Summary of “‘Ikigai’: The Japanese Lifestyle Trend Promising To Find Your Life Purpose”

Having tried out the Danish concept of finding contentment in cosiness with the pursuit of ‘hygge’, and frugal living with the Swedish idea of ‘lagom’, we seem to be struggling to find the true key to happiness.
Enter ‘ikigai’, a new lifestyle concept from Japan.
In Japanese culture, it’s widely believed that everyone has an ‘ikigai’ – a reason to jump out of bed each morning.
What it means ‘Ikigai’ is a Japanese word that can roughly be translated into English to mean ‘reason for being’.
Hector Garcia, co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, explains the word uses the characters ‘iki’, or ‘life’, and ‘kai’, meaning the result of a certain action.
Last year, Ken dos Remedios of the Hyper Japan cultural festival told the Independent: ‘Although it is not impossible to have ‘ikigai’ without social connections, it is easier to feel ‘ikigai’ by creating social connections, perhaps because of the ingrained social connections Japanese society promotes and Japanese individuals are conditioned to seek.
How does it work? Ken Mogi, a neuroscientist and author of Awakening Your Ikigai, explains that finding your purpose in life using this lifestyle concept is about focussing on what he describes as ‘five pillars’: starting small, accepting yourself, connecting with the world around you, seeking out small joys, and being in the here and now.
In order to find your Ikigai, people should ask themselves the following four questions:1.

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Summary of “19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday”

Those are the opening lines of the final entry in my grandmother Zelda’s journal-a 270-page leather-bound journal she wrote small entries in almost every morning during the final decade of her life.
Design YOUR journey every step of the way! The life you create from doing something that moves you is far better than the life you get from sitting around wishing you were doing it.
One of the most important abilities you can develop in life is the willingness to accept and grow through times of difficulty and discomfort.
The truth is, throughout your life there will be times when the world gets real quiet and the only thing left is the beat of your own heart.
Ultimately, the people in your life make all the difference in the person you are capable of being.
Life is just too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
Don’t give part-time people a full-time position in your life.
It’s during the toughest times of your life that you’ll get to see the true colors of the people who say they care about you.

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Summary of “31 Morning Journaling Prompts that Will Change the Way You Think”

If you’re interested in getting started with journaling, or if you’d like some fresh ideas for your current journaling practice, I’ve listed 31 journaling prompts below that I’ve personally used in the past to nudge myself into self-reflection.
What’s something you’ve let go that once meant the world to you? And, what’s something you love today that you never even knew you needed in your life?
If you don’t like a changeable aspect of your life, it’s time to start making changes and new choices.
Don’t live the same day 30,000 times and call it a life! Growth begins today, at the end of your comfort zone.
Who have you spent the most time with over the past month, and how have these people affected your life?
What kinds of physical clutter have been complicating your life and diverting you from meaningful life experiences?
How far have you come? How much have you grown? Think about the specifics of your recent and long-term growth.
Prove to yourself, in little ways every morning, that you have the power to take control of your day, and your life.

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Summary of “Be Good to Yourself: 10 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Love”

No matter what happens on the outside, do you treat yourself with love, care, and respect or not?
If you’re in a place today where you don’t love yourself, it’s hard to take a quantum leap and become someone who does.
When you feel good about yourself, it means that what you’re thinking is aligned with how your soul/higher self sees you.
Choose to be most loving and forgiving with yourself when things don’t go as planned.
Ask yourself what you need and then spray that all over yourself.
Because let’s face it: It’s easy to love what you love about yourself and not so easy with the things you don’t.
You don’t need to love everything about yourself to develop self-love; all you need is acceptance.
Next time something happens that makes you want to get down on yourself, see this as your practice to accept what is.

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Summary of “How to Create the “Moments” that Change Your Life”

You’ve shifted from seeking and approaching life to shielding and avoiding life.
So how do you engineer more of these “Moments” into your life?
You need to reconnect with what you really want in life.
What you want from life should align with your values and beliefs about what is meaningful and important.
If you’ve decided that what you want is what you really want, because you find it to be meaningful and important, then you need to convince yourself that you can have what you want.
To quote Charles Haanel, considered to be the father of modern self-improvement: “Remember that no matter what the difficulty is, no matter where it is, no matter who is affected, you have no patient but yourself; you have nothing to do but convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifest.”In order to convince yourself that what you want is ALREADY DONE, you need make a committed decision.
You need to INVEST in “Moments” that will alter the trajectory of your life.
If you want to make big decisions, you need to put yourself into a powerful state of mind.

