Finding My Why

Lion Monument in Luzerne
Bucket list item checked off the list. I’m proud of this picture.

IMG_0044A friend recently sent me a TEDx Talk by Simon Sinek about How Leaders Inspire Action. I started listening to Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why on Audible to get a more in depth appreciation for finding my why. I don’t get frustrated sitting with my thoughts and feelings very often, but for some reason this is causing irritation that I’m going to attempt to work through in this post, so bare with me as we go through this.

While I explore my professional why, I think I should refocus on my why for continuing to do this blog. I’m writing this blog because I have an emense appreciation for the future of this planet. The people, the environment, the regional to global communities, all of it. Some live more primitively than others, but we’re all alive at this very moment. We have an obligation to each other to do our best to ensure we thrive to see another day. I write this blog because I want to feel apart of something, I want you to feel apart of something. I share my experiences and the impacts they have on the days ahead because every experience is an opportunity to gain a pinch of wisdom.

Inspiration whether internal or external drives me to continue to write. I’m optimistic that this struggle to find my why will only make my why that much stronger. The longer I sit here the more it becomes clear that my why is about building a strong community. Physically, emotionally, mentally. Just stronger, flexable, adaptable, resilient. We cannot do this alone, we need each other. That’s why I write this blog! Because I’m here, being vulnerable, open, bare.

Top of Europe at the Jungfraujoch
My why is somewhere out there.

Thank you Simon Sinek for inspiring this blog today!

Do you know your why?

My professional why is coming to me! Keep an eye on MTB Strength Journal to watch my why come to life.



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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