Posted by Ran Isner

Here we are, the final post of the “Light Yourself On Fire” challenge and the emotions are bittersweet. On the one hand, I am sad that it’s come to an end because I have put so much into it. On the other hand, I am happy because I know that my journey doesn’t end here.

I have been reflecting on this 16 week journey for the past couple of days and I cannot believe how much was accomplished during the time. I have created a healthy routine, I have held myself accountable to you and I have let go of things that have not been serving me and I was not open enough to acknowledge.

The most important one and the one that was affecting me the most was the overwhelming sense of guilt I’ve been living in for over a decade now. I have not allowed myself to be who I really was because I was feeling guilty about leaving my home in Israel and creating a new home here in the US. Guilt has almost broken up my marriage because I  refused to see that my actions were not serving the best interest of my family, meaning my wife and children, even though they are the world to me and I cannot imagine my life without them in it.

Owning up to me guilt has been instrumental in my transformation because it go me to reconnect with ME again and my soul so desperately needed that. It has deepened my connection with my wife because now I can truly express myself without any judgement and guilt. I am able to be present with my children and enjoy the moments we get to spend together. For the longest time I was so unhappy with who I have become and I felt that there was no hope.

Working on myself and understanding the events that have shaped my life have allowed me to be open to experience new things. Peta Kelly’s “The New Way Live” event in May is what inspired the “Light Yourself On Fire” challenge because it spoke about being the first one to do something so you can inspire others to do the same. The theme was about finding your jeaniius, the one thing that you can do so well that it is your moral obligation to share it with the world. I know now that I was put on this earth to change lives, to encourage people to find their own jeaniius and make a difference in this world. I gave myself the permission to operate from the space of love because I know n my bones that it emirates from me so brightly and that people deserve to know that they are loved and that they have permission to love, themselves and others. I call meek The Love Warrior because  love is the one thing worth fighting for.

I express gratitude every day and am thankful that I am where I am and that I am doing what aligns with my soul and that I am practicing to approach every thing I do with love.

I would like to thank you all for being a part of this journey and for holding me accountable to be the most honest, real me that I can be and for being my sounding board for my breakdowns and breakthroughs. This might mark the end of this challenge but it is most certainly not the end of this journey, it is merely the beginning. Life is lived in the present moment so it can never truly be the end.

Results:

Weight: 151.0( -5.5 since last week, -5.6 since start)

Cleanse days: 16 total for the challenge

Workouts: 42 ( 6 short of goal)

Books I have read:

  1. Love Louder by Preston Smiles
  2. The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield
  3. The Big Leap By Gay Hendricks
  4. 50 Ways To Yay by Alexi Panos

What I would like to be acknowledged for this challenge:

I would like to be acknowledged for finally loving myself enough so I could find the Ran that has been absent all these years. The Ran that dimmed his light so much that he was depriving the world of his true gift and his true sense of purpose. I would like to be acknowledged for focusing on the process and not the result.

I am a stand for all of you to find or re-discover what it is that ignites your soul and a stand for love and the notion that we all make an impact in other people’s lives. How are you going to light yourself on fire?

I Am Ready

May 31, 2016

Posted by Ran Isner

So this is my first ever blog post… like ever. This past weekend, my wife Marie and I attended this life changing event in Paradise Valley, Arizona called “The New Way Live”. Somewhere about half way through the first day we realized that we truly being transformed and that it’s going to take us some time to process everything we were receiving from this experience, so we decided to extend our stay by one more day (thank goodness for holiday weekends right?) We got unreasonable about our trip and made it happen with the help of our travel agent.

 

The New Jeaniius

Here we were listening to these amazing souls speak about what it is to tap into one’s genius, the one thing we know we are really good at and use that to change he world. I think that all of us at some point lose sight of what really feeds our soul and what it is that truly makes us feel that we are truly in our element because, you know… LIFE HAPPENS! Sometimes we don’t know what it is that ignites us because we never take the time to stop and listen to what our soul is telling us. We are so consumed by what our mind tells us “we have to do” that we forget to listen to our soul and ask ourselves “what is it that fulfills me?”.  I can tell you that it certainly happened to me. I let guilt and feelings of inadequacy get in the way of my greatness because it was so safe to stay in that place. I mean, what if i tried and I failed? what would that say about me? So I decided to stay in my lane and not aim for something better. Not too long ago I realized how selfish I was, I realized that I made it about me and not the people I could help if I committed to rediscovering the things that breathe life into me. Ever since Marie asked me to join her on this journey with our nutritional cleansing business I have been immersed in personal development, however I wasn’t 100% committed to doing what’s required to help grow the business (again, making it about me). How could I expect to achieve all these things if I’m not putting in the work required to make it happen. The problem was that I wasn’t ready to hold myself accountable and I was allowing all this noise keep me from going to the next level.

Back to the event. Throughout the two days, we heard the stories of the 4 finalists who were selected to present their initiatives and the winner was to receive a $10,000 grant to help accomplish their vision. We were asked to help the panel decide on who the winner was and each of us were to cast a vote. On the second day the winner was announced. While the winners were on stage accepting their big check and saying their thank you, something incredible happened. One of the panelists decided to make his own contribution and then the floodgates opened. All of a sudden, people started writing amounts on the check and the line got longer and longer. After all was said and done, we were able to quintuple the amount donated to their cause. These two young gentlemen are going to Tanzania to help children achieve their greatness by creating an educational program that focuses on their self development because at this moment, these kids are without hope for their future due to the fact that no one believes that they are capable of becoming more than they are currently expected to be.

 

The Winning Check

If a story like that doesn’t want you to spring into action then what does? So on the extra day Marie and I sat by the pool and decided that we are embarking on a 16 week challenge called the “Light Yourself On Fire”. This is a physical and spiritual challenge, one where we are both completely transparent about our success and our struggle. The physical aspect of it is to complete a 16 week challenge that we enter in with the nutritional cleansing company we are partnered with that tracks our physical transformation but also takes our story into consideration. It’s not just about the weight loss or the gain of the lean muscle but what it took for us to get there. The spiritual aspect of it is the chronicling of this journey. There is some accountability attached to documenting  a challenge like this and we will be posting our weekly results for full transparency.

We decided to to name this challenge “Light Yourself On Fire” because in order for us to ignite a fire in people, we have to start with ourselves.

I am so committed to this that I am stepping completely out of my comfort zone and allowing myself to embrace this journey no matter what the outcome because it’s not about the results, it’s about the journey.

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