Key Themes:

Self-development, Life Planning, Focus, Productivity


Living Forward by Hyatt and Harkavy sets out a blueprint for creating a more rewarding and fulfilling life. The book outlines a planning process to help people recognise what matters to them and commit to achieving their desired outcomes. From writing your eulogy, identifying the important roles and relationships in your life and defining your vision for success; this book helps you to evaluate your whole life and it’s direction. By knowing where you want to go, it provides you with the tools to evaluate your progress and focus on the areas you need to adjust / pivot to improve your results. The book leads you through an easy-to-create-and-follow ‘Life Plan’ that will help you to take charge of our future and live your dream life now.

Content Overview:

According to Michael Hyatt, most people spend 5-hours researching buying a car, but never take a day to do a life plan. If you are not most people, then this book is for you!

The book is based on 7-Steps that takes you from where you are now to creating a comprehensive, actionable life plan – dealing with every aspect of your life.

  • Step 1 – Acknowledge the Drift – this step identifies where we are now, where we want to be and the distance inbetween. We may be in ‘credit’ in some areas of our life but ‘overdrawn’ in others – this section helps us to appreciate the consequences of this – both personally and professionally.
  • Step 2 – Understand the Mission – this step outlines the life plan concept and asks you to consider asking yourself the right questions. How do you want to be remembered? What matters most? And, what are the actions you need to take to change things.
  • Step 3 – Appreciate the Benefits – this step helps to identify what matters, so that you can learn to filter your opportunities and say yes to the right things and no to the things that don’t serve you and your plan.
  • Step 4 – Design Your Legacy – this step covers how you wish to be remembered and gets you to write your eulogy. It helps you to understand your key relationships and how you wish them to think of you and your contribution to the planet and is written in the present tense. Of all the tasks this was probably the most challenging, as it really hits home.
  • Step 5 – Determine Your Priorities – this step takes you through the 9 basic life accounts and helps you to identify what are your priority accounts – these could be family, faith or financial – only you know the order of importance in your life. It then asks you to determine the current state these accounts are in and where you need to put your biggest efforts.
  • Step 6 – Chart the Course – this step covers a 5-part action plan and gets you to map out your purpose statement, ideal future, an inspiring quote, the current reality and specific actions you will commit to, to achieve your optimum future.
  • Step 7 – Dedicate One Day – the authors then recommend that you block out one day in your diary and work through each of the steps in turn, to create your life plan.

This is a very practical book and I particularly liked the inclusion of a summary of the 7 steps and a plethora of examples that show real-life people’s responses to creating their life plans. The tools and steps within this book will probably be incorporated into my personal and professional planning forever.

Rating: 9/10

This is a great book if you like to apply the concepts you learn. The authors share their personal stories and ‘ah-ha’ moments along with life plan examples so you can learn and understand the process.

Readability: 9/10

The use of case studies and their personal stories makes this book an easy read and very inspiring.

Does what it says on the tin: 10/10

Yes – if you take the time to follow the actions (you need to allow a day for this), you will be able to create the life plan you want and know the steps you need to take to achieve