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Increase Your Energy and Change the World

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Increase Your Energy and Change the World

Increase Your Energy and Change the World

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

One thing I have struggled with over the years is having an abundance of energy.  Often times I don’t wake up feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep or I feel sluggish throughout the day.  This is one thing I have been really working hard on over the past several months. 

I have come to the realization that my sluggish energy levels has a lot to do with my internal state of being.  I have been engrossed in the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Caroline Leaf over the past six months.  I highly recommend their booksBreaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza and “Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf.  

One of the biggest take-aways from Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work is the only way to change our lives is to change our energy.  To improve our energy we have to change our internal state of being.  We do this by changing how we think and feel.   According Dr. Joe Dispenza and his research on brain waves and energy there is a continuum of emotions ranging from the lowest energy levels up to the highest. 

This is what that continuum looks like from low, negative energy all the way to high, life giving energy:

·         Lust

·         Pain

·         Victimization

·         Suffering

·         Guilt

·         Fear

·         Anger

·         Control

·         Power

·         Will

·         Gratitude

·         Appreciation

·         Joy

·         Love

·         Freedom

·         Bliss

·         Wholeness

Being in a state of wholeness is the ultimate state of being.  We are at the highest energy level we can possibly be at when we have that sense of wholeness.   We feel so complete that we feel like we have everything.  The more whole we feel the less lack we experience.  The more whole we feel the more connected we are to everyone else.   What a powerful emotion. 

Since starting my journey towards improving my energy and coming from a place of wholeness I have been meditating every day.  During my meditation I am intentional in cultivating the positive emotions of gratitude, appreciation, joy, love, freedom, bliss and wholeness.  I get up from my meditation completely different from when I sat down.  My goal is to carry that feeling with me throughout my day. 

The only way we can change our world is by changing ourselves and that is never going to happen if we are mired in negative emotions.  It sucks the joy right out of us. 

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One of my favorite scriptures is Matthew 5:16. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”  The only way we can be the light is by raising our energy and coming from a place of joy, love and wholeness.

If you are stuck in negative emotions, I would encourage you to read both of the previous books I mentioned and start to implement some of the strategies recommended in the books.  It all starts with changing our internal state of being by changing what we focus on.  We can focus on being a victim, living in guilt and shame or we can focus on love, gratitude and appreciation.

You will be amazed on how you will have an abundance of energy when you start to change the way you think.  When you become the source of light instead of living in darkness.   When you increase your energy that is when your world and the world around you will start to change for the better.  Be the light!

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

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I Am A Spiritual Warrior Coach

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I Am A Spiritual Warrior Coach

What is it about taking risks that scares us so much?  What is it about being so concerned with what people think of us?   I have been ensnared in the safety and comfort zone trap my whole life.  I have been bogged down by wanting people to like me as long as I can remember.  It’s an exhausting and soul killing way to live.  It has made me shrink back and play small out of fear of what people think about me. 

Here is my recent battle as small as it may seem, it’s a really big deal to me.   Over the course of the last year I have been developing and growing my fitness ministry.  As I dig into my work and listen to the desires God is putting on my heart, I am realizing more and more my ministry is centering on men’s discipleship.  This is where my heart feels fully alive.  This is where I feel I can make the biggest impact for the Kingdom of God. 

When people ask me what I do for a living, I have been giving them a safe answer of, “I am a personal trainer.”  Of course there is nothing wrong with being a personal trainer.  I believe helping people with their health and fitness is a very noble thing to do. 

But what I realize and what I am truly stepping into is I AM A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR COACH.  I help men to reclaim their inner warrior through physical fitness and fitness adventures for the betterment of humanity.   Fitness is merely the platform to help men become stronger spiritual leaders.  To re-learn how to be a lover and a warrior as Jesus calls us to be. 

Men in today’s culture are perceived as weak, passive or overly aggressive.   In many cases we have lost the ability to be strong spiritual leaders.  I believe God is asking me to step up and take on the role of modeling what it looks like to be a strong spiritual leader. 

If there is one regret in my life is that I was not the spiritual leader in my family as my kids were growing up.  God was not central in my life at that time and therefore it wasn’t something I modeled on a regular basis.  I was an engaged father to my kids, but it centered on athletics and school and not what it meant to be a Christ follower.

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I do know this though.  It’s never too late.  As my faith grows and I believe in myself more, I am stepping up to be the leader God is calling me to be.   A leader in my family, my church and my community.  It has not been an easy path, nor will it ever be an easy path.   As Christians we are asked to pick up our cross and follow Jesus, no matter the cost.   That has been a work in progress for me.  Sometimes my soul is on fire and there are other times I want to go back to my old easy life.

