Researching one’s mission is equivalent to knowing how to use the best of oneself.
Robin Sharma asks us in “The 5 AM Club”: “Are you using the best of you? If this is not the case, you are giving those who could benefit from your unique talents a disservice. “
The service we can offer the world using our talent is the mission we find in our Ikigai.
It’s not just about heroic deeds like saving lives, it can be anything:
- The bartender who prepares a sweet and intense coffee for you to start the day well
- the sweeper who scrupulously cleans the streets
- the florist who carefully creates the most beautiful bouquet you can give
- a kindness of a passerby …
Our actions affect the world around us
The “Connected” book by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler describes the research on how our actions affect others. It has been proven that each of our actions does not only affect those who interact directly with us, but can have a significant impact up to 3 degrees of separation.
So when we are trying to positively change our lives, we are unconsciously influencing an incredible number of people. Fowler and Christakis have estimated that there are usually around 1000 people within the 3 degrees of separation.
If you knew that your every action could change, influence the day (or life) of at least two other people, how would you behave?
Knowing that using your talent to the fullest could benefit other people … wouldn’t you want to use it at all times?
In this way, implementing your talent on a daily basis means putting yourself at the service of others, honoring your mission and making an impact even in future generations (because you should think about your inheritance).
The search for one’s mission
The search for one’s mission is important in the first place for oneself. Finding your own role in the world, contributing by applying our talent every day: this is the key to happiness for me.
At 17 I said to myself: “I will not do a job just to earn or just to take home the salary. I will invest my time in what I love ”.
At the time I was only focused on time management.
I couldn’t stand the idea of having to spend hours doing something I didn’t like or teach me something new.
Now I understand that in reality I subconsciously meant something else. I want to invest my life in something else, apply my talents for a greater purpose.
A job, a career or a call?
Yale psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski has identified three ways of seeing and living her work.
- Work: the only purpose is the salary at the end of the month. It is done because you are forced to do so and you look forward to the weekend or the holidays.
- Career: you work not only out of necessity, but also to improve your skills and performance and be successful.
- Call: the work itself contributes to something else, something superior. Their talents are exploited and meaning is added to their lives.
Some researchers have discovered that it is possible to attribute a new meaning to some activities of our work, transforming them from “duty” to small activities related to our call, or mission. I’ve talked about it here.
With this awareness, we can give new meaning to our daily actions and align them with our Ikigai, in search of happiness.