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Leadership Mindset

As leaders, have we ever reflected upon how the role of our mindset plays in the way we approach our leadership, as well as our leadership styles? 

A mindset can be defined to comprise the entirety of our attitudes, beliefs and expectations we hold that act as the foundation of who we are – which in turn shapes how we lead and the ways we interact with our team. Our mindset determines how we think, as well as how we interpret the situations occurring around us. It impacts the quality of our relationships, as well as moderating the way we live and lead our lives.
Over the years of both working with as well as honing various leaders, I believe there are four important perspectives in a mindset we need to adopt in order to be a good and effective leader.

I call these the S.T.A.R. mindset:

S – Sight
A leader’s sight enables us to be excited about the future, and they allow the team to be able to see the vision that we dare to place upon ourselves. It is the end in mind; the goal in which the team strives towards together with the leader.

T – Testament
It is almost a cliché, but also a truism that great leaders must not only “talk the talk,” but also “walk the talk”. Actions speak louder than words. A good visualization of the team’s success and heights the team can reach can only be achieved through concrete, actionable steps and actions taken in order to inch towards the end goal in mind. Without actions, ideas would remain afloat, and visions would only remain as dreams.

A – Assurance
One of the foundations of good leadership is the assurance and the determination we give to our team members. The amount of commitment that you bring as leaders sends a powerful message of commitment to your team mates. Leaders lead by example and lead a group together by trudging forward with them, whereas bosses only give directions for his subordinates to follow.

R – Responsibility
As leaders, we take the lead in all aspects of the team’s functioning and performance and we are willing to be accountable for our actions and results. A good leader will take ownership of the actions and decisions made by him or herself, as well as those of the team – shifting of blame or finger-pointing is extremely detrimental for team dynamics, and would not attribute to good leadership as it slows team growth and progress.

Edited by Ms Sakeena Tan




Mindset: A matter of Conscious, Subconscious or Unconscious Mind?

Sigmund Freud, the famous Austrian psychologist, was probably the first to popularize the concept of human being having three levels of mind in cognitive psychology into mainstream society as we know it today. According to him, the three different levels of our psyche could be separated into the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind. They work together to create reality as how we perceive it; shaping our thought processes, responses, to reactions.

Broadly speaking, the conscious mind communicates to the outside world and the inner self through speech, pictures, writing, physical movement and thoughts while our subconscious mind, on the other hand, is in charge of our recent memories and is in continuous contact with the unconscious mind.

This unconscious mind is the storehouse of all memories and past experiences and it is from these memories and experiences that our beliefs, habits and behaviors are formed.

A simple representation of these three ties can be seen here.

The human mind fascinates me and this may stem from the fact that I was trained as a doctor. And while it is great that we are aware of these three levels of mind but more importantly, where does our mindset sit in this model?

It was perhaps the Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu who wrote first about the mindset more than 2 500 years ago with these words:

Our mindset impacts the conscious, subconscious and the unconscious as well. It affects the way we think, our opinions and the beliefs we form. Hence, to have dominion over our life requires us to be intentional about protecting our mindset. If we are determined to be better, our new empowered mindset will start producing more driven thoughts, in turn generating positive words with affirmative action and congruent habits that will sharpen our character and propel our destiny forward!

Edited by Ms. Sakeena Tan




Valuable life lessons I have gained as a para-athlete

Winning is great. Having a Gold medal after a tournament is awesome. But the true essence of sports is summed up by this word.


As a businessman, I find the core of what I do is in mindset transformation –prescribing strategies for professionals and individuals to achieve career and business success. As a national athlete in the sport of wheelchair table tennis, I find that the key to sporting success is also our mindset.

I find that a right mindset is fundamental for us to achieve our fulfilment in life. I started training for this competitive sport back in 2011 as a way of showing to myself that life after my stroke can be rewarding and my life can still continue to expand. In time, this sport showed me three valuable life lessons I have gained as a para-athlete.


In my journey as a para-athlete, I have seen many athletes with various limitations in their physical abilities. Yet many of them are still able to pursue sporting excellence at the highest level competitively.

