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Redefining what it means to be a Superhero

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Redefining what it means to be a Superhero

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In the traditional sense a superhero is a character in a movie or story who has special powers, such as the ability to fly, that are used for fighting evil or helping people. One of my favorite superheroes growing up was the Incredible Hulk. I identified with him because he was a man of few words and incredible strength and durability. I loved watching him when he hulked out.

I think all of us have identified with a superhero at one point in our life. I think that is made evident with the Avengers: Endgame grossing 2.7 billion dollars this years in movie sales.

I often wonder what it would be like to be a superhero as an adult. One super power I would love to have is to never need sleep and always have an abundance of energy. My super power would be fueled by dark chocolate and coffee. How awesome would that be?

I would like to redefine what it means to be a superhero in the real world and not in a fictional story or movie.

Take a Chance on Ourselves

In a conversation with my business and life coach, Kimberly Dawson, she called me a superhero. She said we just need to redefine what it really means to be a superhero in this day and age. She said a superhero is someone who is willing to take a chance on ourselves and feel all of the resistance that comes our way when we are trying to change the world by being revolutionary.

It’s about being courageous and taking on that resistance we feel head on by overcoming self-doubt and showing up big in the world to fight the darkness that is so evident in our world today.

According to that definition I am a superhero. I have had so much personal resistance lately to my work that I want to bring to the world, but I have the courage to keep showing up.

Superhero Troy

You can just call me superhero Troy. You better watch out world, because here I come. No cape needed! Just a willingness to keep showing up, being vulnerable and a willingness to feel all of the resistance and continually moving forward regardless.

We are all capable of being superheroes. All that is needed is some courage, persistence and the willingness to never give up regardless of what obstacles are thrown in our path.

After all, life is all about taking risks. We need more real life superheroes in this world. Let’s all take a chance on ourselves and join in the fight against things that truly matter in the world.

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

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www.facebook.com/troyspiritualwarrior

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Inspired Leadership

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Inspired Leadership

I love to inspire people. It brings a huge smile to my face. I love to lead. That’s why I started a men’s ministry called Spiritual Warriors Unite at the gym I train out of. It’s a place where men can be real, vulnerable and authentic. To me it’s church. Not everyone is even a Jesus follower in our monthly gathering, but that is exactly what Jesus would want. All comers are welcome. We sit in a circle and we talk about our struggles and the hope we have in Jesus.

We have talked about the difficult topics of pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse, adultery, lust and shame. Pretty much all of the topics that we aren’t supposed to bring up in church.

I have seen grown men cry at our gym church. I have seen grown men tell each other they love each other. I have seen men who struggle with isolation come together in community and stand united.

Spiritual Warriors Unite

When I see this Spiritual Warriors Unite community, I know I am meant to lead. I am meant to be an inspired leader. As men, we need to be in community. We need each other whether we think we do or not. We need men to step up and be inspired leaders for our families, communities, churches and ultimately the world.

The world is crying out for strong male leaders and role models. God has put it on my heart to be that inspired leader. To make a difference in other peoples’ lives. To give other men hope that they can live the life they were created to live.

It’s pretty easy to feel beat up by this world and even more often we beat ourselves up for our many shortcomings. That was me for the vast majority of my life. I am done beating myself up. I am going to be an inspired leader no matter my shortcomings.

God Uses Willing People not Perfect People

God doesn’t use perfect people, he uses willing people. In fact, I am going to try and stop being perfect because that is a game I will never be able to win. Jesus is the only one that’s perfect. I am just going to show up and be me. I am going to live life to the full and show other people what is possible when we commit our life to Christ. When we take a chance on ourselves and pursue living the life of our dreams.

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I will continue to be the inspired leader that I am called to be. God has put a dream and vision on my heart so strong that I know I have to pursue it with all of my heart. A true leader sees that vision and is willing to give his life to that cause even if others don’t see it at the time.

My Vision

My vision is to lead a tribe of Spiritual Warriors that stand united as inspired leaders. There is too much darkness in the world. There is too much abuse and violence in the world. Men, let’s stand up and fight. Let’s be the inspired leaders God created us to be. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. Let’s train physically, mentally and spiritually every day and lead our families, communities and churches the way we were created to lead. As Spiritual Warriors, let’s unite for a purpose greater than ourselves. You are an inspired leader.

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

troyismir.com

www.facebook.com/troyspiritualwarrior

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Busting Through Our Limitations with a Growth Mindset

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Busting Through Our Limitations with a Growth Mindset

My latest guest on the Spiritual Warriors Unite podcast was Jeremy Couch.  Jeremy is the Executive Director and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a premier Christian university in Central Florida.  He is also a speaker, podcaster, leadership blogger and coach.  We discussed what it means to have a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.  Jeremy also shares some of his favorite books on spiritual and personal development and how we can always be learning and growing.  If you missed the podcast you can listen here.  Here are some of the highlights. 

