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Rise Up and Conquer


Rise Up and Conquer

God designed men to conquer.   We need challenges in our lives.   If we don’t have challenges we get soft and bored and that is never a good combination.   Revelation 3:21 states, “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

I believe one of the biggest battles I see men face is one of complacency.  Not living life to the full, both in our spiritual walk and our physical being.  We have gotten soft physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Believe me, I have been there too.  I have been soft mentally and spiritually for a big part of my life.  I haven’t always been on fire for life or for God.  I have been complacent and have been anything but a strong spiritual leader. 

But all of that is changing.  I believe God is calling me to do great things as I become more willing to step into my greatness.  I have decided once and for all that I don’t have to play small any more.  This scripture smacks me right in the face every time I read it.   And, “But my righteous one will live by faith.  And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”  Hebrews 10:38

God Created Us to Live Big Lives

God created us to live big lives.  Not for our glory, but for the glory of God and for the good of others.  It’s not enough just to go to church, and most men aren’t even doing that.  It’s about living transformed lives that make us feel fully alive.   It’s about living a life that sets our soul on fire.

As men we are wired for challenge.  We are wired to rise up and conquer.  That’s why I loved football so much.  I went to battle every Saturday with other men to defeat the opposition.  In my work as a fitness minister I have seen far too many men lose their inner warrior.  They have lost that inner athlete.  They have become complacent. 

Here is what I do know.  That inner warrior is still in there.  Your inner athlete is waiting to come alive again and be re-awakened.  Don’t beat yourself up.  It’s never too late.  Get off the couch and get back in the arena. 

Do Something that Excites You and Scares You


Part of my work is to challenge men to come up with a BHAG.  This is what Jim Collins coined as a Big Hairy Audacious Goal.  It’s something that scares you and excites you at the same time.  I ask the men I work with to make it a physical goal.   But it represents so much more than just a physical goal.  It’s about re-capturing our self-worth again.  It’s about finding who we are.  It’s about understanding that we are sons of the great and living God and that He wants to do amazing things in us and through us.  He is asking us to rise up and conquer.  To get back in the game physically, mentally and spiritually. 

This is how a BHAG works.  I am going to share with you my BHAG for 2020.  My BHAG definitely excites and scares me and I really don’t know if I can do this as I have struggled with a fear of heights my whole life. 

My BHAG for 2020 is to do the Mt. Evans Hill Climb on my bicycle.  This epic climb takes place on the highest paved road in the United States.  It’s a 7,000’ climb from an elevation of 7,500’ all the way up to 14,100 feet.   That both excites me and scares the living daylights out of me.  I can feel my palms getting sweaty and my heart pumping as I am typing these words. 

As if that isn’t enough the second part of my BHAG is to do the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.   At an elevation of 14,115’, Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain, is one of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners, mountains that rise more than 14,000 feet (4,267.2 m) above sea level, and the highest of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. 

I actually drove to the top of Pikes Peak about a month ago and the last 2,000 feet of driving to the summit got my heart pounding.  It made me sincerely doubt if I could do it.  Not so much physically, but more mentally as my fear of heights completely took over.  And that is exactly why I am deciding to rise up and conquer this BHAG. 

My BHAG is a complete integration of mind, body and spirit.  This is not just a physical goal, but a mental and spiritual one.  I will have to be mentally tough along with relying on God’s strength to pull me to the top. 

It’s about the Character We Develop Along the Way

It’s not even about the completion of the BHAG as I realize I could “fail”.   It’s about the character we develop along the way.  It’s about who we are becoming.  It’s about reclaiming our inner warrior and pushing our physical, mental and spiritual limitations. 

I ask my clients when they come up with a BHAG to also choose a scripture that will inspire and encourage them because this is so much more than just a physical feat. 

Here is the scripture and motivational quote that I have chosen for my journey to the top of Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak. 

“He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.” 


Here is my motivational quote I will stand on.  “It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.”-Sir Edmund Hillary

My whole purpose behind this is to inspire men to be the spiritual leaders we are called to be.  This is so much more than a physical event.  It’s about getting back to being a Kingdom Man.  A man who is strong physically, mentally and spiritually so we can be the inspired spiritual leaders for our families, churches, communities and our nation. 

What is your BHAG going to be?  How are you going to rise up and conquer?  Please reach out to me if you need some coaching and guidance on this.  I have seen men’s lives be transformed in every area of their life when they embrace the idea of setting a BHAG in their life. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

Spiritual Warriors Unite Podcast



The Journey to Impacting One Million Men’s Lives Starts with One


The Journey to Impacting One Million Men’s Lives Starts with One

Not that long ago I had this crazy vision that was put on my heart to impact one million men’s lives through building a tribe of Spiritual Warriors. A Spiritual Warrior is a person who is willing to go on a journey of self-growth and personal discovery for a transcendent cause greater than ourselves.

I question myself every day if I am making a difference in anybody’s life. I question whether I am being the inspired leader that God is calling me to be. Am I truly modeling what it means to embody physical, mental and spiritual health?

So often we don’t know the difference we are making in people’s lives. We hope and pray that we are, but until someone is willing to go out of their way to tell us how we have impacted their lives, it’s really hard to know.

I say this because I recently had someone I mentor share a blog post with me that he wrote recently for a class he is taking in college. I am going to include the prompt and what he wrote about how I have impacted his life, and how he is in turn impacting other people’s lives because of his own personal growth and willingness to be an inspired leader himself.

This young man just happens to be only twenty-one years old, but in my opinion, he is one of the finest Spiritual Warriors I have ever met. It just goes to show you that God can use us no matter if we are young, old or anywhere in between. We just have to be willing and courageous.

