2016 was a wild ride for many, with some incredible reversals of fortune for well-known business leaders, politicians, and celebrities. Perhaps you personally experienced some significant ups and downs, or had a run of amazingly good or bad luck.

New York-based Feng Shui expert Pun-Yin attributes this to 2016 being the "Year of the Burning Monkey" in the Chinese Zodiac. In late 2015, she predicted that this would mean "unpredictable, unconventional, naughty, gutsy, and resourceful" people would carry the day in the coming year. Sound familiar? 2017, the Year of the Rooster, may not be so lucky for these bad boy-types, however.

Pun-Yin and her father Tin Sun have a strong reputation as Feng Shui consultants in the corridors of wealth and power, and a worldwide list of clients including Donald Trump during his 1990s Columbus Circle Project. Major news outlets from NBC to England's newspaper have interviewed her over the years. She has been regarded as an expert in presidential luck since the mid-1990s, when she predicted for Time magazine that Bill Clinton would soon be experiencing multiple misfortunes.

As a practitioner of Chinese Astrology and the Five Elements, Pun-Yin does believe that powerful lunar impulses influence every life, but she also stresses the individual's role in creating the good or bad luck (karma) that they experience. Good leaders don't simply emerge thanks to a privileged background or the blessings of the stars. Their lifelong luck comes from the good decisions they make no matter what life throws at them. Here is the advice Pun-Yin believes everyone should follow, no matter what their Chinese Astrology sign:

1. Understand that self-reliance plays a role in good fortune.

According to Pun-Yin, the Rooster, Monkey, and all signs have phases where the stars just align and things go their way. Also, as the saying goes, some people may be "born on third base." Privilege and circumstance can only take a person so far, however. Each life will have challenges that can only be overcome through persistence and personal growth. "There is no white knight that can solve the many problems in our country and around the world," Pun-Yin insists, "and short-term choices always have long-term consequences." Luck rarely lasts for those who lean too hard on others or act as if they are the only person who counts.

2. Hold yourself and others accountable.

People can only hide behind circumstance and excuses if you let them. "In time, everyone reveals their motivations, level of ability, dedication, and stamina," says Pun-Yin. If you pay attention, people will show you whether they are worthy of partnering in your efforts. Self-reflection will also reveal whether you are truly following your passions and giving your best.

3. Choose to be entertained, rather than frustrated, by others' faults.

Pun-Yin is not suggesting you accept mediocrity, of course. But she does point out that anger and frustration cloud judgment. Allowing yourself to laugh when someone exercises poor impulse control or makes a mistake gives you the ability to shift your focus quickly to solving the problem at hand.

4. Adopt a broad-minded view of the world.

"Try to understand different points of view around you," she advises. Lucky people win friends through good manners and empathy as well as conviction. Get to know how others think, and why they believe what they do. This allows you to build more convincing arguments for your own perspective, or when necessary, to change course when you realize you may be wrong.

5. Choose and use your information sources carefully.

"Americans need to wise up and understand that there are a lot of narratives out there designed to confuse, manipulate, divide, and influence us. But people have the power to snap out of it." If your information comes from rational, calm sources, you be empowered to think critically and make reasoned decisions. If your information is delivered in an emotionally-charged way, "your mental, emotional, and physical health will suffer"...not to mention your ability to make decisions that will bring fortunate results.Don't obsess on your news feed. Instead, gather the information you need and move on to other activities.

6. Remember that what goes around, comes around. You don't have to believe in karma to see that most people tend to be treated as they treat others, even if it takes a while for the consequences to manifest. "Like the current leaders," she points out, "You might end up inheriting a very complicated world that you have helped create." Others' willingness to help you solve a problem may depend on the role they think you played in causing it.

7. Consider how you want to be remembered.

She advises that choosing a worthy legacy to motivate your actions can help keep selfish impulses in check. "Money and power will mean nothing when you are sick or dead," she warns, "but honor lives on as the most precious legacy anyone can leave behind."

8. Cultivate a Yin/Yang communication style.

Some have aggressive (yang) tendencies in their interactions, while others take a more gentle (yin) approach. According to Pun-Yin, those who attain the most fortunate outcomes are the ones who can be flexible and alternate their communication style to suit the needs of the moment. If you struggle with the adjustment, Pun-Yin advises that you "build a support system to help expand your views." Surround yourself with family, friends, and colleagues who will help you hone the missing skills, or step in when you need balancing out.