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Align your life and business using Ikigai

Align your life and business using Ikigai

Align your reason for being utilising Ikigai

The term Ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) originates from Japan and can be traced as far back as the Heian period (794 to 1185). There is no direct English translation for the word, but it loosely translates to ‘your life purpose’ or ‘your reason for being.’

Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world and in some circles Ikigai is considered a contributing factor. Studies have discovered a link between early retirement and a shorter life expectancy. In Japan, an individual’s Ikigai will evolve over time so they will continue to have an Ikigai, or reason to live and be happy well beyond retirement age and into their senior years.

Ikigai is not exclusively related to work or money. In fact, only 31% of Japanese people consider work their Ikigai. Ikigai can be derived from family, friends, a dream, a positive outlook on life, or something more spiritual. Above all else Ikigai is a lifestyle that strives to balance the spiritual with the practical.

At the centre of the Venn diagram, where all five circles overlap, is where we find our true Ikigai or reason for living, there is an art and a science to working through this method.  I use this method in support of my “Ignite Change Program – Mastering Curiosity”.

For business, this balance can be found at the intersection where your passions and talents converge with the things that the world needs and is willing to pay for. With the right attitude, you can get paid doing what you love.

The Principles of Ikigai in business

  1. What you Love
    The first step is easier for some than others. Recognise your true passions in life. List all the things you love, the simple, the complicated and anything in between. In management discover what motivates your employees, and why your clients choose you.
  2. What the world needs
    Of everything left on your list, what does the world need? Where possible, avoid anything that has a higher supply than demand, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t. If you do anything well enough you will make a profit.
  3. What you can get paid for
    Realistically, how much profit do you need to cover your cost of living? How much to live comfortably? Work back from these figures when you are working out the price for your product or service. Consider how much time will be needed per sale, and how many sales you could manage per week. With the figure in mind, do you believe people will pay that price for your product or service?
  4. What you are good at
    I don’t entirely agree with the phrase ‘do what you love, and the money will follow’. Skills and knowledge are just as important to earn an income as a passion and motivation. Out of all the things you love, list the things you are also good at. If there is something you’d really love to do as a source of income that isn’t yet within your capabilities- you may simply need to work extra hard to strengthen your skills and knowledge.
  5. Health
    Health is holistic, environment, mind and body.  What do you need to do more of, less of, start and stop AND DO IT TODAY.  Do not underestimate the impact of good quality water in your life.  Given nearly 70% of our body is made up of water!  Yes good quality foods are important, but as important is good water.

Benefits

Studies have shown having a life purpose will positively impact on your health from having improved sleep, mental health and cognitive function to a longer life span. The secret is to be driven by this purpose, and not get caught up with the ‘daily grind’.

In business, purpose drives success. Without purpose businesses focus on the metrics instead of how they are helping the world. This causes employees to lose motivation and the culture to become pessimistic. A collective purpose or a shared goal and value system where everyone understands and cares about the ‘why’ is fundamental for success. A vision statement is not enough, as it is not meaningful to your employees and therefore not considered in daily practice. Employees should be given the chance to add input when developing your companies Ikigai so they all have a sense of purpose. When making decisions on any level is it necessary to check that the action aligns to the purpose.

For individuals in business having a purpose increases your focus, enjoyment, and productivity. You will have more confidence making you more likely to persevere during the challenging times.

Finding Happiness

Ikigai does not mean happiness. Someone who has found their Ikigai will usually have a positive outlook on life and will therefore find happiness in small joys each day instead of chasing the dream of a future idea of happiness. Having meaning in life will motivate you to take better care of yourself and be healthier for it and will increase productivity, motivation and efficiency in the workplace.

If you would like to know more about how Ikigai could be applied to your personal of professional life, book a call.

 

Ferne Eliz King

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Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

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Generating revenue from your knowledge

Generating revenue from your knowledge

Generating revenue from your knowledge

You can absolutely make a living by selling your knowledge! You might have considered or even tried this before. Some of you might have tried and given up because you weren’t getting the revenue you hoped. I am here to urge you to read this and TRY AGAIN!! Particularly post 2020 disruptions…

The advantage of selling your knowledge is you don’t need the start up or overhead costs you would to open a business leaving you with more profits. But there is an art and science to achieving your goals. The diagram below created by Matt Church and Peter Cook demonstrates the different avenues to deliver your expertise out to your clients.

