Let Go to Let Yourself Fall

Letting going of something (people, environment, object) that we know is diletarious to our human performance and holds strong emotional ties is one of lifes great challenges.

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My intention with this post is to encourage us to look at things that are holding us back from being in the moment, building on the present moment for a full future. In these modern times letting go is much more challenging because we have safety nets around everything. It’s not just letting go. It’s letting go and falling. Falling in love with the moment that we’ve been blind to by holding on to the dangerous legde of comfort. We know that growth is possible when we’re uncomfortable. Love happens when we allow ourselves to fall. Falling is not a comfortable sesssion, but it can be a great teacher.

To let go requires faith in that you’re taking right action for yourself. Listening from your heart with self love, love for life. Accepting and forgiving yourself for holding on for so long, wanting it to be right, when it’s really holding you back. Faith is key here and having faith itself has become a challenge with these safety nets of techology. Have you asked yourself recently what faith looks like and how it feels to you? Faith and trust go hand in hand. We must trust ourselves to make right action for ourselves with the faith that we’re being lead in the right direction.

For a lot of us trust does not come easily. Not being able to trust can have serious negative effects on relationships, work, and our health (physical and psychological). How well do you trust?  Over the past year, I have worked brutally hard at trusting myself and the universe. A lot of screaming, crying, celebrating, singing, praying, playing in nature, and maybe some more crying were part of the process, but I got closer. It still takes a lot of work and support from my communities.

“Letting go of the past so that we can fall in love with the present.” – Daniel Heller

Community is crucial when it comes to letting go or taking action. Sometimes we need to support our community by being there for them, reassuring them that if they make a decision we’ll either be there to celebrate the outcome, or console them if the outcome goes the other direction and work through what happened (remember being uncomfortable is a great teacher). Either way it’s a lessoned learned, a chance taken, and faith trusted. With a strong community we learn to fall. Falling in love with the process. Falling in love with ourselves. Falling in love with our communities. Falling in love with our faith. Falling in love with someone.

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We’re all capable of letting go and falling. We’re in this together. Building this Primitively Optimistic community is very important to me. Please help me grow it by commenting on and sharing this entry.

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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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