Dec 27

“Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want” Book Review by Carol Peterson

 Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life you Want

Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

There are things we must do; things we should do; things we want to do. Unfortunately, it is hard to get things done. Hard to focus. Hard to settle on what is important. As I learn what God means to “number my days” I find that—with less time left on this earth—everything feels important. I want to get it all done. I don’t want to leave anything unresolved or any goals uncompleted.

I “say” this or that is important. But am I spending the time on those things in a way that is evidence of their importance? Am I spending too much time on the mundane and leaving the bucket list on the back porch where I can conveniently ignore it? Lately then I’ve begun a process of prioritizing.

Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s latest book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life you Want helps you understand whether or not what you profess to believe is important is what you are actually spending time on.

As Hyatt and Harkavy recommended, I spent a week thinking. Then I spent a day writing about the areas of life I wanted more focus, what I wanted to accomplish and how I wanted to accomplish my goals.

Based on this book, I’ve focused my life plan on spiritual matters, my relationships  with my husband, family members and people outside my family, health, writing, and hobbies.

The hardest part of the plan? Reading the 17-page, single spaced, 3000 word document every day.

Out loud.

There’s something about reading my plan out loud every day that has increased my commitment to it. It’s about announcing the plan to myself, to anyone in hearing distance (usually my dog who interestingly enough comes over and shakes my hand), the world in general and God in specific.

You may be a person who flies by the seat of your pants. Or you may think you don’t have time to create a plan. But plans can help you move forward with confidence, even if the plan changes from time to time.

As we’re bringing 2016 to a close, many of us look forward to what we’d like to accomplish in the New Year unfolding before us. This book is a great read as we prepare to do so.

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want is now available from RUBY’S Reading Corner.

Carol Peterson, Author My mission as a writer is to educate, entertain and inspire–children, their teachers and parents, other writers, and readers of all genres. As a children’s writer I try to “Make Learning Fun” by helping busy teachers address curriculum accountability standards, and encouraging other writers to do the same. You can connect with Carol at her blog, Carol Peterson, Author Carol is a member of the Ruby Book Review Team and a regular contributor to RUBY magazine.



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