I am sure many of you are familiar with our very own Yip Pin Xiu who is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist backstroke swimming. She tells us that despite her muscular dystrophy, “… that as long as you set your mind on something, regardless of your circumstances, you can find opportunities along the way and you can reach your goal.”

Her condition means that she faces progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles which is the reason why she moved from a classification S4 (better body control) to S2 (poorer body control). Yet, this did not deter her from getting two gold medals for Singapore in the recent Paralympics at Rio 2016.

Pin Xiu was able to adapt despite the progressive nature of the condition and it is this adaptability that enables her to emerge tops continually.

With adaptability, three traits are required and they are positivity, acceptance and confidence.

Positivity: The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking has sold well for more than 40 years because it contains such a universal truth. A positive attitude leads to positive events in your life.

Acceptance: Choose not to judge what happens to us. Instead, believe that everything happens for a reason and that better things will always follow. That is the beginning of true acceptance.

Confidence: Confident people believe in winning. Confident people believe in success. More importantly, confident people believe in their ability to win and succeed in life.


In my minibook, The Art of Determination, I wrote these words which I still believe is true.

“Determination is one of the greatest assets one can ever possess. It is the tool we use to prevent a temporary failure from becoming a permanent defeat. It is also the tool we use to feed our faith and starve our doubts.

Not only that, determination helps build strong character. It makes us more committed to the cause that we believe in.

The Latin word for determination is “termination” which is defined as the “setting of boundaries”.

Putting this in context, determination is fundamentally about how much we are willing to stretch and reach for our dreams, achieve our goals and ultimately, be the person we have envisioned ourselves to be.

Heather Dorniden was favoured to win the gold medal in the 600m sprint in 2008 at the track and field games of University of Minnesota. When she tripped and fell flat during the midpoint of the race, there was an audible gasp throughout the stadium. But her strong determination to finish the race became the defining moment of the game.

If we study her story or the story of any other determined person for that matter; we will discover that determined people are more concerned about who they are as a person (‘be’) than how much they achieve (‘do’) in life.

During one of her interviews after the race, Heather revealed that during the race, she actually did not realize she fell. She simply felt that she had tripped and what she had to do was to keep on running.

This showed her mental strength, which was key to her winning the gold medal despite falling. Determination, therefore, has the ability to bring out the best in all of us. It gives us the will to win in spite of life’s limitations and challenges”


Abraham Lincoln once said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” I find that having the right perspectives is crucial for success in life.

As a para-athlete there are many things that I can lament or complain about. That I was never a table tennis player. That I was never athletic in nature. That my body tenses up so badly when game play gets too intense and making it difficult for muscle control. That my stroke caused me to loss my right visual field and hence I am unable to see half of the playing field when I play the game.

But excuses are but excuses.

The fact is I am still able. That I am now a table tennis player. That I am now a national para-athlete. That my body can still move despite the muscles tensing up so badly when game play gets too intense and making it difficult for muscle control. That I can still see over my left visual field despite my stroke causing me to loss my right visual field and hence I am unable to see half of the playing field when I play the game.

As a para-athlete, these lessons of adaptability, determination and perspectives continually remind me that truly, changing our lenses cause changes in our lives!




Mentality Trumps Ability

On 4th Nov, I attended the Lean Enterprise Development Scheme (LED) Symposium 2016 held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. With the SMEs in Singapore in mind, LEDS was mooted by Minister Lim Swee Say back in 2015 with the following objectives:
a) be more manpower efficient/lean;
b) develop a strong Singaporean Core and
c) enhance the quality of our workforce.

Mr Lim also spoke in this event and on that day he reminded Singaporeans that “With ageing and low birth rate, our local workforce is growing much slower, and may stagnate in the next decade. So in other words, 10 years from now, the local workforce will stop growing. With foreign manpower growing much slower too, our challenge is to ensure that this sharp drop in our total workforce growth will not become the bottleneck in the future growth of our economy and also for your businesses.”

Many other industry leaders spoke that day and a few common themes seem to stand out. One of which was how we can use technology in increase our work efficiency and efficacy. Another is the need for our workforce to be able to add value in what they are currently doing as tasks become more multi-faceted.

