Living Forward: how to plan (and achieve) your dreams

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

“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don’t necessarily want to do, to get a result you really like to have.” –Andy Andrews

How much do you live your life to its full potential? It’s a question we should all ask ourselves. If we aren’t embracing its full potential, can we change that?

Yes we can, say Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. The compass that leads us in the right direction is a built-in app. Their book, Living Forward, shows us how to read it.

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If we want to be cynical, the book is a reminder of our unfulfilled lives. But in fact it’s a manifesto to make our lives as joyful is possible.

Michael Hyatt is a publisher and writer, podcaster, and social media expert. Daniel Harkavy is a successful business coach, CEO of his own firm and an author. He also coached several big corporate leaders. Together, Hyatt and Harkavy work on the Life Plan project, with many clients and even more readers.


“One day can change everything. It’s true for nations and individuals.”

Living Forward goes far beyond simply offering some intelligent guiding tools for our lives. It describes mechanisms that only someone with a lot of life experience can see. It’s a self-management, engineering book.

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” –Theodore Roosevelt

The biggest challenge these days seems to be self-awareness. In other words, living our lives at our full potential. Embracing this life philosophy can stop us from wondering and failing. These are expensive, both financially and spiritually.

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Living Forward has a simple, efficient, straightforward style that’s easy to follow.

So, are you ready to build your life’s GPS?

The conscious, meaningful life has become a fashion these days. Considering how fast our lives changes, it’s no wonder.

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Making a plan is easy. But making a good, functional plan is big challenge. Why?

  • We must keep order not only with our finances but also with feelings, time, resources, energy and relationships.
  • What matters most?
  • Making plans can be annoying, frustrating, time-consuming, but these could keep our lives under check.
  • Sometimes it’s enough to create a Plan just to face the actual state you’re in. From there it’s easier to see what direction you need to go in.
  • Plans help filter opportunities.
  • It forces us to know our everyday reality and set the future accordingly.
  • It has an effect of balancing different areas of your life.

Living Forward operates in 3 main areas: defining the current state of your professional and personal lives, setting goals, and starting to act towards these goals. Hyatt and Harkavy also provide professional help and tools for this. is the webpage related to Living Forward. This contains a measurement instrument for our Life Plan. After the measurement you can determine your status. Are you drifting? Or lifting off eventually? Maybe you’re in the shifting period? Or are you picking your gifts?

Of course, the optimal state is gift, when passion brings progress. In all areas of life.

Be prepared: creating a Life Plan starts with an awkward sequence – imagining you’re at your own funeral. This method’s been tried-and-tested on big corporation leaders and other clients.

The Life Assessment Profile measures passion and progress in every aspect of your life. This can be spiritual, psychical and physical. Imagine concentric circles: you’re in the middle, after that comes the circle of being, and then the circle of relating.

There are a few key questions in Living Forward. It’s important to find the answer, but we must ask the right question.

  • What matters to you most?
  • Which aspect (account) comes first?
  • Are you aware of where you want to go precisely?
  • What do you what to leave with when you’re done?

Dreams can be defining, but they’ll remain just dreams if we don’t note them down and rigorously monitor their progress.

You must make an “Appointment-to-Yourself”, scrutinizing what you’ve achieved and what you left unfinished. It’s also the moment of truth, when you decide what deserves to remain in your life and what must go. It is sort of cruel and the decisions won’t be easy, but then you don’t have infinite time to try everything.

[Making appointments with yourself and scheduling other things around them is the key to proactive self-management.]

Break your goals into the tiniest units possible. Allow yourselves to “move the needle”. Make daily plans, prioritize, and get them done. Hyatt and Harkavy offer solutions for these roadblocks, too.

Living Forward has a very simple structure:

Part One: Understand Your Need

Part Two: Create Your Plan

Part Three: Make it Happen

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Creating, applying, and following a life plan can offer a more intentional life. We won’t drift wherever the wind blows us. We have one big achievement we’re aimingfor, and won’t lose sight of it by chasing several goals at the same time. Revising and reviewing means we won’t let the steering wheel slip. And in doing so, you can acquire new skills like writing, editing, or organizing.

Reviewing the life plan has a major importance. Applying your initial actions might lead to outcomes other than what you initially thought. I really love coffee that much? I really can’t live without it? Revise it and act on the matter.

The life planning process can be used at work too. Only a worker who has specific expectations from their leader or organization can properly meet it. This life philosophy, if applied successfully , can improve the quality of a whole society.

“When employees are working to attain passion and progress in every area of life, they are less likely to be cynical or apathetic.”

The question is often – as happens in our everyday lives, too – are we ready to face reality? If not, what’s holding us back from doing so?

Planning our lives can be a good fantasy exercise. It also can prepare us for some unexpected or unwanted happenings in our lives. Even if we don’t take it really seriously, it can still help give us a reality check

I think delaying making a life plan has to do with being unprepared to do so.

So I would advise the readers: first take your time and evaluate: am I ready for a change? To face whatever that might bring into my life?

It’s a well-known fact that change is painful. But if we don’t do it, we may never reach our destination.

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AmazonLiving Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy from Audible

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