So what exactly is a spiritual warrior?  Here are the traits that I believe exudes what a true spiritual warrior made in the image of God looks like:

·         LIVES A LIFE OF ADVENTURE

·         EMBRACES UNCERTAINTY AS THE THEME OF OUR LIFE

·         GOES INTO THE UNKNOWN WITH GOD

·         LIVES A LIFE FULL OF PASSION AND COURAGE

·         IS DISCIPLINED INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY

·         HAS MENTAL FOCUS

·         HAS AN ATTITUDE OF PERSEVERANCE

·         TRAINS PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY AND SPIRITUALLY EVERY DAY

·         LIVES TO GLORIFY GOD IN ALL WE DO

·         WE LIVE FOR A TRANSCENDENT CAUSE GREATER THAN OURSELVES

One thing I have realized on this journey is we are all warriors in training.  We never arrive.  We are never perfect.  We will always be learning and growing.  Most importantly, we need to surround ourselves with other godly men to go on this journey with. 

That is why I AM A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR COACH.   As men, we need support, encouragement and a safe place to be vulnerable and courageous.  Too many of us are living in quiet desperation.  We are afraid to take off the body armor and show up truly as we are.  We are afraid of failing, being seen and therefore we shrink back and become passive or overly aggressive.

Men, it’s time to change that.  Your first courageous step is to reach out for help.  If you are still struggling with the same things you have been struggling with for the past months, years or maybe even decades, maybe it’s time to do something different.  Maybe it’s time to reach out to a spiritual warrior coach. 

I am seeing lives being transformed through the work God is doing in me and through me.  Be strong and courageous and most importantly take a chance on yourself.  Imagine the possibilities when you reclaim your inner warrior and live the life you are created to live.   Imagine what will happen when you get out of your quiet desperation and start to live fully alive. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

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Soul on Fire

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Soul on Fire

How different would our life be if we did what made us feel truly alive?  How different would our world be if we were all living out our true purpose?

I would venture to guess most of us aren’t functioning in life with our soul on fire.  We are bored, complacent and I would guess maybe even a little angry.  When we aren’t fulfilled it is easy for anger to set in.  Believe me, I get it, as I have experienced all of those emotions. 

When I share my faith journey I often get the comment of how inspiring it is.  I quit a lucrative industry of pharmaceutical sales to pursue my purpose of starting a fitness ministry in a new city.  My hope is that it inspires you to do what makes you feel fully alive.  To pursue your purpose in life so you can have that feeling of your soul on fire. 

BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL

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When I work with men in my fitness ministry one of the ways I help them get their passion back is I challenge them to set a BHAG or big hairy audacious goal as coined by Jim Collins.    This BHAG is centered on a physical fitness or physical adventure goal.  I ask them to choose a goal that scares them and excites them at the same time.

It isn’t about accomplishing the physical adventure or goal.  It’s what comes with the accomplishment.  It’s mainly about regaining our self-esteem and confidence. 

As men, we often times get beat up in this world.  We let the world take our power away or more than likely we give our power away.  Along with giving our power away our self-esteem goes out the window.   

STEP UP AS LEADERS

We end up lost,  in isolation and living in quiet desperation.  Our world needs men to step up in a big way.  As a Spiritual Warrior Coach I am asking men to step out of their comfort zone physically so they can be at their best mentally, emotionally and spiritually so we can be the leaders we are called to be. 

My mission is to build a social movement of men, who are reclaiming their inner warrior, through fitness challenges and physical adventure, for the betterment of humanity. 

WIRED FOR ADVENTURE

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We are wired for physical adventure, not sitting on the couch living our lives out vicariously through other men playing sports.  Not that there is anything wrong with watching sports, but when we deny ourselves our own adventure and feeling of being fully alive is when we run into trouble. 

I want to challenge you to come up with your own BHAG pertaining to physical fitness and adventure.  What would that be for you?  What would challenge you and make you lean into your edge?  My BHAG for the summer was a series of bicycle adventures which culminated in a 120 mile bike ride over three daunting mountain passes.  I was out of my comfort zone, but also living life to the full. 

You will be amazed how working towards a challenging physical goal will impact every area of your life.  Don’t go on this adventure alone.    I help men get into peak physical condition, develop mental toughness and grow spiritually.   If you are struggling with purpose and don’t feel truly alive please contact me at troy@troyismir.com to explore the possibilities of living a life that makes you feel fully alive by living a life of adventure. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

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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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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (A Tribute to My Dad)

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (A Tribute to My Dad)

It will be 11 years on January 25th since my father passed away.  Dad, you are dearly missed.  You planted seeds into my life many years ago that now are starting to come fully into fruition.  You were a true man of God with a servant’s heart.  Your greatest saying, “Every day is a gift, so you better make the most of it,”  is something I will never forget and try to live my life by. 

