Happy Chinese New Year! Many in the U.S. might be oblivious to this date, but the Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world.

As with any custom, there are numerous rituals, foods, songs and colors associated with the festivities, but the one that resonated with me was the idea of cleaning your house. Legend has it that you need to have your house clean when the new year begins, and by doing so, you sweep away the bad luck and make it ready for good luck to appear. Many families go beyond cleaning to redecorate or add a fresh new coat of paint.

Much of the country is now entering the doldrums of winter. Skies are gray, snow is plentiful and temperatures are low. What better time than using the Chinese New Year to begin anew and prepare your home for the coming of spring. You could do the same in your office: brushing away the winter blues by adding your own artificial brightness in anticipation for the change of seasons.

Use today as a second chance to make a fresh start in 2018.

Learn more about the Chinese customs here.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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