Know Your Inner Animal

We all have animal instincts. 

Are you in touch with yours?

What drives you? How do you like to communicate?

What are your comfort zones? What are your points of fear?

Being in touch with all of these characteristics is basic to survival for animals in the wild.  As humans we have become so domesticated that we often loose sight of what our internal drives and triggers are.  However, if we paid a little bit of attention to them we might find that communicating and getting where we want to go becomes easier and more pleasant in life.

What drives you?

lionThese are the inner workings that force you to get up and chase your dreams.  Are you a lion on a hunt for food to feed your family? (Did you know that it is the lionesses that hunt the prey, not the males?)  Are you driven to constantly move to new places or stay put in “your” territory?  These are examples of your basic drive that will help you find a compatible partner in life and career path.  If you are highly focused on work, you need a job and a partner that support that.  If you are a migratory animal that needs to roam to many places then a job and partner that also share that drive are ideal.  Listen to your drive to find your ideal space in this world.

How do you like to communicate?

flamingoAre you chatty like birds, singing and chirping often to communicate what you feel and see around you?  Maybe you are the more stoic and silent type like a zebra, who saves most verbal communication for the face of a threat or a loss.  It is important to understand your communication style, and then be aware of others’ styles.  This will avoid unnecessary conflicts that are simply due to a lack of understanding.  If you are direct and loud, this may be offensive to someone who is quiet and shy.  However, if you are aware of the differences you can flex your style just a little bit to meet in the middle for more productive communication.  This applies to professional situations, personal relationships, and yes, even your children!

What are your comfort zones?

rhinoThese are your happy places, think of it in terms of where you like to vacation.  If work and money and responsibility didn’t matter, where would you love to hang out?  In a vast field, up in the mountains, or near the water? In a pack with others for company, or solo and quiet?  Animals know their comfort zones and always strive to be in these places.  We too should strive to visit our comfort places as often as we can.  It reconnects us with our true soul, it energizes us, and gives us peace in our hearts.

What are your points of fear?

duck out of waterFear can be a good thing; it keeps you alert and serves to keep you safe.  Prey animals fear their predators. Predators fear loosing the next meal.  All animals fear natural disasters that threaten their way of life.  We all harbor fears, too.  It can be fear of failure, fear of presenting to a group, fear of illness, or a million other things. Take some time to acknowledge what makes you fearful, and then analyze why that is.  Can you control it?  Is it really that essential to your life? What can you do to minimize the risk posed by that fear?  But also make the decision to be aware but not captive to your fear.  Animals use their fears to thrive … they stay more alert, they keep hunting, they notice the changes in weather and take shelter.  If you identify your fears you can use them to be more productive.

Our instincts are natural and pure…get in touch with your inner animal and you can simplify the path to reaching your goals!

Life is crazy, find your balance and enjoy the journey!

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