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Expect a Miracle

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Expect a Miracle

I am a very driven person.  I have always found a way to be successful in my career or in athletics.  I would push myself by learning whatever I needed to do to become successful at it.  I remember the first year I transitioned out of health and fitness full time and into pharmaceutical sales.   A decision I made that I felt was in the best interest of my young family at the time. 

The first year of pharmaceutical sales I hated it.  I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning and face the rejection of people not wanting to see me.   I went from getting paid $80 an hour for my personal training and relationship skills to having the door shut in my face because doctors didn’t have the time to see me.  I was so frustrated and dejected. 

But, I knew this was the choice I made so I had to find a way to be successful at my new chosen career.  I kept just showing up and treated every one with compassion and kindness.  Eventually I built trust with the office staff and the doctors and after a year things started to change.  I felt like I was starting to make an impact.   My patience, persistence and inner drive led me to 17 years of great success in the pharmaceutical industry. 

I have since transitioned out of pharmaceutical sales and now I am starting another career as an entrepreneur.  I have started a fitness ministry in Northern Colorado after living in Orlando for 20 years.  Of course I am going to need a certain level of drive to be successful, but I am being shown in the six months that I have been in Colorado that it is going to take so much more than inner drive. 

I have a tendency to want to do things under my own power and my own strength.  I drive and I push.  What I am being shown since I moved to Fort Collins, both personally and professionally, that my dreams and my vision for my ministry and my personal life are way bigger than what I can do on my own.

I have been divorced for over 7 seven years and one of my biggest prayers is to be in a relationship with a woman who loves the Lord and draws me closer to Him.  Where we can seek first the Kingdom of God together.  I have met some amazing women along the way and for whatever reason those relationships haven’t worked out and have ended in heartbreak.  In some cases I have been trying to force the issue, moving too fast and not trusting the process for the relationship to play out the way God intends. 

What I am learning is that faith is more about allowing than forcing.   I came across a daily devotion by Pastor Rick Warren that I would like to share with you.  The main point is instead of trying harder we trust more.  He identified four ways of what surrendering your life to God means.

1.       Following God’s lead without knowing where he is sending you.

2.      Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come.

3.      Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide.

4.      Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances.

Psalm 37:7 says, “Surrender yourself to the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”  What if we lived each day with childlike anticipation of expecting a miracle from God without knowing how that will happen?  Every time I think that way I get a huge smile on my face.  But I am also reminded that each breath I take is a miracle and the grace of God is a miracle in and of itself along with the gift of eternal life.

So as I wait in childlike anticipation for my wife to be,  I will not try harder, I will trust more.  I know you are out there and I can’t wait to meet you and who knows maybe we have already crossed paths somehow.    

My prayer is that God is working in your heart just like he has been working in mine to prepare us for a relationship that truly honors God and furthers His Kingdom.  I will wait for your timing without knowing when it will come.  I will follow your lead without knowing where you are sending me.  I will expect a miracle without knowing how it will come.  I will trust your purpose for me without understanding the circumstances. 

I am surrendered to you Lord and I will wait patiently for my wife to be and my fitness ministry to flourish.  I will stop trying so hard and will trust more. 

What area of your life needs to be surrendered to God?  Your health?  Your finances?  Your relationships?  Any strongholds or addictions?   Try the approach of not trying harder and trusting more.   Allow rather than force.  It is a freeing feeling.     

If this is an area you are struggling in, I would love to help.  Please send me an e-mail at troy@troyismir.com.  My mission is to help men have faith in themselves through faith in God so we can live the powerful lives we were created to live.  

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Speaker, Podcaster and Spiritual Warrior Coach

Helping men have faith in themselves through faith in God.

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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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Fall in Love with Feeling Alive

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Fall in Love with Feeling Alive

I just completed a golf certification called Tathata Golf.   Tathata means, “suchness,” a sense of complete understanding and all knowing.   It’s about the mind, body and swing connection.   What I love about this program is that it is so much more than just getting better at golf, it’s about getting better at life. 

The founder, Bryan Hepler, in one of the deeper discussions was talking about falling in love with feeling alive and the energy it brings.   He said it is so much more than being on a diet or what foods you eat.  It’s all about feeling alive and having sustainable energy.

How often do we eat something that makes us feel heavy or we overeat and feel stuffed and lose all of our energy?   Imagine if we ate foods that made us feel alive.  Foods that nourished and alkalized our cells like fruits and vegetables do. 

When I ate a vegan diet for a period of time in my life, I had never felt more alive and energetic.  I am not saying you have to go vegan to get that feeling, but I am saying you have to be aware of how you fuel your body, so you can be ready for whatever life throws at you. 

I am not aware of too many people who don't wish they had more energy in their life.  One simple thing you can start to do is fuel your body with good whole foods such as lean meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.  It really doesn’t have to get more complicated than that.  Pay attention to how you feel after you eat.  Do you feel sluggish or energized?

If you feel sluggish than you really need to take a look at what you are eating.  If you feel more energized after you eat than you are probably on the right track.  Nutrition is one of the single most important things we can do for our health, but it is often times over looked all for the sake of convenience or lack of time. 

I want to challenge you to start to choose foods that make you feel alive and to fall in love with that feeling.  Train your body in a way that it is always ready and you have an abundance of energy.  You will be amazed at how much more fun life is when you have sustainable energy. 

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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