A Coach’s Point of View:  Discovering the Heart Journey of Halftime

A Coach’s Point of View:  Discovering the Heart Journey of Halftime

By Steve Ivaska

So what is God showing you?”  Those were the words my Halftime Coach asked shortly into our scheduled call.  Two months earlier I had attended a Halftime Institute Launch Event, gotten clarity around a personal mission statement to guide me, and formulated a game plan for moving forward in my “journey from success to significance.”  Strategy and planning always seemed to come easy.  The seemingly intuitive thought process served me well in my business career.  Where are we today, where do we want to be, and how do we get from here to there?  So what could be different as I designed a life plan, or roadmap for the next year, around those same types of questions?

The difference would come at a heart level.  Reflecting and journaling one morning, I came across a passage of scripture that grabbed my attention.  “We continually remember before God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3.

So what was my motivation in this journey I was on?  God seemed to be showing me this was to be a journey of faith.  I couldn’t see around every corner, I couldn’t predict in advance what the outcome would be.  And in reality, wasn’t life itself a journey of faith, in spite of my best planning?

The second part of the verse hit me right between the eyes.  A labor prompted by love.  I hadn’t ever viewed work in my business career as a labor prompted by love…a true love for others.  It was more the case that my intensity could easily result in me walking by someone and never really seeing them, as I was so preoccupied in thinking about what I had to get done next.  In my journaling, it seemed God was saying to me, “Steve, it doesn’t matter whether you stay in your current business context or join a ministry context to live out your mission statement, without your having love for others as your motivation, slowing down enough for them and to understand their needs, I can’t fully use you.”

God was changing my heartAnd then “endurance inspired by hope in Christ.”  I reflected on the endurance I had exhibited over the years.  Endurance to work long hours, to turn around things when they went upside down, to do whatever it took to get the job done.  And while some of that endurance was the result of just the enjoyment of using the talents God had blessed me with, truth be told, many times the endurance as I “climbed the ladder” was inspired by fear.  Fear of what would happen if we didn’t get the job done or meet plan.  Fear of how I’d look if we failed to make the numbers.  Fear of what the impact might be on my performance rating or incentive compensation.  Endurance inspired by hope rather than fear…how potentially freeing!

What I was experiencing, as I shared these insights with my Coach several years ago, was what we refer to as the Heart Journey of Halftime.  God was not just interested in what it was He would have me do as a result of my mission statement and planning at a head level.  He was even more interested in who it was He was having me become at a heart level.  God was changing my heart to move forward in faith, trusting Him for the outcomes.  Seeking to serve out of a motivation of love for Him and others.  And being inspired by my hope in Christ.

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Paul McGinnis
Paul McGinnis’ first half career was filled with a variety of roles in marketing, sales and operations, working for a Fortune 250 company, two non-profits and a family-run business.

As he climbed the corporate ladder, God began tugging at his heart - He had more for Paul than success, wealth and a corner office. This started an incredible journey filled with wild leaps of faith, incredible lessons in humility and a life-changing shift in perspective.

Paul was introduced to the Halftime Institute by an alumnus. He enrolled and began working with his coach. At first, this led him to becoming a certified Halftime Coach to help other marketplace leaders navigate this unique season of “halftime” successfully, but he knew God had more for him. A few months later, the opportunity arose to join the Halftime Institute team in a full-time role. This role, plus coaching, was the final piece of his Halftime puzzle.

He is currently serving as COO for the Halftime Institute, is a Master Certified Halftime Coach and one of the lead facilitators for the Fellows Program.

Paul and his wife Maryann have been married 27 years and have two grown kids, Drew and Jennica.

“It’s been amazing for me to see God use every single aspect of my first half journey to lead me to a second half of joy and impact.  I now see the “why” behind many things that have happened in my life, and I thank God that He loves me enough to give me just a small glimpse into His plan, purpose and process."

Check out Paul's article, My Halftime Journal Entry:  October 12, 2012

Check out Paul's Podcasts:
God Said Go So I Did - Eternal Leadership
When You Feel Restless in Your Career - Entrepreneur on Purpose