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The Need to Leave the World a Better Place

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The Need to Leave the World a Better Place

We Need to Make a Difference

One of our core needs as human beings is feeling like we make a difference.  We all want to make a contribution and leave the world a better place.   That is one of the reasons I left my job in the pharmaceutical industry.   It was a great job that paid a generous salary, but for me, I didn’t feel like I was making the difference that I was put on this earth to do.   I had this strong feeling that there had to be more. 

I am about four months into leaving my pharmaceutical job and it has been quite a learning experience.   I left Orlando, Florida and everything I knew behind after being there for 20 years.  I left behind my church, my job, my two best friends and my son, who still lives in Tallahassee, Florida. 

My Life has Come Full Circle

After a short stint as a fitness manager at a local health club, I am back to being self-employed and recently signed on as an independent contractor as a personal trainer at a local gym called The Body.   It seems my life has come full circle, as this was my first job right after I completed my Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science back in 1993.   How does 25 years go by so fast?

I don’t know where this path is taking me, but I am excited about the journey.   I am doing my Divine Wellness Academy podcast that makes me feel truly alive.  I am in the process of writing a book with Professor Scott Roberts who I met in Orlando at a Faith and Fitness Conference.  I am starting my first faith and fitness community at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, a place where my Dad preached. 

Starting a Fitness Ministry

God put a calling on my heart to start a fitness ministry.  I am surrendering that plan to Him.  I will follow where he leads me.    We were all created to live powerful lives that are transformed by Christ, but for many of us, there are things that can get in our way.  Most of the time it is the inner critical voice in our own minds. 

When we aren’t living life to the full we get stuck in spiritual mediocrity.  It is easy to lose heart and withdraw and become silent and anesthetize our pain. 

Digging into the Word of God

If you are yelling from the inside that there must be something more to this life, I want to encourage you that there is.  We are meant to feel fully alive.  We are meant to contribute to something bigger than ourselves.  

If you feel like you are mired in spiritual mediocrity, the best thing you can do is to start to dig into the Word of God.  It is a great source of hope and encouragement.   In Matthew 22:29it says, Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scripture or the power of God.” 

No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, spending quiet time with God, even if it’s for only for 5-10 minutes every morning, it can transform your life.  You will go from spiritual mediocrity to living a powerful life transformed by Christ. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

I help men get fit from the inside out so they can have more vitality, adventure and purpose in their life. 

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Strength Training For the Mind

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Strength Training For the Mind

The mind is a powerful tool that can work for us or against us.  I think for most of my life it has worked mostly against me.   My thoughts have been more harmful to me than helpful.  More fear based, than love based.  Can you relate with me? 

I made a decision I am not going to live my life that way anymore.  God doesn’t want us to live a life of fear.  God is love and only loving thoughts come from Him.  Every other thought that enters our mind that is not love based is a lie and we have to root out that evil.  How do we go about doing that?  Through continual prayer, surrender and meditation.    It takes time, work and energy to continually fill your mind with loving thoughts towards yourself and others. 

I rarely if ever miss a day of  physical training, but yet I have been pretty haphazard in doing my strength training for my mind.   My history has been to say a prayer in the morning after some quiet time of reading the Bible and some devotions, which is great, don’t get me wrong, but it takes so much more than that. 

I have meditated off and on over the past 10 years, but have never stuck to a consistent routine.  I know when I do meditate regularly it makes a significant difference in my thought life and my connection to God.   I would never dream of not going to the gym, so why do I stop meditating when I know how much of a difference it makes in my life? 

I would say at this point in my life my mental and spiritual training is significantly more important than my physical training, although all three are critical for holistic health. 

If you aren’t doing any form of meditation in your life, you are truly missing out.  Meditation changes the level of our thinking and that is why it changes our lives.  Meditation puts us in touch with the mind of Christ.  When we meditate each morning we are placing our minds and emotions into the hands of God.  It gives us a place of tranquility when we see that the ways of the world are wheels off. 

From Marianne Williamson’s book The Gift of Change she says, “If we meditate sometimes but now always, then it will seem to us that God helps us sometimes but not always.  If we pray and meditate on some days but not all days, then we will feel the peace of God on some days but not all days.  If we go to God only when we’re in trouble, then of course His help seems inconsistent.  Yet the inconsistency lies in us.  The more time we spend with God, the more we develop our spiritual musculature and the stronger we become in dealing with life’s challenges.  I remember the song lyric, “Darlin’, if you want me to be closer to you, get closer to me.”  The same applies to our relationship with God. 

The form of practice doesn’t matter.  I prefer to use Christian meditation.  I interviewed Rhonda Jones, a Christian meditation coach on one of my podcasts, I recommend listening to the podcast or going to her site to get some more ideas on what Christian mediation looks like or to try a guided meditation. 

Meditation will rest the mind the same way that sleep rests the body.  I want to encourage you to start practicing strength training for your mind.   Five to ten minutes every morning turning over your thought life to God can change your internal state and ultimately change you, which can lead to changing the world. 

Meditate, pray continually and surrender your thought life to God.  Your life will be transformed from the inside out. 