As I listen and lean in to what the speakers have to share, there was one word that was repeated throughout the various presentations.


More than one speaker spoke about it was how they changed the way they look at the problem that caused a change in perspective that finally led to a breakthrough in results generation.

I am convinced that as we move into 2017, one thing will bring us out from the current sluggish economic climate and that is our mental attitude and disposition that will predetermine the interpretation of and the respond to the situations we face.

After all obstacles are but opportunities for us to lean and grow as leaders. What is needful is then a mindset shift that helps us to refocus and look through the same situation but with a different lens.




The Three Choices That Helps Shape My Destiny After Stroke

As stroke survivors, life may seem painfully unfair. For some of us, we may be at the height of our career when the brain attack occurred. For others, we may be celebrating some of life’s treasured blessings like the birth of a new-born or having the keys to a new house. Or perhaps, we are just looking forward to enjoy the fruits of our labour with our partner after retirement.

Regardless the backdrop, stroke is a life-defining moment. For most of us, it will have affected our lives significantly.

But while our life story may define us as stroke survivors, our life destiny can only be determined by the choices that we make. And much of these choices deal primarily with the belief and mind-set we have as stroke survivors. It was the leader of the Indian independence movement during British-rule, Ghandi, who uttered these words:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
 – Mahatma Ghandi (1869 – 1948)

There are three decisions I choose to make daily which reminds me that as stroke survivors, our lives can still be meaningful and impactful.


I choose today to believe that disability is ONLY in the mind.

Our state of ability is the degree of how empowered we are. Henry Ford (1863 – 1947), who founded Ford Motor Company, was absolutely spot-on when he said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right”.

We are as disabled as we think we are. In other words, we are also as abled as we think we are.

My stroke left me with a certain amount of dysphasia – an impairment of the ability to communication resulting from brain injury. I remembered during my acute stay in the hospital, I was unable to talk and I could only recognize the first 13 numbers. This was a huge blow to me as I was always a ferocious reader and I love communicating with the people around me. Hence, regaining my language ability was topmost in my priority.

As a doctor, I understand that our brain in plastic. Neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, refers to the brain’s ability to change throughout life. The human brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells. And I know that despite the brain attack, I am still able to relearn back what I lost.

As a prisoner of hope, I started relearning English and since my stroke, I have under my belt a MSc degree, a few other certificates, run and manage a learning centre for youth (Potter’s Clay Education), and I am a professional inspiration speaker and a mindset transformation coach.


I choose today to focus on having a winning mindset and not on excuses.

Events occur in life that is not our choosing. After all, I believe none of us desired to have a brain attack. But after an event such as stroke, we are responsible for the thought which we choose to dwell upon.

While I am the first to admit that there are many things that I no longer am able to do. I can no longer swim as freely as I used to. Neither am I able to do a 2.4 km run under 10 minutes. But that has never limited me from aiming at goals and reaching them.

As survivors, our dreams can still be realized and we need only to focus on these four keys:
1. Vision that aspires
2. Inspiration that fuels our love for life
3. Passion that anchors devotion
4. Purpose drives meaningful exploits


I choose today to develop the art of determination.

Determination is our strength of pursuit. I have always termed determination as an “art”. Art is referred to as the expression or application of human exploits. Living a meaningful life is therefore an art form as we decide how to best express and apply ourselves in this world while we are in it.

As a stroke survivor, our art becomes even more delicate yet it can still be worthwhile. It all depends on what we are determined to will forth.

Therefore, today, I choose #DisabilityIsOnlyInTheMind. Today, I choose #WinningMindset. Today, I choose #TheArtOfDetermination.

What do you choose?




Pursuing Purpose

Recently I had the pleasure to meet a new friend who is also a stroke survivor. Both of us had our brain attack due to an AVM (arteria-venous malformation). Over coffee in the afternoon, we shared how our lives were affected because of the bleed.

