Three Keys to Leading Like Jesus

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Three Keys to Leading Like Jesus

I have always admired the quiet leaders such as Tony Dungy and Bud Grant.  I loved their stoicism on the sidelines.  They never lost their cool and always stayed even keeled regardless if they were winning or losing.  I understand we all have different personalities.  Some people wear their emotions on their sleeves and others you can’t tell if they are ahead by 20 points or down by 20 points. 

I have always considered myself a lead by example kind of a guy.  I am not a big rah rah get in your face, give me two more reps fitness professional.  Don’t get me wrong, I will get the most out of you and push you out of your comfort zone, but I will do it in a way that shows compassion. 

I think great leaders use love as our weapon.  All of my clients know I deeply care about them as human beings first and foremost.  I not only want them to get healthier physically, but spiritually and mentally as well. 

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In my faith and fitness class I teach at a local church I had a participant who shared with me some real difficult personal issues he was dealing with.   We have been able to talk before and after class as he shared some of the personal battles he is going through.  I have built trust with this person as he has shared some of his darkest struggles with me. 

As I was talking to him after class the other day he shared with me that the only reason he was coming to my class, was because of my leadership and compassion for people.  The physical workout was more of a side note.  That comment really blew me away.  I was simply leading my class and investing my time in listening and getting to know each and every one of my participants.   He said he always feels listened to and encouraged.  

Whether we know it or not, as leaders, and as in this case as fitness professionals, we can have a huge impact on people’s lives.  As faith-centered fitness professionals we can have an even greater impact on transforming people’s lives all for the glory of God. 

I have been doing a great deal of praying and meditating lately.  The biggest prayer that I have been asking God for is to work in me and through me so people can see the love of Jesus in me.  My prayer is that I can be the type of leader that Jesus was. 

THREE KEYS TO LEADING LIKE JESUS

First and foremost we have to be spiritually fed ourselves.  Matthew 6:33 is one of my favorite verses.  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” If we neglect our own quiet time, time in the Word and prayer, we will be spiritually starving ourselves.  If we aren’t in a good place spiritually, it will be really challenging to be there to encourage and inspire others. 

But seek first his kingdom and his rightousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
— Matthew 6:33

My morning always start with time in the Word.  I don’t care how early I have to get up.  Often times it is between 4am-5am.  I try to get at least an hour in every morning of prayer and Bible reading, but that doesn’t always happen.   Even if you can spend 10 minutes alone with God every morning that will change the trajectory of your day. 

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The second key is to walk the walk.  To lead with integrity.  To practice what you preach.  Proverbs 10:9 says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”  That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect, it means that we have to be honest with people and sometimes be very vulnerable with them.  Let people know we don’t have it all figured out, but that we are doing our best.   People respect us when we are authentic and real. 

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
— Proverbs 10:9

The third key is to submit yourself to the Lord.  Allow Him to work through you.  If you try to lead under your own strength and power, it will only lead to exhaustion and stress overload.  Trust me I know.  I am really good at that.   When I am exhausted and overwhelmed, I know I am trying to do things under my own strength and that never turns out good.

I saw a quote the other day that says, “Your work is to relax and allow.  To relax and allow.  No matter what.”  Doesn’t that take the pressure off of us?  Let Jesus work in us and through us.  That’s what makes a powerful leader.    John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  That is such a powerful image and a great one to live by as leaders. 

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I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
— John 15:5

Of course leading like Jesus is no easy task.  It takes a great deal of energy, selflessness, compassion and time alone to get our own cup re-filled.  But when you realize all of the potential people we can impact through this leadership style, it is worth investing every ounce of ourselves into leading like Jesus. 

Imagine the possibilities as fitness professionals if we all moved towards leading like Jesus.  Not only would our clients get physically fit, but more importantly they would get more spiritually fit.   My prayer is that as leaders we seek first the kingdom of God, lead with integrity and allow God to work through us.  The world will be transformed one client at time. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Health Coach and Personal Trainer

 

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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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What's Your Reason for Getting Up in the Morning?

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What's Your Reason for Getting Up in the Morning?

How many of you woke up this morning knowing exactly what your purpose is in life?  If I asked you right now, what is your reason you got up this morning, would you be able to tell me in a heartbeat? 

This blog post is about finding your ikigai?    According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai.  An ikigai is basically a reason to get up in the morning.  A reason to enjoy life.  A reason for being.  Finding your ikigai requires a deep and often lengthy search of self.   I want to invite you on this journey with me of taking a deep introspective look at your life.  If there is one thing that I have learned over the years, is that life is too short not to know what your ikigai is. 

