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Beyond Halftime: Practical Wisdom for Your Second Half

Beyond Halftime

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Wisdom and Support for Your Halftime Journey.

Since the publication fifteen years ago of Bob Buford's award-winning and newly updated and expanded bestseller, Halftime, more than half a million men and women have made the halftime journey from success to significance.

If you are contemplating that journey yourself or have already started, Beyond Halftime is for you.

'This book is the result of fifteen years of answering questions about halftime,' writes Buford. 'I've focused on the areas that seem to come up most from those who contact me, and I've answered them in much the same way I would answer you if we sat down together over coffee.

So in a very real sense, this book allows me to be your companion as you negotiate the ups and downs of the whole halftime experience.'

Beyond Halftime invites you to slow down and take time to listen—really listen—to the voice of your heart and the rhythms of your life. The discoveries you're about to make during this vital phase of your life can't be rushed.

Enjoy this wise guidance on the things that matter most in moving from gaining success to leaving a legacy.

Your most rewarding years lie ahead of you.

Welcome to the journey.

The tools of Calendarization, Conceptual Resource Digestion Process, and Concepts to Daily Action will surely be valuable in navigating your journey in the second half of your life.


  • Introduction
  • Life as a State of Perpetual Disorder
  • How to Know When You're in Halftime
  • Defining Moments
  • The Metrics of Significance
  • Too Much of a Good Thing?
  • Discarding the Past, Moving On!
  • Dancing with the Gorilla
  • The Gift of Silence
  • A Balanced Life
  • The God Who's Already There
  • Giving for Results
  • Antidotes to Aging Badly
  • The Paradox of Power
  • Prayer as a State of Being
  • Born Again and Again—An Easter Reflection
  • Reviewing Grace
  • The More You Have, the Harder It Is to Give It Away
  • Do Less to Get More Done
  • Finishing Well vs. Leaving Well
  • What to Do When You've Made the Wrong Decision
  • Created for Our Own Happiness?
  • What Are the Odds You Will Be Alive in Ten Years?
  • The Unsurpassed Joy of a Shared Dream
  • Blindsided!
  • That Painting in the Bedroom
  • Notes
  • Recommended Resources

  • Half Time series

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    Ever since the first edition of Halftime was published in 1995, I have had the privilege of hearing from hundreds of men and women who have decided to embark on the journey to significance. Hardly a week goes by without someone writing or emailing me to share a personal story and maybe ask a question or two. What began as an attempt to tell my own story of shifting my focus from success in my business to finding a way to use what I believe and what I have been given for a higher calling has all the markings of a genuine "movement." Literally thousands of people who have also discovered that life is more than gaining and accumulating are now actively making their own corner of the world a brighter place. Sensing that this is bigger than anything I could have imagined, I created a website ( to coach fellow "haiftimers" and direct them to resources that will help them on their journey.

    One of the resources that generates remarkable comment is a regular column I write for my website. It's called "Musings," and that's exactly what it is: ideas, thoughts, stories, and prayers that have helped me along the way and that somehow connect with those who have decided to really live out their beliefs. The popularity of these occasional musings on my website convinced me that people want to learn more about this phenomenon called halftime and provided the inspiration for this book. I have always said that you cannot travel this journey alone, thus I have prepared Personal Coaching for Your Halftime Journey. Although it is no substitute for a team of close friends including your spouse—to accompany you along the way, this book is designed to provide you with inspiration and encouragement from someone who has now been in the second half for twenty-five years and can honestly say each year is better than the previous one.

    In terms of length, this book is what I call a "flight book." You could easily read it from wheels up to touchdown on your next business trip. However, the purpose of my musings is to slow you down and get you to think more deeply about the challenges and opportunities that will come as you attempt to escape the gravity of the ordinary. The people who have the most difficult time reordering their lives based on the principles in Halftime are the ones who, in my opinion, are looking for a quick fix. It's ingrained in all of us, but especially in successful people. We have been hard-chargers, "get me to the bottom line" soldiers, for so long that words like introspection, stillness, and listening seem like barriers to get past rather than life rings to grasp and hold on to. So don't look at this book as another accomplishment to check off but as a companion to nudge you, maybe to provoke you, but especially to engage you. Read one chapter each day—or each week. Take the time to wrestle with the questions and comments at the end of each chapter. If you have read Halftime, you know how much I value keeping a journal as you lean into significance, so let this book trigger your own thinking, and write down your thoughts. Then read what you have written. Read it to your spouse at night. Read it to yourself a month from now.

    If you are reading this book, you have chosen to investigate a path that is far less traveled than the one you have been on. In reality, that path has chosen you, for something inside of you has already whispered that you can't keep doing what you're doing. These musings are my way of amplifying that still, small voice by walking with you along that path. I have never regretted stepping out into the unknown, and neither will you.

    Welcome to the journey of your life.

    The tools of Calendarization, Conceptual Resource Digestion Process, and Concepts to Daily Action will surely be valuable in navigating your journey in the second half of your life


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