she decided to follow our style of goal setting. At that early age, she set her goal, wrote it down and pasted it on her study table. It is needless to say that she achieved her goal which was extremely ambitious. In the next few years of her school life, her achievements were just unbelievable. And now she is a goal-driven businesswoman and has secured great accolades in personal and professional life that otherwise could not be possible.

Decisions can be taken at any time of the year. Similarly, the goals can also be set at any time. But the problem is that any time never comes. Thought of any time only supports procrastination. The New Year is an opportunity. No more excuses. It is the time when the whole world will be making resolutions. This is the time YOU also decide. Decide about your future life. Decide on your goals. Steer your life in the direction you want, with the speed you want. Take control. And, set a record by registering yourself in the 8 %ers who are the real achievers.

Dream big and live your dreams. Let the year 2020 be yours. As Napoleon Hill has said, “If your mind can conceive and your heart can believe, you can achieve.”

Go ahead and be an achiever.

Dr. Lokesh N Rai

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