Over the course of our conversation, one theme cropped out often and that was about our life’s purpose. Maybe it is because stroke at our relatively young age makes us realise just how fragile life can be. Or maybe it is because we both appreciate and acknowledge how grateful we are for God’s unmerited favour over our lives. As I relaxed and enjoyed the time with my new acquaintance, it reminded me why it is so important for us to seek out passionately what our purpose in life is.

It was Dr Myles Munroe (1954 – 2014) who was a pastor, inspirational speaker and international author of numerous books that wrote, “The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live.

And so I shared over our afternoon coffee why it is so important that we have a duty to live out our life. Paul (5 – 67 AD), the apostle who taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in the first century, had the privilege to complete his life’s destiny when he wrote these words, “My life is being poured out as a part of the sacrifice and service… Yet, I am filled with joy, and I share that joy with all of you.” – (Phil 2:17)

How absolutely wonderful it must feel to know that we have impacted others through the lives we have touched!
As we go into the final few days of the year and we look forward to 2017, let us ponder as consider the purpose of our lives and how we pursue. it.

One of the best ways to develop a healthy and positive approach towards life is to be intentional about our mindset and the thoughts that we dwell upon.

Again, it was Paul the apostle that reminds us that “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – (Phil 4:8)

To live a life that is meaningful and rewarding, we need to be real and authentic about who we are, what we have done, where we want to go and how are we going to reach there.

One of the most important thing we can do to develop our purpose to be be self-aware of our talents, abilities, gifts and inclinations. And this is what I routinely do for my workshops and talks.

When we are determined to live a life where we are continually giving, we act with respect, care, and mindfulness for the well-being of everyone and not just for our self-serving interests. When we serve others first and be a leader second, we help individuals achieve worthwhile results while keeping the best interest of those we serve before our own.




How to Develop a Successful Mindset for 2017

What is Mindset? The dictionary defines it as “the established set of attitude held by a person”. In other words, our mindset refers to our mental inclination, tendency and habits. It is our way of thinking and opinions. Through our mindset our attitudes, moods and disposition is established. Moreover, this mental frame of mind; which we term mindset; drives our ideas whenever we approach a situation. Mindset is important because it refers to our thought, actions, results and beliefs.

It was perhaps the Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu who first wrote about mindset and its significance more than 2 500 years ago with these words:

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

Stephen Covey (1932 – 2012) was an American educator, author and businessman who wrote The Habits Of Highly Effective People; and it was he that coined the idea of abundance mindset contrasting it with scarcity mindset. For Covey, he believes that the emergence of an abundance mindset creates a mentality that gravitates towards enough resources and successes to share with others.

In 2006, Carol Dwerk (1946 – present) published her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success in which she postulates that individuals can be placed on a continuum according to their implicit views of where ability comes from. According to her book, there are those that believes their success is based on innate ability and she termed them as “fixed mindset” vs those who believes that success is based on hard work, learning, training and doggedness whom she termed as “growth mindset”.

I believe that mindset is the key that unlocks the treasure that is stored within us. As we move into 2017, let us remember together some keys that will open up our possibilities as we position ourselves for a great year ahead!

Why are we doing what we are doing?
One of the most important thing we can know in 2017 for ourselves is what is important to us? As the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) so profoundly said, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Our purpose drives our reasons and reasoning.

We can accomplish almost anything when what we are trying to accomplish is what we are passionate about. Let us be focused and disciplined to a cause and purpose that connects with who we truly are. All of us bear a unique voice that is longing to be expressed so let us start living sincerely though this expression.

What can we do to achieve transformational results?
All of us have the responsibility to deliver to the world the potential that is trapped in each and every one of us.

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister of Great Britain ran the first sub-four minute mile. In fact, he ran it in 3 minute and 59.4 seconds. Before this feat, it was thought to be impossible to run a mile in under four minutes. Interestingly, two months later, he raced his great rival John Landy of Australia and won that race, with both men going under four minutes, and within three years 16 runners had gone under the barrier.

What can we learn from this? The moral of the story, of course, is that so often our limitations exist only in our minds, and when someone erases the mental limits, performance takes off.

What are we believing today about our performance?

