Spirit Animal Cheetah
Gifts: Focus. Speed. Self-care. Making wise decisions and taking appropriate action.
Challenges: Too much sprinting and too little resting. Lack of focus. Lack of strength and self-protection—wearing yourself out.
Physical cheetah lives in the same ecosystem with lion, hyena, and leopard, but it occupies a different niche in order to survive against these formidable competitors. Cheetah is smaller and weaker than its competitors. It lacks the strategy and cooperation of a pride of lion. It has a weaker bite than hyena. And it can’t pull its kill into a tree like leopard. Additionally, lion, hyena, and leopard have been known to prey on cheetah when given the opportunity—especially cheetah cubs. Cheetah has evolved some clever strategies to overcome these “weaknesses.” Likewise, spirit animal Cheetah offers you some unique gifts, as well as challenges, to support your personal evolution.
Cheetah is the only diurnal big cat—it does its hunting in the daytime—while lion, hyena, and leopard tend to do their hunting at night. Not exclusively, but mostly. For you this means that you don’t have to work directly against your competitors. You can operate in your own best niche. This isn’t just from a business or marketing perspective. From a personal perspective, you don’t have to follow the crowd. Do your own thing. Be you—now and always.
Another lesson for you from Cheetah’s diurnal life is for you to bring things into the light—to highlight the truth that others need to see or hear. If Cheetah is your spirit animal, or when Cheetah temporarily shows up for you, part of your gift or purpose or task is to bring what is hidden into the light. This, of course, can be a challenge. It is no easy feat. But it is a necessary part of your journey if you are walking the master path of personal power.
Most people associate Cheetah with speed, but speed is only one facet of Cheetah’s gifts. Yes, Cheetah does teach speed—physical and mental. But this speed must be balanced with rest and self-care, otherwise Cheetah will burn itself out.
The key to Cheetah’s success is its speed in combination with its focus. Cheetah chooses its prey wisely based on its perceived chances of success. The lesson for you is to focus on what you really want before taking action. Taking random or unfocused action will cause you to burn out. Chasing every opportunity will spread you too thin.
Cheetah knows not to say “yes” to every potential prey that comes along. In fact, Cheetah says “no” to most opportunities so that it can focus on the ones that have the greatest chance of success. This does not mean that you should avoid risk or take only the opportunities that “guarantee” success. There are no guarantees. Rather, take the opportunities that really speak to you, that further your cause or your mission, that bring you closer to fulfilling your passion. Then say “no” to everything else.
Like Cheetah, you have a limited store of energy. If you blow it on the “wrong” activities, you won’t have any left for the activities you really care about. See where in your life you are saying “yes” too much. Remember, when you say “yes” to one thing, you are simultaneously saying “no” to another thing. Make sure your yeses are where you really want them to be. When you say “yes” to the things that don’t matter, you are effectively saying “no” to the things that do. Focus your energy and your time on what matters most to you—your passion, your values, your top priorities.
Cheetah’s speed can make you prone to slipping into the fear of missing out. While the fear of missing out can manifest as audacity and decisiveness, two qualities we normally value, making fear-based decisions can lead to unintended and undesired results. In the case of Cheetah, those results include burning out and running out of time. Too much sprinting and too little resting leave you running in circles instead of moving toward bringing your passion to life.
Another challenge for Cheetah is protecting its kill. After the hunt, Cheetah is so overheated that it must devour its kill immediately because it lacks the strength to defend its kill like Lion or to take its kill into a tree like Leopard.
The lesson for you is to be aware of potential threats when pursuing your passion. While many gurus teach that there is no such thing as competition, the reality—in the physical plane—is that some people might try to steal your work or derail you from achieving your goals. Cheetah teaches you to keep an eye on the competition and be voracious in claiming what’s yours.