The bottom line: The more opportunities you take to deliver your service, the more people you will reach and the more revenue you will generate. You can absolutely play to your strengths but avoid putting all your energy into the area/s within your comfort zone. You don’t need to be the best in each of these areas, in fact if you apply Pareto’s 80/20 principle, being 80% successful in each area takes 5 times less effort than being 100% successful, so don’t waste your precious time on perfection!

Equally important is the way that you get your brand out to the world. When I began to establish myself, most of my focus was put towards my presence on social media. After several months, I was becoming disheartened, I hadn’t had any bookings despite having an established a reputation as an experienced transformational change consultant business and personal.  I had a strong network and had been regularly updating and interacting on social media. Upon reflection I realised that a large portion of my potential clients were not regular users of social media. So, I began to consider other avenues to get my name out to these people. Upon research I discovered that a lot of my potential clients often kept up with corporate trends through short articles, videos, and audio clips. I now regularly devote time to join podcasts, shooting videos and writing blogs and articles with notable improvements. I know have stronger interest, better revenue and importantly I am spending more time on doing what I love vs chasing the lead.

If you have a vision to sell your skills or knowledge and you have a passion for what you do, don’t stop trying, I am confident you will succeed.  Use your valuable time carefully and don’t get caught up in perfecting everything… Make a start and keep moving forward! Planning is fundamental.

My Tips to Ignite the Change !

  1. Spend time on your goals and aspirations, don’t underestimate the power of alignment
  2. Conduct insights on your emotional strength, don’t just do the easy stuff
  3. Create curiosity, curiosity is at the heart of all change, look for ways to ignite curiosity
  4. Deep dive into the options you will be amazed at the options after your curiosity step, create a plan – that you are ok to amend along the way!
  5. Now… take action!  do one thing a day to take a step towards that tomorrow you envisage
  6. Create a daily routine where you journal, continue to reflect and perseverance

Imagine our world where more people and business achieved their imaginable future.   That is what I am passionate about, that is where I use my skill and experience to generate value and income for myself.

I will post a blog soon about utilisation of Ferne Eliz King branded Ignite Change program along with how I use Ikigai Alignment Wheel in that journey to Ignite Change.   I do a bit of each of the above expertise wheel, I’m not the best in market at each but I make a difference to some and that ticks the box for me, and it generates an income where I spend more time doing than chasing.

 

Love Life, Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options.  If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow.

Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

Rejig Focus To Take Inspiring Action

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Why your blog doesn’t have to be perfect

Why your blog doesn’t have to be perfect

Why your blog doesn’t have to be perfect.

Do you cringe anytime someone reads your writing out loud? Does this thought sit in the back of your mind as you are blogging? (or does it stop you from blogging at all?) Blogs can be daunting, but the benefits should outweigh any uncomfortable feelings that you have about writing. For me, speaking comes more naturally than writing. When I write I tend to use too many words trying to assure my message has been conveyed loud and clear and I feel awkward when I hear people reading my words out loud. I push past all my apprehensive thoughts because blogs are a FABULOUS business tool. They are an innovative way to promote yourself or your business and even help boost your search engine ranking. The best part is they are shareable, people are more likely to share a blog they find relatable over a website which gets your brand out to more people.

Critically for me though I keep two things in mind. 1. If I help one person with my blog, whatever the topic that is a win for me and I am amazed at the comments I get from people around the world who appreciate the insights and thoughts that I put into blogs. 2. I journal every day, there is scientific proof this helps stress and I know use blogging as a mechanism to ‘use’ my journal time effectively. Once a week I write a few blogs. It helps me!

I remember the feeling of uncertainty and doubt when I began to write my first blog. I was confident with the content and would have no apprehension speaking to a group of people on the topic, but when it came to writing I had no idea where to start. Over time I developed a system to writing which I use to guide me through each blog, I don’t use it exclusively, but I refer to it to break down a blog when I am spending too much time starting at a blank page.

