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Happy New Year!

The first of January marks the time of the year when many people make new resolutions to change their lives in some way.

As mentioned on page 89 of “Winning with Honour”, it is important to honour our thoughts as they affect our choices and actions, which then affect our destiny.

We also need to be mindful about what we focus on because that will determine our thinking, which will determine our choices, which will determine our actions, and ultimately shape our destiny. So if we focus on the good, we will think good, be good, do good, and will naturally reap good!

As a wise saying goes:

“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, for it becomes your destiny.”

The importance of why it is in our best interest to make a conscientious effort to think honourable, positive, and life giving thoughts, is powerfully illustrated by this video of the work done by Masaru Emoto.

Masaru Emoto (22 July 1943 – October 17, 2014) was a Japanese author, researcher, photographer and entrepreneur, who gained worldwide acclaim through his groundbreaking research and discovery that the structure of water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness.

Emoto conducted experiments by exposing water in glasses to different words, pictures or music, and then freezing and examining the aesthetic properties of the resulting crystals with microscopic photography. Emoto’s photos showed that when the water was exposed to positive speech and thoughts visually “pleasing” and well defined crystals were formed, and when negative thoughts and emotions were focused on the water, or when the water was blasted with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, the water displayed chaotic, fragmented structures.

As shown in the video above, water is responsive to our every thought and emotion. Considering how our bodies are on average 60 percent made up by water, and keeping in mind how every human being has not only a body, but also a soul and spirit, it is of upmost importance to guard our thoughts and intentions, as the unseen realm has an impact on the seen realm.

Skeptical of Emoto’s research?

Consider the research of Dr Caroline Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology, which we referenced on page 91 of Winning with Honour.

In her book, “Switch on Your Brain” (Baker Books 2013), Dr Caroline Leaf wrote: “Research shows that 75 to 98 percent of mental, physical, and behavioural illness comes from one’s thought life. This staggering and eye-opening statistic means only 2 to 25 percent of mental and physical illnesses comes from the environment and genes.

We may have a fixed set of genes in our chromosomes but which of those genes are active and how they are active has a great deal to do with how we think and process our experiences.

Our thoughts produce words and behaviours, which in turn stimulate more thinking and choices that build more thoughts in an endless cycle. So, it is the quality of our thinking and choices (consciousness), and our reactions that determine our “brain architecture”—the shape or design of the brain and resultant quality of our minds and bodies.

And not only does our thinking and feeling affect our choices and reactions, it also affects our DNA!

In an experiment done by the Institute of HeartMath, it was found that the DNA changes its shape according to the feelings of the researchers—when the researchers felt anger, fear, frustration, or stress, their DNA responded by becoming shorter and many DNA codes were switched off; however, when feelings of love, joy, gratitude, and appreciation were felt, the shutdown was reversed and the codes were switched back on.

It is thus in our best interest to make a conscientious effort to think honourable, positive, and life giving thoughts every day of our lives, not only on New Year’s Day 🙂

Wishing all our readers a fabulous 2017 filled with good health, peace, truth, love, and joy! May you believe that the best is yet to be!


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Joanne H. LIM is the Founder and Creative Director of The Right Perspective (www.TheRightPerspective.com.sg), a consultancy specializing in writing, branding, presentations, strategic communications, and collateral design for individuals, businesses, and institutions. The Right Perspective works closely with its clients to enable their success by creating the right perspective in the minds of their stakeholders through sharp strategy, measured messaging, innovative initiatives, and detailed design.

Following high school, where she authored her school’s creed, “Live with Passion, Serve with Compassion,” Joanne was awarded a full scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree at Princeton University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy, and a certificate in East Asian Studies. During her time at Princeton, Joanne was awarded the President’s Prize and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society for outstanding academic excellence.

After graduating from Princeton, Joanne worked at PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA), one of the world’s leading port operators, for six years. At PSA, Joanne worked closely with Senior Management on strategic projects, and honed her skills in external and internal communications, branding, strategic events management, as well as collateral design and production.

Following PSA, Joanne was awarded a merit scholarship to pursue a Masters in Wealth Management at the Singapore Management University, where she graduated among the top five of her class and was awarded the Portcullis Wealth Management Prize. After attaining her Masters, Joanne worked at Goldman Sachs and UBS AG, before joining the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

At EDB, Joanne worked extensively with leading companies in the areas of luxury fashion, luxury watches, fashion accessories, furniture, and toys. She solely helmed the logo design as well as the development of seven different types of promotional collateral for a national visual arts project, Gillman Barracks.

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