Chris Barnard is founder of Overtime Athletes Inc., an athletic performance company. He is also co-owner of Strength Camp Gym, Strength Camp International, and Strength Camp Media.
1. What does thriving mean to you?
Thriving is when my entire team is eating and everyone is set financially
2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?
My own Self Discipline over an extended period of time. When things are going good it is easy to get complacent and this is the time I need to continue to stay organized and lead.
3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?
Jack Daniels or Busch Light
4. How do you deal with challenging times?
Honestly I brainwashed myself early on to think of a challenge as a blessing not a hurdle. I embrace challenge and feel grateful that this thing will only grow me. By shifting my paradigm I’ve been able to take challenges on and look at them the same way as training. It’s just making me better. So in a sense I welcome them.
5. What was an embarrassing/painful moment you can share?
I cried the entire drive home from Miami when my eligibility did not go through to play football. I spent years on one goal and it was taken from me over the smallest technicality I overlooked. It taught me diligence and to cross my T’s and dot my I’s moving forward.
6. What did you learn recently?
What you tolerate… you encourage. The separation between personal relationships and business is a tough one. Sometimes you can care so much for your team and when they confide in you for so long the line of business can get blurred. It’s important to always hold a standard and culture in business. We can all be friends and have business but you must create healthy boundaries for everyone to abide within when running a business.
7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?
I was 16 years old in high school. I drove around a 1995 Chevy Caprice on 22″ spinners with Louis Vuitton interior and a race car engine in it. I worked at Roger’s Real Pit BBQ and thought I was a drug dealer/hustler because I was emulating my older brother. I was a stud in football but started to lose interest to chase girls and money. Basically I thought I was the coolest thing on the block but really I was a punk. That year was tough because it was the first time I lost sight of being locked into to school and athletics. Up to this point I ate, slept, and breathed athletics and had a promising future. I think the pressures of wanting to be cool must of got to me that particular year and set me 2 steps back. Valuable learning lesson and wouldn’t change it… had some good times.
8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?
60 Days of going hard. When I first started I would commit to these various tasks for 60 days that I thought would build my business. I was trying to get my foot in the door and wanted to be self made. So what I did was no matter what, rain or shine, I had to complete the task at hand. I did blog posts for 60 days straight, Youtube videos, made phone calls, etc. Basically my mindset was I don’t understand this thing or how it will turn out but if I do it consistently for 60 days it will only add to my business and I ‘ll be in the habit of doing it. Everyone these days wants the quick fix or instant gratification I told myself lay the groundwork and build your own empire.
9. Whats the one resource you would recommend?
A book called “Organize Tomorrow Today” was a game changer for me when I was overwhelmed the year I took on 4 businesses.
10. What is your favourite quote or motto?
How you do anything is how you do everything. Not sure who said it but it’s always stuck with me.
11. What are your top VALUES?
Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity
12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?
Build foolproof systems for our gym owners internationally. Develop my athletes and watch them flourish Build out the best sports performance programs Spend time with my father Welcome my son to the world
13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?
Learn to work with your hands it will teach you common sense and how to treat one another. The internet is great but a conversation with a friend is better Always stay loyal and honest and move with integrity
14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?
To be honest if I did a podcast I’d want to teach life lessons and insights from non influencers. I’d start with my brother in laws uncle who lives in the deep Florida country. We all call him Uncle Joe and he’s got a simple lesson for everything you could possibly go through and a simple delivery to digest. I feel like these are the people we need to learn from. Not some kid who wants to be famous on IG.
15. What are you thankful for?
My family, girl, friends, my team, and the relationships I have with them
16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?
Your past doesn’t dictate your future unless you choose for it to. The beauty of life is all that is real is right now at this moment. And it can be reinvented in a split second when you make that choice.
17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?
Finding out I’m having a son by seeing his man parts in the ultrasound
18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?
Honestly if you get me and 3 best friends together all we do is laugh. We’ve been friends since kindergarten
19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?
20. What rule should we be breaking?
Waiting for permission. Never wait for permission to reach your goals. Take it by any means
21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
Own a ranch in north Florida and see my kids kids set for life not necessarily financially but with good values
22. What is a step you would recommend one take to improve their life?
Create a morning ritual that consists of 4 things. 1. Meditate to calm the incessant mind stream. It’s hard to make decisions through out the day if you’re not present. 2. Hydrate – sooner or later your health will be your #1 concern 3. Read or Listen to a book – always expose yourself to new ideas and you can’t get tired of life 4. Grateful – just think of one thing on the drive to work you are grateful for
23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?
Ryan Magin my buddy who I just happened to have a cigar with last night
24. How can people connect with you?
@overtimeathletes or @thechrisbarnard on IG