The Need for a Bright Future

The need for a bright future is beneficial to people wanting to feel ikigai in their lives, it is tied to having short-term goals and long-term achievable life-defining ambitions, which motivate people to get through the difficulties in life.

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It is essential to have a bright future to look forward to

Do you have a bright future? A bright future is one of seven ikigai needs that Japan’s pioneering researcher, Mieko Kamiya, wrote about in her seminal book Ikigai ni Tsuite. Ikigai ni Tsuite would translate to On Ikigai or About Ikigai. It’s a book that’s still considered standard today and referenced by researchers and authors.

In my book, I touched on these seven ikigai needs, so let’s take a look at the bright future: The need for a bright future refers to one’s expectation that life will unfold in a new direction. If you genuinely believe that your life is moving in a positive new direction, and this need is satisfied, helping you get through daily struggles and deal with negative life events. 

Kamiya pointed out the importance of setting and pursuing both short-term achievable goals and long term life-defining ambitions in order to effectively satisfy this need.

So are you satisfying this need of a bright future? Are you pursuing short-term achievable goals, and do you have a long term life-defining ambition you’re pursuing? If you don’t, now you know what to do.

So set some short-term achievable goals and pursue them, and take time to reflect on what’s important to you, and set a long term life-defining ambition that you’re happy to dedicate your life to. 

If you do that, then you have a bright future to look forward to. To learn more about the seven ikigai needs, grab a copy of my book IKIGAI-KAN: Feel a Life Worth Living.


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