Heralding the Twenties

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“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

 —Winston Churchill

We remain days away from entering a brand new decade.

A hundred years back, it was called the roaring twenties. An era of economic boom. What kind of twenties are we going to have this time?

I invite you to ponder on the above as also these questions. How would work change? What would create wealth? How would the exponential growth in 24 X 7 human connectivity through social media impact us and our lives?

We are into a world which is changing at an ever increasing pace. We need to continually become someone or something we never were before.

So what happens when we continually become someone or something we never were before? We feel discomfort, fear, uncertainty; we are on edge. How we feel impacts how we act, how we work. So being on edge with negative feelings as above leads to loss of creativity, inability to take risks, loss of productivity and engagement. And herein lies the danger of becoming someone or something we never were before. I call this the Change Trap.

So what could we do to avoid the Change Trap? Since it is difficult to control our feelings, we need to see how we could shift its impact on how we act, how we perform. One way of doing this is to focus inwards – into the kind of changeless core that we are and what makes us tick. Our big vision about the world and our self, our competences, our passions and our relationships.   

In the New Year, I invite you to do this practice for just the first fortnight to empower yourself and avoid the Change Trap. Write down the following in your diary every day for 15 days before you go to bed.

  1. When you were at your best today, what were you doing?
  2. When you saw your energy going up, what were you involved in ?
  3. When you felt happy helping someone, what did you do?

Should you persevere with this practise for a fortnight, you will notice how its impact changes your life and the world around you!

I wish you Merry Christmas and a lovely 2020 ahead.

In Learning…….

Shakti Ghosal


Author: Shakti Ghosal

* A PCC Credentialed Executive Coach mentor and trainer for leaders & performance. * A qualified engineer and a PGDM (Faculty Gold medalist) from IIM Bangalore. * Four decades of industry experience spanning Engineering, Maintenance, Projects, Consumer durables, Supply Chains, Aviation and Tourism. * Top level management positions to drive business development, strategy, alliances all around the globe. * A visiting faculty at the IIMs. *A passion to envision trends & disseminate Leadership incubation globally. www.empathinko.in , * www.linkedin.com/in/Shaktighosal. shakti.ghosal@gmail.com . +91 - 9051787576

5 thoughts on “Heralding the Twenties”

  1. Wishing you a very Happy 2020 and beyond Shakti, and my well wishes to you and your family for a wonderful New year ahead .. What it brings us will be what we have manifested.. So lets hope we start changing our ways of being to envision a brighter future ..
    Stay Blessed..
    Sue 🙂


    1. Dear Sue,

      Great to hear from you and wishing you too a great year ahead.

      Yes, we need to change our ways. But what is that which stops us from doing so? As we delve into the core of this question , we might discover that it is all about our inability to be vulnerable and willingness to accept criticism. Something inside us counters our effort to change by whispering, ‘It’s okay NOT to change, it’s okay to remain who and where we are…’

      I believe the place to start “changing our ways and who we are” is by being vulnerable. Are we willing to do that?



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      1. I think dear Shakti that there may be those whose vulnerability is inevitable, which will perhaps lead others to change their ways. It may not happen within our life time, but I see a time coming when we must all make that conscious choice.

        As always great to speak with you Shakti.
        Stay Blessed. 🙂


  2. Hi Vk,

    It indeed feels wonderful to be responding to your comment.

    The fact that we have continued to communicate over all these years bears testimony to that changeless core that we possess and into which we dip for sustaining our relationships and world view.

    I need to acknowledge you for your powerful comment. Reading it I am left wondering about :

    1) What is that which has led to humanity forget its knack of questioning? After all all development and evolution has happened because of a questioning mindset.
    2) What practice do we need to adopt to regain our ability to question?

    Blessings for a lovely Christmas and year ahead VK!

    Shakti Ghosal


  3. Merry Christmas Shakti ! As always you have blessed us with your wise words…I feel the most important gift I was given was that of curiosity. A day of not questioning for me is a day unlived..Humanity seems to have lost or maybe just forgotten its desire to question anything and everything. It’s as if our interest in knowing ourselves and the world around us has faded away. It’s devastating for our ability to evolve. If we do nothing else in the new decade ahead let it be to question life to the fullest and be open to change…Wishing you happy holidays my friend and good health. Sending you peace for Christmas……VK :3

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