Feng Shui always makes an appearance on Chinese New Year, but it’s not just some fad. It’s rooted in a deep belief shared by many cultures that affects the lives of so many people.
Whatever religion, nationality or school of thought you belong to, there’s something about Feng Shui’s most basic principles that speak to everyone. Thus, there are things that you as a business owner can learn from its fundamentals.
This is probably the most well-known and fundamental principle in Feng Shui. It symbolizes two things: balance and continual change.
No matter how you look at it, balance is important, whether it’s in nature, your personal life, or at work. A common problem entrepreneurs face everyday is maintaining work-life balance.
Well, this Chinese New Year can be your chance for a fresh start at keeping the peace between your work and personal life. Get organized: sort out your priorities, make commitments, and make a conscious effort to do your work right while being there for your loved ones as well.
It’s a common saying that the only thing constant in life is change. The sooner people accept change as normal and unavoidable, the more at peace they will be with their lives.
As an entrepreneur, all kinds of surprises and changes will hit you throughout your business journey. Thus, you need to make yourself flexible enough to bend when you need to, but stand straight when you should. Making the distinction between bad changes and good opportunities will help you know when to adapt your strategy, belief, or habits to achieve better results.
Feng Shui’s main elements are fire, water, metal, earth, and wood. They interact with each other in ways that form a chain reaction, which can be either constructive or destructive.
How does this relate to your life? Take a look at your employees. Doesn’t each of them matter in the grand scheme of things? They may be filling a role, but that doesn’t make them replaceable. Learn to treat your team as individuals as well as a whole. Remember that even when they’re working like parts of a well-oiled machine, each of them has concerns and needs that you, as their employer, need to be aware of. Be a good boss today!
What more can we say about nature? In Feng Shui, it’s more than just the foundation of the world we live in. It’s the source of all life. It’s our environment, our shelter, our resources, and our energy. There’s so much we owe to the planet, and so much that we take for granted.
For entrepreneurs, a love for nature can mean paying attention to your production and consumption, and making sure you aren’t damaging the Earth as you make use of its resources. It can mean being sustainable, and pushing for eco-friendliness in everything you do.
But nature doesn’t include just plants, animals, trees and oceans. Your fellow humans are, after all, part of your environment too. Preserve a supportive and humane society by being kind to others and making sure your business is working to improve people’s lives, and not just to make money.
Chi is what the Chinese call your life force. There can be such a thing as good chi, which contributes to healthy relationships and a relaxed frame of mind. But there is also such a thing as bad chi, which attracts negative energy to you and your home.
Chi is a very common concept when people think of Feng Shui, especially in the context of applying it to their homes. But even if you’re not entirely “subscribed” to the idea of rearranging your furniture or improving the floor plan of your entire house, there’s still a way to ensure that good energy stays with you.
The key is actually a lot simpler than you think, and it’s widely recognized by all kinds of people – in the form of chi, karma, or even the Golden Rule of doing unto others what you want them to do to you. Basically, if you put good energy out into the world, it will attract the same kind of energy back. So face each day with a smile, and treat people with respect and support. You’ll be sure to not only feel good, but see great effects as well.
Color has always played a role in many people’s cultures. Why do people wear red on Chinese New Year? Why do they wear black to funerals? Why do people celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of any special occasion often go for gold? The answers may vary, but the underlying concept is the same: colors have a psychological effect on people that makes them a symbol of certain things—emotions, occasions, or energy.
Discover the psychology of colors and put them to good use in your brand, your workplace, and even your home or way of dressing. You’d be surprised to know how the colors you wear can actually affect the people around you, which in turn can impact your own mood and personality.
Whether you’re a Feng Shui devotee or just someone with a little interest in the belief system, you can put these principles to good use in your life. After all, it’s about putting good energy into the world, finding balance in your life, and making others happy—and these are goals everyone has in life.
Apply these Feng Shui principles to your life today, and bring luck in all throughout the year.
Check out Feng Shui consultant Andy Tan’s expert advice here to learn more.
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