4 advices to find your ikigaï - 生き甲斐

Updated: Oct 7, 2019


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Did you hear about ikigaï, the personal development tool to find your mission in life?

Ikigaï comes from a Japanese word meaning “a reason for being." Everything started with the study of the inhabitants of Okinawa island in Japan where there is a higher proportion of centenary people. How do these Okinawan people reach such old age still in good health? One of their secrets is that they know and follow their ikigaï. This means they have a reason to get up in the morning, a deep sense of purpose that keeps them active all life-long.

Your ikigaï lies at the center of 4 interconnecting circles: What you love, What you’re good at, What the world needs and What you could be paid for.


Here’s 4 tips to help you find yours:


1. Get your energy back


Knowing your ikigaï will give you energy, but you can’t find your ikigaï if you have none. It’s difficult to dream about the person you want to be while being depressed and feeling sorry for yourself. You have to start pretending you’re there already! Get moving, learn how to breathe deeply, eat more fruits and vegetables. You will feel much better and will be willing to explore more possibilities.

“Anna recovered from a burn out by starting to run. She would go out in the countryside and pass by beehives. Soon she met the beekeeper, got fascinated by the bee products, and wanted to have bees herself. A few months later, she quit her job to start her apiary.”