Thursday, April 16, 2009

Halftime Is The New Retirement

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29: 11

Bob Buford is the founder of Halftime, an organization designed to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace God's calling and move from success to significance.

Beyond Halftime®: Practical Wisdom for Your Second Half is the latest in a series of books that Mr. Buford has written about dedicating the second half of your life to making a difference in the world. This book is a wonderful supplement to Halftime; Moving From Success To Significance.

This book encourages you to slow down and take time to listen to that still small voice deep in your heart. One of the most important things to do in halftime is to honestly examine yourself. Beginning in midlife, many people experience some degree of weariness in their accomplishments and begin to desire "something else". Mr. Buford says that most people generally keep "dancing with the gorilla" because they don't want to leave success for something better.

What about retirement? You have worked hard and now you are looking forward to living a life of leisure. Mr. Buford says that most people become bored in less than a year of retirement. You can't make a difference in the world without a plan of action. Halftime is the new retirement.

This book is all about looking forward with hope. I was impressed and inspired by reading this book. I plan on spending some time working on the "Reflection" questions that are listed at the end of each chapter. These questions tend to force me out of my comfort zone. Change is not easy but the rewards will be great. Are you ready to start planning your halftime?

If you could start over, what would you do?

What cause, mission, or adventure is worth betting the next ten years of your life on?

If you were to make a list of fifty things to do before you die in order to leave well, what would be on the list?

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