Spirit Animal Falcon
Gifts: Vision. Freedom. Speed. Aggression. “Decideandtakeaction.”
Challenges: Being too warlike. Freedom at the expense of stability. Lack of groundedness. Impatience.
Like Eagle and Hawk, Falcon is a symbol of vision and perspective. Not only do physical falcons have a broad perspective from above, but their vision is also more than two and a half times better than human vision. In other words, they can see far and wide and still pick out details. If Falcon is your spirit animal, you likely take a big picture view of problems and may be called a visionary. This kind of big picture thinking is not common and is an essential characteristic of innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs.
Falcon is the fastest land animal alive. The Peregrine falcon can reach speeds up to 200 mph during its free dive (or stoop) while hunting prey. The gift for you is quickness of thought, being decisive, and taking swift action. Falcon does not take hasty, thoughtless action. Rather, Falcon circles an area looking for prey and strikes only when the timing is exactly right. The lesson for you is to circle an idea before making a decision. Look at the issue frommore than one angle, more than one perspective. Take in all the information you need. Then, when you have what you need, decide and take action.
Falcon would like me to write that phrase as one word: decideandtakeaction. It’s not, “Decide, think about it some more, figure things out, plan to take action, put things in order, and then take action.” It’s, “Decide and immediately take action.”
Decide-and-take-action requires confidence and faith on your part. You must have confidence in yourself and in your abilities, and faith that you can do what you decide to do. Does this mean you won’t or can’t fail? Of course, not. Failure is possible. But that doesn’t mean that you made the wrong decision or took poor action.
Falcon does not catch every prey it goes after. If it gave up, it would die. If you give up, you will emotionally die. Failure is an option and is not fatal. Think of Richard Branson taking huge risks, having many massive (and very public) failures, and still going for it again the next day and the next and the next.
Falcon’s decide-and-take-action qualities can turn into impatience—both with yourself and with other people. When you feel as if doing it right now is the only way to do things, you end up missing a lot. Remember to circle. Sometimes you need to circle a long time. Decide-and-take-action is not hasty. Circle, circle, circle . . . then decide-and-take-action.
Remember, too, that most people do not have any Falcon energy, and their natural way of doing things is to be more deliberate. You call that being slow. You cannot force them along. You will fare better if you work on yourself to become more patient rather than working on them to become more decisive. Or try to surround yourself with people who move at a faster pace so you don’t get frustrated as easily.