Reason for Being

The Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.

Use the Ikigai to refine your values and map them onto your life. Doing so will expand on your values and illuminate how they translate into your major life goals. Completing an Ikigai will clarify your path toward becoming your ideal future self.

Below you can see an example of a completed Ikigai and a link to download a blank Ikigai template.

Create your Ikigai and keep it in a place of honor.

Don’t overthink this. It’s worth doing, even poorly.