Life is a long journey. It has many twists and turns, unexpected joys, spots of grief and anger, flares of passion, and moments of indecision. It is this last point we will be talking about today and discussing how your IKIGAI might be the answer.

Each of us has had times in our lives where we have been wracked by indecision, paralyzed by fear, shortage of inspiration, or a lack of opportunity, and let a great chance drift by untouched. Do not feel discouraged by these times; we are here to help you overcome such troubles. This indecision, which we all have experienced, can stem from many things, yes, but it can also come from not knowing what you want from your life.

  • Do you want to be a dancer, a singer, an artisan? An architect, a builder, a designer?
  • Do you want to run your own business, raise a family, or travel the world?
  • All of these or none?
  • Do you know what do you want from your life?
  • What you want for your future?
  • No? Yes? Maybe?

Perhaps discovering your IKIGAI might help. IKIGAI is a Japanese concept which means ‘a reason to get up in the morning’. A reason to enjoy life and live it to its brightest, fullest potential. In learning your deepest desires, you can makes changes to your life, your career, your attitude, and so forth, until your dreams are no longer dreams but reality.

Ikigai is a Japanese concept which means ‘a reason to get up in the morning’. A reason to enjoy life and live it to its brightest, fullest potential.  In learning your deepest desires, you can makes changes to your life, your career, your attitude, and so forth, until your dreams are no longer dreams but reality.
How to discover your IKIGAI

Ikigai has no direct English translation. Ikigai is thought to combine the Japanese words ikiru, meaning ‘to live’, and kai, meaning ‘the realization of what one hopes for’. Unraveling what your ikigai is may seem complex (whose life is not tangled and full of knots?), but by following these steps, the threads will come apart like silk. Begin by asking yourself four questions.

  • What do you love?
  • What are you good at?
  • What does the world need from you?
  • What can you get paid for?

Let’s break it down a little more. 

What Do You Love?
Think about your passions. Not what you are good at, but what you love doing. Are you a creative person who adores painting? Do you have a passion for science that is unmatched by all of your other interests? Is there an old love you might revisit? Experiment! Try new things, sign up for a class, offer to take on a new task or join a sports team. See what you do and do not like.
Importantly, this also requires reflection upon your current pursuits. Do you enjoy your job? Your hobbies? Does doing them make you happy?
Write down your answers.
What Are You Good At?
It may be hard, but try to separate what you enjoy doing from what you are good at. For example, you may dislike math, but are really quite good at it. Keep in mind that you aren’t writing up a CV here.
All you are doing is listing things you are capable of doing well. This can be anything from skills to traits to physical capabilities. Write these down as well. Perhaps a separate column for things you are good at, and things that you excel in.
Not sure where to start and how to outline your passions and the things your good at? I have a nifty little workbook taht will help you get your act together and take you one step further to finding your IKIGAI :
What Does the World Need From You?
This is a harder question to ask yourself. The world is a big place, full of living beings in need, environments under threat, and all manner of natural disasters. So step back from the big picture, and look at a smaller one.
Does one of your elderly neighbors need help with the garden? Does a local charity in your city need an extra hand? Is there a donation drive at your shopping Centre for an animal rescue? What can you do for them? What can you give?

Is there something you can do to add to a large effort? Recycle more, save energy, donating instead of throwing are all small things that we can do.
One person cannot change the world, but one person can make a world of difference.
Once again, write this down.
What You Can Get Paid For?
Take all of your answers from the previous questions and lay them out. Cross reference what you are passionate about and what you are good at, sort it into groups until you have a pile of skills you are good at mixed in with things that you love.
Then, start Googling.
Finding careers can be a long process. There are hundreds of job seeking sites that help out, and if you are really struggling there are plenty of ‘which career suits me’ quizzes on the net too – these are usually rubbish, but inspiration may spring up while you are selecting what your favorite music band from the 90’s is.
Either way, after a while you will have a list of careers that combine what you love with what you are good at.
So Now What?

What finding your ikigai boils down to is setting you on a path of discovery, leading you to living a happy and fulfilling life. Spending some time with yourself, really diving into who you are and what you want from your life is vital to achieving your dreams – even those you may have lost touch with.

It is important to remember, though, that passions change over time. This is why keeping an open mind, exploring new opportunities, and experimenting with new skills is important when discovering your ikigai. You are making changes to your life and Reinventing Yourself

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A good place to start - take the REINVENT YOURSELF Quiz and get some tailor made recommendations based on your personality traits in under 15 minutes:
Another piece of advice we would strongly recommend you follow is to speak with other people with similar passions. You may be surprised by the complementary ideas that they will share with your, offering new perspectives and perhaps even helping you along your new journey – and preventing mistakes.

The key is to take the first step, to decide that you want a change in your life that brings happiness. Ask yourself these questions, don‘t be afraid to experiment, and find your IKIGAI.

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