Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Simple Tasks First, Life Goals Later

Why is it so bloody hard to fulfill our life goals?

Well, here's a simple experiment. Close your eyes. Imagine your life in 10 years' time.

Boss of your own business? Married with two kids? Sun-bathing in the Caribbeans?

Dream on! Chances are, you'll end up way off the mark. Maybe getting closer, but need more time.

Now, here's another experiment. Just look back at last week. Did you complete the routine tasks you set out to do?

Got into office/class on time every morning? Stopped fiddling with your phone while driving? Cut down to one boba milk tea per week?

Such easy-peasy goals But we didn't quite keep to them, right? RIGHT?!

 Study Goal Week #1: Read a chapter of Jurisprudence without dozzz...

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That's the irony of life right there. We have such grandiose plans about our distant future. And yet, we fail miserably to keep to the simple promises we make on a daily basis.

Worse still, we never fail to come up with a million and one excuses.

Overslept and miss the rush hour by 5 minutes (you snoozed your phone alarm 3 times!). Mom called (she just wanted to triple-confirm what time you'll be dropping by Aunty Helen to pick up CNY cookies). Free vouchers expiring this week (if you stopped buying so much tea, you won't have free vouchers to redeem).

If you can make up excuses for trivial failings, imagine how imaginative you can be to justify your major failures.

Truth is, there's a strong correlation between completing simple tasks and fulfilling your BIG goals. Efficiency is a habit. It's a matter of discipline. Commitment requires consistency. If you break a single link in the chain, eventually the entire chain will collapse. Likewise, if you compromise on the small stuff, eventually you'll compromise the BIG stuff too.

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So what's the solution? Well, for a start, make a list of simple tasks to complete each week. And keep to them.

No exceptions, no excuses.

Just do it, no matter what happens. Start with the simplest tasks (making sure no dirty laundry piles up more than a week). A task that can be easily achievable if you set flexible goals (wash your clothes every 4-5 days). A task that won't be unmet even if some unexpected event turns up (if you got caught up with work on the 5th day, there's still 1-2 days of allowance).

Often times, we fail to complete even the simplest tasks because we set up rigid goals (wash laundry every Sunday). Not only does rigidity encourages procrastination (no need to think about laundry for six days - yay!), but it also increases the risk of being unraveled by a single unforeseen event (oh no - best friend's wedding this Sunday!). Sounds silly, but look back and be honest with yourself - we fail to meet most of our goals simply because we set them up for failure.

Goals should be flexible. Or rather, goals must be specific (no unwashed laundry more than a week), but the methods to achieving such goals can be flexible (get rich enough to hire a full-time maid).

Once you've completed a task, then move on to another. Build towards harder and harder goals. Eventually, once you get your short-term goals right, your long-term goals will fall into place too.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Vision 2222 (Malaysia Forever)

So Vision 2020 has come and gone. Mission accomplished?

Of course, not!

We mustn't rest on our laurels. We've only just begun. We shouldn't settle for less.

Flying cars? World Cup Champion? Global halal tourism/finance/aerospace hub?

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Kacang puith! Sap-sap sui!

We must aim for the stars. We must think 10 steps ahead of our rivals. We're in the end-game now.

And our end-game is WORLD DOMINATION!


Malaysia in Year 2222: One Face, One Race

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I'm really excited for Malaysia's future. There's so much potential within us.

The Year 2222 is not far-off. 202 years will pass in a blink of an eye. We need to start planning now!

So here are four moon-shot goals for Vision 2222:

1. Revive dinosaurs

Yes, we will build the world's first Jurassic Park. Grow dinosaurs from fossilised DNA trapped in rock, ice, pollen, or whatever. Imagine avowing kids from around the world! T-Rex. Triceratops. Velociraptors. Brontosaurus. Godzilla. King Kong. Kaiju. Dragons of Ice and Fire. You name it, we got it! The possibilities are endless. The adults can have fun, too. We can build a coliseum, organise monster fights, and take bets (don't worry, just like Genting, this will be 100% confirm halal by SIRIM). ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? RAWR!

The secret code word: "Negaraku"

2. Build a clone army

Whilst the world is busy tinkering with AI, machine learning and robots, we prefer to play GOD. Humans are the smartest and strongest living being in the universe. So why bother with lesser life forms? The technology is out there, somewhere. We don't even need to research from scratch. All we need to do is contact the Kaminoans, outsource through our tried-and-tested Ali Baba style, and - BOOM - we have a clone army to take over the galaxy! So whose DNA should we replicate? Hang Tuah, of course! With a clone army of millions of Hang Tuah, Malaysia will be UNSTOPPABLE!

