What gets you out of bed each morning? The Japanese have a word for this called Ikigai, roughly translated as ones purpose, or “reason for being”. According to the Japanese, everyone has a hidden Ikigai and often it requires some deep soul searching to find it.
It’s that healthy passion for something that we can deeply contribute to. Finding your Ikigai is increasingly important in Midlife, as it will contribute to our overall Longevity.
Draw four intersecting circles. One circle is for PASSION. One circle is for POWER. One circle is for PURPOSE. And the last circle is for PLAY.
Think about how these individual circles, that which you are good at, that which the world needs, that which you can be paid for, and that which you love intersect. That area of intersection is IKIGAI!