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Are you struggling to find your purpose in life? If you’ve silently said yes, then you must know that you’re not alone when answering this question.
It’s common for twenty-somethings to continue asking themselves, why am I on this earth? This is a thought which circled in my mind for many years, even before I had turned twenty, but the reason for this anxious thought is that you care about your future.
If you didn’t care about your future, you wouldn’t be the person you are now (determined and motivated to find your purpose).
When I discovered this simple ancient tool from watching a Lavendaire video, it helped to ease my mind of the feeling of anxiety and frustration surrounding my purpose in life.
I believe that everyone, including you, will have many purposes you will experience in your lifetime. For example, your purpose right now may be to become a travel blogger and travel the world, but later your purpose may change to helping children to improve their mental health at school.
Therefore, you mustn’t feel pressured to make your decision today. So, in this post, I will share with you a simple ancient concept which you can use repeatedly to help you find your purpose in life.
And the simple ancient concept is an Ikigai.
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How to find your purpose in life.
What is an Ikigai?
The Ancient Japanese developed the concept Ikigai. According to Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, in the book Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, there is no true meaning behind the word Ikigai, but the Ancient Japanese believe everyone has an Ikigai which brings ‘satisfaction, happiness and meaning to our lives.’
As twenty-somethings, it’s easy for us to become frustrated and confused about finding your purpose in life, but finding your Ikigai will allow you to be open to many possibilities in your life (which you would never have thought about).
Whether it’s to become a doctor, a travel blogger or a beauty technician. Finding your Ikigai will help you discover new directions in life.
What does Ikigai involve?
As I mentioned before, finding your Ikigai will help you find many possibilities for your purpose in life for right now. And below are four essential elements you must consider.
- What you love (your passion).
- What the world needs (your mission).
- What you are good at (your vocation).
- What you can be paid for (your profession).
In order to find your Ikigai, you must ask yourself these four simple questions:
- What do you love?
- What does the world need?
- What are you good at?
- What can you get paid for?
Although you may feel these questions are too simple, they can open your eyes to new directions which you never knew before.
For me, answering these questions allowed me to discover my passion for writing, especially after years of accepting what others said about it. As a result, it enabled me to take action towards my true passions, and discover new career possibilities.
Also, when answering these four essential questions, don’t worry about making spelling or grammatical errors. What’s important is that you are writing your answers to these four questions.
If you would like a digital copy of the Ikigai worksheet, I have included it in my FREE Mini Dream Life Workbook, which you can download here.
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An example of an Ikigai:
Below is an example of some answers I had given to each of the Ikigai questions. These answers will guide you towards giving your answers to the questions.
What do you love?
- Learning about the histories of different cultures
- Learning languages
- Travelling to new places
- Reading (both non-fiction and fiction)
- Digital drawing
What does the world need?
- More people who can guide students
- A role model for upcoming BAME students
- Someone who will listen to students
- Someone who will reform political systems
What am I good at?
- Listening to others
- Understanding both sides of an argument
- Designing workbooks and blogs
What can I get paid for?
- Humanitarian worker
- Freelance writer
- Website designer
Remember, this is only an example using my Ikigai, and everyone Ikigai is unique to them, so don’t feel disheartened if you’ve only written three answers for each point.
If you feel unsure about your answers, leave the worksheet for a couple of days and finish it later.
I hope this post has guided you through finding your purpose in life. Although the concept Ikigai may look simple, it will help to open your eyes to new possibilities that you never had thought of before.
If you would like to download the Ikigai worksheet, you can download it here. This will take you towards downloading my FREE Mini Dream Life Workbook, which includes the Ikigai worksheet.