I have recently read and reviewed Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’ new book, Living Forward, coming out today. At this point in my life, it was timely. The point of the book is to help people figure out what their priorities are, know what they want to leave as their legacy, and to create a systematic plan to get there. They offer several categories that people generally prioritize (self, marriage, family, finances, career, etc.) and guide the reader through an experience of prioritizing and planning with those areas in mind.
Currently, I am experiencing a bit of anger unhappiness flat out rebellion . . . ahem . . . frustration with my carer and my health, in particular, and taking the time to rework through the goals I have helped me to recommit to seeing them happen.
I had downloaded templates for this plan before. I had completed them. I had left them in a folder on my computer and never looked at them again. Wouldn’t you know, I’m not the only one. He devotes chapter nine (Keep It Alive) to this exact problem. What good is a life plan if it never impacts your life?
What good is a life plan if it never impacts your life?
So, I revisited the plan. Surprisingly, I didn’t change it that much. I still have many of the same goals. But this time, I wrote specific action for each step, made a separate document with only those steps, and put it on my desktop where I have to look at it every morning. Might I still ignore it? Sure. But the chances are slimmer.
The book also helps you put each category in a different area depending on what kind of attention it requires. (See and take the analysis here.) I have the above-mentioned career and health categories in the “lift” category. That means the passion is there, but the movement is not what I’d like. Knowing that, I can tweak the plan to create movement. “Social” is in “shift.” That means I have to be intentional with those plans, because they do not come natural to my passions. I know I need different actions there.
Though I had no “drift” category entries, there are areas in my life that would definitely drift if I did not create a plan for making sure they move forward. Thy would not simply drift—they would float so far from their moorings they wouldn’t know the home dock if they got shipwrecked on it. Social and health are two of these. I know I need a different kind of plan for those than I do the things I am more naturally passionate about. Living Forward helps me to see how to make those plans.
Will it stick? Will I see that plan every day and carry it out? I don’t know. But I know I’m closer than if I didn’t try. If you’re in a place of wanting some intention in some area of your life, you might want to give it a read.