Know your audience
We are all targeting a different demographic of clients so before you write anything, ensure you have a clear image of your ideal client or customer in your head and write your blog as though you are speaking to them. For me, my ideal client isn’t reading my blog for entertainment. My audience are professionals who are often time poor, they dedicate as certain amount of time each week to expand their thoughts and skills outside of a standard professional development. So as much as I could spend more time adding entertainment to my writing, I know my audience aren’t going to value it as much as the direct, hard facts.

Heading
People will decide whether to read your blog based on your heading, so if there is one area to devote your creativity to, this is it! Workshop a couple of titles both before and after writing your blog. It is important to revisit the title at the end because your blog may have taken a different direction than you initially anticipate so you want the title to fit.

Image
A lot of experts discourage the use of stock photos and I understand that you need to be unique to stand out. However, I don’t have the time or energy to source or create innovative images for every blog or post I do. I prefer to use a stock image and make it unique by adding my brand colours, logo, boarders, backgrounds and graphics. This process only takes a few minutes on an application such as Canva.

Subheading
If your title and image haven’t convinced them, this is the final chance to hook them in. Use 1-2 sentences maximum describing what they will get out of reading your blog.

Body
It is a lot easier for you to write, and a lot easier for other people to read if you write the same way as you speak. Avoid long sentences, complicated words, and break up large bodies of text with subheadings. Remember blogs are supposed to be easy to read and comprehend.

Summary
Briefly summarise the main points of the article.

Call to Action
Alternate your call to action. It doesn’t always have to be ‘booking a call’ or ‘like and share’. Use the opportunity to direct them to free resources, related articles, your website or shop.

When used correctly blogs are an engaging way promote yourself and your services. Your blogs make you relatable so prospective clients will get to know, like and trust you, making them more likely to buy from you. Regular blogging is also an effective tool to boost your search engine rankings, getting more eyeballs on your offer. Write as often as you’re inspired, write the way you speak, it makes your more relatable, put the thesaurus down and just be you!

 

Love Life, Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

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Swimming in your lane. How well do you know your role?

Swimming in your lane. How well do you know your role?

Swimming in your lane. How well do you know your role?

We all have a role to play in the workplace, as we do in life. Due to the complexities of many projects in medium and large corporations, many adopt a swim lane diagram that demonstrates the role of each individual or team, along with who and when they should liaise with those in other lanes along the way. Challenges occur when people from other lanes come across interfere with your role, when others expect you to come across and help fulfill their role as well as your own, or when you cannot let go of obstacles that are not yours to overcome.

I recently discussed the organisation and synchronisation formula one pitstop crew. (Do your employees work like a well-oiled machine?)  To summarise, each crew member needs to be doing the right thing, in the right place at the right time, and while they need to be aware of what everyone else is doing they must solely focus on their own role. It would be a wonderful world if the same organisational skills could be said for the corporate world but unfortunately it is rarely the case. Afterall there is more room for error with a timeline much longer than 16 seconds!

So… How do we stop someone from swimming in our lane? And if someone repetitively interferes in our role how do we resolve it?

The best way to keep people out of your lane is to know your job and preform it well. Take pride in what you do, work hard, and be professional. Demonstrate confidence and let your strengths shine through. This does not mean be unapproachable or closed minded, it is important to be open to new ideas but recognise that you are the expert and ultimately it is your role to make decisions, ensure quality is applied to outputs and get the outcomes as soon as possible – safely.

To keep people out of your swim lane it is equally important to stay out of other people’s lanes. The more focus you give to the activities of others, the more momentum you will lose, (making it difficult to work hard and do your job well as mentioned above). If you believe someone to be underdelivering, it only becomes your concern if you are their manager, or if it directly impacts your work. No one enjoys being micromanaged, so it is important to trust others, give them space to fulfill their role, and even learn from their own mistakes.

However, occasionally you will encounter a co-worker that will come into your swim lane regardless of how well you’re a preforming which can be frustrating and an uncomfortable thing to overcome. So, let’s discuss some strategies to resolve this problem politely but effectively.

