Finding your Why

24 Aug 2023
3 min read
Author – Vedika Jogani

A recent graduate from Ithaca College with a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science, specializing in Mental Performance, Vedika is OMP’s Product and Content Manager. During her studies, Vedika worked closely with Ithaca’s Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams and Women’s Volleyball Team as their Mental Performance Consultant. Vedika is currently completing her Certified Mental Performance Consultant Certification.

In the world of sport, there exists an underlying current that propels athletes beyond their physical capabilities.

This is your why – the driving force that kindles your passion, fuels your dedication and sets your athletic journey apart.

Inspired by Simon Sinek’s concept of the golden circle, the why is an important aspect of an athlete’s journey.

By understanding your unique motivation, you can unlock a reservoir of strength, resilience and fulfillment that propels you to surpass your limits.

The why is the core principle of your athletic experience, encapsulating your core beliefs, aspirations and reasons for engaging in your chosen sport. It is the North Star that keeps you grounded, focused and driven to overcome obstacles.

Here are a few simple steps you can follow to find your why:

1. Self-Reflection

In order to find your why one needs to embark on a special journey of self-reflection.

Asking yourself the right questions such as why do I engage in this sport, what part of this sport brings me joy and satisfaction and how does participating in this sport align with my goals and values?

Delving deep into your goals and values will allow you to find that journaling your thoughts becomes a transformative tool, aligning your passions and desires and the true significance of your involvement in your sport.

2. Aligning with Values

Your values are your guiding principles that shape your decisions and behaviors.

Allowing your motivation for sport to align with your values starts to become a natural extension of yourself.

As your athletic pursuit intertwines with your values a profound sense of purpose emerges nurturing intrinsic motivation and kindling meaningful connections.

Contemplating the essence of your core values unearths the map to your purpose, shining light on the reasons that drive you forward in sport.

3. Setting Meaningful Goals

Setting goals that are rooted in your why can help to fuel your athletic journey with a true purpose.

Rather than fixating solely on end results, embrace the shift towards process-oriented objectives.

By immersing yourself in the journey itself and embracing personal growth, you not only infuse your pursuit with purpose but also embark on a journey unveiling the authentic core of your true passion.

In the grand tapestry of sport, your why is the thread that weaves meaning, passion and purpose into your journey.

By understanding your why, you not only enhance your athletic performance but also embark on a profound voyage of self-discovery.

Take a moment to reflect, delve into your passions and let your “why” guide you toward a future enriched with purpose and fulfilment.



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