Today on the Declutter Your Life blog, I’m exploring Ikigai. What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Why is curiosity an important component of Ikigai? How can you explore your reason for being? Learn tips to discover your Ikigai and clear clutter.

From Wikipedia: Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” It is similar to the French phrase Raison d’être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one’s  ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.[1] For some, it might be work, hobbies and raising children.[2]

Experts recommend starting with four questions:

  • What do you love?
  • What are you good at?
  • What does the world need from you?
  • What can you get paid for?
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Finding the answers and a balance between these four areas could be a route to ikigai.  In Japan, it is a slower process and often has nothing to do with work or income.

ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:

  • What you love (your passion)
  • What the world needs (your mission)
  • What you are good at (your vocation)
  • What you can get paid for (your profession)

Discovering your own ikigai is said to bring fulfilment, happiness and make you live longer.

Finding your ikigai

Consider these questions that I  mentioned earlier:  What do you love?

  • What are you good at?
  • What does the world need from you?
  • What can you get paid for?
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If those questions aren’t working try these:

  • What would you like to see change in the world?
  • What, in your life as it is now, makes you happy?
  • Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
  • Have you had any life-changing moments that provided a lightning bolt of clarity?

What are your patterns? Themes? Obvious intersections or do individual? If clear links aren’t evident, don’t worry — that’s normal. This process will take time.

Get outside feedback.  Ask friends and family. Sometimes qualities we think are mundane may be special.

Map out your answers, especially if you feel stuck. There are all sorts of ways to create a map; experiment with whatever makes visual sense to you.  I did an episode on mind mapping that may be helpful.

Check in with your intuition. Does it feel right?  Are you excited? 

If you have a few different paths you’re reviwing, try them on.  What does it feel like? Do you feel confident?  Does it fit with your life view?

If you have something that feels good, take action.

This may involve shifting priorities or exploring new directions. For example, maybe you opt to travel less and prioritize family time. Perhaps you start a new business that combines multiple interests. You might find yourself changing careers entirely if your current focus does not overlap with your ikigai.

Saying ‘yes’ to my ikigai required saying ‘no’ more often.

Make sure your ikigai is something you’d find yourself blissfully drawn to on a rare day off.

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Take actions from today’s blog on how to clear clutter with Ikiagi:

  • Ask yourself:  What do I love? What am I good at? What does the world need from me? What can you I paid for?
  • Observe and take notes on these questions for a few weeks.
  • Review what you have written and make any connections.
  • Check in with your intuition for what feels right.
  • Take action and move forward.
  • Try the Saturday Morning test.

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