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Consistency has Always been the Biblical Pattern for Success

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Consistency has Always been the Biblical Pattern for Success

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:8

Everyone is our Teacher

God puts people in our lives just at the right time and brings us a message that we need to hear and learn from. Everyone that is currently in our lives and that will come into our lives is our teacher.

One of my greatest teachers and mentors has been Pastor Byron Bledsoe from C3 Church in Orlando. I was far from God when I first met him and was going through a “bring me to my knees” divorce. I have learned so much from Pastor Byron over the years. He is full of godly wisdom and also is so real. If you aren’t blessed to have someone like this in your life, I would make this one of your top prayers.

One of Pastor Byron’s often repeated statements that has had a profound impact in my life is this; “Consistency has always been the Biblical pattern for success.” How many of us start out strong for a week or two or even a few months with every intention of making transformative changes in our lives and then we start missing a day or two here and there and the next thing we know our consistency is out the window and we are back to square one.

I have been guilty of this faulty pattern in my life from writing, to podcasting, to meditating, to praying and the list goes on. There are some areas that I am very consistent in such as working out and spending time in the Word. I will give myself grace for that. But I know there is so much more that God has put on my heart.

I Love to Write

I love to write. As I look back at my life, I have always been a voracious reader and I find peace in my heart when I sit down to share my thoughts through the written word. It is nourishing and healing to me.

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I think of the profound impact the writings of Rick Warren, John Eldredge and Erwin McManus have on my life. My hope and prayer is that my writing will have the same transforming effect in your life that the aforementioned authors are having in my life.

That’s where the consistency comes in. That is why I have undertaken the 365 day challenge that I accepted a week ago. This is seven days in a row of writing for me. I hope at the end of the 365 days lives will be changed through my writing including my own.

I hope it touches the depth of your soul and inspires you to see yourself the way God sees you and you start to believe you are whole and worthy. That once you see yourself the way God sees you, you will recognize that it’s time to take a chance on yourself and live the life God created you to live.

Transform Your Life through Consistency

If I want to be a prolific writer, I have to write every day because I want to be great at it and change peoples’ lives through my writing. What is it for you that you want to be great at? What are you going to commit to doing every day for the next 365 days? Maybe it’s getting healthy so you are going to commit to eating healthy every day for the next 365 days. Maybe for you it’s reading the Bible every day for the next 365 days. Maybe it’s telling your spouse and your kids how much you love them every day for the next 365 days.

No matter what it is for you, consistency has always been the Biblical pattern for success. I know you can do this. I know you have self-discipline in you. I know you are destined for greatness. Take on that 365 day challenge and see how God will transform your life.

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

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My Story

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My Story

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I was sitting in the audience of a national pharmaceutical sales meeting when they were handing out awards for the top sales people in the country.  As they announced all of the top award winners for the year, I could feel my level of angst go through the roof.    I had this inner turmoil of knowing that pharmaceutical sales wasn’t my gifting.  It wasn’t what God put me on this earth for. 

I had been in those top sales performers shoes before winning my share of national awards.  But at this national meeting, I knew my time in this industry was coming to an end.  This was a defining moment for me. 

MY SOUL WAS EMPTY

After the awards ceremony was over, I got into my car and started sobbing.  Not just crying, but literally sobbing.  I cried out to God, well actually screamed out, “I can’t do this anymore.”    I don’t care how much money I am making, I have to go live out my purpose.  My dream.    I literally felt like my soul was empty.  I knew I had to make some changes in my life. 

I had always had a burning desire to be an entrepreneur.  To be my own boss.  I have never been a big fan of meetings.  Big pharmaceutical meetings were always a challenge for me, being a deep introvert.    Don’t get me wrong, the people in the industry were awesome, but let’s just say it was too much of a good thing being around that many people.  I wanted to break free and have the freedom to create my own schedule and build my own business.  Financial and time freedom has always been a strong desire of mine. 

MY DESIRE IS TO BE AN INSPIRED LEADER AND CHANGE THE WORLD

What ultimately led to my deep feeling of smoldering discontent was knowing that I was not living out my purpose.  When I saw the people going up on stage winning their awards and feeling on top of the world, all I could think of was I was wasting my life.   I wasn’t using my gifts that God gave me to inspire the world.  I felt like I was stuck on a hamster wheel, just checking the box day by day.  I wanted to get back to feeling fully alive.  I wanted to move forward and become the inspired leader that God was calling me to be. 

Despite all of the smoldering discontent in my life because my career wasn’t in line with my calling, I felt trapped.  I was making six figures, I had a company car, good insurance, a 401k, pension plan and all of the comfort and security anyone could ask for.   The only problem was, I was dying inside. 

I knew I had to get away and be by myself and do some deep soul searching so I could figure out a plan and strategy.  I wrote in my journal, prayed, meditated and read the Bible for three days straight.  I wrote down everything that God put on my heart. 

LEAP OF FAITH

After those three days of intense introspective work, I knew I had to take the leap of faith and quit the comfort and security of my six figure job to start my own fitness ministry that is aligned with the core of my being.   I knew that my life’s work would be all about the integration of faith and fitness.  That I was going to change the world by helping people transform every area of their lives.  That I would help churches do fitness and gyms do ministry. 

With the help of my life and business coach, she pushed me to set a date of when I was going to leave the pharmaceutical industry.  Not only that, I always had the dream of living in Colorado.  So after picking a date on the calendar, I gave my two weeks’ notice to the pharmaceutical company I was working for and planned to move to Colorado and start my fitness ministry there.  That was in May of 2017. 

As I share my story it is now August of 2019.    I would love to tell you that everything has worked out exactly as I had imagined, but that would be very misleading.   There has been many speed bumps along the way. 

There has been personal heart break.    There has been financial distress.  I have seen my bank account be depleted to negative numbers along the way.   There have been challenges on how to impact people’s lives and not go broke along the way.   There has been learning of how to open my life to others and be more vulnerable.   I have been learning my voice and how to share it with the world. 

I have not achieved the financial success I had hoped for yet.  I do not have the time freedom I had hoped for yet.  I have not had the global impact that I had hoped for yet. But I will. 

MY LIFE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED

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Here is what I do know.  On this journey of stepping into my purpose, my personal growth and character transformation has been exponential.   In the last two years since starting my fitness ministry I have felt God’s presence in my life more than ever before.  I am becoming more like Christ each and every day.  I have failed many times over, but I am learning radical self-love.  I am learning to be an inspired leader, just by being. 

What has been even better is to see is the lives that have been impacted by my fitness ministry so far.  I have seen father’s become more involved in their kids’ lives.  I have seen husbands become better husbands.  I have seen church leaders become better leaders.  I have seen a men’s ministry develop at the gym I train out of.  I have seen relationships being built.  I have seen people become more fit at the church I lead a faith and fitness class at.  I have seen people lose weight, overcome type 2 diabetes, draw closer to God and feel their self-worth again. 

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I ask myself this question often. What if I didn’t take a chance on myself and step into my life’s purpose?   What if I would have continued to play it safe?  All of these lives, including my own, wouldn’t have been transformed.  What if we all stepped into our purpose and lived life fully alive?  How would are lives and the lives of other’s be impacted.  Imagine the possibilities. 

There is no substitute for life learning than getting into the arena and getting bloodied and sweaty. Taking risks and living a life of adventure.This journey of personal transformation will never end for me, but I know without taking that leap of faith and stepping into living my mission every day, I wouldn’t be the Spiritual Warrior that I am today.I AM a Spiritual Warrior who is called to be an inspired leader.

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

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