In honor of my father’s 11th year since he has passed and went to be with the Lord, I wanted to share one of his most famous sermons, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.”  This sermon along with many others can be found in the book I put together to honor my father called, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden:  The Inspiring Life Story and Words of Hope from a Palestinian Christian Pastor.

Enjoy these words of inspiration and hope from my dad. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Personal Trainer and Health Coach

I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN 

By Pastor Samih A. Ismir

“I beg your pardon 

I never promised you a rose garden 

along with the sunshine 

there’s gotta be a little rain sometimes” 

“We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him.  They are the people he called, because that was his plan.”   Romans 8:28

Lord Jesus when the skies grow dark in our lives, help us to come to you not for a pill, but for your abiding and enduring love, for your unparalleled promise that you are with us always. 

One of Lynn Anderson’s greatest hits from the 70’s was “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.”  This popular song put into expression a well-known fact, it stated a profound truth, into each life some rain will fall.  That is the way life is.   

Who of us hasn’t seen the skies of our existence grow dark?   Who hasn’t felt the dark shadows take from our presence a loved one?   Who hasn’t felt the ugliness of an incurable disease?  Who hasn’t feared an unknown future?   

But what do the skies really tell us when they grow dark?  The first thing we learn when the skies grow dark is that problems are a part of every person’s experience.  Here is a great hearted woman who for more than 50 years shared in the life of her frail and aging husband where now she sits in a lonely hospital room and watches him slowly slip away. 

Here is a dedicated and loving father and husband who was with his family enjoying Father’s Day when a man who had too much to drink slammed into their car and in a matter of seconds his wife’s life was snuffed out leaving all of us with the everlasting question, why?  

Here is a high school girl who gives birth to a child out of wedlock.  Fiercely she clings to the child yet deep within her grows the haunting knowledge she can’t provide the financial security or the emotional health the little fellow needs.  What should she do? 

Here is a young executive who had worked hard to arrive at his present position within his company but due to a merger and reorganization he is forced out of a job.  All of his hopes, plans and dreams burst like a bubble upon the surface of his life. 

Here is a young mother of three lovely children who goes to the doctor for a routine checkup only to discover that she has a rampaging malignancy.  I could go on. 

I could go on to point to the homes going into foreclosure, to the down economy.  To the crimes committed daily.  To the winds of pain of loss and grief which come whipping into our daily lives.  But why go on?  You and I know from personal experience that there are times in our lives when the sky grows dark.  There are times in our lives when the rain falls.  I never promised you a rose garden.   

But there is more to life than dark skies, tragedies, heart aches and disappointments.  There is the beauty of the sunset and the evening stars.  People thrill at hearing great music, poetry and drama.  There is the infant’s first awkward step, the adolescent’s first fumbling kiss, and the teenager’s first car.   There is the utterly indescribable impact of a parent’s life as they look into the eyes of their first born child.   

There is more to life than dark skies, there is more to life than tragedy, and there is more to life than rain.  There is loveliness and joy, health and contentment, and there is richness and splendor. 

The second thing we learn when the skies grow dark is that how you and I deal with our problems makes a difference.  It is not difficult to accept life when everything is going well.   When our health is in good shape, when we win the game, when we get a promotion at our job.  We all feel like singing everything is going my way.  But it is a totally different story when we lose the game, when we are forced out of a job, when our health is in shambles.  Then what you and I do is important.  The fact that dark skies come into our lives is relatively unimportant.   What you and I do when those skies get dark is supremely important. 

One person will break down, literally break down.  Another person will become bitter, cynical, and hostile and infect his surroundings with his own misery.  And then there are those among us who become angriest even at God as they shake their fist at God and say what kind of God are you?  I have had enough. 

Fortunately for all of us, there are those who refuse to break down.  There are those who refuse to become bitter, hostile and angry.  Instead they turn inward.  They turn to their inner resources of faith and courage.  The great novelist, Albert Camus once wrote, “In the midst of winter I suddenly discovered an invincible summer within.”  It is this invincible summer within that you and I must turn when our skies grow dark.   

