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Just Keep Showing Up

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Just Keep Showing Up

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I have adopted this mantra for my personal training clients, “just keeping showing up.”  A quote from Woody Allen says, “Eighty percent of success is just showing up.”  I love that quote and believe it to be true.  So many of my clients have stopped and started an exercise and nutrition program so many times over the years, they come to me lacking self-confidence and full of fear that they are going to “fail” again. 

My first job as their coach is to redefine failure.  Failure to me is when you quit showing up.  When you stop trying.  When you throw in the towel and succumb to that evil voice inside your head that says, “I knew I couldn’t do it, I failed at my attempts to get healthy again.”

Men and women alike are fearful of this change process.  It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and afraid when we get out of our comfort zone.  From my twenty-five years experience as a fitness professional I think coming to a gym and starting an exercise program can be one of the most courageous things you can do, especially when you are very de-conditioned. 

I remember the first time I walked into a gym in Bismarck, North Dakota where I grew up.  I was a scrawny little ninth grader who had this dream of getting bigger, faster and stronger for football.  Me and my buddy decided we wanted to join a gym and there weren’t too many options in Bismarck at that time.  We decided that a gym called Third Street Gym was going to be our gym of choice.

I will never forget that experience.    I was a little nervous in the first place, and as I walked into the gym, the first thing I saw was a guy lifting biceps.  His arms were significantly bigger than my legs.  I took one look at my friend and I knew he was thinking the same thing.  We were so intimidated by this guy, we turned around and walked out with our tail between our legs. 

Thankfully, we got the nerve to go back to that gym a couple of days later and decided to join.  That guy who intimidated us, turned out to be one of the nicest guys.  He actually helped me and my friend learn about strength training and how to lift properly.

I have been showing up in the gym now for the past 36 years.  I just keep showing up, staying fit and strong.  That is what I want to challenge you to do.  Keep showing up.  Get out of your comfort zone.  I believe one of the best things you can do to overcome any fear you may have is to hire a qualified personal trainer/coach. 

Why go it alone?  Why struggle to try to figure out exercise, nutrition, stress management, supplements, movement and improving sleep by yourself?  One of the best things I have ever done was to hire a business/life coach.  It has changed my world.  She challenges and encourages me at the same time. 

I would like to think that is what I do with my clients.  I challenge, encourage and inspire everyone that I work with to be their best. 

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I train people for performance and for life.  I help people get healthier, fitter and better in all areas of their life.  I help people get stronger physically, mentally and spiritually so they can live life to the full. 

2nd Chronicles 15:7 says, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”  Just keep showing up.  Your efforts will be rewarded.  You will see results. 

If you are ready to take a chance on yourself and re-write your story on a total health transformation, please reach out to me at troy@troyismir.com.  I would love to partner with you and create new possibilities in your life.

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Personal Trainer and Health Coach

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Three Keys to Leading Like Jesus

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Three Keys to Leading Like Jesus

I have always admired the quiet leaders such as Tony Dungy and Bud Grant.  I loved their stoicism on the sidelines.  They never lost their cool and always stayed even keeled regardless if they were winning or losing.  I understand we all have different personalities.  Some people wear their emotions on their sleeves and others you can’t tell if they are ahead by 20 points or down by 20 points. 

I have always considered myself a lead by example kind of a guy.  I am not a big rah rah get in your face, give me two more reps fitness professional.  Don’t get me wrong, I will get the most out of you and push you out of your comfort zone, but I will do it in a way that shows compassion. 

I think great leaders use love as our weapon.  All of my clients know I deeply care about them as human beings first and foremost.  I not only want them to get healthier physically, but spiritually and mentally as well. 

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In my faith and fitness class I teach at a local church I had a participant who shared with me some real difficult personal issues he was dealing with.   We have been able to talk before and after class as he shared some of the personal battles he is going through.  I have built trust with this person as he has shared some of his darkest struggles with me. 

As I was talking to him after class the other day he shared with me that the only reason he was coming to my class, was because of my leadership and compassion for people.  The physical workout was more of a side note.  That comment really blew me away.  I was simply leading my class and investing my time in listening and getting to know each and every one of my participants.   He said he always feels listened to and encouraged.  

