4 Point Friday

Hello Friends,

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced this week and would like to share.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration, courage and some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday and Thank You for Reading!

Quote I’m Pondering:

“Live an open-handed life. Open your hands to God and let Him open His hands to you.” -Daniel Eric Groves

Social Media Post:

I have recently released a new book called, GAME CHANGING MOVES: Life Lessons From The Locker Room And Beyond.

In the live Facebook video below I share both my heart and thought process behind the book.

GAME CHANGING MOVES

The heart and thought process behind my new book, Games Changing Moves: Life Lessons From The Locker Room And Beyond. Working to change lives and as my friend Heath Eslinger says, "Changing Family Trees."

Posted by Chad Parks on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

Inspiration:

I love a great Podcast and this one is on the money time and again.

https://www.andyandrews.com/category/podcasts/

What I’m Listening to:

This song is simply incredible and uplifting!

Thank You for taking the time to read my 4 Point Friday newsletter. I hope you have found some inspiration and light. As always, I’d love to hear feedback and garner inspiration from you! Feel free to shoot me an email at coachchadparks@gmail.com and let’s connect.

God Bless,

Coach P

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

 

 

 

 

GAME CHANGING MOVES (Cross Training Publishing , 2017)

Life is full of ups, downs, highs and lows. It is also replete with game changing moves that can shift a situation in your favor and impact your journey. Sometimes that impact is realized immediately, and at other times the awareness comes later. Either way, game-changing moves are powerful. Throughout this book, you will learn life lessons from the locker room and beyond. Chad Parks will share valuable wisdom he has acquired through sports. He provides valuable principles that will inspire and give you confidence for the road ahead so you can experience your own positive game changing moves.

4 Point Friday

Hi Friends,

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced this week and would like to share.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration and hopefully some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday and Thank You for Reading!

Quote I’m Pondering:

“Do the next right thing.” -John Fritz, Former Head Wrestling Coach at Penn State University

What I’m reading:

Play the Man, by Mark Batterson. The short book trailer video below says it better than I can, so go watch it real quick. I will say that I’m at the halfway point in this book and can’t wait to continue my reading journey. If you have a husband or son, get them this book. If you are a man, buy yourself this book.

You can find it at playtheman.com.

Bring the Funny:

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” -Proverbs 17:22

What I’m listening to:

If you are a fan of Christian hip-hop and modern Christian music, then download the NGEN Radio app on your phone. This app is played in my car, my office and at home. It has the newest Christian music and allows me to discover new artists. You can also go to the NGEN website and listen to streaming music on your computer. It’s definitely a favorite in my household and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Click on the link below to discover more.

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Thank You for taking the time to read my 4 Point Friday newsletter. I hope you have found some inspiration and laughter. As always, I’d love to hear feedback and garner inspiration from you! Feel free to shoot me an email at coachchadparks@gmail.com and let’s connect.

God Bless,

Coach P

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

4 Point Friday

Hi Friends,

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced this week and would like to share.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration and hopefully some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday and Thank You for Reading!

Quote I’m Pondering:

“There seems to be more negativity in the world. What a great opportunity and time to be a positive leader. The star shines in the darkness!” -Jon Gordon

Social Media Post:

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to speak at the USA Wrestling- Kansas Youth State Tournament during a Sunday morning church service provided by Wrestlers for Christ. During this brief message, I shared a story that impacted me as a wrestler and still impacts the way I live today as a husband, father, coach, and man of faith. Please take a few minutes to watch and apply this powerful message in your own life.

USA Wrestling Church on the Mat 2017

Posted by Wrestlers for Christ on Sunday, March 26, 2017

 

What I’m Reading:

Lead for God’s Sake!

This book is based on the life of a successful coach whose world comes spiraling down as he realizes his self-worth is connected to his success in sports and not who he is as a person. The lessons contained in this book can be applied to every area of life and are much needed in today’s win at all cost society. I’m having a heart check as I read the story and think about my own motives as a coach and human being.

Inspiration:

Thank You for taking the time to read my 4 Point Friday newsletter. I hope you have found some inspiration and laughter. As always, I’d love to hear feedback and garner inspiration from you! Feel free to shoot me an email at coachchadparks@gmail.com and let’s connect.

God Bless,

Coach P

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

4 Point Friday

Hey there,

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced this week and would like to share.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration, useful information and hopefully some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday and Thank You for Reading!

What I’m watching:

Funny with life lessons = Doubly Awesome!

Scripture I’m Pondering:

No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29

  • This is a powerful reminder for me to use my words wisely and for a positive purpose. How about you?

What I’m Reading:

Okay, I’ll admit that I haven’t done a great job of intentionally growing and building into my marriage during wrestling season. As a coach, I often get so focused on developing my athletes in all areas of their lives that I neglect relationships at home.  That being said, I’ve started reading the book at the link below by Pastor Levi Lusko and it has me fired up stoke the fire in my marriage.

Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance 

Sidenote: This book is for everyone, not only us married folks.