I recently read this fascinating book called the Blue Zones.  The author spent five years visiting areas of the world where people tend to live longer, healthier lives, areas he calls Blue Zones.  One of those Blue Zones was in Okinawa Japan.  Okinawa is located on the Ryukyu Islands between the North Pacific and the East China Sea.  The population consists of 1.3 million Okinawans. 

Okinawans have one of the highest percentages of centenarians in the world, people who live to be 100.  One of the main reasons for this is that they keep their traditional roles throughout their life.  They maintain their ikigai.  The reason for getting up in the morning. 

I want to share a story with you about Ushi Okushima, one of the most famous centenarians who ever lived.   She was born on August 7th, 1901 in Okinawa Japan and lived to be 109 years old.   She was a woman of great vigor, growing her own food and hosting parties for her friends.  Rumor has it that there was plenty of Saki flowing at these parties.  People from all over the world would come to visit her.   And there was a reason for this.  It was said that you could feel this wisdom from her that she got from walking this earth for over 100 years.  So many people fear getting old, but Ushi defied all the odds, living a life of vibrancy right until the end.   The way she lived would make you look forward to aging.   

So what was Ushi’s ikigai?  According to her daughter it was her longevity itself.  She brought pride to her family and to her village.  She felt she must keep living even though she was often tired.  When Ushi was asked this question, she said her ikigai was playing an important role to her family.  She said, “If they die, I will wonder why I am still living.”  And it is when people lose that sense of their role in life things usually deteriorate pretty quickly. 

A sudden loss of a person’s traditional role can have a significant impact on mortality.  There is evidence that early retirement can lead to early death.  One study showed that people who retired at age 55 are 89% more likely to die in the 10 years after retirement than those who retire at age 65. 

Two real world examples of this are from the college football coaching world.  Joe Paterno who lost his job of coaching after 46 years, died just two months later.  Bear Bryant, the once legendary coach at Alabama died just four weeks after his final game at Alabama.  This confirmed his prediction that he would probably croak in a week after retirement.   These two coaches had a very clear sense of purpose and were very well respected.  Once they retired, they lost that sense of purpose and their health declined rapidly. 

The Okinawans had this strong sense of purpose and this correlated into living longer lives.    Knowing your purpose in life can potentially be worth up to seven years of life expectancy according to the Blue Zones research.   In the Okinawan language there isn’t even a word for retirement. 

So if you don’t know what your ikigai is, how do you find it?   The first thing you have to do is to become a spiritual warrior.  You have to become very introspective and look deep within yourself to see what path you are currently on.   Are you excited to get up in the morning or do you have that feeling of dread come over you?  Are you living a passionate and adventure filled life?  As they say this life isn’t a dress rehearsal, we only get one shot at it.  If you aren’t excited about getting up in the morning, then it may be time to look at making some changes in your life.  This may be just an attitude shift, a change in perspective. 

There was a period in my life, not too long ago where I was struggling with my ikigai.     I wasn’t engaged in life like I should have been.  Every day was an exercise in drudgery.  I was simply checking the box day in and day out.  Does anyone know what I am talking about?   Have you ever felt that sense of dread in the morning that you have to get up and go to work?  Or maybe it hits you on Sunday evening that the weekend is almost over.  I saw this quote the other day that says can we start the weekend over again?  That’s how I felt.   On Monday I was already looking forward to getting to the weekend.  Not exactly a good way to have an effective work week. 

Why did I have that sense of dread about going to work?  It all happened because I wasn’t clear on my ikigai.  I didn’t have a strong enough why to be excited about when my morning came around. 

I was listening to a podcast the other day and the speaker was talking about how we should be tap dancing to work.  We should be so excited to get up in the morning because we get to go to work.  We should be literally tap dancing to work.  If you aren’t doing a two-step, then you seriously need to consider another career or at the very least change your perspective on what you do day in and day out. 

When I am struggling with my purpose, it usually just takes a shift in perspective and not a complete overhaul.

One way to shift your perspective is how you view your job.  Instead of thinking about your work as a job, start to view it as a calling.  A job is simply a material task you do in exchange for money.  A calling emerges from the deepest aspect of who you are.  It is a fulfillment of what you were created to be and to do.  You have a calling in life simply because you are alive.  You have a calling in life because you were put on this earth with a purpose.  Your purpose is to elevate yourself to be the best you can intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically in order to make the world a better place. 

