Find Life Coach | Meet Charles Barnard: How to Develop a Mindset of a Champion?


Charles Barnard is one of the coaches that we found this month and we did a little interview with him. He impressed us with his compassion and dedication.

He has been educating and working with students who struggled finishing school for almost 30 years, fixing their mindset. He also worked as an athletic coach.

But when the pandemic hit, like many coaches that we interviewed, he decided to start his private coaching business and focus his experience and knowledge toward helping athletes and their families to develop habits and emotional management systems to help them improve their performance.

His coaching approach is all about helping people develop a mindset of a champion so they can better manage their stress and unleash their full potential. Here is what he said.

Meet Life Coach Charles Barnard:


Name: Charles Barnard

Pillar: The Mind

Who is this coach for: Any athlete (and their families) who want to learn how to better manage their emotions and uncover their mental blockages that are preventing them to be the champion they were born to be.

How they can help: Through various tools and techniques like the Time Line Therapy, that is the most impactful one of them.

First of all, how are you and your family doing in these Pandemic times?

Not a simple answer.

How does the coronavirus pandemic affect your clients? Did it affect you at all?

The pandemic increased the stress level of many people and impacted student and parent mental health.

The pandemic and the stress it caused for those in education definitely impacted my family.

What are the biggest lessons that you learned in this pandemic?

The biggest lesson I learned during this pandemic is how unprepared people are for dealing with significant emotional experiences.

The Origin:

Tell us about you, your career, how you started with your coaching career?

For nearly 30 years, I have been involved in education working with students who struggled in school primarily with their mindset, fixed vs. growth.

I also worked as an athletic coach and for a number of years have had private clients who came via word of mouth.

I did not have an official business.

Just before the pandemic hit I decided it was time to shift into private coaching and I have shifted my focus to athletes and their families.

I help student athletes and their families learn how to develop habits around emotional and attitude management which causes improved athletic and academic performance while strengthening mental health.

What was your biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your life that made you who you are today?

In all honestly it is nearly impossible to single out one great lesson that made me who I am.

One of the things I work with my clients is how to store life’s lessons from every event especially the significant emotional events.

Discovering and preserving those learnings is vital.

The Coaching Style:

How do you innovate with coaching your clients?

Innovation comes from a mindset geared toward serving.

If you want to truly serve your clients, you are constantly trying to help them reach their objectives.

The greater flexibility I can have, the greater my results.

That often requires innovation, which requires asking better questions when things aren’t going as planned.

What’s unique about your coaching approach?

What is unique about my coaching approach is understanding that if you are going to construct a champion mindset, like any construction project you must first prepare the ground.

You need to remove obstacles.

You must address your memories.

The process really is about making fundamental shifts in your thinking.

Most life coaches, particularly those focusing on athletic performance, focus on state management and pay little to know attention to the unconscious obstacles people place on themselves that interfere with reaching our full potential.

I address that first.

What benefits do your clients get after working with you?

The benefits are numerous.

Athletes and their parents learn how to address issues associated with their mental health that when addressed, cause improved performance athletically, academically, professionally, and improves relationships particularly within the family and amongst teammates.

Do you use any specific tools to be efficient with your clients?

I do have one very, very powerful tool I use with clients: Time Line Therapy techniques.

There are many other that I also use but that is by far the most important and impactful one.

The Impact:

If you had a super megaphone that, when you speak into, the whole world will hear your message, what would you say?

I want to shout from the rooftops to pay attention to and learn techniques and habits to properly deal with stress.

I learned the hard way it is easy to think someone is dealing with stress when in actuality they aren’t.

Last July I lost my wife to cancer which I know was triggered by job related stress.

The cancer was identified in May and she was passed on July 22.

She had been “healthy” and was a competitive runner for years.

I missed warning signs until it was too late.

Others need to learn what I now know.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?

Again, there is not one lesson but a compilation of lessons that led to my organization of mindsets that I refer to as the mindset of a champion arch.

The arch is constructed on a foundational mindset of love.

The two piers that support the arch are mindsets of faith and faithfulness.

The arch then consists of relationship mindsets (family and friends), mindset associated with the mind and body (learning, personal growth, and wellness), lastly is the keystone and the mindset encompassed by the spirit of a champion.

Your final thoughts?

Our mental health impacts every area of our life.

You need to take care of it.

There isn’t an area of your life that won’t be improved when you begin by clearing the ground so you can build the mindset of a champion.

Where Can You Find Charles Barnard?

If you liked this interview and you would love to create a mindset of a champion, go to and see how Charles can help you do that.

You can also check for more information about his work.

If you like to see a glimpse of his coaching, follow his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. It was an honor having this interview with him.

I help people upgrade their Spirit, Mind, Body, Heart to become the best version of themselves! After 10 years of writing, coaching and collaborating with top coaches from all around the world I have learned the best secrets to help you unleash your full potential! You can be a Superhuman! Write me at [email protected] if you have any direct question! Much Love!