Most of us are so busy that we hardly get time to think what we really want from our career, most of us in general follow the most common three traits that is engineering, medicine or law. We think these are the only options available for us. But is it your true purpose of life?
With the advancement in science and technology, and with it almost every field, there are various professions that emerged along with it. These career options which were not available in the last era are now available. What’s far more important is, that these options not only fit what we really dream of, but also provides opportunities for better employment and living for life.
Have you ever heard about the Japanese term ‘Ikigai’ ?. It roughly means “things that you live for”.
It’s easiest to think about ikigai as an intersection, the common ground between:
- What you love?
- Do you really care about it?
- What the world is looking for?
- Is it really worth getting paid?
If you have found your Ikigai, it might lead you to :
1)mastery and growth
2)you will get a certain degree of freedom , as you are doing in what you really love.
2)you will give your 100%, in whatever you do.
4)It will boost your well-being.
In this world many people are looking for their true purpose of life. Many are still confused what they have to do. Some blindly follow their dreams, assuming it to be reality, and then gets discouraged when their dreams doesn’t get materialized. And some leave the path of what they truly desire and follow the career which only brings money and status, but aren’t fulfilling.
Thus you see many people just die, without finding their true potential of what they are capable of , and according to research , lack of purpose can be bad for health. People who have found their true purpose lead a healthy life and have low risk of heart diseases.
How to find your ikigai?
- Start asking yourself questions.
Grab a journal and ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you love? (These speak to your passion.)
- What are you good at? (These speak to your profession.)
- What does the world need? (These speak to your mission.)
- What can you get paid for? (These speak to your vocation.)
You don’t have to force yourself to come up with answers in one sitting. In fact, it’s more productive to take your time.
Over the course of a few days or weeks, take notes as ideas and insights come to you. Most importantly, be radically honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to jot down whatever comes to mind, no matter how crazy or irrational it might seem right now.
If those questions aren’t sparking as much insight as you would like, try these:
- What would you like to see change in the world?
- What, in your life as it is now, makes you happy?
- Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
- Have you had any life-changing moments that provided a lightning bolt of clarity?
Be sure to include other life or career experiences that significantly inform your values.
After you’ve answered these questions thoughtfully, start to look for patterns. What kinds of themes are apparent? Are there obvious intersections among categories, or do they seem disparate? If clear links aren’t evident, don’t worry — that’s normal. This process will take time.
- Try mapping it out.
Mapping out your answers to the questions above is helpful, especially if you feel stuck. There are all sorts of ways to create a map; experiment with whatever makes visual sense to you.
Some people find it helpful to draw interlocking circles for each category (a Venn diagram, like the one above), while others like to map it on a quadrant, writing ideas that meet multiple criteria near the intersection of the axes. The map doesn’t have to be beautiful. It just has to organize your thoughts. This is a living document, so it will change and evolve over time. As you start to test your ikigai in the real world, you will strike out things and add others.
- Check whether it’s going right or not.
Whether you’re holding a list or a map or something else from the steps above, reflect and do a gut check.
Start by listing three different descriptions of your possible ikigai. The first one should reflect your current path, while the second and third should reflect what you’d choose if money or other people expectations didn’t matter. Then, rank how you feel about each ikigai path based on:
- How much you like it
- How confident you are in it
- Whether it fits with your life-, work-, and world-view
- Try it.
The payoff to finding your ikigai is in living it out. Like any aspiration, it doesn’t happen through introspection alone. You have to commit to consistent action in order to make strides—and also to make adjustments along the way to continue to grow.
Once you’ve arrived at a working idea about your ikigai, it’s time to take some action in the real world to test if following this life purpose is actually something you will find meaningful and fulfilling.
This may involve shifting priorities or exploring new directions. For example, maybe you opt to travel less and prioritize family time. Perhaps you start a new business that combines multiple interests. You might find yourself changing careers entirely if your current focus does not overlap with your ikigai.
Make sure your ikigai is something you’d find yourself blissfully drawn to on a rare day off.
- Build your support system
As with most of life’s transitions, it’s critical to have support while consciously developing your sense of ikigai.
If you’ve decided to work towards another career — turning a side project into a full-time endeavor, for instance—it’s crucial to have mentors guiding you, as well as to have caring people in your corner.
Build a relationship with someone who has made a similar career transition. Ask about their experience making the leap. Which aspects of it were the most challenging and the most rewarding?
So it’s time now to find your ikigai, go out and observe your true potential and desire, and start applying it in your career.This will definitely help you in achieving what you really aimed for.
Best of luck for your future and stay connected to winuall for more posts on careers and other related topics.