The second thing you need to do to find your ikigai is to write a personal mission statement.  Begin by answering this question:  Why do I get up in the morning?  Take into consideration what you are passionate about.  What is your hearts burning desire?  What can you not stop talking about?   For me I love to talk about health, fitness and nutrition.  I can learn and talk about it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  My reason for getting up in the morning is to help people make transformational lifestyle changes.  That is my burning desire.  To help people live their best life.  My personal mission statement is: I will be the light for other people.  I am here to contribute to the healing of the world.  There is so much pain and darkness in the world.  If I can be the source of light and encouragement for just one person each and every day, I know I served my purpose on that day.  This gets me excited to wake up each and every morning because I don’t know who is going to come across my path that is going through pain and darkness and needs some encouragement.  Not a bad reason to get up in the morning. 

I think of Mother Theresa and her ikigai of humbly ministering to lepers, the homeless and the poorest of poor in the slums of Calcutta.  What a great sense of purpose she must have woken up to each and every morning.   Her mission statement was to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. 

I think of Tim Tebow and what his ikigai is.  He has developed a platform to share his faith and to do charity work.  The mission statement of the Tim Tebow foundation is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.    I am sure Tim Tebow can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning and tap dance to work.  

But you don’t have to be Tim Tebow or Mother Theresa to have personal mission statement.  Maybe you are a stay at home mom.  It may sound something like this.   To provide a peaceful home environment for my family that is conducive to living simply, loving deeply and laughing abundantly

Finally, find someone to hold you accountable to living your ikigai.  It is easy to get bogged down in the busyness of life and forget about why we are put on this earth.  To bottom line it, we are here to love and serve others.  Having someone to hold you accountable to living your life with purpose can make all the difference in the world.

One of Pastor Rick Warren’s quotes is, “If you are alive, there’s a purpose for your life.  Find your ikigai and you will be on a path of fulfillment and happiness.  You will feel your energy increase as your serve others and make a difference their life.   The only way to be fully alive is to live a life of purpose.  So what’s your ikigai?

Troy Ismir, MS

Health Coach and Personal Trainer

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Sweet Surrender

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Sweet Surrender

Surrender.  That word keeps popping up in my life whether I want it to or not.  I hear it on the podcast sermons I listen to.  I hear it in the Christian songs I listen to.  I even heard it in the movie, Bruce Almighty inadvertently, when I was trying to change the channel to football, it got stuck on TBS during the part where Bruce (Jim Carrey) was screaming out I don’t want to play God any more, I surrender.   That was definitely a God thing trying to get my attention. 

You see, I am really good at trying to control things, to try and make them happen so to speak.  I am a driver and a striver.  It can be a good thing when you are trying to get things done and do I ever try to get things done. 

Last week I was completely overwhelmed.  I was trying to complete a chapter in my upcoming book to get it ready to send out to a publisher.  I had two big podcasts that I was preparing for having the opportunity to interview the producer and lead actor for the soon to be premiering movie Samson.  I have an article due in Faith in Fitness magazine and I had four new clients start in a week.   I am also preparing for an upcoming talk at a church where my Dad used to do some preaching.  No pressure there, right?

All of those things are all super amazing blessings, but I was completely overwhelmed with all I had to do, and honestly I didn’t handle it well.  I was stressed, exhausted from lack of sleep and an on-going battle with insomnia and terrible allergies.   My go to when I am overwhelmed is to go into deep analytical mode combined with some isolation.  I try to think my way through things and I usually do this by myself.  Probably not the best combination. 

I am currently reading a book called Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.  The book is talking about praying big audacious prayers.  Prayers that scare you, prayers that take you out of your comfort zone, prayers that take your breath away.  I have been praying big prayers lately.  Prayers for abundance.  Prayers for my new kingdom building business to make a huge impact.  Prayers to get more clients and for opportunities that will make me lean into my edge. 

This is what Mark Batterson has to say about God’s blessings.  “You need to come to terms with this two-sided truth:  The blessings of God won’t just bless you; they will also complicate your life.  Sin will complicate your life in negative ways.  The blessings of God will complicate your life in positive ways.   Blessings will complicate your life, but they will complicate your life the way God wants it complicated.” 

Mark challenges us to courageously pray this prayer, “Lord, complicate my life.”

Well it has certainly worked for me.  My life has definitely gotten more complicated and that was followed by a complete feeling of being overwhelmed.  But then I realized why I was feeling so overwhelmed.  I was trying to do everything under my own strength.   That never turns out good, by the way. 

As I took a couple of days to step back, I realized once again that God wants us to  lean on his strength, not our own.  To surrender complete control to Him.  That God will equip me for this fitness ministry that he has put on my heart.  He will use me even in my brokenness. 

