English: Chinese word for crisis.

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There’s a common urban legend that the Chinese word for crisis combines the characters for danger and opportunity.

Many personal development experts use this myth to interpret that during a crisis, we have the choice to either focus on the dangerous element of the event or the opportunity that presents itself within every set of circumstances.

Alas, it’s a myth and the Chinese word for crisis (wieji) actually literally indicates a perilous time to be particularly wary.

Now that I’ve debunked that legend, where do we get the word crisis from?

The English word that we use comes from the Greek word “Krisis” meaning to decide.

You see, whilst there are those who would claim that when we face a crisis, we need to look past the danger to the opportunity ahead, it’s really a time to choose.

Therefore, a crisis is not a time to sit back and let life happen to us, but a time to make a decision, to take meaningful action and to impact life.

Anthony Robbins once said, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is  shaped.”

Today is Chinese New Year, so let me say, “Kung Hei Fat Choy” and I pray that the year ahead for all of my Chinese friends (and everyone else) is one of decisive moments that positively impact your future.

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