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Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

Living ForwardLiving Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. Baker Books. 2016. 

In this very practical and useful book, author Michael Hyatt and executive coach Daniel Harkavy of Building Champions introduce readers to the concept of a Life Plan – which they consider a GPS for your life – and its importance in providing vision and a destination for both individuals and organizations such as Chick Fil-A. The Life Plan is a living document that will help individuals to be healthy in all phases of life – relationships, financial, spiritual and physical.

The book includes ten chapters divided into three sections – Understand Your Need, Create Your Plan and Make it Happen, and helpful Life Plan templates at  The Life Plan is based around three powerful questions:

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

The book includes a lot of personal stories to illustrate the points made and would be helpful to all people (those in business, non-profits, stay at home moms, students, etc.) and at any stage of life. You just need to be ready to make a positive change in your life. The authors do not want their readers to come to the end of their lives with regrets.

I found the book to have some similarities to other good books I’ve recently read, such as Intentional Living by John Maxwell, What’s Best Next by Matt Perman and The Art of Work by Jeff Goins.  A quote that I really appreciated from the book was “Self-leadership always precedes team leadership”.

The book ends with the key points being repeated in a helpful summary.