Where are we going as we move into 2017?
How do we reach our destiny? After we discover our purpose and recognized our potential, we have to realize our destiny can only be reached through determination, dedication, persistence and perseverance. In other words, the fulfillment of our destiny is decided by us.

There is currently 7.4 billion people here on planet earth and it is my belief we are all born to do something valuable and be an impact to the environment around. Our existence is proof that there is something important for us to deliver that made our presence necessary.

Fishes are meant to swim. Birds are meant to fly. Seeds are meant to grown. Our destiny is hard-wired into us. Yet, fear and false identity too often robs from us our success and the full expression of what we are capable of.

As we enjoy the last few days of 2016, let us all be committed to a mental frame of mind that will reap the results we are aiming for in 2017!




Setting Up The Right Environment For Success in 2017

Everything in life is meant to function in a certain environment. When we purchase a new hand-phone, the first thing we see is very often NOT the hand-phone itself. In fact, the very first thing we find after opening the box is not the new phone, but an operating manual which tells us how best to use the phone; letting us know what is the environment under which the phone best operates.

Even in nature, as knowledge and understanding of our atmosphere grows, we are starting to realise that there is an environment that nature operates best, and ignoring or violating these natural laws are causing many of the drastic weather changes we are experiencing currently.

From what is evident in the news, we see that if we do not take care of the oceans, fishes die. If we do not take care of our soil, plants die. In fact, ff we take a plant out of the soil or we take fish out of water, they naturally perish. We all needs a certain environment in which we flourish. Outside of that optimal environment, we malfunction.

Therefore, I think we can appreciate that environment is the key to success and I believe it is the same for our mindset as well. For us to be all that we are meant to be, we need the right “environment” – the right mindset.
There are three things we need to consider when we think about the right environment for our mind to take hold of and grow. They are 1) positive mindset2) progressive mindset, and 3) protecting our mindset.

Positive Mindset
Research studies tell us that regularly practicing gratitude can have great positive effects on our mind and body, creating greater health effects than what regular exercise can bring. What these studies show is that energy flows where attention goes, and our mood is often determined by what we recognize and think about in our life.

Our mood not only affects our performance, but it also has significant implications on our health and overall daily effectiveness throughout our lives. Hence it is a good reminder to take time each day to practice gratitude. By doing this, we create opportunities to notice the things that are going right. Such actions is much more than simply saying, “thank you”; it is about truly feeling grateful and appreciative. Being thankful for what you currently have immediately releases any negativity that you might be holding onto. Gratitude instantly puts you in touch with the feeling of love. Where love resides, fear and all other negative emotions cannot.

Progressive Mindset 
Carol Dweck (1946 – present), in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, tells us that people have a growth mindset. People with such mindset or frame of mind tend to be more successful and productive. They know their abilities, talents, and intelligence can be nurtured with diligence and effort.

The internal dialogue we have with ourselves greatly impacts how we think about the world around us. If we constantly tell ourselves that we should not be afraid of failure and that it is through failure that we grow and learn, that is actually our “growth” or progressive mindset speaking to us and we need to be able to recoganise and encourage such thoughts.

Ultimately we need to acknowledge that we all have a choice. While we can read about the benefits of “growth” mindset, litmus test is us being actively engage with and participate in actions that is the result of such mindset. Hence it is more than just talking the walk, but it requires us to walk the talk as well.

Protect Your Mindset
All of us have a destiny. If we believe that God did not make a mistake at Creation, than we must believe and hold on fast to the truth that we are not an accident, and that we are here for a reason.
Indeed, you have a destiny.

One of the dilemmas of modern society is a deep lack of meaningfulness and purpose in everyday life. If we are to ask people, “Why do you exist?” most may not be able to answer. They cannot articulate their purpose in the world. Many people are also struggling with job, life satisfaction and in this period of economic downturn, financial issues.

Yet, hidden within us is the key to living a more fulfilling life than the one we are currently experiencing. Very often, I find that we are bogged down from pursuing our purpose and destiny because of the many other responsibilities that we have. And while these responsibilities are all valid, we must not lose sight of the purpose that we were born. All of us have been given various assignments.

