Why do you get up in the morning? That’s exactly what Ikigai (eye-ka-guy) is: your reason for being. In other words it’s your life purpose. The concept of Ikigai originates in Japan and has become very popular around the world in the past few years. There have been multiple popular books written on the subject. In this blog post, I want to tell you a bit more about Ikigai and how finding your ikigai will improve your life.“Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we are all searching for meaning.” - Hector Garcia Puigcerver Click To Tweet
What Can Finding Your Ikigai Do For Your Life?
I first learned about the concept of Ikigai during one of my college classes where we learned about the Blue Zones. The Blue Zones are places on earth with the most people who are (over) 100 years old. This is actually where my fascinating with purpose began. I learned that living in alignment with your purpose or Ikigai didn’t just make you happier, it could also help you live longer!
Here’s the fascinating TED Talk by Dan Buettner we watched during that class:
In addition to helping you live a longer and physically and mentally healthier life, finding your Ikigai will also feel you gratified and focused in your work. It makes you feel passionate about your goals and help you live and do business with integrity. Pursuing your purpose can also give you an increased feeling of self-worth because you see that you add value to the world.
However, the basis of Ikigai is that it doesn’t just enrich your own life, but that of others as well.
How do I find my Ikigai?
For some people their Ikigai is abundantly clear and for some it’s a little less obvious. Finding it can seem like an impossible task, but it’s not! We believe everyone has a purpose. It can just take a little while to figure it out. If you want some extra help with that, you can schedule a free purpose coaching session with us here.
Your Ikigai lies in the center of four interconnecting circles of what you love, what the world needs, what you can get paid for and what you’re good at:
- Your passion
- Your mission
- Your profession
- Your vocation
Check out our post on finding your life purpose to start uncovering yours today.
There are basically four core questions you need to ask yourself if you want to find your Ikigai:
- What am I good at?
- What do I love?
- What can I get paid for?
- What does the world need?
Take some time to ponder on these questions and take as long as you need. You can even take several months and see how your answers to these questions change over time.
The Five Pillars That Enhance Your Ikigai
Ken Mogi, the author of Awakening Your Ikigai, advises us to focus on these five pillars to enhance your Ikigai:
- Starting small
- Accepting yourself
- Connecting with the world around you
- Seeking out small joys
- Being in the here and now
He suggests incorporating these five pillars in your day (especially at the start of the day to start it off right) and get accustomed to this mindset.
If you’d like to read more about Ikigai, I recommend reading The Little Book Of Ikigai by Ken Mogi* and Ikigai: The Japanese Secret To A Long And Happy Life by Hector Garcia*.
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I hope you enjoyed this blog post about the fascinating subject of Ikigai and are inspired to find yours.