Finding Optimism After Failure

My intention for this post is for you the readers to be able to find optimism through disappointment. The marks on my current assignment should not be the main focal point. It’s the outcome of the event that I want you to hold onto.

Recently I failed an assignment that I thought I had nailed. The point of the assignment was missed by a mile. After the sudden shock came the realization that several options exist: First become angry and complain about the lack of perceived fairness in the marking scale. Second was to assume complete failure and quit the program I had worked my tail off to get into. OR thirdly, go to my professor with my head held high seeking guidance to ensure this does not happen again.

The third option was the route I chose to take. I was here to learn, to improve, to excel. This opportunity at improving from failure means I have that much more room to grow, and more to be proud of by the end.

Walking into his office knowing my intention was to leave with a plan was quickly welcomed with a smile and words of encouragement.

Optimism will be maintained when we’re confident in our ability to pick ourselves back up and ask for guidance towards improving and enhancing our abilities.

Published by: Coach DanielH

Daniel Heller is a strength and conditioning coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Daniel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. In 2013, Daniel received the designation of Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA. On the side Daniel was the exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consultant for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Daniel’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from his days as a competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker, aside from the many recreational sports he participates in. He is the true strength & conditioning coach for competitive youths aiming for long careers as athletes but also the weekend warriors that train during the week to stay safe on the weekends. In 2015, Daniel took a year break from coaching in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of acquiring a masters degree. He returned to Seattle in September 2016 with a Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. By immersing himself in the cycling community of Scotland, he was inspired to focus his dissertation on competitive cyclists from varying disciplines where he researched a potential method of improving stationary sprint start performance. He is excited to return to coaching mountain biking combining his childhood passion with his academic and applied expertise.

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