Identify Your “Why”

When it comes to re-aligning with your values, connecting with yourself, and gaining a sense of purpose; then identifying your why will be helpful. Your why does not need to be permanent, it can be temporary for the day, month, and year. It could change as you change. We all do. This article will help you identify your “Why”.

Connect with Your Intuition

We have all the answers within ourselves. Sometimes, these answers get buried under all the worries, beliefs, and obligations we have throughout our life/day/week/month. A great way to connect with your inner sense of purpose is grounding yourself in this moment and asking yourself what your purpose is.

Try this:

  1. Find an environment that is as distraction free as you can get it
  2. If you have the time, find 5 minutes to do this activity
  3. Sit in a comfortable position and focus on your breath
  4. Notice any thoughts, feelings, sensations that arise, acknowledge them, then come back to your breath
  5. Once you begin to settle into this moment ask yourself a question that you want to know (A list of examples relating to our “Why” is down below)
  6. Return back to your breath not focused on the outcome of receiving the answer. Sit there with it. It may arise then, 24 hours, or even a day/month from there.

Example Questions for the above activity

  • “What is my purpose?”
  • “What feels most aligned for me in this time of my life?”
  • “What makes me happy?”
  • “What brings me meaning?”
  • “What makes me feel fulfilled?”

Feel free to play with the questions and if an answer arises you can even ask more detailed (but still vague questions) on how to get there.

Exploring Your Passions

When we are feeling disconnected from ourselves, it is easy to lose sight of what we are passionate about. Try going back to the hobbies and interests you use to have and see if they ignite a spark in you. If they don’t, that’s okay. There are more hobbies to try out there that may be more aligned with you.

Meetups is a way to look for groups near you that are going out and doing things. There are plenty of options and it connects you with people who have similar interests.

What helped me was making a 3 column list. Try this:

  1. Grab a piece of paper and something to write with
  2. At the top as a heading in the center put “Interests Exploration”
  3. Divide the paper into 3 columns down the long side of the page
  4. In one column label it work interests, put all of the tasks you enjoy doing for work in it
  5. In the Middle Column, put your Hobbies. The things you use to do for fun and currently find fun or interesting
  6. In the final column, put everything you tried that you don’t enjoy including the tasks at work and the hobbies you have tried.

This activity helps us identify what we do and don’t enjoy in work and outside of work. Make sure to have a list of values so you can stay aligned when exploring work, hobbies, and other possible passions.

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What are you Good at?

Personally, I don’t enjoy doing something I’m not good at, even if I’m passionate about it. The things we are good at can cross over with what we are passionate about. I encourage you to journal on this.

What are you good at?

Then, after thinking on this question and writing down everything you have been skilled or good at through your life, sit there and breathe. Taking some time to recenter yourself.

In the things you are good at, what are you passionate about? or at the least, what do you enjoy doing?

What can you make a Profit on?

Now, you know your passions, what you are good at, and now it is time to dive into what you can make a profit on. Before going deeper into this, I would like to point out that there are many ways to make income rather than the traditional 9-5. There are numerous opportunities between online course builders, video subscription platforms, and workshops you can do. These dive into education a bit more or even group fit classes if you are a fitness professional.

What can you make a profit off of?

Feel free to think outside the box here. Once you list ways you can make money compare it to the other lists you have. Where is the overlap of all three?

The Overlap

In order to make this easier for yourself try this exercise:

  1. Grab something to write with and on
  2. Make a 3 circle Venn diagram
  3. Label the circles as passions, what you are good at, and what you can make a profit on.
  4. See the overlaps. The ideal being the ones that overlap in the center.

Setting Intentions

Now that you have an idea of your passions, skills, and what you can make a profit on, it is time to come back to aligning with your values. You can easily have these align with you and your values if you are passionate about it.

A great way to do this is finding your intention for the day, month, year, or time being. Even setting aside your temporary intention until you are ready for your main intention. This goes into your “why” and sense of purpose. With everything you listed, what makes you feel fulfilled?

Your job doesn’t have to be your passion but it helps when it is. The main thing to keep in mind is how aligned you are in the aspects of your lives. You may have a high paying job the isn’t allowing you to come into your why, but does allow you to donate to the poor and this is what gives you fulfillment. This may not be the case but there are ways to change your current situation to a more fulfilling one, once you establish your why.

Even if your why is to be happy, it helps to find out what makes you happy. Getting down deep into these concepts and getting to the root will help you gain some direction.

Set an intention day by day of what you would like to gain or achieve and this can lead to your overall purpose and why. It can even be a gut feeling. Take your time here, it’s okay to go about this process slowly.


Identifying your why has multiple components including what makes you feel fulfilled, happy, and giving you a sense of purpose. The exercises give above help narrow down some potential options that could help you get there. The main take away is to explore, go through the trial and errors, and set some intentions to give you a sense of purpose each month/day until you identify your why.

When doing something, ask yourself why you are doing it. This helps you to take more mindful actions. Not everything has to be aligned with your purpose but it certainly helps practice your mindful actions.

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Peter is a Life Coach for Fitness Professionals and Coaches. He has been Personal Training, Teaching Yoga, and Coaching for a Combination of 5 years now. He has seen many coaches burnout and wanted to change that. Check more about Peter here.

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