Whether we know it or not, as leaders, and as in this case as fitness professionals, we can have a huge impact on people’s lives.  As faith-centered fitness professionals we can have an even greater impact on transforming people’s lives all for the glory of God. 

I have been doing a great deal of praying and meditating lately.  The biggest prayer that I have been asking God for is to work in me and through me so people can see the love of Jesus in me.  My prayer is that I can be the type of leader that Jesus was. 

THREE KEYS TO LEADING LIKE JESUS

First and foremost we have to be spiritually fed ourselves.  Matthew 6:33 is one of my favorite verses.  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” If we neglect our own quiet time, time in the Word and prayer, we will be spiritually starving ourselves.  If we aren’t in a good place spiritually, it will be really challenging to be there to encourage and inspire others. 

But seek first his kingdom and his rightousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
— Matthew 6:33

My morning always start with time in the Word.  I don’t care how early I have to get up.  Often times it is between 4am-5am.  I try to get at least an hour in every morning of prayer and Bible reading, but that doesn’t always happen.   Even if you can spend 10 minutes alone with God every morning that will change the trajectory of your day. 

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The second key is to walk the walk.  To lead with integrity.  To practice what you preach.  Proverbs 10:9 says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”  That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect, it means that we have to be honest with people and sometimes be very vulnerable with them.  Let people know we don’t have it all figured out, but that we are doing our best.   People respect us when we are authentic and real. 

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
— Proverbs 10:9

The third key is to submit yourself to the Lord.  Allow Him to work through you.  If you try to lead under your own strength and power, it will only lead to exhaustion and stress overload.  Trust me I know.  I am really good at that.   When I am exhausted and overwhelmed, I know I am trying to do things under my own strength and that never turns out good.

I saw a quote the other day that says, “Your work is to relax and allow.  To relax and allow.  No matter what.”  Doesn’t that take the pressure off of us?  Let Jesus work in us and through us.  That’s what makes a powerful leader.    John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  That is such a powerful image and a great one to live by as leaders. 

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I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
— John 15:5

Of course leading like Jesus is no easy task.  It takes a great deal of energy, selflessness, compassion and time alone to get our own cup re-filled.  But when you realize all of the potential people we can impact through this leadership style, it is worth investing every ounce of ourselves into leading like Jesus. 

Imagine the possibilities as fitness professionals if we all moved towards leading like Jesus.  Not only would our clients get physically fit, but more importantly they would get more spiritually fit.   My prayer is that as leaders we seek first the kingdom of God, lead with integrity and allow God to work through us.  The world will be transformed one client at time. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Health Coach and Personal Trainer

 

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Are You Still Dreaming?

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Are You Still Dreaming?

Do you remember when you were a kid and you had all of these dreams of what your life was going to be like when you grew up.  I remember as a kid all I ever dreamed of was being a professional football player.  That was all I thought about and I had no doubt in my mind that dream would come true. 

I vividly remember getting my first real football helmet when I was around 8 years old.  It was a shiny purple Minnesota Vikings football helmet with those white and yellow Viking horns on the side.  I would throw passes to myself in my bedroom and jump for the ball and dive for it and land safely on my bed. 

Well that dream didn’t end the way I had planned.  My dreams of playing in the NFL were snuffed out when I had about the worst knee injury you could possibly have.  I tore my ACL, MCL, PCL and my medial meniscus after an opposing player fell directly on my knee as it was firmly planted in the ground.  In a fraction of a second my dreams were crushed. 

Ever since that fateful day I think I have been searching for a new dream, for a new purpose.  How about you?  What dreams were taken away from you in your youth?  Have you stopped dreaming?  Have you stopped hoping for a better life?  A life of vitality, purpose and adventure.  A life of significance. 

For many years I stopped dreaming.  I just got stuck in the day to day of life.  Don’t get me wrong, I have lived a blessed life despite the heart break of a devastating knee injury and a life shattering divorce.

I have two amazing children and overall my health is great.  A bionic knee and hip doesn’t stop me from working out every day and pushing my body to the limit. 

But at what point do we stop dreaming and thinking big?   At what point do we settle for mediocre and stop taking risks?   I think this has happened to most all of us.  We get disappointed in our lost dreams and our broken hearts and we just settle for playing it safe.  I will be the first to admit I have lived the majority of my life that way. 

