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From It's too Hard to Unlimited Possibilities

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From It's too Hard to Unlimited Possibilities

Our physical health is so easy to take for granted.  We have done a very poor job as a society of taking care of our health.   We have done an even worse job in the fitness industry of helping people get physically fit and healthy. 

The fitness industry has made it all about appearance.  We have made it all about weight loss, the way we look on the outside.   Most people give up on making a physical transformation after trying time and time again to get healthy and changing their body composition. 

What I have learned on my journey is that making any change in our life can be hard.   The struggle is real.  I don’t know one single person who has it all together physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Physical Challenges Lead to a Transformed Life

Since I started my fitness ministry full time a little over a year ago, I have realized how important it is to have physical challenges in our life.  I have seen in my life and in my clients life how challenging ourselves physically opens up the door to personal and spiritual growth.  When we challenge ourselves physically beyond what we think we are capable of it leads to a life transformed. 

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The struggle is where the growth is.   When we are willing to push our limitations physically, we find out who we truly are.   Are we that guy that is sitting on the couch watching our life go by or are we that guy who embraces physical challenges to get mentally stronger and add depth to our spirituality?

When we go beyond the limitations we place on ourselves physically and the resistance we put up to make changes, the possibilities are endless. 

Is it hard, yes!  Will there be some struggle, yes!  But when we accomplish something that is physically hard we feel so good about ourselves.  It creates a confidence in us that we can do bigger and better things. 

Stepping in to who God is Calling us to Be

The whole point of challenging ourselves physically is so we can have the inner strength and fortitude to step into who God is calling us to be.   So we aren’t living lives that don’t make us feel fully alive. 

One of my clients in particular who completely lost his inner warrior, both physically and mentally, has transformed his life.  It all started with the physical.  He is now doing things physically he never thought possible.  But that’s not the point.  The point is he is now living for a transcendent cause greater than himself.  That is the true mark of a spiritual warrior.  He is following through on dreams he has been sitting on for the past ten years. 

After reclaiming his inner warrior by challenging himself physically he has found a new zeal for life.  After living a life of complacency for the past ten years, he is ready to kick some ass again. 

What about you?  Are you ready to push yourself physically again?  Are you ready to get off the couch and into the arena?   Are you ready to change your mentality from it’s too hard to having a mindset that the struggle is where the growth is?   When we do something that’s hard is when we find out what we are truly made of. 

Have Faith in Ourselves through Faith in God

When we have faith in ourselves through faith in God is when we breakthrough our limitations.    Get out of your comfort zone.  Get comfortable being uncomfortable.  Set a challenging fitness goal for yourself and see not only a physical transformation, but most importantly a life changing spiritual transformation.  You will bust through barriers you never thought possible.    Never settle for the status quo. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

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It's OK to be a Beginner

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It's OK to be a Beginner

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I felt inept.  I lacked confidence.  I was worried I would hurt myself.  That describes how I felt last week when I decided I would give mountain biking a try.  It has been over five years since I have done any “real” mountain biking.  I have been wanting to get back out there for a while, but I have been so focused on my road cycling I didn’t have time. 

As I went on the so called “beginner” trail with my heart pumping and not knowing what to expect I was greeted with more protruding and jagged rocks than I would expect on a “beginner” trail.  All I thought as I was praying that I could get over those rocks is that it would really hurt to have one of those jabbed into my side.  I could feel my lungs being punctured.  Not a good thought at all. 

As I tentatively navigated over the rocks, I saw an uphill climb approaching with what I would call some large impediments that I would have to jump over.    In my mind, I quickly processed if I should take a chance and try to ride over them or to get off my bike and walk over the obstacles.  My risk-adverse side said to hop off the bike and play it safe, which I did. 

In between the tentativeness and slow pace I kept, I did take some time to look at all of the natural beauty around me.  It was amazing.  No cars to deal with and I only came across a few people.  I can see why people love to mountain bike. 

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I did make it to the end of my ride without any disasters.  I was humbled and was reminded of what it felt like to be a beginner.  I am an expert in the gym both as a fitness professional and a long time body builder.  I am an advanced road cyclist and an above average golfer. 

This experience on my mountain bike as a beginner really made me stop and think about my clients and potential clients I will be working with.   It made me think about how they feel when they first come to train with me.   How they must feel as a beginner.  The courage it takes to go into the unknown and being OK with being a beginner. 

I lead a Faith and Fitness class at a church and we regularly have about fifteen people come to the class.   It takes a great deal of bravery to attend a class for the first time not knowing what to expect, especially if you are new to fitness. 

I have always had a great deal of compassion for people who are new to exercise and I will have even more after this reminder of what it feels like to be a beginner. 

If you are not doing something that you have always wanted to do because you are afraid of being a beginner, I want to encourage you to do it anyways.  Embrace being a beginner.   It’s about the journey and what you learn about yourself along the way. 

I will be back on my mountain bike this week.  I know I will be better this time than I was last time.  I will enjoy being a beginner and see what I can learn about myself along the way.  I will get out of my comfort zone and realize I don’t have to be an expert at everything.  If I stay at this long enough, I can become an expert at this too and if I don’t that is just fine by me.  I will be a better person for trying.

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

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Go for God (and Break through the Chains)

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Go for God (and Break through the Chains)

I recently started to dig back into reading one of my favorite books from one of my favorite spiritual teachers.  The book is called A Return to Love:  Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson. 

We all have our areas where we struggle in life and we have to break through barriers and self-limiting beliefs.   In her book, Marianne recounted a story about a woman who had lost a huge amount of weight.  When Marianne asked her how she did it, she replied, “I asked God to do it for me.  I just asked that he take the monkey off my back.  I didn’t even care if I was fat.  I told Him that if He wanted me to be fat, to make me comfortable with it.  I just wanted out of this Hell.”

Marianne, who also struggled with her weight earlier in her life, ultimately decided her weight didn’t really matter.  All that mattered was love.   If she could concentrate more on training her mind to live from a place of love, rather than fear, all of her problems would disappear. 

She shared that in Eastern religions that their philosophy is, “Go for God, and all that is not authentically you will drop.”  Once Marianne stopped thinking so much about her weight, she looked in the mirror one day and saw that it was gone.  She realized that her weight had nothing to do with her body, but with her mind. 

Does this story sound familiar to you?  What if you asked God to help you break through your chains?  Do you believe in miracles?  As this woman who lost a great deal of weight did, ask God to do it for you.  He will give you a miracle if you are open to receiving it and are willing to put the work in.

I recently received a miracle in my own life.  One area that I needed a miracle in was to release the need for external validation.  Looking for happiness and validation outside of myself.  I am sure many of you can relate to this as this is one of the most common human struggles. 

I asked God to release me from this need.  To know that my happiness comes from inside and ultimately from God.    The scripture that God put on my heart comes from John 14:27 which states, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you:  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” 

Making a change and breaking a pattern starts with a decision.   A decision that you are ready to break through the chains and go for God.  Once you do that miracles can happen instantly.  It doesn’t mean you stop going for God.  It will take continuous work on your mind and going for God in prayer and guidance.  The key is not to do this alone.  Ask God to do it for you and be willing to do the work. 

Once you break through those chains you will feel freer, lighter, more joyful and have internal peace like you never thought possible. 

If you are ready to reclaim your inner warrior and get fit from the inside out so you can have more vitality, adventure and purpose in your life, contact me at troy@troyismir.com.   I would love to be a part of your tribe to help you live the life you were created to live.

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

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