Popular Facebook post this week:

A quick journey through the lows, highs, and life lessons brought about by wrestling…

What has Wrestling Given Me

Thank You for taking the time to read my 4 Point Friday newsletter. I hope you have found some inspiration and laughter. As always, I’d love to hear feedback and garner inspiration from you! Feel free to shoot me an email at coachchadparks@gmail.com and let’s connect.

God Bless,

Coach P

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

Push Back Your Wall

“Let’s go Parks, we gonna work today son.”

These were the words Coach Atterberry barked out at me after a 2.5-hour wrestling practice. Coach Atterberry was my dad’s assistant wrestling coach and was known for his personal work ethic, along with pushing athletes to their limits. He was a longtime football coach but loved the mentality in the sport of wrestling.

Coach Atterberry would keep me after practice almost daily and put me through extra workouts. I didn’t mind because I wanted to be the best and knew that Coach Atterberry had my greatest interest in mind. I was certain he would push me and just as certain that he loved me as a person and not just an athlete.

On this particular day, Coach Atterberry had a little something in mind that I wasn’t ready for mentally or maybe even physically. We had just completed a grueling wrestling practice when I heard Coach’s call for me to stay and work. As usual, I reported for duty and waited to see what extra workout I’d be performing that day. Coach ran me through a circuit of stationary bike sprints, bear crawls around the wrestling room and swings across the monkey bars (which spanned the length of the room.) To make matters worse, he had another wrestler stay and complete the circuit with me, but he let that wrestler go home after a couple of rounds.

In my mind, I’d surely get to go home soon just as my teammate had done. But as the moments flew by and the sweat rolled down my body, it seemed as if there would be no reprieve from the pain. Coach Atterberry kept pushing me with words that I could no longer make out in my state of exhaustion. At one point I was bent over taking a 30-second rest when my dad walked into the wrestling room and looked at me and then Coach Atterberry. I didn’t say a word, but with my eyes, I tried to yell, “Help! Get me out of here.” My dad shook his head and walked out of the room. I looked down and watched as blood dripped from each finger and made a puddle on the floor. My calluses had been torn off my hands by the tape we put on the monkey bars to keep them from getting slick with condensation from the heated room.

It was in this moment that I wasn’t sure if I could take any more. Coach Atterberry yelled, “Bear crawls, get ’em.” I started to bear crawl around the room but stopped. I stood up and begin to walk. Coach hollered for me to continue, but I didn’t listen. He had done it. He was the first and only coach to ever break me mentally in a workout. I looked at him and said, “No.” Even as the words left my mouth I couldn’t believe I was telling a coach no. Where was this coming from? What was going on here?

I continued to walk for around a half lap and then something inside clicked. There it was, that place in the mind that a human can go when they really need to make something happen. The mental lapse was over, a decision was made, and I was back to work.

I’m not sure how much longer the workout lasted. It didn’t matter at that point because now I was all in and that made all the difference.

You and I, we have mental walls. We are not sure where they exist and will never be certain until we push the limits and discover a wall. It’s in the moment of discovery that a decision has to be made to turn around and retreat or keep pushing until the wall is driven back. Then next time we will be able to travel a little further to hit the wall and again push it back. This requires getting out of our comfort zone and journeying into the unknown. It’s scary, it’s uncomfortable, and it might cause us to cry out for help. But if we will persist, then what was once a wall, a stumbling block, or a limitation will no longer exist. It’s in these moments that we grow stronger and get better.

Outside of each individual, there is a major key in this growth process… someone to help us find our wall. We all need a Coach Atterberry to push us further than we’ve been and beyond where we think we can go. This person can be a coach, a spouse, trainer, boss, or best friend. But this I’m sure of, we need someone to help us discover our walls and push them back. Once this has been experienced enough times, then it becomes part of our internal fabric and we can push ourselves to new levels.

Let me make this personal for you. In life, there is a guarantee that you will be pushed outside of your comfort zone. This might be a personal choice such as pursuing a vision for a sport, job, or your family. There are also times that life will throw at you tests that you are not ready for physically or mentally. It’s in these moments that you can break and quit or you can go to that place deep inside and decide to keep pressing on. The circumstances might be out of your control, but your mentality is totally up to you in the midst of the circumstances.

Where is your wall? Are you willing to find it and then push it back? When life yells, “We gonna work today”, how will you respond? It’s your choice and I hope that you will embrace the discomfort and allow it to push back your walls in order to make you stronger and weave within you a fabric that cannot be broken.

God Bless,

Coach P

Game Changing Moves:

  1. Think of a time in your life when you were pushed to your limits and beyond either mentally or physically. How did you respond?
  2. Who do you have in your life that challenges you to get uncomfortable and grow?
  3. Read Proverbs 18:10. Where do you turn when you need help?

P.S. Thank You to Coach Duke Atterberry and my Dad (Coach Martin Parks) for pushing me so hard in high school wrestling. When I wrestled in college, we did workouts that would make a billy goat puke, but I was ready for them because I’d been there before. Your influence impacts how I train even today. I love you guys.

 

4 Point Friday

2/3/17

Hello Friends,

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced this week and would like to share.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration, useful information and hopefully some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday and Thank You for Reading!

