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

The most frequent topic that I discuss these days with my friends is Life Planning. The more I read and talk about this topic, the more I believe that what we need is to go to the basics.

“The lesson is simple. You get what you focus on. What we see ahead impacts the actions we take right now. How we live and lead is directly connected to what we see. What’s important is that the future be enticing enough to stay focused. We call this pull power”.

26266675This book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, provides a concise guide on creating and implementing a life plan. This is my second book for Michael Hyatt which explains why I found that some parts are repeated. The new about this book is that it has some good examples about others’ life plans.

Michael Hyatt defines the Life plan as “a short written document, usually eight to fifteen pages long. It is created by you and for you. It describes how you want to be remembered. It articulates your personal priorities. It provides the specific actions necessary to take you from where you are to where you want to be in every major area of your life. It is most of all a living document that you will tweak and adjust as necessary for the rest of your life.

The first step of this type of thinking is to acknowledge and assess the drift that you have right now in your life. When we feel that we aren’t living the life that we have always dreamed of, that we aren’t enjoying what we already have any more, and that we need to change something, it is importantly firstly to ask ourselves couple of questions to deeply understand How Did We End Up Here?

Living in that drift has many negative consequences such as creating confusion, costing us more expenses, suffering from lost opportunities, and needless to mention the pain and the regret that are associated with these consequences. Therefore, creating a life plan becomes a must.

In order to define the key theme of this life plan, you may start by answering three questions which are:

  • How do I want to be remembered?
  • How do I want to be remembered?
  • How can I get from here to where I want to be?

These questions are very much needed to set priorities, maintaining balance, filtering the different opportunities that we may have in life, facing reality, envisioning the future, and finally, avoiding regret.

The author discussed the exact steps of creating a plan that covers all aspects of your life; spiritual, financial, social, career, family…etc. and the importance of reviewing it regularly.

The book may not provide new arguments in this area, but given that it is very short, the book represents a good opportunity to remember the basic stuff when it comes to Life Planning.

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