Unlike most Western Holidays, Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year as it follows the Lunar calendar. 2020 Chinese New Year is the year of the Rat, but what does that mean?
The word ‘rat’ has lots of connotations, some of which can be negative but according to Chinese astrology, the rat is associated with the Earthy Branch and the midnight hours.
The rat is the first of all the Chinese zodiac animals and in Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful but are content with living a quiet and peaceful life and they represent the beginning of a new day.
The Chinese New Year has us thinking about the qualities and characteristics people could embrace to empower a successful 2020.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift that’s why they call it the present.” Today is a new day, with new challenges, new opportunities and new successes. If you take life one day at time it allows you to forget what happened yesterday because you cannot change the past and not worry about what might happen in the future.
This concept is something we take for granted in a society that is never ‘switched off’ and that is always looking for the next thing.
In August 2019 a study found that 91.39% (8.61% of worries did manifest) of participants worries never manifested. Even when the participants tried to think more logically, their probability estimate was still very inflated at 44.67% vs the actual 8.6%.
Oscar Wilde once said the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that the optimist sees the donut, the pessimist the hole.
Optimism has been shown to prevent depression, increase social interaction, boosts workplace performance, increases success and can make you more resilient to setbacks. Like the Rat, optimists turn unlucky events into fortune.
When faced with a problem, only 27% of pessimists try to look at the problem from different angles in order to come up with the best solution compared to 94% of optimists and 51% of pessimists see failure as an opportunity to learn a valuable lesson compared to 96% of optimists.
Take advantage of new opportunities:
It’s important to remember, opportunity is always present. “Lucky’ people realise this. Try and seek out situations and ideas that match your interests and skill set and use that as an opportunity to further grow and develop.
I believe whether you face good fortune or bad, there is always a way to give it meaning and transform it into something of value. Your mindset and attitude has an effect on everything you come across, from social to professional relationships, our jobs to our health and wellbeing.
The way you choose to think, positive or negative, has a great impact on the final outcome and is mirrored in everything we do. Think like a Rat in 2020, take this year one day at a time, grab each opportunity you can and see the donut not the hole!
Happy Chinese New Year!