Jeremy’s Scripture of Choice

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

FIXED MINDSET VS. GROWTH MINDSET

A fixed mindset is a limited mindset.  It’s when you don’t think you can improve your intelligence and your skills.   You think this is how I am born and this is who I am.  When you have a fixed mind set you don’t want to be challenged.  This type of person usually doesn’t like feedback.   A person with a fixed mind set ultimately has a very self-limiting belief about themselves. 

On the other hand a person with a growth mind set is defined by opportunity.   They feel like they can absolutely improve their intelligence and skills.   They embrace challenges and are always willing to put in an extra effort.  They welcome feedback because they know they can improve.   They are lifelong learners and get very comfortable being uncomfortable.    At their core they are humble.  It means they don’t have all of the answers and they are OK with that. 

TOP FOUR RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Circle Maker by Mark Batterson:  This book is about the power of intentional prayer and developing the perspective that God can do the impossible. 

Dare to Serve by Cheryl Bachelder:  This book is about servant leadership. 

Leadership and Self-Deception:  Getting out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute:  This book’s central insight states that the key to leadership lies not in what we do but in who we are.  It has powerful implications in organizational leadership and also in our personal lives as well. 

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg:  This book is all about taking care of our soul.  It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith. 

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

A statistic Jeremy cited was that approximately 30 million people have gone to college and never finished their degree.   There are three key things to keep in mind when considering going back to complete your college degree.

  1. It’s very doable, but it’s not easy.

  2. First you have to know your why.  Know your purpose behind getting your degree.  Ask yourself this question, “What is God calling you to do and how will this degree move you towards your purpose?” 

  3. It’s all about the experience and personal growth that comes along with it.  

Having a growth mindset can lead to unlimited opportunities.  Learning and growing is the best way to always stay passionate about life.  When we challenge ourselves in new ways it keeps our fire burning inside. 

In today’s world of technology there is no shortage of ways to learn from podcasts, online courses, audiobooks and just good old fashioned reading.  The key is to be intentional about our learning and to be consistent.  Fifteen to twenty minutes a day of personal growth and development goes a long ways. 

ON A MISSION

I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.  My vision is to impact one million men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.  The journey to one million men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?  So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warriors Unite Newsletter and becoming a part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group.

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.  The choice is yours.

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author, Podcaster and Spiritual Warrior Coach

facebook.com/groups/spiritualwarriorsunite/

https://www.troyismir.com/

 

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The Making of a Leader

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The Making of a Leader

I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Steve Hoke on my Spiritual Warriors Unite podcast the other day.  There were so many great nuggets of information that I will be summarizing in this blog post.  To listen to the entire interview go here.

Steve is a leader development and strategic life coach.  His passion is helping front line men and women fall in love with Jesus so they can live a spirit filled life and operate in spiritual authority. 

The heart of effective leadership is character and integrity.   Steve recommends the book The Leadership Challenge written by Kouzes and Posner.   According to Kouzes and Posner the following are the five skills or practices of highly effective leaders.

FIVE SKILLS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LEADERS

Be able to challenge the process:   Great leaders are not yes people.  They are willing to ask the hard questions and press against the existing status quo.

Inspiring a shared vision:  They lead by vision and inspiration.

Equip and release others to do their work:  They are great delegators.

Model the way:  They are goal oriented, but humble.  It’s not about them.

Encourage the heart:   They pay attention to the heart and the well-being of their people. 

SEEK OUT ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS

The biggest thing that has made a difference in Steve’s personal life is meeting with two to three men on a regular basis.   They ask each other the following questions:

  • What has God been doing in your life?

  • What are you learning?

  • Where are you struggling?

  • How can we help?

  • How can we pray for you?

Without being asked hard questions we don’t grow and transform.

DISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS

God gave all of us a hand full of spiritual gifts.  Spiritual gifts are where the power of God rises up in us.   It’s important to discover your spiritual gifts so you can cooperate with God in the areas where you are most powerful.  A resource that Steve recommends to discovering your gifts is Leadership Grip

THREE THINGS TO START TO DO TODAY TO BE A BETTER LEADER

Model the focused life by following the leader, Jesus.  Fall in love with Jesus and follow him.  Commit yourself to putting into practice everything you learn from Jesus.

Find a godly mentor and spend time with him. 

Leaders read.  Absorb as much knowledge as possible and ask the Holy Spirit how to apply it. 

To get in touch with Steve you can send him an e-mail at steve.hoke@novo.org or call him at 909-319-8003.  Steve loves to meet with anyone who wants to go deeper with Jesus. 

I AM ON A MISSION

I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.   My vision is to impact 1,000,000 men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.   The journey to 1,000,000 men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?    So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warrior’s Unite Newsletter and becoming part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group. 

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.   The choice is yours. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author and Spiritual Warrior Coach

facebook.com/groups/spiritualwarriorsunite/
https://www.troyismir.com/


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