Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

by Michael Hyatt, Daniel Harkavy


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ISBN-13: 9780801018824
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 228,563
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Hyatt is the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, now part of HarperCollins. He is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who has lived by the plan in Living Forward. Michael's blog is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of all blogs, with 500,000 unique visitors a month and readers in more than two hundred countries. Michael has been married to his wife, Gail, for thirty-seven years. They have five daughters, four sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at

Daniel Harkavy
has been coaching business leaders to peak levels of success, performance, profitability, and fulfillment for more than twenty-five years. In 1996, he harnessed his passion for coaching teams and leaders and founded Building Champions, where he serves as CEO and executive coach. Over the past two decades, he and his team of coaches have worked with thousands of clients and organizations implementing the plan in Living Forward. He lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with his wife and actively serves his community as a member of nonprofit boards and a mentor to those seeking leadership advice. He is the proud father of four children and an avid surfer. Learn more at

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Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As recommended by a friend, I read the book quickly then set aside my "one day" to focus more on each chapter and build my own personal life plan. I dove into ‪the book and plan today. 6.5 hours, lots of notes, 2 Sparks and 10 pages later, I have the start of a Life Plan that can keep me from drifting away from what's most important. It was a helpful and personal process; flexible to meet people at different seasons of life, but a great template to work through your dreams and plans. Certainly the dedicated day (with a few breaks) was necessary. I love the themes that surfaced in most of my relationships and priorities which just confirms how interrelated it all is. Giving it a full day to work on (your Life Plan) will help ideas flow from thought to thought in a productive way. I had spa music in the background so could focus but have some mental stimulation through the day. There are also helpful ideas to put the plan to work and review it from time to time to revise as needed. Life has plot twists so that will be necessary, but the overall life goals should stay the about the same. If you are seeking a process or template to help plan your next few years or more, I recommend this book. Also would make a great gift. I wish I had this tool in my early 20s, but it's just as helpful in my early 40s.
SmithTaylorWilliams More than 1 year ago
I just completed the first read through of this book and to say that I am excited to start writing my Life Plan is an understatement! This is just what I've been looking for! I have talked about what I want to do in the different areas of my life without ever doing them and could not figure out why I seem to be all talk and no action. I now realize the lack of a life plan is the problem. With this well thought out and easy to follow plan, there is no reason for me to fail except that I just don't walk it out. I am committed to following this plan and ensuring that at the end of my life I have no regrets and no things undone. Thank you so very much Michael and Daniel for providing this guide. You truly have a call on your life, and its to help others live the life they want with purposefully and successfully. I can't wait to do it for myself first and then share it with everyone I know. I recommend this book to everyone who currently feels mired down in everyday life and can't figure out how to get unstuck.
Kathy_Holzapfel More than 1 year ago
The title of this book, Living Forward – A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, describes exactly what the pages hold. Living Forward is a concise guide for examining your existence, defining exactly what is wanted, before drawing up a blueprint for higher life satisfaction. I’ve done goal setting and annual reviews in the past, but what set Hyatt & Harkavy’s method above others is the way they demonstrate the interconnections between life areas. They provide a straightforward method for creating your own in depth plan that covers all aspects of life: career, family, spirituality, health, finances, etc. The authors also offer links to downloadable planning templates that you can complete and store on your own computer. Weighing in at just over 200 pages, the book has no fluff and just the right amount of examples and anecdotes. Part One is Understand Your Need, with 3 chapters that define drifting and the benefits of life planning. Part Two – Create Your Plan – kicks off the action with 4 chapters on designing and charting your course. Part Three wraps it up with Make It Happen and 3 chapters which focus on implementation. At the end of the book are 4 full-length examples of life plans, which give you a feel for the completed process. I’ve followed Michael Hyatt’s blog for years and I highly recommend his new book LIVING FORWARD. I’ve just completed my own Life Plan and I am delighted with the personal insights and clarity gained. So why should you buy the book? This line from the chapter 4 says it all: “Your life matters. You are here for a reason. Your job is to determine why.” Happy planning!
KarenEJordan More than 1 year ago
Are you drifting along in the river of life? Worried about your future and trying not to think about it too much? Sometimes life overwhelms us when we compare ourselves with others and lose sight of God's plan for our life. How can we even begin to figure out what matters most to us when everything seems equally important? I'm looking forward to working on my own Life Plan, as outlined in Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. I'm also excited about sharing it with my adult children, who are trying to balance their home lives, faith, and work. But the first person I'm sharing this book with will be my 23-year-old grandson, who is just launching out into life. Hopefully, this book will help him avoid som of the pitfalls of his parents and grandparents. Thanks, Michael and Daniel! Well done!