This year, let us be bold, perceptive and mindful in pursuing what has been already laid out for us.




In The Pursuit Of Purpose

Mankind is facing a tipping point. In almost every culture and social systems, we are struggling to find our place in a fast-changing world. In many societies, dramatic changes at the workplace has left a significant number of people discontented, disconnected and disillusioned. Indeed, in our current world which is internet-driven, our postmodern world can be so easily caught in a worldwide web of confusion.

Change is often the cause of uncertainty. And this uncertainty can very often lead to fear and anxiety. The 21st century has brought upon us an unparalleled acceleration in knowledge and information; and has led us into a maze of new paradigms and uncharted waters of social and cultural convergences.

I find that the key to stabilising our lives is in finding our purpose. Purpose is the key to life. Without purpose, life has no meaning. We find that it is so easy to be busy making a living even though we may be experiencing very little in life. Without knowledge of purpose, life becomes an endless string of activities with little or no significance.

Everything in life has a purpose. Everyone who is reading this blog post is born with and for a purpose. Finding this purpose creates our source of meaning. Purpose, therefore, is the original intent in the mind of the creator, in the mind of God. And it is this reason why I believe we are all hard-wired and we have an in-built system that tells us that we are born on purpose and with a purpose.

I have come to realize that nothing is truly ours until we understand it. In other words, we will never be fulfilled until we find out what is the reason for our existence. Vague goals such as “I want to be rich,” “I want to make the world a better place,” or even “I want to be happy” are not helpful and nearly useless. In the final analysis, our life purpose must be answered with the question, “What is the reason for my existence?” and the answer always invariably is linked to our talents, ability, gifting and inclinations.

Recognize that we are unique, special and that God did not make a mistake in creating us. This ought to give us confidence and assurance in living out our lives. Be determined to pursue our aspirations, dreams and goals deliberately and consistently.

Once we have found our purpose, remember to cherish it. In life, there will be many people, including well-meaning friends who may try and remake us according to THEIR plans, purpose and intention. Let us remind ourselves, today, not to let anyone prevent us from becoming, being and doing all that we are born to be and do.




Time is Life

How we manage time plays a vital role in our success and effectiveness in self-leadership. How we use time, therefore, is of the essence. In fact, time is the only commodity given equally (in terms of its quantity) to each and every one of us. Every human is given the same amount of time every day. From the toddler to the elderly, from the healthy to the unwell, from the rich to the poor, all of us are given the same 24 hours. However, although we are all given the same amount of time, how we use our time varies from individual to individual. What we become in life is determined by how we use our 24 hours. Our success is determined by how well we are able to use, invest and manage our time.

The passing of time is the passing of life. After all, our time for existence stops when our life stops. In other words, time is a measure of life. Time wasted is life wasted; time saved is life saved.

As we march into the Year of the Rooster, let us intentionally lead a more meaningful life as we invest our time in more meaningful pursuit by initiating, creating, building, developing and adding value to the life that we want to live.

Here are three keys that we can use to make our time more meaningful and effective.

Take ownership over our Time
Time like most commodities need to be managed wisely. Dr. Mike Murdock, who is a televangelist, once said “Yesterday is in the tomb, tomorrow is in the womb, today is all you have got, so trade wisely with it.” If you have no value for time you will have no value in life. The hard work of today will create our success we see tomorrow. As long as we manage our time, our life will be successfully managed.

Use Time to fulfill our purpose
One of the best ways I have found that quickly sharpens and bring to focus how I am spending my time is to think about my life purpose. One of the most important thing we can do to develop our purpose to be self-aware of our talents, abilities, gifts and inclinations. Once we are aware of what we are meant to establish in our lives, it makes it easier for us to gravitate towards doing the right thing at the right time.

Learn from the past, live in the present & design the future
The third key to make our time more meaningful and effective is to continually learn from our past as we design our future while living in the present.

We need to be mindful in design our day and the best way to do that is to plan for it. As we start a new Lunar New Year, let us spend this week document a plan of what we want to accomplish this year. This is important because based on this plan, we can then start to establish our priorities.

Here is wishing everyone a prosperous Lunar New Year!