I recently had the opportunity to read Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. I listen to Michael Hyatt’s podcast and I appreciate his mission to help people live more intentionally.
The basic idea of the book is that people need to be aware of what they value, where they want to be and how they are going to get there. The solution to this is to develop a life plan.
Hyatt and Harkavy present a good argument for why a life plan is good and they show readers step by step how to make it happen. They share plenty of real life stories from their own experiences and from others. They present a compelling case.
The book is very practical and has everything you would need to put together a life plan. In addition they provide some free resources at the book website.
Although Living Forward is published by a Christian publisher, there is not much that is uniquely Christian. Any person could use the information here and not feel that religion was being pushed.
There are two concerns that I can see some readers having about Living Forward.
The first is about the role of God. The book can sound like all things are in our control. In truth, the authors acknowledge that life can be unpredictable and that the life plan should be adjusted. In terms of making plans, the Bible does not stop us from trying to make the best of our life by good planning. We are simply warned that all of our plans are to be seen in the light of God’s will and that we need to be ready to adjust to what God is doing. This life plan can be used in such a way.
The other concern is that the authors can make living intentionally sound so easy. As I listen to Hyatt’s podcast and read his blog posts, it seems like intentional life choices are easy for him. I suspect that it might come easier to Hyatt than to others (at least me), but that does not take away the value of the teaching. We can make good choices. We can set goals and work toward them. It won’t necessarily be easy but even the effort can make a positive change in our life.
I recommend Living Forward for people in any area of life.