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Living Forward is a necessary book for anyone interested in taking control over the trajectory of their future in both the personal and professional spheres! I wasn't sure what to expect when I received Living Forward in the mail. I just knew that I had been following Michael Hyatt's blog for a little over a year and that he had formerly been the CEO of Thomas Nelson. I was more than pleasantly surprised. Michael and Daniel have come together to create an in-depth solution to something that plagues our society. They could call it "the drift". I realize I suffer from it to an extent as well, and the minute I started in on Living Forward I knew it was just the right book for this time in my life. Basically, Living Forward is about Life Planning and thinking ahead to the future in order to plan out the present. No, it's not about putting yourself in God's place and figuring out your life yourself. In fact, done the right way, it hinges on God's involvement in the process and His sustaining power to live the plan out. The book is quick--10 chapters that are easy to read and understand--and includes a lot of "extras" in the back to help you start and live out your Life Plan. I found myself reading with a highlighter and sticky tabs just to make sure I knew where to come back to. As it is right now, I'll be planning a day where I can create my own life plan. I also really enjoyed Michale and Daniel's personal stories. They obviously live out what they've shared in the book and it isn't something that's just an "ideal" for them. They are working hard to live out their life plan and they share their wins and losses along the way too. I definitely recommend this book to all types of people. You don't need to be a CEO of a large company to create a Life Plan. I think stay-at-home moms, corporate workers, freelancers, non-profit workers, or high school teachers (just to name a few job areas) would benefit from this. Why? Because Life Planning is ultimately not about success being defined as making a lot of money and having a prestigious job. It's about balance. It's about being satisfied in your work life as well as your home life. It's about having something to head toward and putting in the diligent work to get there. Pick up a copy of this book and take control over your future. My rating: 4.5* Originally posted on my blog: _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
ReadingWriterKK More than 1 year ago
It's easy to be skeptical of "self-help" type books, but Living Forward is in another category altogether. It's about leadership development, really. Specifically, self-leadership, an area that is easy to ignore.The good news is, Living Forward gives a step-by-step plan to build the life you want. This book, subtitled "A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want," provided clarity on a number of issues for me. I saw how I have been drifting recently, which happens, as the book states, when we are unaware, distracted, overwhelmed, or deceived (i.e. believing that you cannot change). I realized that those four words described my experience a lot of the time. The book challenges readers to not only learn ABOUT life planning, but to sit down for a day and craft a plan. The book provides clear how-to instructions. The book's website ( also offers a lot of ancillary products (including a coloring book! how fun is that?) and freebies to help you make the most of the experience of crafting a life plan. I highly recommend this helpful guide to designing a life you love.
EquineFarm25 More than 1 year ago
How would you like your life to turn out? Grab a copy of this great book and spend some time planning! Great life planning ideas to help with your future and present life. Love all the resources available too! This book really helped me plan for the future and manage my weekly time (Ideal Week).
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
Every day, we ask ourselves several questions and we make a multitude of decisions by the time breakfast is over. One of the most important questions you need to stop and ask yourself is this: Am I living the life that I want? Chances are, the answer to that question is going to be no. We all get into a 'holding' pattern, where we just keep on 'making it' through the day, not doing the things that we need to do to be happy and successful. Living Forward is a guide to help you identify whether you are living the life you want to live, and, if not, what actionable steps you can do starting today to change that. This isn't just a book for CEO's and other business execs. It is a book for anyone, no matter what stage of life they are in. I'm a mother of two who works full time outside of the home. I am not yet living the life that I want. I found that I was drifting from one day to the next. Are my bills paid? Yes. Do I have moments of joy each day? Yes. Do I feel fulfilled and satisfied in all facets of my life? No. And that's where Living Forward came in. Michael and Daniel come right out of the gate asking the tough questions....getting you to decide what you want for your life....and then giving you concise steps to achieve it. The book is easy to understand and written very clearly. I don't typically read 'self-help' type books. But this book is different. Living Forward leads you in the direction you want to be, and helps you define what legacy you will be leaving behind. And there is no greater gift than living your life to the fullest and leaving behind an incredible legacy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought I had this goal setting thing mastered. I've taken a few classes and really felt like I knew what I was doing with goal setting and planning for the future but then I read this book! It doesn't just talk about setting goals, it's about planning your life to leave the legacy you want to leave not the legacy that just happens. It has inspired me to work at the most important things every day. It's given me the clarity to how I can pursue and make time for those important things. The book is written in a friendly and conversational manner. I found it easy to read and I love the stories that are placed in each chapter. It gives a clear outline on just what to do and how to implement your life plan. If you feel like you are just drifting your way through life. Never quite having time for the things that are so important and you feel time is slipping by it's not too late to change your life. This book can help you on the path to making the time you have left in your life the best it can be. If you are ready to make a change this book is what you need. I know it has inspired me to make changes that I thought I would never quite get to with my busy life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living Forward is a book that will inspire readers to clearly define their dreams in every area of their lives and create a Life Plan for achieving them. The book is broken into 3 main sections to guide readers through the process: 1) Understand Your Need, 2) Create Your Plan, and 3) Make it Happen. Simple. Straight Forward. It is a quick read and easy to follow while also inspiring and thought provoking. It starts by quickly getting readers to connect with the message for why they need a plan. It then gets into the details of what the plan should include and why each part is important. The idea is not to fully plan out your life but to think deeply about your priorities and what kind of life you want. Then be brutally honest with where you currently are in life so you can begin to identify the actions needed to start moving you toward your ideal life. I would recommend this book to everyone! The book and the process is set up to be something that anyone can complete within a very reasonable amount of time. However, the first step starts with you buying the book.
