Are You Living The Life You Want Vs. The Life You Think You Are Supposed To?
Are you clear on your reason for being? Are you living the life you want versus the life you think you are supposed to? Most of us do the latter.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means your ‘reason for being.’ ‘Iki’ in Japanese means ‘life,’ and ‘gai’ describes value or worth. Your ikigai is your life purpose or your bliss. It’s what brings you joy and inspires you to get out of bed every day. It combines four key elements:
• What you love
• What you’re good at
• What you can be paid for
• What the world needs
The centre point, if you placed this on a Venn diagram where all four circles overlap is your ikigai.
Why is ikigai important?
Apart from living a longer and happier life, knowing your ikigai can help you:
• Design your ideal work/ lifestyle
• Create strong social connections
• Create a healthy work-life balance
• Pursue your career/personal
• Enjoy your work
When you know your ikigai and understand its meaning, you’re aligned with the work you’ve longed to do, your calling and what the world needs you to do. I would love to help you find your ikigai. Feel free to contact me for more information. In the meantime, since I cannot share the Ikigai visual here, I encourage you to google it and spend a few minutes trying to complete each of the circles.