Why do you get up in the morning? What gets you going? What are you passionate about?
It isn’t just about your job or your career. Too often, we separate our lives into work, leisure, and retirement. I’m talking about finding your calling, your passionate purpose that you pursue in every part of your life.
I love Dan Buettner’s research on longevity. In his research in Okinawa, he found they don’t even have a word for retirement. Instead, they simply have Ikigai (Eek-y-guy).
Basically, it means the reason you wake up in the morning.
I love that. What is your Ikigai?
Don’t just read that and move on. Take some time today or this weekend and figure it out.
Knowing and pursuing your Passionate Purpose (your Ikigai) is good for you, your life, and your career.
Numerous research studies show it helps you life a healthier life. It decreases depression, stress and the risk of stroke or heart attack. It increases your overall sense of well being and leads to more joy and happiness.
It helps you with all your personal relationships.
It helps you be more productive and successful at work.
It helps you become a better leader.
It helps you create an extraordinary life of joy, meaning, and significance.
I would love to hear your Ikaigai. Let me know in the comments.
My next few posts will discuss techniques you can use if you’re having trouble figuring it out.