The other day I heard about a Japanese concept called Ikigai. It means a reason for being.
Ikigai (pronounced ee-kee-gah-ee) means there are four things you should be looking for in life. What you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for and what the world needs.
If you have what you love and what you are good at you have found a passion.
If you have what you are good at and what you can be paid for you have found a profession.
If you have what you can be paid for and what the world needs you have found a vocation.
And if you have what the world needs and what you love you have found a mission.
So powerful and interesting. What have we found in our own lives? What can we shift to try and ensure our passion and mission are also a part of each day? Our reason for being?
As author of The Nightingale Kristen Hannah said, “Finding your passion isn’t just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self. The one you’ve buried beneath other people’s needs.”
Can we find our passion, mission and authentic self today? Yes we can. Anything is possible if we reflect, believe and take action.