So the world didn't end, now what is there ahead for us in 2013

  • Business
  • Friday, 28 Dec 2012

SO, there was no catastrophic wave massive enough to wipe out entire civillisations or a collision with a rogue planet powerful enough to end the world on the dreaded Dec 21, 2012 doomsday date after all.

The build-up to the day was much different though. Some children were so worried that they would perish on that day that they had difficulty sleeping for fear if they closed their eyes, the end would come.

And these kids were not the only ones who feared that the end of the Mayan calendar as we know it was symbolic of the end of the world. Even some adults feared the end, triggering stories of families the world over building bunkers and storing vast food supplies.

Well, that day came and went just like any other day of the year, and so did Christmas. And as we look ahead to the new year, we wonder what's in store for each and everyone of us.

I know of many friends who like to set goals and make new resolutions every year. Whether they achieve what they had set out to do is a different story altogether, but the fact is they just like the thought of setting goals.

Some say setting goals is a game of smarts you must be specific, the goals must be relevant, you need to set a deadline to achieve your goals, etc.

It is often said that those who write down their goals are 33% more likely to achieve them. But while putting a timeline to achieving your goals is laudable, it could also turn out to be a double-edged sword by piling the pressure on you.

Perhaps identifying what you want to do instead of setting goals would be a viable alternative. Just make a list in case you forget what you have set out to achieve, instead of giving yourself some hard targets.

Talking about targets and goals, many were hoping that the GE13 (the 13th general election) would be held this year. The bet is on March next year now, but we'll have to wait and see.

The year 2013 will also see many happier people in the country as people get to work till they're 60, courtesy of the new minimum retirement age for the corporate sector coming into effect in July next year.

As for the minimum wage, the good news is that it will be implemented beginning Jan 1 for big companies and July 1 for small and medium enterprises.

There is also a list of what needs to be relooked at. One that is on top of many people's list is the number of dropped calls and blocked calls. The regulator should take the players to task on the quality of service, because if we are to be a developed nation by 2020 issues like these need to be addressed soon.

Also on the list are issues like data rates being reduced, having more than one taxi company servicing the airports, making it mandatory for restaurants to have locals taking our orders instead of inarticulate foreigners, improving the quality of service of the hospitality industry, having more affordable homes for the middle-income group, building creches at the workplace so that people are not so reliant on foreign maids, reducing the crime rate, doing away with passenger fuel surcharges, working on a happiness index like what Bhutan has, etc, etc.

However, initiating this “wave of change” requires effort and will.

Whether it is a list in our minds, our hearts or on our e-notebooks, we should all strive to make an effort, as only with effort can we make a difference. After all, life is all about carving out new experiences, and for that new experience, we need to move out of our comfort zones.

● Deputy news editor B.K. Sidhu wishes everyone a wonderful year ahead.

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