An Honest Review for 2019

Do you remember the moment sometime last year where we felt hopeful and inspired to start afresh in 2019? We then proceeded to jot down our goals for the year and went into the year feeling that 2019 will be a defining year.

Fast forward to the end of 2019, I guess it felt like de jevu, all over again, back to reviewing the past year, goal setting and encouraging ourselves that the new year will bring new changes.

Some of our goals will be achieved while others will seem like a “failure”. Personally, I did achieve some of mine but I remind myself not to put myself down for not achieving the rest.

There is a fine line in making sure that we are accountable to our commitments and goals and bashing ourselves and making it more than it should be, thus demoralising our own spirit.

So this post is just a quick reminder on the importance of goals, an honest reflection and the way forward.

1. Goals

As the name suggests, they define our goal posts, areas for us to score, so that we know we have achieved something. Without them, we would be aimless. Thus, to have a successful year, we have to be clear with what we want to achieve.

2. Reflection

Reflecting on our past years help us identify bumps on the roads that caused us to not reach our target and goals. Reflecting gives us perspectives and at times, takes away the subconscious guilt that we do place on ourselves for not achieving something. Reflection (honest one) gives us knowledge and power to set us up for probable success in the new year ahead.

3. Way Forward

The simplest way would be to list a new sets of goals for the new year. However, a more effective way and efficient one would be to use the information gathered from our reflections (point 2) and implement strategies to help us cope and ensure the rate of success in achieving our goals rises.

Every “failure” and moments of work are great learning experiences. While many of us (in this perfectionist and well informed society) may not like the trial and error process, great inventions and moment of brilliance in life were still products of this timeless strategy. We should never let lack of information or the need for a perfect strategy stop us from moving forward.

I guess the best way to look at 2020 is to head into it with renewed hope, an improved strategy, and the guts and tenacity to do our best to make it better than 2019.


My Thoughts on Information Age

With the advancements in the Information Age, the thing it sought to liberate originally – Information, is also being blurred.

While it is easier to acquire new skills and knowledge, so-called gurus and fake teachers are also increasing.

While it is easier to get updated news coverage, it has also created an avenue for fake and maliciously fabricated news.

No longer could one just rely on any single platform for 100% accurate news or information without any hidden agendas or biases.

We cannot even trust our news feeds on our social media walls, as there are algorithm to throw at us things that may influence or build upon our biases for government or corporation’s benefits.

I fear for the future as all these are just encouraging mistrust amongst people. Mistrust would breed skeptism and create inefficiencies in the entire population.

The future is indeed worrying, and being the optimist that I always try to be, I can only pray and hope for responsible and honorable people to be in top positions in a country and in corporations.

With these thoughts in mind, I hope that any further advancements will truly bring people together instead of apart. And while it is impractical to rely on hope only, in some situations, it is the only thing that is left to hold on to.

Praying for the World, especially for Amazon rainforest, United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China and even Singapore. I pray not for myself for my kids’ futures and their kids’ futures.