Hang Tuah in Space 

3. Capture the Infinity Stones

There's a lot of mysterious power in the universe we're only beginning to fathom. No worries, our petroleum money is enough to buy over S.H.I.E.L.D. and their secrets. I know a guy who knows a guy who used to work with a lady whose brother-in-law is the former gym trainer of Nick Fury. Alternatively, we can always try the Jedi Council hotline to contact Master Windu (Spoiler: Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars). After that, the easy part is beating Thanos to the 6 Infinity Stones...

"I give up, Malaysia... All yours!"

4. Build a time machine

Once we've achieved all that by 2222, we'll rule the universe for sure. But why should our empire only start running from then on? We can go back in time and rewrite history! We can bring forward our achievements from Year 2222 to Year 2020 instead! And to do that, we have to build a time machine to send back all our 2222 technology back to Malaysia before 2020. Best thing is, there's already a prototype in the works - a flying car called DeLorean...

Back to Vision 2020

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I have plenty more ideas for Vision 2222, of course. But those are the Top 4 game-changing ones.

Malaysia will rule the universe by Vision 2222!

It's our destiny. Prophecy says so. It's written in the stars. The Force wills it. Everything will be awesome. We'll get there eventually. It's our destiny. Miracles can happen. We're God's Chosen Ones. Prophecy says so. Everything will be awesome. The Force wills it. It's our destiny...

How do I know all this? Where do I get such crazy ideas? Why am I so bloody sure they will work?

Ah, remember about the flying-car time machine thingy? Take a guess who has the keys to the ignition...

Wawasan 2222

Malaysia Boleh

Malaysia Forever

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Vision 2020 (Malaysia Boleh)

Finally! It's here! The year the prophecy will be fulfilled!

Vision 2020...

The day Malaysia will be the greatest country in the world!

Whoops, wrong memo...

The day Malaysia will be the most developed country in Asia!

Wait, let me check Wikipedia again...

The day Malaysia will be a self-sustaining industrialised nation!

Hmm, oh well, still good enough... way better than being a country mired in economic stagnancy, political corruption and social mediocrity, right? Right?

The promised land / centre of the universe / ultimate superpower

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Vision 2020

Oh, we were promised so much! Our leaders said it was our destiny! To go where no Malaysian has gone before!

Flying cars.

Asia's Silicon Valley.

Football team lifting the World Cup.

Global halal food/tourism/finance/entertainment/fashion/aerospace/e-sports hub.

Sitting on the Iron Throne.

We haven't quite got there yet. But no worries!

There's a year left. Miracles can happen. We'll get there eventually. Everything will be awesome. It's just a matter of time. It's our destiny. Prophecy says so. Our leaders couldn't be wrong. It's in our blood. It's destiny. Miracles can happen. Everything will be awesome. We'll get there eventually. There's a year left. Our leaders couldn't be wrong. Prophecy says so. Everything will be awesome...

Um... er... because... you know... what was that again... ah yes...

Malaysia Boleh!

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Vision 2020

The best part growing up with Vision 2020 constantly bombarded into consciousness every day (via governmental slogans, statements, songs, etc.) was getting extra marks in our national language (Bahasa Melayu) essay exam by merely name-dropping the two very special words (Wawasan 2020)...

What will drive the Malaysian economy? Vision 2020

How do we tackle juvenile delinquency? Vision 2020

Why is city life better than rural life? Vision 2020

Why should free speech be restricted? Vision 2020

You are a bicycle (Saya sebuah basikal). Vision 2020

It's like a magical wand that waves away any problem. The key to unlock every vault. The password that hacks through every computer.

Malaysia Boleh!

Advanced prototype of the world's first one-shot-planet-killing Star Destroyer - 100% made in Malaysia, compatible with Infinity Stones (+150% power), code-named 'Ops Keris Jaya'

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How can any Malaysian not get hyped up about the New Year?

Our time is NOW! Destiny comes! All other countries in the world shall bend the knee before us!

It's going to happen... Right? Right?

Damn right, bro! Haters gonna hate, yo! WAWASAN 2020, b***h!

Indeed, 2020 will be a super epic awesome year for Malaysia. The United Nations will give us exclusive veto power (and strip others from theirs). Taylor Swift to marry our royalty (HATERS GONNA HATE!). Crazy Rich Asians rebooted with a full Malaysian cast (eat that, Singapore!)