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You are a warrior 

The heart of a Warrior wants to feel strong, powerful, and connected with others. She strives to be a more efficient human being, craves a good challenge, and thrives on doing something awesome.

What causes stumbling

& What spurs you on

Stumbling Spot #1: Lack of a plan. If you don’t have a goal, a race date, or a team to show up for, you tend to fall off the wayside.

Get a goal: Find out what you need, what brings you joy, and pick a realistic and fitting activity. Set a date for when you want to achieve this goal, sign up for a competition, or call a friend.

Stumbling Spot #2: No visible results. If you aren’t seeing growth or get injured, you tend to get discouraged.

 

Focus on learning: Instead of recording failures, count every opportunity as a way to learn something new. Get hurt? See it as a way to learn about how to recover well. Aren't experiencing forward progress? Focus instead on the process, how you feel, and what you could do differently. Bring out the conquerer in you and meet your challenges head-on.

Stumbling Spot #3: Isolation. If you don’t have some kind of accountability partner, you start to question how to measure the value of your own workouts.

Reach out: Warriors need to know there are other soldiers battling with them on the field of life. According to your goals and lifestyle, seek out a training partner, sign up for a team, or head to a challenging group fitness class.

 

What will keep you centered and motivated long-term

The heart of a Warrior works out from and for this truth: the body is a member of the greater body of Christ.

Your core verse: 

"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Ephesians 4:15-16

 

Gifts of the warrior

  1. Being the best for the rest: You striving to become the best person God has created you to be inspires and strengthens others. Share this gift by coaching, mentoring, or training with someone else who needs your spark and skills. 
  2. You don’t settle for mediocre: You are constantly seeking, searching, growing, and improving and don’t let yourself fall for excuses. Enhance this gift by turning your workouts into prayers of sanctification: as you learn perseverance and strength in your training, ask God to use that time to grow you spiritually. 

 

If you're in a season of struggling with activity, here’s a way to get to the other side

  1. Start with prayer. Ask God what you need in that moment.
  2. Name the thing you need (ex: to feel powerful).
  3. Choose an activity that relates to your specific need (ex: lifting heavy things) and as you move, keep your core verse (Ephesians 4:15-16) at the center of your intention for the workout so God can move in you as you move your body. 

 

Warrior mantra

 I will never stop growing in love, both in myself and for others through God. I will conquer, because I am in Christ.


If you want to learn more about how to connect your relationship with fitness to God and discover the other primary heart motivators, sign up for updates about "Finding Joy In Fitness: Discovering the Way You Were Made To Move For Life” (official title to be determined).

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