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Behavioural Sciences: Year of The Goat, 8 Traits of Sheep

2015: Year of The Goat Doesn’t Translate To Being Sheepish…

There’s much debate as to whether it’s a goat, ram or sheep as the officially translated symbol for the 2015 Chinese lunar New Year. Because I’m a Capricorn I’ve gone ‘goat’ for the title and attached table.

The year 2015 also has a numerological vibration of 8 associated with it.

So, regardless your preference for symbol (goat, sheep, mutton, yew or whatever) here are 8 characteristics from our wooly, horny little friends you may want to consider replicating, or even avoiding, in order to maximise personal achievements for the remainder of 2015.

 

 

COLLABORATE AND FORM YOUR OWN LIKE MINDED FLOCK…

Sheep are known for their flocking behavior. Yes, I’m Scottish, but I promise I said flocking. This instinctive mechanism for gathering partially serves as their strongest mechanism for protection in a world where they are a natural prey rather than predator.

It could also be due to their generally very social nature. The world wouldn’t’ be much fun if you faced it all alone now. Especially when there are elements always looking to chew you up and spit you out.

Get social. Collaborate and focus on creating your own like-minded flock.

 

 

WHAT’S YOUR VISION: CAN YOU SEE IT? CAN YOU IMPROVE IT?

Sheep have excellent sight. Their field of vision range covers to over 300 degrees provided it’s unhampered by thick locks of curly wool or overgrown goatees. And if you were a mountain goat to boot you’d have a natural tendency to spend a lifetime aspiring to elevate and reach high places.

That said their vision is also slightly hindered by an inability to pick out finer details.

So what’s your vision for this year? Do you have even have one? What have you set your sights on? Identify your goals then tighten up some action plans being sure to pay attention to some of the finer details.

 

 

MAYBE SIR RICHARDS FATHERS ADVICE WAS SHEEP INSPIRED…

In addition to having super hero style vision sheep are also endowed with exceptional audio faculties.

Didn’t the Virgin founder recently post an article highlighting sound advise from his own father as being ‘listen more than you talk?’

Sound advise, literally, it seems Sir Richard.

 

 

QUIT YOUR BLEATING! YOU’VE GOT TO FEED AND FEND FOR YOURSELF…

Whilst on about listening more than talking, ‘bleating’ sheep isn’t necessarily the foremost of natures sounds associated with calm, poise or pleasing. Bleating is also something sheep will do in anticipation or as a pre cursor for eating. ‘Feed me! Baaaa’. ‘Give me. Baaaa- Baaaa’.

Maybe you’ve been in environments where complaining helps a cause but as a general rule of thumb bitching to get something your way isn’t a natural birthright that everyone pays you all the attention. (Even contrary to pop culture celebrity that may on occasions suggest otherwise.)

That said, there’s a Budhist Koan that suggests ‘you’ve got to do it by yourself, but you can’t do it alone. ‘ So you can tackle fending for yourself knowing the like-minded flock you’ve gathered are right there with you.

 

 

NEVER FOLLOW LEADERSHIP BLINDLY…

Flocking for safety is one thing. Flocking then following blindly behind whoever steps up to the plate to supposedly lead is, well, quite frankly, also flocking dangerous.

It’s important to ask questions and even challenge people nominated with power. Maybe try and do so with a little less bleating is all.

 

 

BEING A DISRUPTOR IS AKIN TO BEING THE DARK SHEEP…

Traditionally being considered the ‘dark sheep’ within the family was always akin to being the naughty one. The uncontainable. The uncontrollable. The wild child.

Consider that in this year dedicated to the wooly, wiley ones, being the dark sheep (provided you do so with ethics and best outcome for others and the community in mind as an underpinning motivator) is akin to becoming the trending disruptor people seem so eager to aspire to

 

LESS BUTTING HEADS FOR THE HELL OF IT …

Butting heads is a goat thing. Not a sheep thing. Like many wonderful creatures in the animal kingdom they are simply hard wired to do so.

They butt heads to show dominance. They butt heads to become the alpha. They butt heads sometimes just for fun or practice. Traditionally goats and sheep were hardly renowned for their brain size or capacity. In fact they became a byword or synonym for stupidity. More recent research would suggest however that sheep and goats are far more intelligent than first suspected and indeed have advanced learning and adaptive capabilities to match on occasion’s even humans.

So like the characteristic tip simply suggests leave the head butting for the hell of it to the dummies… and don’t be a butt head either.

 

 

NEVER LOSE YOUR PLAYFUL NATURE…

Lambs are a very active and playful lot. Their nature, much like that of young children, is not only to investigate their surroundings with inquisitive curiosity but to also do so with much group play.

This one I probably thought to add because it’s personal. I often catch myself tucked away in a quiet corner into the dark hours working on multiple projects with several collaborators. It’s easy to get caught in the excitement of doing something one loves and doing so with purpose.

It’s also important to switch out once in a while for sheer group social play.

 

 

SUMMARY:

 

IT MAY WELL BE YEAR OF THE SHEEP, RAM, YEW, GOAT, Whatever…

Yet this is only a metaphor. You’re really not docile. Well, provided you choose not to be that is. So like the title suggested, 2015 isn’t a year to be sheepish.

 

 

Watch our ‘Animal In You’  video for fun animal instinct traits aligned with  all 12 of the Chinese lunar year symbols.

If you’re unsure which animal matches your year of birth, see the attached table below.

Be mindful of the month discrepencies, January – February, between a typical and Chinese New Year

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