Playing football is a risk in and of itself.  Every time I stepped on that field I knew there was a great risk, but I did it anyways.  I did it because I loved the game.  I loved going to battle with all of my teammates not knowing what the outcome was going to be.   I left most games, bruised, bloodied and beat up.  But I loved it.

I recently started dreaming again.  I decided life is too short to stop dreaming.  I decided to get back in the arena.  To risk getting bruised, bloodied and beat up.  Just in a different way.  I left my safe six figure income with all the benefits that go along with it to follow my dream or should I say God’s calling for my life. 

I was trying out a new church on Sunday in my new home town of Fort Collins, Colorado and the pastor was preaching on the subject of more.  It was based on the scripture Ephesians 3:20-21.  It says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

What if we started dreaming again?  What if we got back in the arena and started to dream again like when we were a little kid?  What if we started to take risks again, not stupid risks, but risks that would make a difference in your life and the lives of others?

God can do more in our life that we can ever imagine.  His love is wide and deep for us.  God can do more than we can immeasurably ask or imagine, but we have to get back in the game.  Start dreaming again.  Stop settling for playing small. 

Start by asking God to open your eyes and heart to the dreams he has for you.  Think big.  Your dreams should scare you.  If you can accomplish your dreams on your own than you aren’t dreaming big enough.  Our dreams need to be so big that the only way to accomplish them is through 100% reliance on God’s strength. 

My dream is to have a fitness ministry that reaches people that would never know God otherwise.   I know I would have made many different decisions in my life if I would have had a personal relationship with God at a young age.   Fitness is my platform, but my message is about having a personal relationship with God. 

I have no idea how this is going to work.  I don’t know what doors are going to open and what doors are going to be slammed shut.  I know that my dreams are big and that I can’t do this on my own.  I am praying for energy, wisdom, patience and perseverance.  I pray that I can touch many people’s hearts and have an impact on many people’s lives.    

I want more.  I want to dream big dreams.   One of my favorite quotes is from Teddy Roosevelt.  “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of a high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.”

My challenge to you is to start dreaming again.  Dream big.  Get back in the arena and embrace getting dusty, sweaty and a little bloody.  Remember this one thing as you go down this path.  It won’t be easy, but you don’t have to do this alone.  Call on God and he will guide and direct every step you take as you work to honor and glorify him.

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

 

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Developing a Personal Relationship with God

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Developing a Personal Relationship with God

My latest episode of the Divine Wellness Academy podcast is all about developing a personal relationship with God.  My guest is Kendrick S. Moore.  Kendrick is a former football player and graduate of University of Central Florida.  He is a minister of Gospel and currently resides in Orlando, Florida.  He’s married to his lovely wife Nathacha for 20 years.  He has two beautiful children, a son Kendrick and a daughter Briannah.  Kendrick is a man after God’s own heart.    Here is a summary of what we talked about during the interview.  If you missed the latest episode you can listen here.

Kendrick’s Scripture Choice:  Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

What is it Like to Have a Fellowship With God?

First and foremost you have to have a desire to get to know God.    You have to know and want to know that he exists.  Hebrews 11:6 states, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Every person is seeking a desire to know God.  The ultimate desire is to know God.  Many people seek money, fame and power and instead of seeking God.    It is important to seek first the kingdom of God as Matthew 6:33 states.

 What Does it look like to Communicate with God Continually Throughout the Day?

It’s about spending time with God.  There are two main things you have to do.

Read and study the word of God.  When you study the Word of God you go in with the intent of learning something from it.    God’s word is revealed to us in scripture.

Prayer is your time to align yourself with the Spirit of God.   Jesus always went off by himself to pray.  Prayer is very powerful.  It is how we communicate with God.

 What is the Difference Between Religion and Having a Personal Relationship with God?

Religion is man’s thoughts towards God.    Religion isn’t necessarily a bad thing.    Most all of us started with religion.  If you have a sincere heart you will move from religion to having a true fellowship with God.

My conversations with Kendrick are always meaningful, deep and insightful.  I hope you enjoyed our interview together as much as I did.

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Reclaim your inner warrior and experience more vitality, purpose and adventure in your life.  

"The credit goes to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly."  - Teddy Roosevelt

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