Trigger for Transformation: Three Tangible Steps
1. Accept the Call
For many, this first step can be the most daunting. With every trigger for transformation comes the possibility of change and thus the impending threat of the unknown. Remember that you aren’t alone in this hesitation.
Think back to the story of Star Wars, when Luke received the request for help, he initially refused – and for “good” reason! Too much harvest work remained to be done. There can be many, “good” reasons that make it difficult to say ‘yes’ to what’s next. We hear from many clients that fear is often the first obstacle to overcome in order to accept the call and take the next step.
Unfortunately, the triggers in our own lives usually aren’t as glaringly obvious as a holographic message… (If only!) However, the following life events have been triggers for transformation that launched other halftimers into the next season of impact:
- The selling of a business
- A mid-life transition, career-wise or personally
- The loss of a loved one
- Shifting parental roles as empty-nesting begins
Or they can be more subtle as explained by Bob Buford in Halftime:
- The thrill of closing a major deal isn’t quite what it was ten years ago…
- You envy the guy who walked away from his job to spend more time with his family and that ministry work he’s been dreaming about…
- You begin to ask yourself, “How much is enough?”
If you can relate to any of these instances, you may be experiencing your own trigger for transformation.
Will you accept the call?
Keep reading for more tips on how to respond…
2. Seek Out a Mentor
If Luke Skywalker requires supernatural aid from someone who has gone before, you may as well. Luckily, we have a greater source of wisdom than the legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan.
At Halftime we encourage our clients to start with and continually return to prayer. It sounds simple, but it makes all of the difference. After all, we are invited by the Source of Wisdom Himself to seek discernment in His presence:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1:5 NIV
While nothing can replace the power of prayer, we believe that the biblical model of mentorship has much to offer:
This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV
As an organization, we’ve witnessed the “ancient paths” of meaningful life transformation, the tried-and-true courses of action that lead to more joy, more impact, and more balance across the board. There is value in gleaning wisdom from those who have gone before you and have already “paid the dumb tax” (more on this halftime-ism later in 2021!) associated with inexperience.
Our coaches have personally been through a halftime season, have discerned their mission for leveraged impact is to coach halftimers, and have undergone rigorous training to become Halftime Certified™ Coaches.
Could they be a resource for you?
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3. Commit to Staying the Course
The halftime journey isn’t without obstacles. Perseverance will prove to be a necessary tool to draw upon time and time again. In fact, we feel so strongly about developing this tool that we’ve devoted an entire event within the Fellows Program to equipping you to persevere.
At moments, these obstacles can feel just as insurmountable as the Millennium Falcon escape from planet Tatooine. In Campbell’s plot progression, this phase of the story is referred to as “crossing the first threshold” and acts as the first plot point. The hero is tested, the action intensifies. One thing is for sure: there is no going back.
When you have clarity on where you’re headed, it can be a motiving factor to get (and stay) in the game, even in the midst of challenges. This is where having a clear mission comes into play. We’ll take a deep dive into this topic in pt. 2 of our series at the end of the month, so be sure to keep an eye out. For now, we want to give you a sneak peek at how a few halftimers’ stories unfolded as they responded to the trigger for transformation in their own lives:
Mike H., Fellows 2017 Alum
Mike and his wife started a ministry to help widows and families of fallen first responders – dovetailing off of her existing counseling practice, which includes equine/animal therapy resources. At their first fundraising event, there were so many people interested that they had to cut off the list at 100 attendees.
Dr. Ed L., Fellows 2016 Alum
Ed is one of the many top-qualified scientists and medical professionals working with AVM Biotechnology to create treatments for COVID-19. He and his colleagues are leading the way to improved processes and protocols for potential viral outbreaks in the future.
Scott B., Halftime Program Alum
Scott started a hybrid model for-profit company with a non-profit foundation. Both entities work together to address the treatment gap for epilepsy in low-income countries. The for-profit branch (OWP) provides drugs to treat epilepsy and other neurological disorders. The profits from OWP allow the non-profit foundation (ROW) to give grants for medication, medical equipment, and education. They are currently providing epilepsy drugs to 20 countries in need.
Scott’s trigger for transformation came when he realized that the wealthiest countries had the most significant pharmaceutical sales, but the “rest of the world” (the “ROW” countries) — where the majority of the global population live — didn’t have access to life-changing medications or treatment. Learn what happened next:
Many of us faced roadblocks in 2020. Have you stopped for long enough to consider if any of those “roadblocks” were actually your trigger for transformation?
Be encouraged: the curveballs of the past don’t have to deter you from effectively living out our mission in the days ahead! In fact, they can be the catalyst that serves to launch you into your best and most impactful season yet. Let’s get started together.