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The Journey to Impacting One Million Men’s Lives Starts with One

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The Journey to Impacting One Million Men’s Lives Starts with One

Not that long ago I had this crazy vision that was put on my heart to impact one million men’s lives through building a tribe of Spiritual Warriors. A Spiritual Warrior is a person who is willing to go on a journey of self-growth and personal discovery for a transcendent cause greater than ourselves.

I question myself every day if I am making a difference in anybody’s life. I question whether I am being the inspired leader that God is calling me to be. Am I truly modeling what it means to embody physical, mental and spiritual health?

So often we don’t know the difference we are making in people’s lives. We hope and pray that we are, but until someone is willing to go out of their way to tell us how we have impacted their lives, it’s really hard to know.

I say this because I recently had someone I mentor share a blog post with me that he wrote recently for a class he is taking in college. I am going to include the prompt and what he wrote about how I have impacted his life, and how he is in turn impacting other people’s lives because of his own personal growth and willingness to be an inspired leader himself.

This young man just happens to be only twenty-one years old, but in my opinion, he is one of the finest Spiritual Warriors I have ever met. It just goes to show you that God can use us no matter if we are young, old or anywhere in between. We just have to be willing and courageous.

The prompt for the post was…

“Think of someone in your life who’s had a significant positive influence on you. Maybe it’s a parent, a coach, a teacher, or a friend. Maybe they encouraged you to believe in yourself or empowered you to do things you didn’t know you could. Who are these people to you?”

Pick one of them and answer the following four questions.

1. Who is this very special person in your life? Why do you choose them as one of your biggest positive influencers?

2. What did they specifically do that you found so meaningful?

3. What are the results of their actions on you and your life?

4. Going forward, what are some things you can do for yourself and for others to honor this person’s contribution to you?

Cade’s Blog Post

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“One of the biggest influences in my life has been my friend and mentor Troy Ismir. I met him at the gym we both attend and I have looked up to him since the day I met him. I chose him as one of my biggest positive influencers because of his outlook on life and his execution of his vision.

He left a comfy job as a pharmaceutical salesman in Orlando Florida, where he was getting quarterly bonuses north of $10,000, to come to Colorado and chase his dreams of being a fitness and faith coach. He focuses on three aspects of health…mental, physical, and spiritual. He is one of the few that left comfort to pursue his passion and execute his vision. He has started multiple groups in town, as well as a website and podcast where he shares ideas of ways to better ourselves.

Some of the specific things he did that I found so meaningful were that he showed interest in me and the pursuit of my passion, he pushed me to be better as a physical trainer and life mentor, he challenged me to make changes in my life that were tough, but that ultimately benefited me. He also invited me to many of his groups where I have built great relationships. He has always been open for me to talk to him even when they are awkward or tough situations. He never makes me feel dumb or small and always tries to give me helpful advice and feedback.

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The results of his actions on myself and my life are that I constantly search for ways to push myself and better myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. He has made me strive to be a more integral man, someone who shows respect to all people, and he has helped me get out of my comfort zone in many areas, which helps me grow as a person.

In order to honor Troy’s contribution to my life I believe that it is important that I can continue to show up to his group meetings, subscribe to his website, and his podcast so that he can continue to grow his dreams and help others the way he helped me. I will also mentor and treat others the way Troy has done to me. This will positively impact others’ lives and carry on his legacy. He always talks about wanting to make an impact that is bigger than himself. In my eyes he already has. So I can honor him by telling him how he’s helped me and by helping others the way he helped me. His impact will grow exponentially if I can do what he did for me.”

Words EnCOURAGE

I have truly been honored and humbled to be a part of Cade’s journey and growth as a young man. God brought Cade into my life for a reason. His words enCOURAGEd me, they literally put courage in me to keep working hard for what God has set forth before me.

So if you are doubting whether you are having the impact in this world that you are hoping to, remember it starts with making a difference in one person’s life. The message I want to send you is don’t give up. Be persistent. The world needs you to make the impact you are called to make. 