The best approach is to speak up. As obvious as this sounds to some, these conversations are often avoided as they can be uncomfortable. Some co-workers may genuinely believe they are being helpful, as for the others, politely reminding them of their place is important. Using respectful but confident communication and body language will be an asset. Demonstrate this by speaking slowly, keeping your shoulders and chin up, keeping your hands still or making only deliberate gestures and engaging with eye contact so they feel as though you are hearing them. There is no need for a long conversation, a quick reminder of your role with a direct factual response about what you are doing and why, and how your and management are confident in the roadmap you have set out.

For example:
“Thanks for reaching out with your ideas. Right now I am having success with (insert practice) which (managers name) has been satisfied with. I will reach out for suggestions if I need assistance in the future. .” Another successful approach is as follows, but only do so if you heartfelt believe in it or it will come across as false. “I really value the insights and experience you bring to the obstacles I am facing, how about if we set up a regular 1:1 every few weeks to toss around ideas of what to do differently and opportunities” If someone has the energy to help – cautious not to say no at the first encounter.

In most cases speaking up will get your co-worker back into their swim lane. In the rare event that it doesn’t achieve this outcome, don’t feel hesitant about calling on a superior for assistance. A concern of this nature needs to be handled promptly and if you are unsuccessful at managing it yourself this is the next logical step. If you present your next step to your co-worker in a respectful way they may be more willing to agree on a arrangement between the two of you.

Try saying:
“I don’t feel like we are coming to a resolution. To get us in agreement sooner rather than later, how would you feel about sitting down to a meeting and asking (a member of management or HR) to join us to mediate?”

The bottom line is if you demonstrate confidence in the way you preform your job people will be less likely to interfere in your swim lane. So keep your head down, take initiative, continue to improve your skills and practices and do your job well, while listening out for those gems of advice you will get along the way. Look for the balance of interference vs insights that ad value.

Love Life Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

Rejig Focus To Take Inspiring Action

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Practice what you Preach

Practice what you Preach

Practice what you Preach

Living by your own advice enables you to be the type of person that you admire.

Giving advice is a lot easier than receiving it, even when the advice has come directly from your own mouth. People tend to give advice to lift their own self-worth and sense of importance. Being on the receiving end generally has the opposite affect, and we must decide whether we accept the advice from others. There are tips we should all follow.

When someone comes to you with a problem, take a strong look in the mirror and consider whether you have the knowledge and experience to have an opinion, and if it is advice that you follow yourself, before offering any counsel.

People often confuse hearing someone venting a frustration with asking for advice, and we are quick to jump to solution mode when sometimes all the other person wants is for someone to hear them.

We could all work on being a better listener.

When someone offers you advice in your personal life, do not be so quick to dismiss it. We are often too emotionally entwined with our own problems and it is a lot easier for others to see the big picture. You ultimately have the power of choice, and not every piece of advice is going to be right for you but take some time to self-reflect before you make that decision.

If you are a leader or manager of a corporation. Practice what you preach!

It seems so obvious but all too often I see managers who have forgotten where they have come from and forgotten their role. Your role is to lead and support, not to direct and delegate. The way you conduct yourself in the workplace will have a direct impact on how those under you will behave.

Hypocritical is unfortunately a word that describes some managers, and it is both frustrating and disrespectful to the employees who look up to them. I’m not stating that these managers have chosen to behave this way- ultimately, I believe it’s a question self-awareness. Here are some examples of the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach to management.

The manager that:

  • Disciplines employees for coming to work late, but they arrive late for most meetings
  • Promotes strong customer service, only to be hostile towards a customer with a complaint themselves
  • Limits coffee breaks, but takes an hour and a half for lunch most days
  • Reminds employees not to spend work time on personal tasks, but then takes a 45minute personal call later that day
  • Insists on continual improvement yet never seeks to develop their own professional knowledge
  • Promotes teamwork and unity, but frequently puts individuals or other divisions down

As you can see some of these are quite subtle and easily things you may not notice in yourself but see clearly in other people. They are all quite common mistakes. But these mistakes can be cancerous to the overall work culture.

They good news is, owning your mistakes will restore some credit with your employees. If you begin to actively take your own advice you will begin to rebuild trust which will cause your employees to work harder and begin to take the initiative needed to grow a successful company.

So when you offer someone advice or direction, consider how the words can be applied to your own practices. There is a strong chance it is something you need to hear too!

Love Life  Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

Rejig Focus To Take Inspiring Action

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