The first star to give yourself on the daily Make the Most of Each Day checklist is Be and Do with Purpose.

BE is to exist.

Do is to perform.

Purpose is the reason.

In other words…

Exist and perform with reason.

One of the known rules, as a child, was to do as you were told. Having understanding of what you were doing was irrelevant. If you were told to do something, you did it. I’m sure many have heard the phrase, “Because I said so.” Well, that is if you were brave enough to even ask why.

This rule may have taught obedience as a child, but it isn’t a good lesson strategy to apply in making the most of each day. With all that we do, we need to understand the why. What is the reason for the action taken? If the reason doesn’t align with your purpose, the action should be discontinued.

A Japanese concept, that I believe is comprehensive to Be and Do with Purpose, is Ikigai (EE-key-guy)

venn diagram

courtesy of CEO Magazine

Ikigai can be translated to mean life’s purpose. Iki means “to live” and gai means “reason.” Ikigai also includes the motivations to fulfill life’s purpose.

The overlapping spheres in the above diagram is geared around 4 questions:

1. What do you love to do?

The desire to do what we love, pushes us more towards Ikigai.

2. What are you good at?

Purpose is manifested from the inside out. Sometimes talent may need to be cultivated, but we all have it.

3. What can you get paid for?

I love that Ikigai includes monetary value in the fulfillment of purpose. I mean let’s face it, money is necessary for living in this world.

4. What does the world need?

Noone exists in this world alone. We all need each other. Plus, from an economical standpoint, no demand equals little to no value.

The avenues in which Ikigai is fulfilled are:

  1. Passion
  2. Profession
  3. Vocation
  4. Mission





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