Finding My Why

In Alyssa’s previous post Mindful March: Exploring The “Why”, she says:

This week, I spent time focusing on a few main “whys” in my life. What I achieved was the ability to begin understanding and letting go of some of the factors in my life that are holding me back from truly discovering my version of happiness. In doing so, I took one step closer to defining what I value in my life.

This shows that finding your “why” can direct you closer to figuring out what exactly you value in life. This made me think about my personal “why” and how it can help me discover my own version of happiness.

During my yoga teacher training, I was scared that I was going to get to the end of the course and discover that I didn’t actually like teaching yoga at all. Thankfully, this did not happen, and it only solidified the passion. It was also helpful to be around so many like-minded individuals with the same passion. Where we all differed though, was our reason behind wanting to teach yoga.

I’ve talked before about finding your passion in life and why it’s important to do that, but what do you do once you’ve figured this out? Even if you have your dream job in your dream industry you can still become unmotivated and start to lose your passion. This is why you have to know your “why” behind your passion. You don’t only need to know what it is you love, but WHY you love it.

My desire to teach yoga has been a passion of mine for quite some time. Now that I have completed my goal of getting certified to teach yoga I have been asking myself, “what now?”. This had made me realize that passion is sometimes not enough. I am used to having jobs where I have a boss who gives me guidelines on what to do. All of a sudden, it’s completely up to me, and this is terrifying. This is especially true for me right now because I have only ever taught one yoga class. I feel like I need more practice before I start teaching, but the only way to get better is to teach. I need to keep reminding myself of my “why” so I can motivate myself to push forward.

Figuring Out Your Why Statement

Doing research for this post I came across author Simon Sinek and his book “Start With Why”. I want to read this book, and maybe it’ll completely change my perception of finding my “why”. For now, my takeaway from Simon’s message is this Why Statement: To ___ so that ___. I love this statement because you can complete it for multiple areas of your life if you have multiple passions. I also love it because it can change and adapt as you do. Currently, my Why Statement for teaching yoga is:

To teach yoga so that others can live a healthier life with little stress and anxiety.

My battle with anxiety and grief is the reason I got into yoga in the first place. Knowing yoga helped me so much it made me want to share it with others. I love other aspects of yoga, like the physical practice to get fit, but this Why Statement reminds me of how exactly I want to help people. I want to give people the power of yoga to calm their mind and relax, and this comes with the added benefit of physical movement.

Sharing Your “Why” With Those You Around You

Sharing your “why” with those around you not only holds you more accountable, but it can also light the fire within you. I know when I talk about teaching yoga I get really excited and it can remind myself again why I wanted to do this in the first place. This is also a way to share your passions with those that you love. My friends and family know how much yoga has had a positive impact on my life because I talk about it a lot. This has motivated some of them to start trying it. I think it is especially important to have these conversations when you are feeling less excited about your passions. If you’ve had a bad day/week at work, try sharing your “why” with those around you and see if it helps bring back the passion.

Now that I have a strong understanding of my passion I am going to spend some more time on my “why”. I have a basic understanding and a start to my Why Statement, but I’m excited to go deeper. My first step is going to be to read Simon Sinek’s book “Start With Why” and create a new post about what more I learn from that – so stay tuned!

*Simon Sinek’s book can be found on Amazon here.

Thinking about my “why” has also made me realize that teaching yoga is not the end of my development, but only the beginning. Next, I would love to teach meditation and breathing techniques as well as gain some sort of nutrition certification. A healthy, anxiety-free life doesn’t come from just one aspect, so I’d like to help others reach this through many areas of their life. This is why Alyssa and I started this blog in the first place and knowing this “why” helps us keep the passion for writing these posts.

XO,

Emily

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