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If you're like most people, you want to lead a life of meaning and significance, joy and satisfaction.

But all the drama and demands we face seem to get in the way of our dreams, don't they? We're unsure about how to take our lives from where we are now to where we want to be in the next five, ten, or even fifty years.

We know we were meant for more, but it seems like the days are slipping by and we can't do anything about it. It shouldn't be like this. And it doesn't have to be.

New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and executive coach Daniel Harkavy have both lived the very same story but they rewrote the ending. And their new book Living Forward will help you do the same thing.

In this step-by-step guide, Hyatt and Harkavy share simple but proven principles to help you stop drifting, design a Life Plan with the end in mind, and chart a path that will take you there. And you can work the process in just one day.

Imagine trading just twenty-four hours for the life you really want. It's possible, and Living Forward shows you how.|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 MichaelHyatt.com.

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 BuildingChampions.com.

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Advance Praise for Living Forward

"The people who have achieved greatness are not just lucky. They created and executed a plan. . . . In Living Forward, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy show you how to develop and utilize a clear and compelling Life Plan to create the life you want."--Tony Robbins, New York Times bestselling author; CEO, Anthony Robbins Companies

"Here is an extremely practical and undeniably necessary guide for any adult who has drifted from how they thought life should be lived. I have benefited from this approach in my own life, but I need to be reminded again and again and again."--Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

"A must-read full of reminders and revelation that will open up your mind and organize your time."--Dave RamseyNew York Times bestselling author, The Total Money Makeover

"In this one-of-a-kind book, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy explain exactly how to create a Life Plan. It will equip you to live your life on purpose, achieving what matters most in every aspect of your life."--John C. Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author; founder, The John Maxwell Company

"Living Forward is a brilliant and motivating resource that will equip you to stop sleepwalking through life and intentionally pursue the plan God has for you."--Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author, The Best Yes

"An intelligent and articulate manual. . . . Applying even a portion of its simple and practical recommendations will improve anyone's condition in life."--David Allen, New York Times bestselling author, Getting Things Done

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080101882X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801018824
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I forced myself to finish reading it. I tried to like it. I really tried! Out of a profound respect for Michael Hyatt's past work, I forced myself to finish this. I was bored and disappointed, right to the very last page.

The basic message of the book is, write your goals, get your priorities straight, schedule time for what's important and be consistent in saying no to stuff that isn't important. It seemed to me that the book was an attempt to condense or replicate co-author David Harkavy's workshops on life planning. The book starts out with a call to write your own eulogy, with an emphasis on identifying how you want to be remembered. If having a good eulogy--or any eulogy--is important to you, this might be a helpful exercise, but otherwise, it's a big clue about how little the book offers to the rest of us.

Each author tells several stories about his ups and downs in life. I can recall only one of those stories, so they didn't resonate with me. At the end of the book is a huge pitch for Harkavy's workshop. I honestly believe this workshop could be effective in person, but as a DIY activity rolled into book, it didn't speak to me at all. I bought an overpriced, too-lengthy audio series by Tony Robbins a few years ago, and every day I'm still struggling to implement all that Tony suggests, but he was very inspiring and gave some nitty-gritty advice on how to stop drifting. I couldn't find either in the Hyatt/Harkavy book.

I've finally learned to be skeptical of the 5-start reviews for books written by popular bloggers. The first flood of 5-star reviews always seem to come from the blogger's tribe. Their tribe can't get enough of what they have to say. (Which is why I bought this book, because I'm a Hyatt fan!) But that doesn't mean other readers will resonate with the book's message. The 5-start review used to represent the general readership, but now, it's just a reflection of the author's tribe supporting him.
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When I first heard about this book, I did not immediately jump on it as I have been engaged in 5-year planning, annual goal setting and other great visionary guidance on living intentionally for 30+ years. I am a believer in this concept and have seen wonderful results in my life. What more could there be except to continue with what I was doing? However, when I was allowed to read an advance copy of the book, I was excited. Wow. This is a whole new level of what I had been doing - sleek and streamlined. It flows easily while dealing with profound truths in a way that draw you in. It pulls you into engagement with the one most precious gift we have; One's life. I could hardly wait to get away on retreat (which I did) and write my life plan. It enabled me to pull together the bits and pieces of previous planning, which I had thought was pretty clear, into a simple cohesive clear plan. By the time I got to the nuts and bolts of the process I was so inspired, it seemed easy (well almost, after all you are planning your life!). The tools provided saved so much time and mental energy that doing this in ONE day was achievable. ONE day to define one's life. What a gift. There is a chapter for those who have businesses that provides reason to share this on a wider level. As someone who has retired from one great career and working on another, this will come in handy at some time in the future. The process and tools provided are simple, clear and effective. I now have a life plan for the second half of my life. This book will work for any one from high school age and on.
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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 40 days planning a three-hour wedding. However, the average person never spends 1 day planning his or her life.


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.
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