The prompt for the post was…

“Think of someone in your life who’s had a significant positive influence on you. Maybe it’s a parent, a coach, a teacher, or a friend. Maybe they encouraged you to believe in yourself or empowered you to do things you didn’t know you could. Who are these people to you?”

Pick one of them and answer the following four questions.

1. Who is this very special person in your life? Why do you choose them as one of your biggest positive influencers?

2. What did they specifically do that you found so meaningful?

3. What are the results of their actions on you and your life?

4. Going forward, what are some things you can do for yourself and for others to honor this person’s contribution to you?

Cade’s Blog Post


“One of the biggest influences in my life has been my friend and mentor Troy Ismir. I met him at the gym we both attend and I have looked up to him since the day I met him. I chose him as one of my biggest positive influencers because of his outlook on life and his execution of his vision.

He left a comfy job as a pharmaceutical salesman in Orlando Florida, where he was getting quarterly bonuses north of $10,000, to come to Colorado and chase his dreams of being a fitness and faith coach. He focuses on three aspects of health…mental, physical, and spiritual. He is one of the few that left comfort to pursue his passion and execute his vision. He has started multiple groups in town, as well as a website and podcast where he shares ideas of ways to better ourselves.

Some of the specific things he did that I found so meaningful were that he showed interest in me and the pursuit of my passion, he pushed me to be better as a physical trainer and life mentor, he challenged me to make changes in my life that were tough, but that ultimately benefited me. He also invited me to many of his groups where I have built great relationships. He has always been open for me to talk to him even when they are awkward or tough situations. He never makes me feel dumb or small and always tries to give me helpful advice and feedback.


The results of his actions on myself and my life are that I constantly search for ways to push myself and better myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. He has made me strive to be a more integral man, someone who shows respect to all people, and he has helped me get out of my comfort zone in many areas, which helps me grow as a person.

In order to honor Troy’s contribution to my life I believe that it is important that I can continue to show up to his group meetings, subscribe to his website, and his podcast so that he can continue to grow his dreams and help others the way he helped me. I will also mentor and treat others the way Troy has done to me. This will positively impact others’ lives and carry on his legacy. He always talks about wanting to make an impact that is bigger than himself. In my eyes he already has. So I can honor him by telling him how he’s helped me and by helping others the way he helped me. His impact will grow exponentially if I can do what he did for me.”


I have truly been honored and humbled to be a part of Cade’s journey and growth as a young man. God brought Cade into my life for a reason. His words enCOURAGEd me, they literally put courage in me to keep working hard for what God has set forth before me.

So if you are doubting whether you are having the impact in this world that you are hoping to, remember it starts with making a difference in one person’s life. The message I want to send you is don’t give up. Be persistent. The world needs you to make the impact you are called to make. 

If you are someone who is being greatly impacted by someone and your life is better because of your interaction with this person, I strongly enCOURAGE you to be bold and tell that person how much of a difference they have made in your life. It may just be the words of enCOURAGEment they need to keep moving forward. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

Spiritual Warriors Unite Podcast



What is Your Possibility?


What is Your Possibility?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11



I am a dreamer.  It’s part of the fabric of my being.  One of my dreams as a kid was to play football professionally for the Minnesota Vikings.  I was on that path until a devastating knee injury in college changed the course of my entire life.  

That unrealized dream has lead me to dream even bigger dreams.  Dreams that will change the world. 

Even though I am a dreamer, sometimes the dreams lie dormant in our hearts for many years.  My hope for you and me is that we awaken that dreamer in us.  That we realize we can create the life of our dreams by stepping into the person God created us to be. 


My dream has always been to be an entrepreneur.    After God placed that dream on my heart over twenty-five years ago it finally has come to fruition.  I believe the possibilities for myself and for you are endless. 

What I am learning on this journey of self-realization is that I am the only one who can hold myself back.  And how do I hold myself back?   Through self-doubt.  By not believing in myself.  By not stepping into believing I am who God says I am. 

I AM strong.  I AM courageous.  I AM brave.    Joshua 1:9 says, “This is my command-be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 


So why do I and so many Jesus followers struggle with self-doubt?  It is very clear in scripture what God says about us.  I am realizing that this is my challenge to overcome.  The only way I can truly live an abundant life and live the life that God created me for is to turn my self-doubt into self-confidence.    

The only way to turn my self-doubt into self-confidence is to see myself the way God sees me.  When I start to live my life that way is when I will manifest abundance in my life.  That is when I will become fully alive and start to take risks that will allow me to live the life of my dreams. 

What I want for you is to live the life that God intended for you.  That you start to create your dream life by turning your self-doubt into self-confidence. 


I have dabbled in I AM statements in the past, but have never stuck with repeating them over and over.   There are so many powerful I AM statements in the Bible, but it is easy to gloss over them and not take them to heart. 

Here are some of the most powerful I AM statements in the Bible that can help us turn our self-doubt in self-confidence by starting to see ourselves the way God sees us. 

·         I AM the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13)

·         I AM the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

·         I AM a child of God. (John 1:12)

·         I AM a part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life. (John 15:1,5)

·         I AM Christ’s friend. (John 15:15)

·         I AM a new creation. (2nd Corinthians 5:17)

·         I AM the enemy of the devil. (1 Peter 5:8)

·         I AM a son of God and one in Christ.  (Galatians 3:26,28)

·         I AM united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)

·         I AM righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24)

What if we started to live out those I AM statements?  What if we showed up in the world as the light of the world as Matthew 5:14 says.   What a game changer that would be.  What would the possibility be for your life? 

A quote I love from Christopher Reeve says, “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”  There are so many possibilities for us when we live with faith, hope and love.  We will live the life God intended for us when we start to see ourselves the way God sees us.   That’s when we will dream big and start to take big risks for the betterment of humanity. 


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