Chris Barnard’s Biggest Accomplishments:

  • Founder of Overtime Athletes
  • Chris coaches elite NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball athletes to peak performance.
  • Overtime Athletes Nation (OTA) has over 200,000+ athlete members and is in over 91 countries. (with 200,000 subscribers on YouTube)
  • Co-Founder of Strength Camp with friend & mentor Elliot Hulse.
  • Manages 4 businesses Strength Camp Gym, Strength Camp Media, Strength Camp International & Overtime Athletes
  • He earned his Bachelor’s in Applied Kinesiology and Physiology at the University of Miami.
  • Chris went from Janitor at World’s Gym to leading entrepreneur & author, coaching athletes around the world to maximise their performance.

What You Will Learn This Episode

  • Chris Barnard’s backstory from janitor at world’s gym, to personal trainer at LA fitness, to working with Elliot Hulse and now working with elite athletes and being a co-owner of Strength Camp and founder of overtime athletes.
  • How Chris became a coach and how his own growth was stunted during high school and how his passion for skill/knowledge overcame this.
  • How did Chris know he was passionate about Sports/Athletic Performance?
  • Why overtime athletes gives away so many free resources and why this works in business.
  • How he connected with Elliot Hulse and why you shouldn’t go seeking a ‘big name’ mentor.
  • His specific process for working with athletes.
  • What success secret did Chris learn from Lebron James after watching his development as an athlete over a couple of seasons and how he applies this idea to his own life and business.
  • How to coach young athletes to peak performance and coaching advice for those looking to step into that role.
  • How he manages his time running 4 businesses and managing a team and training athletes on top of that.
  • Some of Chris’ best Business ideas and tips.
  • How he sets goals both intrinsically and extrinsically for the year, month, week and day and how you can do the same.
  • How he structures each day for success including morning/evening rituals.
  • What are Chris Barnards goals for the future?

BUSINESS TIPS

 

  • Have a passion for what you are doing in life – Passion pushes people to be great and to go the extra mile, that’s what drives them to go from good to great and from great to extraordinary.
  • Natural talent will only take you so far – In sports, it stops making a big difference around 14, when everybody starts hitting their growth spurts. From that point on, it’s all about hard work. This Kobe Bryant story when he used to be bad at basketball when he was 12, and he thought about quitting describes this perfectly.
  • Humble yourself and do what you usually wouldn’t if it’s for a greater purpose – Chris got a job as a janitor so he could be around the gym and learn from people there.
  • You have to see it to be it – Meeting new people will give you new ideas that will put some shine on the way you do business, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and change everything up. Once you see how other people operate, it can give the perspective on what you can do.
  • Put no ceiling on what you can do – Think globally, the online business allows you to reach everybody with an Internet connection. If your earning power is tied with the amount of time you work, you will always have a ceiling on what you can do and how much can you earn.
  • Keep pushing forward and take continuous action – One business may fail, but it can lead to another idea and another business. Try to take lessons from each thing that you do.
  • Blue collar work ethic and ambition can lead to great results – Everybody can get better at what they are doing, even if they are already at the top of your craft. That’s why Bill Gates and Warren Buffet still read and learn today, even after years of being one of the wealthiest people in the world.
  • When somebody strokes your ego when you are young, it makes you more of that person – It’s important to encourage and give direction and praise to young people. If you have kids or somebody young that you care for, encourage them to try new things and find out where their strengths are, for them to be able to build on those strengths.
  • Providing value and helping people is a great feeling, and your confidence will grow the more people you help – The more experience you have in helping others, providing a service or coaching – you’ll be better at it and be able to help even more.
  • If you want to know what somebody is about, look at their bank account – Where your money goes and what you spend on where you invest defines you as a person. If you are spending money on healthy food and educational programs – that says that you are a healthy person that realizes their long term potential.
  • The more you know, the more you are worth – The constant strive of wanting more will allow you to gather more information and knowledge, which you will be able to give back to the people.
  • Give people things for free, put a lot of free content out there – Your service is to help people and provide value anyway. Giving ideas for free will force you to come up with new material and keep improving.
  • When finding mentors, be open to anybody that will speak the truth to you, it can be anybody – To be successful, you have to listen to the people you know you are smarter than. A great example of that is Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors. Before game 4 of the 2015 NBA finals, he made a lineup change that won him an NBA championship, and that change was advised by one of his youngest assistants. You can read the whole story here.
  • Don’t look necessarily for famous online mentors – You never know who your next mentor might be, and you can miss out if you keep closing people off.

 

 

MINDSET TIPS

 

  • Make your weaknesses your strengths – Be aware where your weak points and blind spots are, be humble about it and work on it to get better. Chris gives the example of Lebron James, when he lost the 2011 NBA Finals and transformed his game the following summer, and made his weakness (post-game) a strength.
  • As a coach or a trainer, you are the identifier – You have to see the forest from the bird’s eye view. If the mindset is the weakness, then you have to work on the mindset, testing a person’s will and character. Be aware that some people respond to cursing and a kick in the butt, while others need a tap on the back and a calmer approach.
  • When you are preparing for sports and life, prepare yourself for game time situations – For example, if you are running a marketing agency, you’ll learn best if you run ads with your own money. You have to put your money where your mouth is, literally.
  • Treat business like a sport and treat yourself like an athlete in business – Be obsessed with improvement, everything that goes into your body and mind will have an impact on the final result.
  • Be afraid of failure and be fearful of losing – A lot of people are more strongly motivated with a fear of failure than with the opportunity of success.
  • Reading and taking nuggets from best people in your business, be willing to improve, and do precisely as the successful people do – Wake up at 5 a.m., read, meditate, structure your day – until you are able to be fully organized and ready to conquer your goals, even if you need to scratch and claw to make it happen.
  • Focus on being the best that you can be – Don’t put a ceiling on what you can do and who you can become if you put in the work and continuously get better.

 

ORGANIZATION TIPS

 

  • Write things down to be organized – Write out the time you allot to each business or top priority every day.
  • You can’t manage what you can’t measure – Tracking your progress, your time and your effort will do wonders for your results, in whatever field you are in. You will be able to see where you are doing well, and where can you improve. If you don’t track things, you won’t have a good enough feedback.
  • Begin with the end in mind – Backward engineer your schedule, work life, and personal life – until you can see all the blind spots and places where you can improve, and see what you need to do to get to the end result.
  • Set yearly goals – Intrinsic (personal development, relationships, helping others) and extrinsic (monetary, image, status). After yearly goals, set monthly, weekly and daily goals, and write them down.
  • Have a morning and evening ritual – And when you win the morning – it really sets you off to win that day – if you can get that win in the morning it sets you off to win the day. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is one of the best books about winning your morning and your day.
  • Do a minimum of 4hours of concentrated work per day, every day, on your most important work – Then you can use whatever is left on smaller tasks, working out, etc.