If you are someone who is being greatly impacted by someone and your life is better because of your interaction with this person, I strongly enCOURAGE you to be bold and tell that person how much of a difference they have made in your life. It may just be the words of enCOURAGEment they need to keep moving forward. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

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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

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Life Change Happens at the Dinner Table

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Life Change Happens at the Dinner Table

In 2017, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy identified the most common threat to public health that he had witnessed:  not heart disease, diabetes, or cancer-but loneliness.  Isolation and lack of social connections, he wrote in Harvard Business Review, “are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking fifteen cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.  Loneliness is also associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety.” 

Men are even more affected by this loneliness epidemic which is most often accompanied with the feelings of depression and despair. 

In my own personal life I have felt that feeling of quiet desperation.   That feeling of extreme loneliness and isolation.  It is a hopeless feeling that can lead to a path of soul killing destruction. 

Thankfully, God brought two men into my life at just the right time to help me get out of that state of quiet desperation. 

One of the main reasons that men often times live in quiet desperation is they are reluctant to show vulnerability or ask for support.  Men are less likely to seek out other men when they are struggling because they feel like it is a sign of weakness. 

In reality, asking for help is one of the most courageous things we can do.  Being vulnerable is coming from a place of strength not weakness. 

One of the biggest problems I have realized since starting my men’s ministry is that men don’t have a place where we can show up and be vulnerable.    Men do want to be transparent and share their darkest truths, but we haven’t done a great job in creating those environments. 

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As warriors we are looking for something different.    We want camaraderie and shared purpose.  We want to be shoulder to shoulder in shared experiences.  When we are shoulder to shoulder sharing something challenging or purposeful is when we develop trust and a level of openness that we as men aren’t used to. 

I lead a men’s discipleship group called Bible and Barbells out of the gym I train out of called The Body which stands for The Body of Christ.  It’s a Christian gym where I am fortunate enough to do ministry out of.  We study a Christian devotional for the first thirty minutes followed by thirty minutes of a strength training circuit. 

I have seen so much life change and relationship building through this ministry.  It has been quite astounding.  I hear men pour out their struggles around their battle with pornography, relationship struggles, feelings of inadequacy, career crisis, struggles with anger and other challenges we as men face. 

This is an environment where men care share, be vulnerable and recognize we are not alone.   It’s through this practice of being vulnerable where we draw strength to be the spiritual leaders in our families, communities and churches.    Without this shared community of strong Christian men I know we would continue to live lives of quiet desperation, depression and isolation. 

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I led my first Spiritual Warriors Unite Men’s Retreat a few weeks ago.  It was a powerful weekend where a group of men got away to reclaim our inner warrior.  Life has a way of beating us up and from time to time we need to get away and have some good quality bro time along with time to connect with God. 

One of my biggest take-aways from the weekend was that life change happens at the dinner table.  After we got finished eating we would sit around after each meal and we shared what was on our heart.  We all learned from each other. 

We tackled questions like, what does it mean to be a man in this day and age and how can we be stronger spiritual leaders?  We shared great inspirational books we have read and we all went around the table discussing what our morning rituals look like. 

I know I left the retreat a better man than when I first arrived.   There is something powerful when a group of godly men get together and share our hearts.   When we are transparent and vulnerable and willing to learn from one another. 

It is sad to me that so many men are living in quiet desperation.  Trust me, I get it, I used to be one of them.   My vision for my ministry is to help men get out of quiet desperation by being in community together.  Where we build a faith and fitness community that inspires men to be stronger spiritual leaders. 

I believe it starts with men having the courage to be vulnerable.  Finding a community of godly men who are willing to share their darkest truths and not just talk about sports.  Of course that can be a part of it, but there is so much more to life.

As men we are called to be spiritual leaders.  There is no way we can be the spiritual leaders we are called to be when we are living in isolation.  We all need a group of men where we can share our darkest truths around the dinner table.  Life change happens around the dinner table. 

I want to challenge you to be a man, reach out for support.  Get out of your quiet desperation.  It’s up to you to take action.   Find at least one friend you can be transparent with.   Find a group of godly men who will support you on your journey of becoming more like Jesus, the ultimate warrior. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

 

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