Obsessed with Passion

Cowboy by Richard A. HellerDuring grad school, my classmates thought that I was obsessed with cycling. I took a bit of offense to it at the time because I felt my real obsession was ice hockey, but I’ve come to realize that my obsession with cycling lead to my dissertation, which has lead to where I am now. Embracing an obsession that moves me forward in life. Obsessed with constant progress. Attacking all of my projects with deep passion fueled by obsession.

My intention is to shine light on the negative connotation of being obsessed with something. Our obsession can drive us or consume us. It is not for others to understand, but for them to accept that this is our path right now. If we allow our obsession to give us the strength to pursue our purpose with passion then we’re on a path to success on thi particular path. This is not to say that our path will not shift, change, or transform. Would you agree that life is full of these paths, choices, goals, demands? Whatever you want to call them.

17Let’s reign this in a bit. Asking acceptance of those in your community so that you can work with you obsession to fulfill your lifes purpose is not too much to ask. When this obsession is not consuming you, but you are consuming it. The support and acceptance you receive allowing you to be passionate about your obsession cannot shroud the support and acceptance you show others. I am being quite demanding and dogmatic today, and I am standing strong with the words I am sharing with you today.

The images are provided by Richard A. Heller. Please take the time to visit his site http://richardaheller.com/index.htm to get a feel for his obsession.


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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