A scripture that I leaned into during this time of overwhelm was 1 Peter 5:6-7.  “Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.   Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”   When I meditated on this scripture I completely relaxed and let everything go.  I knew that God’s got this.  That God is in control and he knows what is best. 

Surrender.  Sweet surrender.  It feels so good, but why do we fight it?   I decided to surrender every part of my business to God.  You know what happened?  The podcasts went off without a hitch.  I have been blessed with four amazing new clients that I am super-pumped to work with.  A great friend of mine and talented writer agreed to write the article for Faith and Fitness Magazine and I was able to spend time this past weekend writing my speech with the words just flowing from me.  God’s got this.  He has got me.  And he has you too, just surrender. 

What area of your life haven’t you surrendered yet?  We usually hold on to the area the hardest where we need to surrender the most.  Is it your finances?  Surrender it!  Is it your relationships?  Surrender it!  Is it your health?  Surrender it!  Is it your career?  Surrender it!

The result of surrender is a complete feeling of freedom, lightness, peace and joy.  Who doesn’t want that?  Control is just an illusion anyway.  Trust God in all areas of your life.  Pray this courageous prayer of making your life more complicated and then get ready to surrender to all of the complicated blessings God will bring your way. 

If you are struggling with surrender and need someone to coach you, I would love to partner with you and be a part of your tribe.  You can reach out to me at troy@troyismir.com for a complimentary coaching session.  I would love to hear how God is making your life more complicated. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Personal Trainer and Health Coach 

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3 Ways to Unlimited Energy

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3 Ways to Unlimited Energy

We only have 24 hours in a day.  So much to do, but so little time.  My question to you is how efficient are you with that time?  It’s not about doing more with your time, it’s about being more effective with your time.  One of the biggest barriers and challenges I hear from my clients as a fitness professional is a lack of energy and honestly, something I struggle with from time to time.   Many of us are just trying to survive the day and not thrive.

Think back to a day where you felt well rested and full of energy.  What was that day like for you?  I am guessing it was enjoyable and you felt very productive.  Now think back to a day, and that day may be today where you are exhausted and just trying to survive the day.  What was that day like for you?

I know for me, when I am rested and full of energy I can take on the world.  My challenges don’t seem so big and my purpose and vision for my life is much clearer.   On days when I am exhausted and don’t have much energy, that is often times when my thoughts are negative and self-destructive.  I find myself questioning my purpose and self-doubt and fear creeps in.

Of course we are all going to have days that our energy level is low, that’s just part of life.  But how would your life be different if the majority of your days were full of energy and your stamina was through the roof? 

Here are three strategies that can significantly improve your stamina that will allow you to be more efficient and effective each and every day of your life. 

Start each and every day with some type of movement:  Our bodies were created to move.  When we are sedentary, it creates fatigue in our muscles and our minds.  By getting the blood flowing first thing in the morning it sets the tone for a positive and energetic day. 

I know what you are thinking, I don’t have time in the morning to go to the gym and workout for an hour.  I totally understand.  My question to you is, do you have 10-15 minutes to move?  It’s more about setting the tone for the day that you did something healthy for yourself to increase your energy levels.  It’s amazing how good you can feel after just 10-15 minutes of movement. 

Try doing this basic body weight circuit first thing in the morning:

·         20 reps of push-ups

·         20 reps of body weight squats

·         60 second plank

Repeat this circuit three times.  This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.  You will be surprised how energizing this can be. 

Write down 5 things you are grateful for every morning:  When you write down every day what you are grateful, study after study has shown that it makes you feel happier.  When we are happy and grateful our energy levels naturally increase.  We feel less stress and our body’s neurochemistry actually changes in a positive and helpful way.  Instead of producing cortisol which is a stress hormone it produces oxytocin with is the “happy hormone.”

Read scripture every morning:  Even if it is for only 5-10 minutes there is no better way to start the day than spending some quiet time with God.  It sets the day up to be connected to God.  Without his guidance and strength it is easy to try and control everything on our own.  That can be exhausting.  Ask for God’s guidance for your day and allow Him to direct your path.  This will ease your tension and allow your energy level to flow naturally. 

One of my favorite scripture passages is from Matthew 11:28 which states, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest.”  This is a powerful promise. 

Our energy level often dictates the quality of our life.  By starting to incorporate some stamina boosting habits into our life, we can have a more productive, efficient and joyful life.  Setting aside 15-20 minutes a day to move, be grateful and study God’s word can be life changing. 

If you are looking for some inspiration to get you started on your journey of Divine Wellness, please send me an e-mail at troy@troyismir.com or give me a call at 407-963-9645.  I would love to partner with you on your journey of improved energy and stamina. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Personal Trainer and Health Coach

 

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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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