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Summary of “When You Have to Carry Out a Decision You Disagree With”

Sometimes you are part of the decision process, and other times the decision is simply handed down.
Either way, you are now responsible for ensuring that the plan is carried out.
You won’t be fulfilling that role if you – intentionally or unintentionally – undermine the decision.
If you do trust the organization, then begin by convincing yourself that the decision is actually a good one.
To convince yourself of the decision, put yourself in the shoes of someone who believes deeply in the decision that was made.
Once you’ve wrapped your head around why this decision was reasonable, you’re ready to start working with your team to carry out the new plan.
Even the best plans run into some difficulties for a variety of reasons: the plan might be failing, more effort might be required, or the team needs to innovate to find the right way to implement it.
Second, the reservations you have about the decision can strengthen the plans you develop with your team.

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Summary of “20 tough lessons everyone should learn in their 20s”

If you learn how to effectively command a room, think on your feet, articulate yourself exceptionally and present your ideas in a way which others can digest, understand and feel inspired by, you will be a force to be reckoned with.
Read, ask questions, consider other answers, debate topics, admit when you’re wrong and surround yourself with people who are equally passionate and curious, as they will help propel you forward.
Eat well, laugh often, sweat every day, get enough sleep, limit harmful habits, give yourself a day off when you need it and treat your body as the critical vessel that it is.
Give yourself an hour of screen-free time before bed.
Always remain open, remain confident and remain honest with yourself and your heart.
Forgive yourself, forgive others, understand when someone or something is introducing negative energy into your life and forgive that too, but let it go as you do.
Unburden yourself so you can remain open to alternative experiences as you move forward.
Write your to-do lists in the morning, schedule your time, stay on track to the big picture on a daily basis but grant yourself permission to take a few leaps of faith, risks or breaths where necessary.

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Summary of “Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings?”

In our assessments, surveys, and interviews of over a thousand leaders, many comments stood out, but one in particular was especially powerful and thought-provoking.
The problem is about 70% of leaders rate themselves as inspiring and motivating – much in the same way as we all rate ourselves as great drivers.
A survey published by Forbes found that 65% of employees would forego a pay raise if it meant seeing their leader fired, and a 2016 Gallup engagement survey found that 82% of employees see their leaders as fundamentally uninspiring.
The leaders of these organizations ask themselves “How can we create more human leadership and people-centered cultures where employees and leaders are more fulfilled and more fully engaged?”.
Leadership pioneer Peter Drucker said, “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.” In a recent article, we shared how one CEO greatly enhanced the engagement and performance of the teams of the bank he leads, by becoming more self-aware.
The story exemplifies how leadership starts with understanding and leading yourself.
Leadership is not about you, but about the people and the organization you lead. With selflessness, you take yourself out of the equation and consider the long-term benefits of others.
If you have ever had a leader that was compassionate, you will know what it feels like.

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Summary of “3 daily habits of geniuses that can make you smarter”

Natural talent exists, but most people we consider geniuses still worked daily and put in considerable effort.
Reflecting for 10 minutes, reading for 20, and focusing for 30 minutes a day can help you get smarter at anything – even if you weren’t born brilliant.
Reflect for 10 minutes a day How often do you ask yourself why you do what you do?
Read for 20 minutes a day Taking time to read online is a great way to keep up and get ahead. The internet has a lot of good hiding in some of its corners, and there are many great minds that are sharing worthy content with the world.
An article like this may engage you, and you may even learn something new and valuable - and I hope people keep reading them - but it can’t quite do the job of absorbing you like a good story or some detailed research might.
If you were to read for 20 minutes, or about 15 pages of a book, every day, then by the end of the year, you’d have completed between 15 to 20 books.
While everyone spends 10 minutes reflecting, they don’t do so deeply; while everyone reads for 20 minutes, they don’t read the kind of things worth consuming; and while everyone works on something for 30 minutes, they don’t do so with the aim of purpose and progress, without distraction.
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Summary of “18 Thought-Provoking Questions that Will Free Your Mind in 2018”

As I alluded to in the intro, the questions you ask yourself on a regular basis can determine the type of person you become.
If you’d like to better cope with the stress in your own life in 2018, I’ll give you a few bonus questions to consider.
Unlike the questions above, which focus on the big picture of what’s important to you, the following will support you when you’re derailed by the frustrations of life’s smaller everyday encounters.
The key to using these questions is embracing the fact that most of the frustrations and stress in your daily life could be avoided if you would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?”.
Above all, what you need to remember is that it’s not the answers you get from others, but the questions you ask yourself that will help you grow stronger.
So I challenge you to re-read and reference all the questions above throughout 2018.
Because asking the right questions of yourself, regularly, is the answer.
If you’re up to it, we’d love to read your response to the very first question: In one sentence, who are you?

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