I would be honored to be part of your tribe to help you with your strength training for your mind, body and spirit.  Please contact me at troy@troyismir.com for a complimentary consultation. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

I help men get fit from the inside out so they can have more vitality, adventure and purpose in their life. 

 

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Get Fit From the Inside Out

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Get Fit From the Inside Out

We all have strongholds in our life.  We all have areas in our life where we personally struggle.   For many people it’s there weight and addiction to food.  The hard part about a food addiction stronghold is that it is highly visible.  It’s usually shows up as excess body weight and often times obesity. 

I have my own strongholds in my life, it’s just not as visible.  I have my nutrition and fitness down to a science, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t relate to someone who struggles with their weight.  My stronghold just happens to be in another area. 

So getting fit from the inside out can apply to any stronghold you are currently dealing with in your life whether it be your health, overeating, poor self-esteem, being a workaholic.  You name it; getting fit from the inside out is the only way to overcome these strongholds. 

What exactly does it mean to get fit from the inside out?  The bottom line is that it means to get fit spiritually.  It means to completely surrender your stronghold to God.  

As you begin this journey of getting fit from the inside out, it is imperative that you rely on God’s strength to make the necessary changes in your life.  Change can be hard especially when you try to do it on your own. 

The focus on your journey of getting fit from the inside out has to be on God.  We are all weak in flesh and must draw on God’s strength to makes changes in any area of our life.   So many people struggle with food addictions in today’s society.  Surrender this addiction to God.  Lean on His strength to help you overcome this addiction.

I want to challenge you to think of getting healthy in a new way.  It’s now about how much you weigh, it’s not about your outward appearance, it’s about growing spiritually and in the process you get fit and healthy too. 

We get too caught up in wanting to see pounds drop on the scale and we get frustrated and give up way too soon when we don’t see instant change.  When you focus on getting fit from the inside out it completely changes our perspective. 

It’s about drawing closer to God.  That is the only result that matters.  When you do that everything else will take care of itself. 

Don’t go on this journey alone.  Working with a faith-centered fitness coach can help you along the way through prayer, encouragement and inspiration.  There is a new way; there is a better way.  I would be honored to be part of your tribe to help you get fit from the inside out.  You can reach me at troy@troyismir.com for a complimentary consultation.

I will leave you with this scripture to meditate over.  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.”  Romans 12:1

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

 

 

 

 

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I Failed...But it's OK!

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I Failed...But it's OK!

My latest adventure to Fort Collins started about 3 months ago.   After resigning from my 6 figure pharmaceutical job in Orlando, I took the leap of faith to move to Fort Collins, Colorado with the plan of building my own health, fitness, nutrition and golf coaching practice.  I came here with clarity, peace and a great sense of adventure all the while embracing the great unknown.    I had a complete sense of freedom.    

Then I was thrown a little curve-ball.  I was offered a position as the fitness manager at the premier health club in Fort Collins.   This was a similar position I had held about 20 years ago at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, but this position was magnified in the scope of responsibilities I would have. 

After much prayer and deliberation, I decided to take the position and forgo my dreams of starting my own business.  I started out strong, passionate and with great enthusiasm.   My goal was to lead like Jesus after reading the book Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.   We were able to implement some positive changes in a very short period of time.  I discovered through this journey that I love to lead people and inspire them to be their best. 

My fitness team was incredible.  They worked hard and sacrificed so they could impact the members.  They were an inspiration to me.  What I also learned on this journey that being the fitness manager at a health club with 4 different locations and 24,000 members was not the right fit for me at this time in my career.  It is a very fast paced job, with many responsibilities outside of leadership and education. 

After 2 months, I made the decision to resign my position as the fitness manager.  I woke up one morning, went for a long bike ride and things became crystal clear to me.  For me, God speaks to me when I am moving and mainly when I am on my bike.   I felt God was sending me a clear message that He brought me out here to lead a community to grow spiritually and in the process get healthier in mind and body. 

I am a firm believer that our body is important to our faith.  I also believe growing spiritually is the key to making lasting lifestyle changes.   Our mind, body and spirit is not separate.  We cannot compartmentalize one area of our life and live the life that God promises us. 

What that journey looks like for you, I am not sure.  What I can say for me is I am being shown if I can focus on growing spiritually,  then my mental and physical health will get better in the process.  It’s more about bringing my fitness into my faith. 

Although my time at this health club was short, I developed so many friendships and learned a great deal about myself along the way.  It may be a stretch to call it a failure, because I have grown so much from the experience. 

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 who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;  but who does actually strive to do the deeds who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;  who at the best knows in the end the triumph of 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 neither know victory or defeat.”

I got in the arena, I got bloody, dusty and sweaty.    I learned so much from my time as the fitness manager and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that great organization.   A spiritual warrior uses everything for learning and growth. 

It’s time for me to get back to developing my own practice.  To get back to writing, blogging, podcasting and coaching.  It is what I love to do.  I have fallen in love with feeling alive.  My question to you is are you in love with feeling alive?

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

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

 

 

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