What I’m Listening to:

If you are into leadership training, then add this to your watch list or listen via podcast (that’s what I do personally.) Craig Groeschel is an amazing leader and I gain great perspective with each listen.

Scripture I’m Pondering:

“He then said, “God’s word: Dig ditches all over this valley. Here’s what will happen—you won’t hear the wind, you won’t see the rain, but this valley is going to fill up with water and your army and your animals will drink their fill.” -2 Kings 3:16-17

How many people are willing to put in work ahead of time while not being certain that it will pay off down the road? My educated guess is… not many. But God often calls us to dig ditches (put in work) while trusting that it’s all part of the grander plan He has designed for our lives. Dig the ditches, do the work, and watch God provide beyond what you could ever think or imagine.

Popular Social Media Post:

Be careful, this one is about Passion. Click Here to View

Let’s Get Funny:

If you’ve never heard of Michael Jr.- You’re Welcome :).

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” -Proverbs 17:22

Thank You for taking the time to read my 4 Point Friday newsletter. I hope you have found some inspiration and laughter. As always, I’d love to hear feedback and garner inspiration from you! Feel free to shoot me an email at coachchadparks@gmail.com and let’s connect.

God Bless,

Coach P

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

 

4 Point Friday

1/20/17

Hello Friends,

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced this week and would like to share.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration, useful information and hopefully some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday and Thank You for Reading!

What I’m Reading:

Under Our Skin by NFL Player Benjamin Watson. Race relations are tough to talk about, but they must be discussed if we are to improve them. Benjamin Watson is a voice the Nation needs to hear and heed right now. I highly suggest this book.

Most popular social media post this week:

This one is true for all of us, click the link to read: Time Marches On

What I’m listening to:

I love all kinds of music, but especially good Hip Hop. These days I only listen to Hip Hop with a positive message (usually one about Jesus.) Click on the next link to discover iTunes #1 hip hop/rap album right now by the Social Club Misfits. These guys bring real hip hop and are devout Christians. Two of my personal favorite things!

Social Club Misfits: The Misadventures of Fern and Marty

Let’s Laugh:

As a father of four children, I felt like this comedian was talking about my life when I first saw the clip in the video below. If you need a good laugh today, then take a few minutes to watch Jim Gaffigan share his view about being a father of multiple children. Believe me, this is funny even if you don’t have children.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” -Proverbs 17:22

Thank You for taking the time to read my 4 Point Friday newsletter. I hope you have found some inspiration and laughter. As always, I’d love to hear feedback and garner inspiration from you! Feel free to shoot me an email at coachchadparks@gmail.com and let’s connect.

God Bless,

Coach P

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

4 Point Friday

Greetings, my friends.

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced this week and would like to share.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration, useful information and hopefully some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday and Thank You for Reading!

Inspiration:

Against all odds, it can be done. Do not let other people define you, they can’t see the plan God has for you.

Click here to watch this weeks underdog inspiration.

Popular social media post this week:

This simple thought and truth was shared 176 times on Facebook during the week.

Click here

What I’m listening to:

Throughout the week I often listen to podcasts completed by some of my favorite Pastors. I also like to take in sports psychology via podcast. That being said, I love music. While Christian music is the norm on my radio, I enjoy many genres of music and especially songs that move me.  The video below is the song I’m feeling this week. The first time I heard it I was immediately reminded of the deep love I have for my wife and how blessed I am to have her in my life. I hope you enjoy this song too!

What I’m reading (article):

The following article inspired me as a coach while also increasing my respect and admiration for Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney. It actually made me like Alabama coach Nick Saban a little too :).

Click here for article

God Bless,

Coach P

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

4 Point Saturday?

Hey, friends.

Each Friday,  I send out an exclusive email about 4 awesome things (aka points) I’ve experienced during the week and would like to share. Well, I had a crazy busy week and so I’m dropping a 4 Point Saturday on you. A day late, but not a point short.

My intention with these 4 points is to provide you with perspective, inspiration, useful information and hopefully some laughs.

So without further ado, here is your 4 Point Friday Saturday and Thank You for Reading!

Popular social media post this week:

Everyone loves a heartfelt gift and family heirlooms. Click here.

Deep Thoughts by Coach P (not Jack Handy, lol):

Need a New Years Resolution Solution? Here is what I’m going with and I’m pumped about it! One Word.

  • Sidenotes: My personal One Word is LIGHT. Here is the Scripture God placed on my heart to go with it- Matthew 5:14-16. Every member of my immediate family is taking part in this One Word journey as well as some of my close friends (Iron sharpens Iron). Actually, my wrestling team chose One Word and it’s a guiding mantra for the team. The word the team chose is VISION. All of the wrestlers and coaches are using the hashtag #Vision on our social media posts.

Quote of the Week that has me Inspired:

Fresh Start to the New Year- Action and Tip:

This is what I’m doing in order to get a Fresh Start Physically this New Year. Click Here

By the way, did you know that it’s easier to add new positive habits when you stack them together? For example, maybe your starting a morning exercise program. Well, when you get up in the morning, start making the bed before you go workout. Now you have added two new positive habits that flow well together. Stacking habits is a great practice because it works!

God Bless,

Coach P

#Light #Vision