Do you want to live longer doing what you enjoy?
Of course you do, according to Newsweek “The data revealed that the stronger the participants felt they had a purpose in life, the lower their risk of dying.”
So basically, if you want to live as long as possible you need to find your reason. Read on to find out how you can identify your purpose.
What is Ikigai?
Ikigai pronounced (Ik-ee-guy) is a Japanese concept which means ‘life with purpose’. The basic idea is to help you realise your overall purpose from different perspectives including the following:
- What you love (your passion)
- What the world needs (your mission)
- What you are good at (your vocation)
- What you can get paid for (your profession)
It may sound like a Yoda quote but to truly find your purpose in life you have to look within. You can’t be distracted by money or other people’s opinions.
Of course you have to look at external factors such as money, family and industry trends but how long will those things keep you going? Finding your Ikigai will help you live a happy meaningful life as long as possible. As you grow and your life changes so will your Ikigai, however it helps to always have a vision of what you want for yourself.
Let’s dive deeper into each area
- What Am I Good At?
The first place to start is by identifying as many skills and strengths possible. If you’re unsure ask someone to help. This is a great step towards building your confidence and reflecting on the unique qualities you can contribute at a company or for your own customers.
Think about things you do that cause you to lose track of time? As the saying goes, “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”.
2. What Do I Love?