Whether it be for work, travel, family or fitness, we are all uniquely motivated to get out of bed. Though there are differences in purpose, the concept of finding your passion in life is universal.
In Japanese culture this concept is referred to as “Ikigai” (pronounced EE-key-guy). There isn’t a direct English translation for the concept of Ikigai, but it roughly translates to a quest for life’s meaning.
It might sound intimidating to try to figure out your purpose in life, but the answer actually lies at the intersection of four simple questions:
- What do you love to do?
- What are you good at doing?
- What does the world need?
- What can you be paid for doing?
Once you start to identify your responses to those four questions, you’ll find that it’s easier to identify your Ikigai than you imagined.
But regardless of whether you nail down a purpose immediately, Ikigai is also the concept of nurturing your mind and body to live a more purposeful and healthy lifestyle. Some examples of “Everyday Ikigai” include eating healthy and diverse types of food, living in the present and practicing gratefulness for your friends and family.
Everyday Ikigai focuses on mindfulness in your daily life that will develop a more passionate, purposeful and present mindset to set you up for future success. By taking a small step toward Everyday Ikigai, you may even find yourself on the path to your own life’s purpose.
Emily Gibson is a content creator for Bestow who focuses on lifestyle and insurance. When not typing away at her computer, you can find her petting her dog or hiking a nature trail.