1 Simplified Worksheet to Find Your Reason for Being
What is your purpose? We are not all blessed with knowing exactly why we are here. Most of us probably have no idea! What is your reason for being? But for the lucky few who know their passion and have the ability to follow it, congrats! I've always been jealous of those who knew their passions from a young age. If mastery over any topic takes about 10,000 hours, starting early gives you a huge advantage.
Let me know if you are one of those people! I would love to hear your story, there's always such a motivational trigger that is so inspiring when people tell you about their passions and purpose. Write your purpose in the comment section below or on my instagram!
The Japanese have a word for this situation. Ikigai, which roughly translates to a reason for being. A reason to wake up in the morning, our motivation. Everyone has one, and the Japanese believe that it is simply a matter of finding it within yourself. Perhaps it isn't as simple as it sounds, but it is worth taking the time to figure it out.
Download the FREE Printable PDF here and fill in the circles to find your ikigai!
Print out the worksheet and let's get started answering the questions below.
What do you love?
This is one of the easiest motivators, what do you love? If you were not concerned about money or time constraints, what would you love doing? It can be reading, watching movies, spending time with friends, etc. Don't think too much about it, the first time I sat down to write in this circle I realized my mind was filtering my answers to be my profession.
My profession is where "What I'm good at" intersects with "What I can be paid for". I was having a difficult time answering the simple question - "What I love", because my brain was so trained to think "I need to make a living off of something I'm good at."
So I really had to focus my mind on the question and whenever it wandered toward my profession, I nudged it back. It took a surprising amount of effort to write down what I love. If you are finding it difficult to focus on what you love, answer the next question and come back to this one.
What are you good at?
There may be some similarities between what you love and what you are good at. Personally, I found this question easier to answer because I know if I'm good at something. In life, we are more likely to enjoy an activity that comes easily. And there's nothing wrong with that, it makes more sense to put time and effort into something that allows us to reap more benefits easily.
The items that overlap between "What you love" and "What you are good at" are your passions.
What does the world need from you?
This question may be a little trickier to tackle. At it's core, it is asking what is it that you can do to help others? How can you add value to society? What can you do that will make the world a better place? What would others say they value about you? I admit, this question sounds daunting, making the world a better place sounds like a heavy task.
Remember, it doesn't have to be monumental. For example, one of the items I wrote down in this section was, "being a good listener".
What can you be paid for?
This one is the easiest to answer, in my opinion. Money is quite a motivator. And earning money is something most of us have been required to do for quite some time. I believe most people will be able to fill out this circle based on previous employments and qualifications.
What does it all mean?
After answering all the questions, you may or may not have anything in that middle sweet spot. It's okay. Take a look at what does overlap. Use this as a tool towards gauging how balanced you are between these four questions. Do you mainly focus on your passion? Or your profession?
If you focus mainly on the career side, you may feel unfulfilled because you lack balance. Take this information and try to even out your life. If you find yourself lacking on the community involvement, you can spend a day volunteering to start. If you find you do not have much you can be paid for, start looking for ways to add to your resume. Take small steps towards filling in more of your circles.
As you continue to work on finding your purpose by using the ikigai worksheet, you'll see more balance in your life. And even if you do not have any overlapping content, if you continue working to fill in the gaps, you will find it. The point is to always work towards getting closer to a well-rounded, satisfying life.