Ikigai - Reason for Being

At Sycamoreiki we combine Reiki and Ikigai to help unleash your life's passion...

Achieving Ikigai, a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being" or "a reason to wake up in the morning," involves finding a balance between what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for. 

❤️ Discover What You Love 

Reflect on Your Interests: Think about the activities or topics that you are naturally drawn to. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Identify Joyful Activities: Recall moments when you felt truly happy and fulfilled. What were you doing at those times?
Experiment: Try new activities or hobbies to explore new interests. Sometimes, you may discover passions through new experiences.

🎯 Identify What You Are Good At 

Assess Your Skills: List your strengths and skills. What are you naturally good at? What skills have you developed over time?
Seek Feedback: Ask friends, family, and colleagues what they think you excel at. Sometimes others can see your strengths more clearly than you can.
Develop Competence: Continue to improve and refine your skills through practice, education, and training.

🌍 Determine What the World Needs 

Observe Your Community: Look at the needs and problems in your community or society. What issues resonate with you?
Volunteer: Get involved in community service or volunteer work to understand where help is needed and how you can contribute.
Think Globally: Consider broader issues that affect the world, such as environmental sustainability, education, and healthcare.

💰 Find What You Can Be Paid For

Research Opportunities: Look into career options that align with your skills and interests. What industries or roles can benefit from your expertise?
Network: Connect with professionals in your areas of interest to learn about opportunities and how to enter those fields.
Create Value: Think about how you can provide value to others through your work. What services or products can you offer that people are willing to pay for?

⚖️ Balance and Integrate

Overlap Analysis: Identify the overlaps between the four components: what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.
Create a Venn Diagram: Visualize these overlaps by creating a Venn diagram with four circles representing each component. Your Ikigai lies at the intersection of all four circles.
Adjust and Align: Make adjustments in your life and career to move closer to this intersection. It might involve changing jobs, learning new skills, or taking on new projects.

🌈 Live Your Ikigai

Stay True to Yourself: Continuously align your daily activities and long-term goals with your Ikigai. Make decisions that bring you closer to it.
Embrace Lifelong Learning: Stay curious and open to learning. Your Ikigai may evolve over time as you grow and gain new experiences.
Maintain Balance: Ensure that you maintain a healthy work-life balance. Taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being is crucial for sustaining your Ikigai.

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