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Why are there no pictures here? It’s because I want this to be all about this process. It won’t take long, but it is important. I know some of you love the pictures of my adventures so follow me to my Instagram.

Cultivating an optimistic outlook will benefit the day-to-day obligations that we all have. The hardwork we put in might seem all for not if we don’t do it with the intention of moving towards a goal. So what is my goal for doing this on a weekly basis?

I do this with the intention of holding my self accountable for living in a way that I feel will have a positive impact on the world. Sharing my ways of over coming challenges so I can move into the future knowing what I’ve learned from the past. This is also a way of cataloging these lessons.

Identifying the challenge that we have faced is the first step.

What did we find challenging about it?

Given the opportunity to do it over again, what would we do differently? That’s the skill learned!

Can we see other scenarios where this skill is applicable?

Given the opportunity to practice this newly acquired skill are we optimistic about outcome of future challenges?

That’s it! It’s really that simple. This is the simple process of cultivating Primitive Optimism.

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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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