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Episode 79: Where to focus your efforts

April 05, 2023 Kristina Hunter Episode 79
Live. Well. Green.
Episode 79: Where to focus your efforts
Show Notes

There is NO shortage of issues and causes that need our attention, and yes, they may all be important and worthy. But what can YOU do with your time and energy - that we all know is not bottomless?

This problem of not knowing where to focus is the number one issue I find that keeps people stalled out on meaningful environmental and social change. So that is what we are going to tackle today.

So, there is a greenspace in my neighborhood that really needs to be protected from development, and our bike routes need to be improved for my husband to ride to work safely and this problem with rainforest destruction is so troubling to me, never mind my country’s growing Carbon emissions.

Even if I do choose a cause, I want to go further than just donating. How can I be a bigger part of social change? I need to feel like I am DOING something - for myself, for the next generation.

I am not even sure what that looks like. 

Or maybe you are taking action, but it feels like you are not making an impact, plus it is depleting you.

Do you see where I am going with this?
Yes, you need to do what aligns with your talents!

But it’s more than just that. I am going to encourage you to find your Eco-Ikigai.

Ikigai is a Japanese term that roughly translates to “Reason for being”, and is often applied to career choice. This helps you to link your passion and skills to what the world needs.

It turns out there are real benefits to living out your purpose. People who find meaning in their work or activities outside of work tend to live longer, happier lives.

Eco-Ikigai can be represented by a Venn diagram (yes, sorry another Venn diagram) of 4 overlapping circles, each representing a core concept of the Eco-Ikigai.

It brings together the spheres of:
what you are good at
what you love (together are your unique capabilities)
employs them on what the world needs
selectively choosing to do so where you have influence.

This is the key to knowing where to focus your efforts.

Where those intersect, where you have all 4 conditions, you have your Eco-Ikigai, where you should focus your efforts in order to make the most impact. In ways that give you energy, and fulfillment, rather than draining your resources.

As Michelle Obama, wrote, “Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. We realized that being successful isn’t about being impressive; it’s about being inspired. That’s what it means to be true to yourself.”

For the full show notes head to EP 79 Where to focus your efforts.

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