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Inner Peace...Where are You?

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Inner Peace...Where are You?

Why does inner peace seem so elusive? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like I find it for a period of time and then it mysteriously slips away. And when it does slip away there is little joy in my life.

Worry and Fear Rob our Inner Peace

The two biggest robbers of our inner peace are worry and fear. I worry about trying to make everyone happy and fear rears its ugly head when I fully step into sharing my voice on my entrepreneurial adventure.

I made a commitment to myself that I would write a blog post every day for the next 365 days. I do love to write. In the past I have written pretty conservative blog posts mainly about fitness and nutrition. Two of my biggest passions. But as my life as matured and evolved my faith has really become the most important thing in my life and that is what I am finding that I am writing about more and more these days. I am still very passionate about health and fitness, but without Jesus in my life, nothing else really matters.

What’s Your Resistance?

As I have been expressing my voice over the last ten days and showing more of my authentic self I started to get the worst sore throat and terrible mouth pain all on my right side. I was trying to understand what was going on and why this was happening. After I did some research and consulting I realized that there was resistance showing up sharing my authentic voice.

I have always believed in energy centers to some extent, but not fully understanding how our emotions and what we are thinking and feeling effects our body. The 5th energy center or chakra is the area of the throat. To be open and aligned with the 5th energy center is to speak, listen, and express ourselves from a higher form of communication.

Interestingly enough, as soon as I decided I was going to put my voice out there more in the form of writing my throat closed up. I have experienced intense throat, mouth and tongue pain and my body feels exhausted. I have also felt very tense and out of sorts for the last week. I have had little joy and inner peace.

After this realization, I believe I am under some level of spiritual attack. As I share more about my faith and what Jesus means to me in my life, it’s a little uncomfortable. Thoughts of what will people think of me swirl through my head. 

Be Your Authentic Self…No Matter What

Writing about fitness is safe. Fitness will always be a big part of my life, but as I step off the fitness platform a little more and step onto the faith platform, I realize the dynamic completely changes. My life’s work is the integration of faith and fitness. As I truly express myself not everyone is going to agree or like what I have to say. I am going to have to be OK with that. Certainly not everyone liked what Jesus had to say.

As I step into my speaking and writing ministry and fully express who I am and the huge impact I want to make in the world, I realize that my biggest obstacle is me and the resistance I am putting up. It has shown up big time with severe physical symptoms that pretty much wiped me out this past week.

Jesus is Rest for our Soul

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I now understand that Jesus can be the only one that can bring me rest and peace to my soul. I am going to write what is being put on my heart. I am going to pray and meditate that I will have inner peace regardless of my circumstances. I will let go of control and embrace the uncertainty of life and trust God and all of His promises. That is the only way to true inner peace.

I will leave you with this scripture that says it all about inner peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 To answer the question, inner peace where are you? It is in the hope we have in Jesus. Pray and meditate on that my friends.

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

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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.

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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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Gotta Get Away

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Gotta Get Away

The busyness of life. The simplicity of life. Being over-scheduled. Having the freedom of time. Feeling rushed. Living life at a slow pace. Feeling overwhelmed. Feeling deep inner peace. Feeling unfulfilled. Having a deep sense of purpose.

What life are you living? What life do you want to live? I know for me I want to live a simple life, have freedom of time, feel inner peace and joy while living life with a deep sense of purpose.

I think the majority of us do just the opposite. We are too busy and over-scheduled. We feel rushed and overwhelmed, lacking inner peace and purpose.

LESS IS MORE

I love the idea of less is more. This is the lifestyle I am dreaming about. This is the life I am imagining and working on creating for myself. I deeply desire to make a huge impact in the world and also find a way to do it without sacrificing my health and quality of life.

As I think about how Jesus modeled this, he would preach to the masses and then go be by himself to pray, meditate and be with His Father. How often do we forget this part of our life? Time alone. Time to think and pray. To create. Time to be with our Heavenly Father. Time to just be still.

SOLITUDE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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When I was considering leaving the pharmaceutical industry and moving to Colorado to start my fitness ministry, one of the things that helped me take a leap of faith was three days at the beach. I had three days of complete solitude.

I read the Bible, the Purpose Driven life by Rick Warren and Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. I took two hour walks on the beach. I wrote down every thought that God put on my heart.

I am going to share some of my fears and insights on that life changing three day gotta get away trip.

Our fears can hold us back from living the life of our dreams. I know that historically has been the case for me and something I still battle. As I look back at my journal here were my three biggest fears.

MY THREE BIGGEST FEARS

Fear #1: The fear of being alone. I was married for eighteen years and at the time I went away for my three day gotta get away trip I had been divorced for six years. The fear of being alone is something I have always struggled with.

Fear #2: Not living the life I was created to live. Being unfulfilled. I think we all fear that we are not living our life to our full potential. That we are wasting our time here on earth. Life is too short not to feel fully alive, but the desire for comfort and security usually outweighs our desire for adventure and the willingness to embrace uncertainty.

Fear #3: Money…not having any. I had a six figure job at this time. I had a steady paycheck. The fear in the back of my mind was do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Am I good enough to be successful at having my own business? There are no guaranteed pay checks. Am I going to go broke and end up on the streets? Those were all very real fears that I had to overcome.

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I love the definition of courage. Courage is being afraid and doing it anyways. I am glad I had the courage to take a leap of faith and ultimately start my own fitness ministry.

Those were my three biggest fears and here are my four biggest insights.