Nadeem was a high school classmate of mine.   He and his family lived down the street from us in the city of Jerusalem.  In 1948, the war broke out between the Arabs and the Jews.   One night we heard the drone of airplanes.   Bullets and bombs were flying all around us.  I remember hiding under a table for safety and security.  The next morning when I got up and went outside I could see about an inch of grey powder from the shelling that took place.  I found out at the end of our street where Nadeem and his family lived their house was destroyed.  His entire family was killed, but Nadeem’s life was spared.  He was rushed to the hospital where doctors had to amputate his arm and leg.  For several months he was in and out of hospitals.   He was able to go on as he drew upon inner resources of faith and courage.  He finished high school with high honors. 

I came to the United States for my education.  He went to the American University in Beirut, Lebanon to finish his education.  He majored in teaching and education.  I remember when I came back to the Holy Land I looked him up.  I found out he had been spending his time teaching in a refugee school in the outskirts of the city of Jerusalem and that same year he had received the honor of being the teacher of the year.   There is a man who had discovered an invincible summer within. 

Dr. Tom Dooley was a great missionary who established missionary hospitals in Laos.  He died at the age of 34 a young man.  In 1959 doctors operated on him for chest cancer and the doctors at that time told him he had a 50/50 chance to live out the year.  How would you react?  Listen to what Dr. Dooley wrote.  “I knew I wasn’t going to abandon what I think is the correct thing to do in life simply because of shadows on a page nor was I going to quit this living loving passion which I have for life simply because of a statistic.  There is still much work to do.   I must continue to do this work as long as God permits me time.”      Cruel circumstances did not thrust Dr. Dooley’s back against the wall rather with the hearty inspiration which comes with his kind of greatness he was able to draw upon inner resources of faith and courage and rise above the dark clouds of his life. 

You may forget everything that I have said so far, but I do hope and pray that you will never forget the powerful fact that the heart of our Christian faith is the insistence that there is not a situation beyond despair, no pain so raw, no fear so stark as to frustrate the gracious purposes of God and that all things work for good for those who love Him. 

It is in God’s love and our response to that love that you and I discover the power to overcome.  The great Apostle Paul expressed it this way.  Who shall separate us from the love of God?  Shall fear or tribulation or nakedness or peril or sword?   He emphatically answers no, for we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.   I am confident that nothing shall separate us from the love of God.  Not because God provides us with a pill, rather because he provides us with powerful promises.  Come to me you who are weary, who are troubled, who are burdened, who are experiencing dark clouds and rain and I will give you rest.  This is where our faith helps us to overcome.  When I say faith, I don’t mean a shallow kind of faith that promises an easy way out of every predicament, I don’t mean a faith that is a rabbits foot or an escape hatch, rather I mean a faith that is rooted in God’s love and promises to be with us at all times. 

I had once talked to a man who had lived through the Great Depression and it must have been a terrible time for many people.  This father told me when he was a little boy his family didn’t have two nickels to rub together.  He had to walk to school every day for two miles through rain and snow.  He had to work when he was a young boy to help the family.  But one thing he said he could tell his son was that he wouldn’t have to go through what he went through.    I felt sorry for that man.  I felt sorry because he was going to deprive his son the opportunity to grow in his faith.   It is when things get tough, that God is able to make something out of us.  Faith doesn’t want us to remain children all of our lives, pampering us with the things we want and the things we need.  Rather faith makes us strong as we stand firm on our own two feet, placing our hand in the hand of the living God who sits by you today and goes with you wherever you go.  That same God says to each one of us, come unto me, you who are weary and burdened I will give you rest. 

I am not going to tell you that life is easy and that our problems are easily solved.  If I did that you would know I am out of touch with reality.  You and I have at one time or another seen the skies of our existence grow dark.  We have felt the dark shadows of death take from our presence a loved one.  We have felt the ugliness of a dreadful disease.  We have gone through the trials of a divorce.  We have endured a broken heart.  We have feared an unknown future.  We have had insurmountable debt.   We have lost a job at the most inopportune time.  We have dealt with seasons of loneliness and despair.   God never promised us a rose garden, but take heart because we have a great God, a God who promises us to be with us always and a God who says to each one of us, be strong and have great courage.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Your Authentic Self

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Be Your Authentic Self

What if you showed up in 2018 bigger than you ever have before because you have faith in yourself through faith in God?  There is only one you and you have so much to offer the world.  Believe in yourself because you are beautifully and wonderfully made.  You are God's masterpiece. 

I pray this video speaks to your heart.  Maybe your only goal for 2018 is to be your authentic self.  Love yourself for who you are right here and right now and for who God created you to be. 

Have a Happy New Year.  I can't wait to see what God is going to do in me and through me in 2018.  Talk to you next year!

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