In the last few months, I’ve been thinking about my role in the world. Who am I? What can I do? What keeps me awake at night? What does the world need? How do I manage to turn my passion for change into independence? In a conversation with my German teacher, yes one can always improve ;). We talked about IKIGAI, a Japanese concept that helps people find their center or their reason for being.
In this text I try to explain my Ikigai and maybe I come out with new impulses and ideas on how I can accompany you with my self in a constructive cooperation. For this, I will fill in the four spheres of Ikigai from my point of view.
What do I love?
If you want to talk to me for hours, you should ask me “What does a peaceful world look like? I will talk about organizational development that looks at the world from a humanistic point of view. I will talk about freedom, justice and brotherhood and sisterhood and give examples. I will learn about Fairtrade, Fair Leadership, Self-Development and New Work.
I love people and their stories. I love listening to people and understanding them. I love to develop new ideas alone and with other people who also believe that we can make the world more peaceful if we are ready to become our true self.
I love being a little more me every day. To become the “I” without the limits of my socialization, my education, my beliefs.
I love to understand the development of both individuals and organizations. I love learning other languages and expanding my understanding of the world from this new perspective. I love learning no matter what the subject. I love singing, dancing, having fun. I love life and all the feelings I can feel. I love to construct something with people. I love to start projects and give impulses. I love it when I can help people, when I see that my existence has enriched their lives.
I love the world, the environment and the energy of life. I just love to be a person who knows that she exists. I love the possibilities to try something, to fail and to get up again.
I love to share my knowledge with others. I love to inspire other people to be actors in their lives.
I love being an enabler.
What does the world need?
The world needs more free people who do things they enjoy and love. People who follow their uninfluenced interest or, as they say, their inner child. Use joy as a compass to make decisions. People who question their socialization.
The world needs more open-minded people who have understood that our similarity lies in our differences. People who not only accept other ways of thinking and viewing things, but encourage them, because this diversity is our wealth.
The world needs people who love themselves. People who learn to listen to their inner voice and recognize their needs. Without expecting others to fulfill them. People who see themselves as actors in their lives and not as victims of a system. People who act in harmony with their beliefs. Do you want to act fairly? Buy only Fair Trade. If you want to promote cooperation, start with it.
The world needs people who not only value material life, but also immaterial life. The invisible. People who understand that there is more than a bank account, a beautiful car or something else. People who are satisfied and no longer consume out of frustration, fear and ignorance.
The world needs more love.
What can I get paid for?
That is a fierce question for me! I can be paid for advice, guidance, moderation, “coaching”, but also for co-creation to find and define ways for coping with everyday life.
I can be paid for my impulses. I could be paid as a motivational speaker. That would be exciting, but maybe it wouldn’t have the influence I want.
I could be paid for Evergreen online courses. I could get paid for the rights to a book. I could build a passive income.
What am I good at?
I am good in different areas. Activities that I have developed thanks to all my experience.
I am good with people: I listen well and attentively. I recognize patterns of behavior in individuals and groups. I can empathize with other people. I like to accompany people who want to reinvent themselves by asking questions until they have changed their mindset themselves. I am good at introspection and can help others go deeper. Through conversations I can help people change their mindset. I open the door to new opportunities for groups as I accompany teamwork. I am good at accompanying change processes.
I give people energy and the belief that they will make it, no matter what difficulties there are facing. I activate the fighter, the dreamer, the doer in people. I make them laugh when they are about to cry. I relativize their problems, but I recognize their difficulties.
I remind people that if they really want something. They can do it, but only with 100% self-responsibility. Because I know how low self-responsibility I have when I feel bad.
I understand that people look for the problem outside themselves instead of looking in the mirror because it’s easier. I also know that long-term change can only come from within. I always consider the strength of the intrinsic motivation to create something.
I am good at analyzing and solving problems: I analyze situations from different perspectives and use my diverse experience and knowledge to think about solutions. I am able to go this process alone or accompany others. I can create an overview of complex problems because I can retrieve my visual and spatial intelligence. I connect topics whose context is not always visible to others.
I am creative and unconventional: I quickly come up with new ideas because I am curious. I connect themes. I like to work at the interfaces between topics. Where others see division, I see overlaps. I have a tree-like thinking and come up with a thousand ideas with one word. My thoughts are not linear. They are more like fireworks, so some people see me as an exciting sparring partner. You know, with me the itinerary is unknown, but it always leads to the goal.
What is my Ikigai?
Thanks to my gained knowledge, experiences and interests I enable people to be actors of constructive co-creation.