Living Forward Summary – August 2022

Author: Michael Hyatt

Short Summary
Living Forward (2016) is designed to give people who are tired of the rat race a simple, proven process that will help them take charge of their lives. It doesn’t matter whether you are eighteen or sixty-eight—if you’re frustrated with where life has taken you, Living Forward will help you create a powerful Life Plan.
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Detailed Summary

Some people have told me they’re worried they’re living the wrong life. They have a feeling that they’re supposed to be living a different life, but they’re not sure what that different life should look like. You have to wonder why these feelings of being in the wrong life happen. Because there is no right or wrong life. There’s only the life you are living. The right life to live is the one that helps you feel alive, energized, and happy.

Whether you feel like you’re on the right track or not, the truth is that we all have choices to make every day and it’s the choices we make that shape our future.

The question isn’t “are you living the right life?” but instead “how can you start living a life that feels more right for you?”

The truth is, most of us have some pretty big dreams, and we always want to be living forward — towards a better future. However, too often life gets in the way, and we end up getting stuck in the past or somewhere in the middle. What if there was a way to live forward? And, what if it started today? The idea behind living forward is that it is about how you live your life. It is about designating a specific amount of time for each of your priorities so that you are always moving forward. When you live forward, you build the best version of your life.

Living Forward Key Points

Life-Plan is important to go wherever you want in your life just as GPS

As we go about our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to get lost in the daily grind and forget about the big picture. Important aspects of our lives such as our health, finances, and relationships suffer. Your Life Plan will help you not only remember your big picture but also make it a reality.

Life Plans are not meant to be set in stone. They are living documents that will change over time and reflect your current priorities and goals in life. It’s important to start imagining what you want your best life to look like. Do you want to start your own business? Travel the world? Or maybe you just want a better work-life balance? Whatever it is that you envision, create a Life Plan that matches your goals.

A Life Plan is like a GPS for your life. It is a guide that helps keep you on track to reach your destination and then some. It’s your way of keeping all of your goals, projects, and dreams in one place. At the end of the day, it all comes down to you. No one else can plan your life for you. No one else can tell you that this is the right thing to do and this is the wrong thing to do. That’s why you need a Life Plan.

In a way, the GPS gives us more than just the information we need to get to our destination; it gives us a path to follow to get there. But it doesn’t do this alone. It’s up to us to program in the address and make sure we are heading to where we want to be. It’s up to us to stay on track by checking our progress. And it’s up to us to trust the device so that it can take us where we want to go.

Set your Life-Plans by answering three questions

When you’re thinking about what you want your life to look like, how do you answer the question: What’s the best way for me to spend the next X number of years? For example, if you want to retire by 65 and retire early, you’ll need to start saving and investing sooner rather than later.

To ensure you’re on the right path, ask yourself the following questions:

“What do I value most in life?

“What do I love doing most?

“How can I make a difference in the lives of others?”

If you’re like most people, especially millennials, you probably don’t have a satisfying answer to these questions. If this sounds like you, then read on. This is the opposite of what conventional wisdom says. Conventional wisdom suggests that talking about death is taboo and that it’s selfish to direct your energy and attention to matters of legacy. I would argue that neither is true. Instead, I’d like to suggest that death is the best thing we have going for us – the one thing that, when we confront it, can force us to make life better.

We shouldn’t fear death; we should fear a life that doesn’t matter – not just to ourselves but also to others. Death should be our compass, our lodestar, guiding us toward something nobler than merely amassing wealth and power in a vain and selfish existence.

You must consider how you are spending your time to achieve your goals

It’s unfortunate how few people can follow through on their goals. As you look at your own life, consider the things you want to accomplish. Consider the things that keep you up at night. Consider the things that you’re going to leave this earth with not having done, and you’ll likely agree with me. Each of us has a list of things we ought to do.

A sense of urgency is an important asset to have when it comes to planning your life, but urgency alone won’t get you where you need to go. It’s a mistake to think you can manage your time and make meaningful progress toward your goals at the same time. The more you manage your time, the less time you spend managing your life. It’s a choice between doing one or the other. Pick one.

I recommend you implement a system of “triage” to manage your calendar. In the medical community, “triage” refers to a doctor’s process for evaluating patients in an emergency room to see who needs urgent care and who can wait. The same way, you want to develop a system for evaluating your upcoming commitments to determine which ones are urgent and need your attention now and which can be delayed.

In triage, you sort through the chaos to make informed decisions with limited information. That’s exactly what you need to do with your calendar. Using this triage method will help you identify which tasks are most important and which ones can wait. I recommend that you schedule one hour per week for reviewing and trimming your calendar. This time isn’t a time waster at all! It’s important because it keeps you focused on the most important tasks that lead to taking action steps toward your goals.

Living Forward Quotes

“Those who feel satisfied with their personal lives are more satisfied with their careers and perform better.” –Michael Hyatt

“You  are in a much better position to serve others when your basic needs are met and your “tank is full”.” –Michael Hyatt

Living Forward Review

There are many tips and tactics you must have done before as I did. This book is an amazing book by an accomplished author ‘Michael Hyatt’. I loved the ideas and teachings. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

To whom I would recommend the Living Forward Summary?

  • Anyone who is dealing with procrastination.
  • Anyone tired of finding his passion.
  • Anyone who wants to live a better life.