MY FOUR BIG INSIGHTS

Insight #1: My life moving forward will be in complete dependence on God. I will be living for an audience of one. I will care less about what people think about me and know that God loves me unconditionally. I don’t need to be a people pleaser any more. It will be no more Mr. Nice Guy for me.

Insight #2: I will live a purpose driven life. As Rick Warren says in his opening sentence in his book The Purpose Driven Life, “It’s not about you.” I made a decision that I will be mission focused in my life. I will live for a transcendent cause greater than myself. My purpose is to help people grow spiritually with fitness as the platform. I help people see themselves the way God sees them so they can overcome self-doubt and unworthiness and start to take chances on themselves and in life.

Insight #3: I will be my authentic self. I will show up in the world being me. I will love myself for who I am and who God created me to be. I will be vulnerable and share my story so people can go on this journey with me of living the life God created us to live.

Insight #4: I will be a Spiritual Warrior every day. This is what I wrote down in my journal of what it means to me to be a Spiritual Warrior:

· Live a life of adventure

· Embrace uncertainty

· Live with passion and courage

· Be disciplined internally and externally

· Have mental focus

· Have an attitude of persistence

· Train physically, mentally and spiritually every day

· Look to Jesus, the ultimate Spiritual Warrior as my model

If you are contemplating a big decision in your life, suffering from smoldering discontent or just feeling stuck and bored thinking there has to be more to life than this, I want to strongly encourage you to get away. Even if it’s for a day, but I highly recommend at least a long weekend. It could be the catalyst to living the life of your dreams.

Have I conquered all of my fears? Absolutely not. Have I perfected all of those insights I had from that trip? Absolutely not. I am a work in progress. But I do know that God can use me while he is working in me and through me. God doesn’t use perfect people, he uses willing people. I made a life changing decision in those three days that I would be willing. God knows I am far from perfect.

I don’t think I would have made the leap of faith if it wasn’t for those three transformative days in August of 2016. I eventually ended up leaving my job and moving to Colorado in May of 2017. As you can see this wasn’t a snap decision. It was thought out and planned.

I think many of us think about and plan to make many changes in our life, but we stop there. The big question is are you willing to take that leap of faith. Are you willing to take a chance on yourself? I think the only way to truly do that is to start to see yourself the way God sees you. To be the Spiritual Warrior you are created to be. To step into your greatness. To live a life of purpose and passion by overcoming your fears. If I can do it, you can too.

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

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www.facebook.com/troyspiritualwarrior

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What is Your Possibility?

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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

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BE A DREAMER

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. 

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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.” 

OVERCOME SELF-DOUBT

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 AM

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. 

MY 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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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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ONE Million Starts with ONE

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ONE Million Starts with ONE

In this world of follows and likes on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn and however many more social media platforms we have it is so easy to get caught up in numbers.  Believe me I have fallen into that trap many times myself. 

I often times wonder what our life would be like if we went back to the days before social media.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think social media is all bad and I certainly use it to share my story and encourage others, but I also know it’s a source of wounding.  It’s a source of comparison and envy. 

Sometimes I feel wounded after habitually glancing at Instagram when I subconsciously grab the phone without thinking about it and mindlessly scroll down the page. 

My thoughts run to why does he have so many followers and I can’t get past 230?   Why was he able to find an amazing and beautiful wife and I am still in my singleness searching for my life’s partner and dealing with the challenges of loneliness and the dating world?  Wow, that dude has some serious biceps and abs on him.  What do I have to do to look like him?  Wound after psychological wound.

That’s not good for any of us.  It has created an atmosphere of lack, scarcity and victim hood.  All very negative emotions instead of being grateful for the gift of life we have.   

There is one number that is truly important to me and that is the number ONE.  First of all, I am here on this earth to live for an audience of ONE.  That ONE for me is Jesus.  If I am living each and every day according to His plan and not my own, I know my life will be fulfilling and full of love, joy and inner peace.   It’s the audience of ONE that I crave not the number of followers I have on Instagram.

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The other reason that the number ONE is important to me is that I want to be a conduit of transformed lives ONE person at a time.   Yes, I have a huge vision of impacting ONE millions men’s lives through my Spiritual Warriors Unite community, but to me it’s all about that ONE person.   That ONE person I can reach through my blog, my podcast, my Bible and Barbells ministry, my Faith and Fitness class at Redeemer Lutheran Church, my Spiritual Warriors Unite monthly gathering at The Body. 

I got a phone call the other day from a twenty-five year old man who is seeking out mentorship from me.   If I can make a difference in this ONE man’s life, then I am doing what God has called me to do.  I am not going to worry about the numbers.  That I will leave up to God.  My job is to dream big.  To be more visible so more people can know our amazing and wonderful invisible God.   But my main focus is to be a source of encouragement and inspiration for that ONE man who will be sitting across from me. 

I will continue to have the dream and vision to impact ONE million men’s lives through my fitness ministry, but my main concern is that ONE person God has put in front of me today.   The rest is up to Him. 

What if we all just focused on the ONE?  The ONE interaction we have at the grocery store.  The ONE interaction we have at the gym?  The ONE interaction we have at the park.  We never know how God is going to use us.   We never know when those divine opportunities are going to happen, but when we live with openness and powerful energy and in our strength, God will align the moments at the right time so we can have a positive influence on ONE.

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My message is let’s dream big.  Let’s take risks.  Let’s change the world with love.  But let’s not lose sight that it starts with ONE.  It starts with living for an audience of ONE and impacting ONE person’s life at a time. 

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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