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If you’re seeking purpose in life...

The section contains the exercises to help you find your Life Purpose ” – inspired from the Ikigai Venn diagrams you will find on the Internet (try “googling” “ikigai”). the Ikigai framework is a model to help you identify your Life Purpose by bringing together 4 elements: what you love, what you’re good at doing, what “your world” needs and earning a living.

You may already know your strengths and your values and have a clear view of what you want from life. If that is the case, then you may be in a good position to discover your Life Purpose.

However, my experience as a Life Coach is that even if you think you know your strengths and values, working through the process to understand them in more detail, and to see how they influence your life, your day-to-day decisions, can be useful in discovering your Life Purpose.

Your strengths and your personal values are critical aspects of your roots as these two attributes together help define your state of “flow” (as identified by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in 1975), which in turn support your discovering and living your Life Purpose.

Wikipedia describes “flow” as follows: “
The flow state has been described by Csikszentmihályi as the "optimal experience" in that one gets to a level of high gratification from the experience. Achieving this experience is considered to be personal and "depends on the ability" of the individual. One's capacity and desire to overcome challenges in order to achieve their ultimate goals leads not only to the optimal experience but also to a sense of

Your personal values also help shape your “why” as described by Simon Sinek, which can also be seen as your life purpose. In his book “
” he argues that the elements of “The Golden Circle” relate closely with the relationship between the neocortex and limbic brain – or in other words, the thinking brain and feeling brain.
“The limbic brain is responsible for all of our feelings, such as trust and loyalty. It is also responsible for all human behaviour and all our decision-making, but it has no capacity for language.”
He goes on the claim that
“Gaining clarity of WHY, ironically, is not the hard part. It is the discipline to trust one's gut, to stay true to one's purpose, cause, or beliefs. Remaining completely in balance and authentic is the most difficult part.”

Armed with your values and strengths you may then want to proceed with an understanding of your life balance or work-life balance.

If you’re seeking balance in life...

This section includes two tools you may find invaluable: the
Life Balance Tool
Work-life Balance
. These tools provide you a framework to evaluate the satisfaction of your life and your work life (respectively). Once you have completed one or both these evaluations you might then continue by selecting one area of your life or work life to develop or grow and to set a goal or objective for growth over the next 6-12 months.

If you’re at a career crossroads...

Once you have completed your life and work life evaluation, you may choose to use these evaluations as the starting point to design possible future life candidates, using the principles of “designing your life” from Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. I have included the life design candidates exercise, inspired by the
book, so you can plan and conduct your own research concerning possible future lives that you might want to consider in order to live your purposeful life, and to plan cheap and fast activities to help you answer questions such as:
What would it be like to become a missionary in Africa?
How difficult is it to retrain to become a vetenary surgeon?
What is it like to become a professional firefighter?
Inspirations for this chapter began with my own coaching training and tools from the
, supported by a number of books, in paricular:
(Victor Strecher)
(Hector Garcia, Fransesc Miralles)

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