Ikigai: how to find your life’s purpose

After being stuck in my 9-5 job. I needed a burn-out to wake me up. It was only then that I took the time to go and travel to Bali. I went to Africa to enjoy the beach and snorkel in the ocean. But most important: I started looking at what kind of job could give me fulfilment.

To live a long and happy life, that’s where the Japanese concept Ikigai stands for. It’s a treasure guide to find your life’s purpose. A job is what you do to pay the bills. Work, on the other hand, is there to achieve a purpose or a result. That could be a more meaningful you.

Where does Ikigai come from? It’s originated in Okinawa: the most over 100 year old live here. But besides Ikigai there’s another thing from Okinawa: Karate. It literally means: empty hands. Ikigai means: life’s worth.

Ikigai has 4 directions:

•          Do what you love

•          Do what you’re good at

•          Do what the world needs

•          Do what you can be rewarded for

I got my yellow belt in Ikigai in my fourth year in college.  I did choose to be a copywriter. I read all about it. And took all the effort to get a job in advertising. But after some time doing it. A question in my mind kept repeating: why am I doing this?

Just this last year I have found what my Ikigai is. I want to help people find their purpose.  How would I do that? By being a life coach and create value with a digital business.

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Change your story, change your life

Here are the 3 steps I know that are working for me to create a breakthrough:
How you’re taking control of your story, story and state can fuel lasting change…
Tony Robbins inspired me big time creating this blog post…

Is it luck that creates the quality of life that someone gets? That’s what I thought: biography is destiny. I knew for sure I couldn’t do anything to bring change into my life.

Tony Robbins says that not the ones who grew with everything. But the ones that are most hungry are able to change.

In fact the people that endured the most in their lives are the most successful. One brilliant example is Oprah Winfrey. Her mother was 13 when she was born: a child raised by a child. Her father was not there. She was sexually abused more than once. But still she became one of the most successful woman on the world.

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Saturday Motivation: How To Achieve Success

I always had the idea that I had to chase goals to get happy. When I get my University grade I’m happy.  When I’m a senior copywriter I will feel accepted. When I meditate for an hour I will be at ease. But none of them is the case. I didn’t feel more successful than before.

After time, I understand that success is in fact an Inside Job. What helped me is asking myself a question. How have you been looking at outside circumstances to feel good and accepted? It has so much to do with wanting to control. And although those achievements will satisfy for a short time. It’s just for a moment and the next goal is waiting for you already.

But true power lies in ourselves. It’s only there where we can find it. We can get there with our daily practice or meditation. I talk about Inner Success but it not about staying inside. You can bring that mindset in the outer world. Ultimately you will see a reflection of this in your ventures and successes.

I hope you learn as much from this short video as I do…

Have a nice day. I’ll write you next Saturday!