October 15 & 16, 2010 Seminar
Halftime South Africa Insider Newsletter - Issue no. 3
MY HALFTIME STORY - BY JO KEARNEY
“Good morning ladies and gentleman, this is Captain Hendrik Jansen, welcome on board Nationwide flight MN100 to Johannesburg…”, the captains voice faded in my mind as I settled into my chair in preparation for the two hour flight ahead. I reached into my briefcase for the book that had drawn me, like a moth to a flame, as I walked past the Exclusive Books bookshop en route to boarding my plane. As an avid reader and a compulsive book buyer I usually find myself drawn to self development books that stretch the imagination, broaden my knowledge and skills base, however today the title of “From Success to Significance” captured my attention.
There I was, mid-April of 2004, 41 years of age, a fairly successful Independent Financial Advisor on my way to Johannesburg to visit my friend Terence for a well deserved weekend break. After recovering from my first bankruptcy in 1993, I had spent the past 9-10 years working very hard long hours, Saturdays and yes, even Sundays, to build up my financial practice. I prided myself in being a “Financial Fitness Coach” to my well established client base. Never again did I want to go through the humiliation of having the Sherriff of the court loading up all my belongings and leaving me like a squatter in a rented apartment. I had a great support team - a very dynamic PA and two accomplished secretaries who ensured that my diary was always booked up and the dollars always rolling in.
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Jo Kearney, Halftime Coach
THE POWER OF HALFTIME IN MY LIFE - BY DEAN NIEWOLNY
Ten years ago I began thinking "what life is really all about ?" I had just read the book of Ecclesiastes and hearing King Solomon (the richest man in the world) say it’s "all chasing after the wind" made me realize that I had come to a crossroads. I wanted a life of purpose. I began asking: ‘What did God desire for me?’ That was the first time I picked up Bob Buford’s book Halftime. Since then I have read it three times, attended a Halftime Institute and worked with a Halftime Coach. After 23 years of working with three different Wall Street firms, God has redirected my gifts and talents from the financial industry to being a part of the Halftime Organization.
I remember going through the Halftime Institute in May 2008. Bob challenged the group to two things for which he felt God would hold us accountable: 1) What decision did you make regarding Jesus? 2) What did you do with the gifts I have given you? Bob ended his comments by saying, “Whatever you do, don’t leave this world standing on the sidelines, just get into the game. Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” It reminds me of the verse in the book of James: Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
That brings me to you. Have you identified your calling ? - Ephesians 2:10 : "For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which he prepared in advance for us to do". Are you standing on the sidelines? Are you showing your faith by performing good deeds? If the answers to these questions is no, then come back and allow us to serve you and help you get into the game. If the answer is yes, then speak to as many others as you can and introduce them to Halftime so we can serve them, help them identify their Eph. 2:10 calling and get them into the game.
For some of you, this journey may mean continuing what you are doing but with a purpose. Or it could mean change is necessary. For me, God clearly told me to liquidate all the extras and simplify. I then had a much clearer understanding of what He wanted me to do. When I listened and surrendered God guided me through the processes which ultimately led me here. It’s not easy when God says to take a pay cut and reduce the size of your home. The key is to LISTEN to what God is directing you to do. But, I will tell you this, for us; it has been the most freeing experience of our lives.
Dean Niewolny, Halftime Managing Director
DEAN NIEWOLNY VISITS SOUTH AFRICA
Dean Niewolny, Halftime Managing Director USA will be visiting Halftime in South Africa from 11 to 16 October 2010. Dean will be in the Cape area between 11 - 13th October, Durban on 14th October and in Johannesburg from 15 - 16th October.
HOW THE HALFTIME ORGANIZATION CAN HELP YOU
You can become part of a community of individuals who seek to support, encourage, learn and accelerate the attainment of a life that is truly significant.
Most Halftimers set a course for Life 2 in their forties and fifties, well before their “retirement threshold” arrives.
Please contact Tommy O’Kennedy at Head Office if you would like a Halftime seminar (weekend or one to two days) or Halftime Vision Casting (1 to 2 hour session) hosted in your town/city/church.
Director Halftime South Africa
Inspiring people to live a life of SIGNIFICANCE
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