CoreenT More than 1 year ago
Early on in Living Forward, the authors point out that “most people spend more time planning a one-week vacation than identifying what outcomes they want to see in major areas of their lives.” It’s one of the many “a-ha” moments that resonate and make you see how creating a life plan makes sense—at any age or circumstance. I’d like for my parents to read it to better their retirement plans and give them a renewed sense of focus. I’d like my siblings and friends to read it—especially the ones I’ve already had conversations with about what to do next in life and how to get the life we want. And since I’ve already read it, I can’t wait to create a life plan for myself and see how it changes my life. Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy have written a book that will be life-changing for many. Now it’s just up to the rest of us to commit.
sschott More than 1 year ago
I have been fortunate to get an early copy of this book, and I am already on my second reading of it. To put it simply, it is nothing short of awesome, and anyone who has any interest in self-leadership and personal development has to get this book, read through it and then take the time and make the effort to implement their Life Plan. No matter your age or stage in life, you deserve and can benefit from the process outlined in Living Forward. Once completed, your Life Plan will serve as your road map through life, and serve as a guidebook for decision-making, goal setting, evaluating the opportunities and challenges that are an inevitable part of life, and set you on a course of living your life according to the agenda and plan you set for yourself. The free planning resources alone make the minimal cost of this life-changing book a virtual steal.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Design your own “Regret Free” life Living Forward starts out by addressing THE DRIFT. The DRIFT is the tendency to arrive at destinations you don’t consciously choose. The DRIFT is facing life in a reactive way and happens when you’re: 1.) Unaware 2.) Distracted 3.) Overwhelmed 4.) Deceived No one wakes up and says, “Today I want to DRIFT.” However, if you’re not living a life according to design, then you’re living a life according to DRIFT. So how do you change direction and snap out of the DRIFT? Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy reveal that the average person spends 5 hours researching and shopping for a new car. The average bride-to-be spends spend 40 days planning a three-hour wedding. However, the average person never spends 1 day planning his or her life. Why? The reality is most of us don’t know how to plan our lives. Besides, it sounds daunting and out of reach. Thankfully, Hyatt and Harkavy close the distance by demonstrating how to do a life plan. Even better, they provide examples of real Life Plans from real clients. These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and life stages so readers of all kinds can relate. The book is broken into 3 main parts: Understand Your Need, Create Your Plan, and Make it Happen. It literally walks you though the Life Plan process in a step-by-step fashion. The Life Plan is facing life in a proactive way. As you read this book you’ll answer 3 powerful questions: 1. How do I want to be remembered? This is your legacy. 2. What matters most to me? These are your priorities. 3. How do I get from where I am to where I want to be? This is your action plan. Design your own “Regret Free” life by crafting your Life Plan. The Life Plan creates clarity. It acts as a GPS. The Life Plan creates courage. It acts as a filter. The Life Plan creates commitment. It acts as a motivator. Page 154 says it all, “This may sound grandiose, but we are out to change the world.” In Living Forward authors Hyatt and Harkavy do just that. They change the world one person at a time by challenging readers to create greatness one life plan at a time. Living Forward is a fantastic tool to design the life you want and then clarify the steps you need to take to get there.
sundijograham More than 1 year ago
It's not very often books start out asking you to plan your own funeral, but this isn't your average book. It will open your eyes to the lack of planning in your life. Open your eyes to the reality of just how much you may be letting life control you versus you controlling life. You can't walk away from this book and still have an excuse for not living the life you want to live. This book will change families, marriages, companies, churches, and more. It will provide you with a clear path to redefine your priorities in life and get on the path God truly desires for you to be one.