There are some places in the world where people live longer, on average than in the rest of the world.
Japan, and the island Okinawa in particular, are such regions.
A factor that plays an important role in the health and vitality of the residents of Okinawa is to have ‘a goal’ in their lives: ‘ikigai‘ (pronounced ee-kee-guy).
Okinawa, where ikigai has its origins, is said to be home to the largest population of centenarians in the world.
So in addition to eating habits and living environment, this Japanese concept plays a major role in aging healthily.
This is because your ‘ikigai’ makes it possible to keep looking towards the future, even when you are going through a difficult time.
‘Ikigai’ is a Japanese concept that, simply put, means ‘your reason for being’.
In French, it is called ‘raison d’être’.
Ikigai is a combination of the words ‘iki‘, which means life or living, and the word ‘kai‘ (pronounced as gai), which represents value, effect, result or usefulness.
It is that place where your passion, mission, calling and career intersect.
This is best illustrated by the overlapping circles of a Venn diagram.
Create your Ikigai by making a list of the below:
Once you have this list you can play with the options and start to make a list of ‘Ikigai ideas’.
These ideas may be the ‘one’ or it maybe a hybrid of the Ikigai ideas you came up with.
To learn more about how to make it happen, schedule a one-hour complementary coaching call with Will on how to master your time.
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