Guide to Ikigai: Finding purpose in life

Do you often find yourself aiming for the next big thing? This could be a promotion, a raise, a new handbag, the latest mobile phone, or just about anything else. And when you do get it, you find yourself dissatisfied and wanting more.

If this sounds all too familiar to you, today’s post about Ikigai will be beneficial for you. So strap on, and let’s go.

What is Ikigai?

A Japanese concept, Ikigai combines the terms iki, meaning “alive” or “life,” and gai, meaning “benefit” or “worth.” Taken together, then, Ikigai refers to that which gives your life worth, meaning, or purpose.

According to Japanese psychologist Michiko Kumano (2017), ikigai is a feeling of happiness that develops from commitment to activities that one likes, as well as a sense of satisfaction. Ikigai combines the joy from doing something and a sense of purpose, meaning and well-being. It’s feeling that your life is valuable, that you have an impact. It’s not linked to your status in society, or the money you earn.

It is believed that everyone has an Ikigai, it is just a matter of finding it. Today, we’ll dive deep into how the philosophical perspective of Ikigai to help you find your Ikigai.

Finding your Ikigai

The benefits of this Japanese idea appear to be obvious. It motivates you to get out of bed in the morning. Taking pleasure in your job, appreciating what you do, and providing purpose to your life. Your Ikigai, when combined with good diet and a pleasant living environment, is a key component of healthy aging.

There are four questions that you must ask yourself in order to find your Ikigai. Namely:

  1. What do I love? (passion)
  2. What am I good at? (vocation)
  3. What can I be paid for? (profession)
  4. What does the world need? (mission)

There are various worksheets and tools that are available online to help you with your journey of discovering your Ikigai. Toolshero, People Heart Coaching, and Ikigai Tribe are a few that you can find.

The bottom-line

Your Ikigai is unique to you; it is based on your own background, values, beliefs, and personality. It’s a personal journey or trip that might take some time. So, keep in mind that patience is key!

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