In the heart of these four segments, you’ll find your Ikigai (生き甲斐). Your reason for being. With that in mind, it’s so much easier to make choices and spot opportunities in life.
What steps to take for the practice
Grab a big piece of paper, of a whiteboard. Create a visual overview like the image in the gallery. Now answer the 4 main questions one by one. To help you get started, we have some questions for every part of the overview. But don’t limit yourself with these questions, the are just to give you a hand.
If you’re done filling out every individual segment, you can look for similarities. What themes/subjects are represented in all four of the segments, or are related to each other?
We’ve created some questions to help you get started:
That which you love:
What are your hobbies, what motivates and attracts you?
When working on something or doing something – what are the tasks you get lost in?
What would you do if money wasn’t an option?
If you had some spare time, what would you spend your time doing?
What gets you really excited?
If you were asked to present to a room full of people on a topic, what would it be?
That which you are good at:
What practical skills are you talented at?
What social skills are you good at?
Are there any ways you can develop or foster your talents?
Is there any part of your current job you find effortless or easy? That you enjoy doing?
That what you can be paid for
Do you feel that you are doing enough in your current career path?
Did you study or can you study further to develop your career? What professional development do you have planned?
What results bring you the most satisfaction?
If you were to ask the people around you, what would they say you are good at? In fact, do ask your colleagues and friends. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.
That which the world needs
Are there any social/ environmental or economic problems you want to help solve?
Are there issues in your community or at work that touch you emotionally?
Are there any volunteer originations that seem to fit in and align well with your values?
Has anyone ever said you were good with people or animals? Specifically the elderly, children etc?
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