Jeff Spadafora is out to show you how to battle busyness, create more space in your calendar and, ultimately, find joy every day in “The Joy Model,” which hit shelves in October. Spadafora worked as a leadership and executive development consultant for 20 years, working with Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Compassion International and Domino’s Pizza. Now he’s the Director of Global Coaching Services and Product Development for The Halftime Institute, which aims to help those in the “second half” of their lives (ages 50 and older) find joy and discover God’s calling on the rest of their lives.
We connected with him to find out more about his theories and research related to joy.
What sparked “The Joy Model”?
I spend a lot of time with Christians, specifically helping them discover God’s purpose for their lives. What I find is a lot of people end up getting busy for Jesus, but they’re not experiencing any of the fruit of the spirit. So they’re advancing the kingdom by serving the least of these and being active in their church or supporting church ministries, but there’s no joy. There’s no peace. There’s no real love. My personal mission is to help frustrated believers become joyful followers.
How do you differentiate joy from happiness?
Happiness is circumstantial. When things are going well, we’re happy. Joy is deeper. It’s almost like a paradigm of, “No matter what happens with my business or my health or even my family, God’s still in charge, and in the end we all win.” Joy is a paradigm that God’s in control. It transcends circumstances and can even transcend tragedy and trauma in a person’s life.