I’ve heard it all before. “I don’t know what my calling is,” “I’m not passionate about anything,” “How are you so sure of what you want to do?” If you’re saying this then you need Ikigai.
Finding your reason for being will come to you when you least expect it. It will come to you at the perfect time. That time might just be now.
Today, we’re discussing Ikigai, a Japanese concept that translates to “a reason for being,” “a reason to wake up in the morning.” It is quite similar in nature to the French phrase Raison d’etre. According to Japanese culture, every individual has an Ikigai. Finding it is the hard part, but not impossibly in any way.
HERE’S HOW IKIGAI WORKS
There are four questions we will be asking ourselves. I’ve created a free worksheet that you can utilise in this exercise to guide you with the process. You can download it here.
I WHAT YOU LOVE
What is it that interests you and cultivates curiosity. You feel it flowing through your blood. It’s passion. It alights a spark inside you. Creation is mine in all forms. Art. Writing. Cooking. In the modern world, we tend to focus quite a lot on what we love. But we hardly practice what we love. What would you do if money weren’t a question? Think hard about what lights up your soul.
II WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT
This may be the same as point one. In many cases, we love what we are good at. But there may be more to it for you. So think about your gifts. Your talents and skills.
III WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS
The world craves you. What can you contribute to her. How can you help society and the world. If you’re spiritual, ask yourself why He or the universe brought you here. Think of something valuable you bring to the table that would make the world a better place.
IV WHAT YOU CAN BE PAID FOR
Last but not the least. What would people pay you to do? This question is fairly straight forward. If you’re having trouble then think of what others value in you. Maybe it is your art skills or writing ability. Though it doesn’t have to be creative. Pay attention to what jobs you have been paid for or wish to be paid for.
THE SWEET SPOT
All of your answers should ultimately bring you to your sweet spot. Pursuing one area can often lead to an unfulfilled life. That’s why balance is key. It is common to see people choose a high paying job that brings them no happiness. You also often see people choose to travel the world but have no income. Hence they are left unfulfilled.
You might be able to pounce forward today with a clear answer of what your Ikigai is. Others may not feel so lucky. But remember, there is no one answer.
Going in circles and loops may be your destiny. Every step we take is a necessary one. It is all a part of your life and essential to your character. You can swing from job to job. Alas, your life is your destiny.
YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. READING THIS FOR A GREATER REASON. THE INFORMATION YOU FIND HERE IS HERE FOR A REASON. IT IS WRITTEN. YOUR LIFE IS WRITTEN.
Over to you. Have you figured out your sweet spot? Or are you still learning about what’s best for you? Let’s chat below.
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