5 Questions

We are in the home stretch of 2015 with only 3 days left before 2016!!! It is an exciting time of family, friends and setting goals for the New Year!!!

I am so excited to launch a new feature of my blog called “5 questions.” This was inspired by a quote by Jim Rohn:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”

Success surrounds itself with success.  So my intention is to help you stack the deck!  Each month I am going to ask a person who I see as successful the same 5 questions.  The answers may provide some insight as to how the successful think.  It may also shape your perspective on what success is.  These people inspire me and teach me with their lives and faith and I just want to share!!

My first 5 questions went to Chris Perry.  Chris is a husband, athlete, coach and probably one of the nicest men I have met.  He is a man of integrity and when I found out that he also is a man of faith I had to get his perspective on success and life.

Chris has been a wrestling coach for 5 years and a Crossfit athlete and coach for 3+ years.  He has a degree in Movement and Sports Science and a Masters in Multicultural and Humanistic Education.  He recently married his wife Kristen who is a coach and incredible athlete and woman. 

Enjoy!!! and Thanks Chris for your honesty and generosity!!

if you want to learn more about Chris you can find him on Instagram @cperry165

1- Share your testimony: How your faith has shaped your life

I spent the last five years away from my faith. I grew up in a catholic family and went to mass most Sundays but I didn’t have the pure love and belief in God. This past Easter my sister introduced me to the Calvary Chapel of the Hudson Valley.The place was like no other church I have been to. The service begins with christian rock music inspired by the bible and an average joe pastor dressed in regular clothes speaks directly from the bible dissecting the word of God with passion and humor. This place has completely changed my life and my faith is currently the strongest it has even been. I believe God has a plan for all of us and it has let me to Calvary where I have been inspired to looked deep into my soul and ask myself who am I and am I willing to stand up in the name of the Lord. In the past my emotional and spiritual connection with God was very minimal but currently I am using his strength to guide me on a daily basis. This new found faith has brought my wife and I much closer because of our relationship with God. If you have not read Rich Fronning Jr’s book First, I strongly recommend it. Rich tells is story of fitness and shares his journey of faith. He is a duel role model in fitness and in faith. This book is a big part of my journey back to God.

2-What motivates you as an athlete?As an athlete I am motivated by the possibility of greatness. I’ve always wanted to see how great I could be, and what I could accomplish. I am intrigued by finding my maximum potential whether it is finding my one rep max clean,snatch,squat or how quickly I can run a half marathon, or in CrossFit how many seconds can I shave off my Fran time.I’ve always had this desire to compete. I grew up playing all sports (football, baseball, basketball, soccer ) but I was attracted to wresting and competed in high school and college. Wrestling is on a completely different level of toughness than any traditional team sport. First off it takes a heck of a lot of courage as a skinny high school kid to put on a singlet (which doesn’t hide much) and lay your body, mind and spirit on the line for 6 minutes in front of you parents, friends and strangers. Anyone who has ever wrestled a match is in an elite fraternity and has earned legitimate respect on my behalf. Whats unique about wrestling which motivated me was to find out and prove to myself how great I could be. A quote I really like from the Iowa wresting coach is “the only thing you deserve is what you earn”. He says this because so many people fill this life with excuses of why and what they couldn’t but could have accomplished. Wrestling is very black and white. Either you won or lost. Either you were a state champ or not, and all-american or not. Brands leads by example and wants his athletes to walk the walk instead of talking the talk. Too many people in life are satisfied with mediocrity and have excuses for everything. Right now I am a CrossFit coach and athlete and I believe that this sport is very similar to wrestling. Either you did 20 rounds or you didn’t , either you clean and jerked 300 or you didn’t. Too often I hear athletes say ” I could have done more weight, I could and done another round etc. To me you are living a lie. You either did or you didn’t, period. Currently, since I am CrossFitting, I am striving to see how great I can be. What can I accomplish. Average people try to find their limits, I am constantly trying to see how far I can push past my limits. Mindset is everything in life and sport and my faith in God has recently helped me continue to push myself.

3-what does success mean/look like to you?

Success is not a destination, it is a journey. Just like faith, there is not a point where you can stop at a tangible location. Having faith means you are constantly learning, believing and practicing.” I believe that true success is unattainable without a strong faith. You must commit and believe wholeheartedly in yourself and the process you set forth in order to accomplish your goals. I think that goal setting is one of the most underrated things that successful people do. By setting goals, you are stating an achievement or standard you would like to accomplish. Without goals you are limiting yourself to wishing, dreaming and hoping for luck in which you’ll misinterpret for success. I believe that everyone should be setting goals. In work, sports, fitness, health, family and faith. A couple ways I can identify success in my life is after setting a goal. Did I accomplish the goal? Did I make progress toward the goal? Did I learn to find a new way to achieve the goal? To me, these outcomes would all lead to success. Try this, start your day off on a successful note. Make it a point to make you bed everyday. Successful people start their day off with a purpose and sense of accomplishment so why not accomplish a simple task to get your day started. Also, try writing you goals down. People who write down their goals weekly and monthly are significantly more likely to accomplished them.

4-How do you live your faith every day?

Something I picked up from the FaithRX team is no bible no breakfast. I use to check instagram, facebook and news apps on my phone after waking up in the morning. I have made it a point to make sure the first thing I see in the morning is the word of God. I have a daily bible verse app on my phone so I read the verse and try to reflect on the meaning before I start my day. This is something that I would recommend to anyone because I noticed that since I’ve started doing this I’ve been able to keep God in my heart and mind though out the day. Its something that helps me keep God as a priority in my life.

5- What bible verse(s) you to love

Phillipians 4 : 13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Galatians 6:14 — May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14 is tattooed on Rich Fronning Jr.’s side. He is a role model and inspiration because of his faith, work ethic and humbleness through success.