“SUFFERING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF LIFE. THE WORLD IS CRUSHED, BUT STILL, YOU FIND REASONS TO KEEP LIVING”
People work hard to keep up a roof above their heads, provide food and money to help their families, and stress about managing work and life. There is still more stress to deal with. Because of its notorious work culture, many people work long hours, subject to hierarchical rules. During the weekdays, when they are juggling work and home, overworked people in suits are often the last to catch a train back home at midnight. Where do they find the energy? What is their secret? It only takes one word called IKIGAI to answer this question.
You can translate the Japanese notion of Ikigai into “a reason for being” which means to give your life worth, or purpose. Ikigai is a word made of two words “iki” meaning ‘life’ and “gai” meaning ‘worth’. It is said that IKIGAI can help improve your life by bringing happiness and a sense of purpose.
“The work you do defines your passion and your purpose in life. Can you describe how you found your IKIGAI? It refers to the joy found in living, whether you are working, volunteering, or spending time with your family or friends. This life is all about what you want to achieve.”
To find your ikigai, ask yourself four questions: What do you love? What are you good at? The world’s needs? What can we pay for? Once you have answered these questions, you can look for ways to incorporate your ikigai into your life. Ikigai can be a great way to find happiness and meaning in your life and can help you to live a more fulfilling and purposeful life.
What do you love?
This relates to your personal life-giving an impression that whatever you are doing in your life is because you enjoy doing that or you do that just to please someone. It is important that you should look for yourself and what pleases you. You should go with that. It’s important to question yourself “what I am doing is something that I love or it’s something that I just want to do?” This will give you a clear impression.
What are you good at?
Discover yourself, find what interests you. Make sure whatever you do is something you are good at and you have an interest in it because this will make sure that you will be happy in doing that thing in which you are good, it motivates you and encourages you to grow in your life.
The world’s needs?
In this piece, “the world” might be humanity, an intimate group you are involved in, or anything in between. You may describe the needs of the world based on your impressions or what others have expressed. It might be necessary to solve a social economy problem, fix an environmental problem, or create output in some other way to provide for the world’s needs.
This kind of IKIGAI is most clearly about connecting with people and doing good for them, above and beyond one’s own needs.
What can we pay for?
We can think this of in terms of the world or society since they relate it to what someone else will pay you for or “The market’s reaction to a scenario.” You might specialize in rock climbing or poetry writing, but this doesn’t mean you receive compensation for it.
Several factors determine if you can get paid for your passions or talents, including how the economy is doing, whether those passions/talents are in demand, etc.
Five steps to implementing your IKIGAI
- Look at the questions outlined above and see what the answer is.
- You can start by planning out your answers, then start experimenting with what makes visual sense to you.
- Feel it, whether you’re holding a list or a map or something else from the steps above. Think about it and do a gut check.
- Living out what you find to be your IKIGAI is the payoff for finding it. Introspection alone won’t lead to success. To make progress, consistent action is essential-and as you progress, you need to make adjustments along the way.
- During any transition in life, it is essential to have support, especially while consciously cultivating your sense of IKIGAI.
Some benefits of IKIGAI include:
-Increased happiness and satisfaction
– greater sense of purpose
– improved physical health
– stronger social connections
– increased productivity and creativity.
Living an IKIGAI-based lifestyle can be beneficial for your overall well-being. To create an IKIGAI-based lifestyle that works for you, start by figuring out what your IKIGAI is. Once you know what your IKIGAI is, focus on incorporating it into your everyday life. You can do this by making time for your IKIGAI each day, setting goals that align with your IKIGAI, and finding like-minded people to connect with. Remember to be patient and to take things one step at a time as you work to create an IKIGAI-based lifestyle that works for you.
The IKIGAI lifestyle: How to live it?
- Surround yourself with people who matter, who will be happy for your success.
- Eat healthy foods and vegetables.
- Living life to the fullest will never let you regret it.
- Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and find good things to inspire you.
- Exercise often boosts your immune system.
- Always smile, even in the hardest place of your life. Try to smile.
- Reconnect with nature, take a walk.
- Follow your IKIGAI by finding your passion, which is worth living.
- Live in the moment, don’t think of past mistakes and future consequences. Enjoy each moment while you have it.
A healthy and peaceful life is a secret of one’s existence, it is important to have positive energy in your life rather than having any negative things. Many people are searching for IKIGAI, meaning their reason for being, or waking up each morning with joy, whether consciously or unconsciously. As we have seen, while IKIGAI’s conceptions can vary, all agree that finding this motivating purpose in life leads to greater fulfillment and happiness.