Living Your Purpose
I recently learned about the Japanese concept of ikigai (ee-key-guy) at a live LinkedIn event featuring Chip Conley and Seth Godin. Your ikigai is your life purpose or meaning. The term is a combination of the Japanese definitions for “alive” or “life” and “worth” or “benefit”. Chip and Seth only briefly spoke of this concept, but I was intrigued and did a little research afterwards, because I wanted to learn more and to see the Venn diagram they described.
On the Positive Psychology website I read that “Japanese psychologist Michiko Kumano (2017) has said that ikigai is a state of wellbeing that arises from devotion to activities one enjoys, which also brings a sense of fulfillment.” The article goes on to describe the concept of ikigai as a purpose in life with both personal and social dimensions captured by the Venn diagram with overlapping spheres that includes:
- What you love
- What you are good at
- What the world needs
- What you can get paid for
Some say that ikigai is less about getting paid for your passions and more about living in flow, finding the joy in the little things, reflecting on happy memories, and being mindful. Regardless of your interpretation of ikigai, how many of you operate in this space? I can honestly say I do now (most days), just in the last two years since I started focusing on Calhoun Coaching & Consulting full time, and since I have been more intentional with my meditation practice. My meditation teacher, davidji, says, “where you attention goes, energy flows and grows”, and it’s true.
Where is your attention? If you are not operating within this intersection professionally or socially or living in flow, what’s getting in your way? Coaching can help you gain clarity and get support while you pursue that sweet spot. My job search program may also be something to consider, particularly if you have not been in a job search for quite some time, or if you need a little help getting your messaging and your marketing materials together.
If you want support for yourself, for a relative, friend or colleague for living according to your ikigai, please reach out to me for a free consultation.