A few weeks ago I heard Michael Hyatt speak about his new book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. Written with Daniel
Harkavy, the premise is simple:
“When it comes to life, most people are spectators. They watch events unfold a day at a time. They may plan their careers, the building of a new home, or even a vacation, but it never occurs to them to plan their life.”
Having a life plan is all about consciously making choices, and consciously making changes so that you can realize your life plan, or make adjustments to it. Too often, you don’t take time to think about what it is you really want to achieve. You forget to listen to what you’ve said is important to you. Or, you pretend you haven’t heard the call to live your life with purpose, with a plan.
Not Choosing is also a Choice
So what happens?
Sometimes what happens is one of these:
- The immediate gets in the way of the important
- The expedient is favored over the excellent
- The easy comes at the cost of the ethical
- The risk is feared more than the reward is wanted
- A resolution feels better than an uncertainty
- You limit your options to what you think are your present resources, instead of looking for ways to add to your resources by asking others for what you need
- You tell yourself, ‘It doesn’t matter’
- You tell yourself, It’s not really that important’
- You tell yourself, ‘I just want to get it over with’
Or the worst one of all: ‘It’ll get better on its own, I don’t need to take any action.’
The problem with all of that is that 10 years later you look back on your life and you realize you’ve been stuck this whole time. Now you’re 10 years older and you’re in the same situation, it’s no better than it was and you’ve wasted a lot of your opportunity to live life on your terms, to realize those things you want for yourself and in your relationships with others.
You have forgotten to listen to your inner self. You have neglected to listen to your dreams.
The Choice I’m Making
It’s easy for me to get lulled into life, living one day after the next. Sure, I get things done, sometimes I get a lot of things done, sometimes, it seems like I’ll never get everything done that I want to do. But there’s a difference between planning what you’ll do and planning who you’ll be.
I don’t know about you, but Doing is easier for me than Being. Sometimes with all of the doing, I forget to listen to my dreams, to plan for reaching them and then working my plan, a little bit every day, to reach them.
It was my birthday a few weeks ago and I find that my birthday is a great time for me to look back on the year, and the last several years, and evaluate what I’ve done, and what I haven’t done. I asked myself this: “What’s been going on in my life while I’ve been busy making other plans?” I haven’t done this in the past few years with the degree of intensity that I’d like to have given it.
So now, I’ve started to make a list of those things, the good, the bad, the done and the undone. I can feel a time of growth coming, and it’s exciting to me. I have no idea what the future holds, but I know its going to be interesting, and I’m going to learn and I’m going to grow.
Get the Book
If you’ve found yourself in this situation of Doing rather than Being, and especially if you think you might be in this situation right now, then, like me, you need to get the book to help you move from the place you are now. You deserve to change to get you to the place you want to be. Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy will be published in Spring, 2016.
I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m looking forward to growing and choosing to move forward. I’m looking forward to change in my own life.
Live Honest, Open and True
How’s your life going for you? Are you some place you never thought you’d be? Life happens like that, even when you think you’re doing the best you can. If you’re living live more by happenstance than by plan, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, is for you. When you live a life that is Honest, Open and True, you live according to your life plan.
Thanks to Jeff Goins who featured Michael Hyatt at his August Tribe Conference, and renewed my focus on living life intentionally. Are you living life according to your plan, or according to happenstance? Stop by our Life is HOT blog Facebook Group and leave a comment or tweet me @LifeIsHOTBlog with the hash tag #LifeIsHOT!
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