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Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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 Ramsey, New 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.
Why then, do I argue that Living Forward must be approached with careful discernment by evangelical Christians? I say this because God disapproves of autonomous life plans (c.f., James 4, Proverbs 3:5-6). Perhaps this is best illustrated in the Jesus’ words; “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33) and “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).
The book (likely unintentionally) could be interpreted as promoting autonomy with things like Figure 5.1 on page 73 where “YOU” are at the center of your life. For the serious evangelical Christian, that is simply not true. You are not on the throne of your own life, or if you are that’s bad. To be fair, on page 84 they say that they attend to themselves second, after God. Nonetheless, I fear that the message of the book is to maximize flourishing in this life. In contrast, everyone mentioned in Hebrews 11 was living by faith, looking to the future, and consequently God is not ashamed to be called their God (Hebrews 11:16). For the evangelical Christian, life planning is about aligning your life priorities with God’s and setting goals accordingly. Christians already know that attempts to slake our thirst for happiness and satisfaction in this life are doomed (1 John 2:15-17). All of the things of this life take their appropriate place only after God’s kingdom is sought first.
I recommend that the next version have a version that is more suited to a Christian audience, in which life planning is not about getting the life YOU want but rather the life GOD wants you to have. Maybe it could be called "Living For Him: Writing a Life Plan that Honors the Lord."
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I was invited to read this by my employer and was given a day off to write my Life Plan, which is now the guiding light to my day-to-day...Read more