Your Ikigai: Expanding Your Inner Self With Purpose.

Discovering Ikigai has been a true turning point in my life. It feels like stumbling upon a hidden path that leads to a greater and better version of myself. This philosophy has an incredible capacity, allowing me to dive into what truly lights my passion and instills a deep sense of purpose. By combining my passions with my strengths, I’ve discovered a fulfilling journey that brings me so much joy. Every morning, I wake up with a new sense of passion and energy, knowing that I’m on a path to re-discovering myself and finding my true purpose.

Ikigai has given me the tools to prioritize self-improvement and involve myself in activities that feed my mind, body, and soul. Through introspection, mindfulness, and eagerness to learn more, I’ve brought to light many new sides of myself and found untapped potential within. Of course the road to self-discovery can be bumpy, but in the end you’ll thank yourself for the time and effort put in. 

While using this philosophy, I’ve gained the courage to step out of my comfort zone, embracing growth, and developing into the best version of myself. Incorporating Ikigai into my life has been an incredible journey, and its positive impact has influenced more than just myself. It’s like this great ripple effect that flows not only through me, but also inspires those around me. By living my purpose and staying true to myself, I hope I’ve become a source of inspiration for others.

Sharing my path of self-discovery and encouraging others to explore their own Ikigai has been incredibly fulfilling. It warms my heart to witness the positive changes it brings to their lives. It’s a reminder to all of us of the power that self-development and living with intention brings. 

Ikigai has taught me some timeless lessons. It reminds me of the importance of taking time for myself, nurturing my passions, and contributing meaningfully to the world. It gives me clarity and direction, guiding my choices to match with my values and aspirations. It’s not just a concept; it’s a way of life that keeps me inline with growth, fulfillment, and self-realization.

Our world is so fast-paced, it’s easy to lose track in the daily hustle and forget about ourselves. We juggle so many responsibilities from work to family, personal commitments and we often neglect the most important aspect of our lives: ourselves.

That’s where Ikigai has come in. It’s this beautiful Japanese concept dating back to the Heian period, used for hundreds of years that has taught me and hopefully many others in helping us lead more fulfilling, purposeful lives. It’s all about taking the time for self-discovery and finding what truly brings us joy, meaning, and fulfillment. Using Ikigai in my daily life has opened up new opportunities to explore and develop myself in all aspects of life.

Understanding Ikigai is pretty simple at its core. It’s about finding the perfect balance between four essential elements: what we love, what we’re good at, what the world needs, and what we can be paid for. These are like the pillars of our purpose and fulfillment.

What We Love: This is all about our passions and interests. It’s about getting into hobbies, talents, and activities that you genuinely enjoy. Whether it’s painting, writing, playing music, or cooking, finding what we love fuels our creativity and brings internal satisfaction.

  • What We’re Good At: This is about recognizing our strengths, skills, and natural abilities. It’s about understanding what we excel at and grow those talents. As we become seasoned in our abilities, our confidence skyrockets, and we gain a sense of accomplishment. This self-awareness allows us to contribute our unique gifts to the world.
  • What the World Needs: The third aspect pushes us to understand the needs of the world around us—our communities, workplaces, and society as a whole. By realizing these needs, we can see how our passions and skills align with conveying them. This alignment empowers us to make a positive impact and create meaningful change.
  • What We Can Be Paid For: Finally, the importance of financial stability. It’s about finding ways to support ourselves while pursuing the path we love and desire. While money alone does not bring happiness, having the support for ourselves helps us to live a life parallel to our purpose.

       

   Why should we take time for self-development in our hectic world?

  • Life’s demands can sometimes drain who we truly are. Staying true to yourself, through introspection, mindfulness, and personal growth, helps us reconnect with our genuine desires, values, and dreams. It carves the way for a more joyful and purposeful life.
  • Preventing Burnout and Exhaustion: Constantly pushing ourselves can lead to burnout. Self-development is a form of self-care. It allows us to recharge, reflect, and prioritize our mental, emotional, and physical health. By investing in yourself and practicing these methods, we build resilience and ensure long-term well-being.
  • Unlocking Creativity and Innovation: Self-development creates time for reflection and exploration. This gets our creativity and minds rolling in new perspectives and ideas. By exploring this curiosity, we can find creative solutions to problems, both for ourselves and the world.
  • Enhancing Personal and Professional Growth: Self-development is a catalyst for growth. It helps us expand our knowledge, skills, and capabilities. By investing in learning opportunities, we continuously evolve and adapt to the changing world, positioning ourselves for success.
  • Cultivating Resilience and Adaptability: Life is unpredictable. Self-development equips us with the tools and mindset to navigate challenges with resilience and adaptability. We learn to embrace change, seize opportunities, and thrive in an ever-evolving world.

So, in this crazy life, remember to not forget about yourself. Take the time to explore your Ikigai, find your purpose, and lead a life filled with meaningful, joyful and fulfilling experiences. 

When all the pieces are put together you can experience heightened motivation, efficiency, and productivity. Moreover, living in harmony with my Ikigai has not only enhanced my own personal growth but also inspired and positively influenced those around me. The practice of Ikigai is a lifelong journey that will always continue to guide me towards self-actualization and a sense of purpose in everything I accomplish. I genuinely hope you take some time to explore your own Ikigai.  If you have questions, reach out to me: cristie@bludragonfly.net or find me on social media. 

Ikigai: Book by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

August 29th, 2017

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549469/ikigai-by-hector-garcia-and-francesc-miralles/   

What is Ikigai And How can it change my life?: Article by Erin Eatough, PhD 

May 5th, 2021

https://www.betterup.com/blog/what-is-ikigai

Ikigai and the four P’s: How to get paid, Enjoy your work, Solve problems, and find your purpose: Article by Maren Kate 

April 10th, 2019

https://medium.com/@marenkate/ikigai-and-the-four-ps-how-to-get-paid-enjoy-your-work-solve-problems-and-find-purpose-8c9dc615648f#:~:text=To%20find%20your%20Ikigai%2C%20you,What%20the%20world%20needs%20(Problems)

 

 

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