What Happened in Halftime?
“[Success] comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being
passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success.” – Tim Tebow
Super Bowl 51 is in the history books but many fans are still amazed with the final
outcome of that historic Sunday evening. New England fans are celebrating the very
first Super Bowl overtime victory. Meanwhile, Falcons fans remain dismayed that their
team squandered a 21-3 lead at halftime, leading to the largest comeback ever in the
So, what happened? Halftime happened! And just what happened during halftime that
day? Well, I wasn’t actually in the locker rooms for either team but we can all guess at a
few things that took place.
For sure, the players all received a well-needed respite from being on the battlefield for
thirty minutes. The Patriots most likely reviewed their first half strategy and looked
ahead to the second half, adjusting their game plans as necessary. The goal? To win
the game – no matter what the score said at the end of the first half.
For the Patriots, they emerged onto the field a renewed team and they executed their
strategy all the way to a stunning victory! The Falcons, on the other hand, misspent a
sizable lead and Atlanta’s first potential Super Bowl victory. Some say it was bad luck;
others insist New England simply outplayed their rival. How do you see it?
In his bestselling book Halftime, Bob Buford uses halftime in a football game as a
metaphor to explain a similar time that needs to occur in our lives. Consider any football
game. Doesn’t it make sense to take a break from an exhausting first half before
charging into the second? Can you imagine what it would be like for the players to play
sixty minutes of football straight without a break – and without a chance to revisit their
game plan if necessary?
But we often do something similar in our own lives. We charge through our first halves
trying to play the game the best we can – starting a career, raising our family, living
paycheck to paycheck, and struggling to make ends meet. We win some – we lose
As the world throws its best defense at us we struggle to keep up. When things get
tough, we try harder, double-down, work more, travel more – trying to win at this game
called life. We don’t think we can afford the time to reassess where our life is headed or
if our life trajectory is leading anywhere close to a “win”. And along the way we just
might miss out on those things in life that are most important to us.
That’s not the way it has to be. We can, and should, take the time to consider who we
really are, what’s most important to us, and what we want our lives to count for other
than an impressive résumé, a corner office, and all toys we can accumulate.
That’s where a personal “halftime” comes in. It’s a respite from being so totally
immersed in life that we can no longer “see the forest through the trees.” We get to
reimagine what we stand for, what we really want to be doing, and go do it. But this can
take time … more than the 30 minutes given players in the Super Bowl.
Bob Buford writes “what’s important is that you start by discovering the way you are built
so you can use your uniquely developed talents for purpose. Don’t expect to solve all
your first-half issues and plan for the second half in a few hours … it will never happen if
we don’t give it the time it deserves.”
As a Certified Halftime Coach with Bob Buford’s Halftime Institute, each day I have the
pleasure of walking alongside men, women, and couples that are reimagining their lives.
They were focused on winning in their first halves but where they were headed isn’t
where they want their lives to end up. They are changing their game plans to win at
what really matters to each of them uniquely.
Some of the first questions we ask are these: “If it was ten years from now and you
were living your perfect second half, how would you know? What would it feel like?
What would you be doing?”
How would you answer these questions? Getting from where you are today to where
God is calling you to be takes a journey. But it’s a journey worth taking. And, who
doesn’t want to win at life – no matter what the score said at the end of the first half?
If you feel like you are at a point in life that you need to assess where you are and
reimagine a plan for you second half, drop me a note. Let’s chat. No obligation beyond
that … just a conversation on life. And if you would like a copy of Bob Buford’s book
Halftime, let me know that too. I can arrange to get you a copy.
Blessings to you on your journey,