Pulling Yourself From The Darkness

Today started with the sun shining bright and birds singing. But what happened is far from sunny. As the day progressed I found myself getting deeper  and deeper into a flowimg_0240consciousness that became painful and I couldn’t stop it. I even had to pull over before I lost it! But wait… You think I’d actually leave it there? No way! This is about acknowledging the depths of darkness that we find ourselves in even when the sun is bright as can be and then desperately fighting our way out.

I read a bumper sticker that said “Don’t believe everything you think.” That is exactly what I’m talking about here! I got to a cafe and instantly started to write down how I was feeling, why I was feeling that way, and then wrote the exact opposite. Writing the exact opposite, repeating it out loud, and convincing myself to believe in me. This action altered how I was physically and emotionally feeling.

Think about it for a moment, I altered my physical state by altering my thought processimg_0234through the action of writing, and speaking. Coming to grips within my internal process. Acknowledging that I have this power within me.

You have this power within you, we all have it within us. Sometimes it needs a little bit more coaxing than others. But this is where life’s work is. Are you prepared to do the work?

I believe you are.


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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