On Monday, I posted a blog about using this time of year as a second new year. Back to school season is a great time to reevaluate where we stand with our goals for the year and if necessary, make a new plan. I recently took  a good inventory of where I stood and realized that I had to get better at a couple of things if I were to achieve my goals for 2016.

One of the tools that helped bring me a lot of clarity was a recently released book by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy titled Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.

It’s a terrific book that advocates creating a plan for your life that will serve as a navigation device to get from where you are to where you want to be.

I have to confess, I’ve never done anything like this before. I usually spend a couple of days every December creating a strategic plan for the coming year and I’ve found the plan to be incredibly valuable, but I’ve never created a lifelong plan.

I took a day last week and followed the steps outlined in the book and found a tremendous amount of value.

For one thing, the idea of fighting drift appealed to me. Drifting through life is something really easy to do and it’s something that I know quite a bit about. Not having a plan, eating whatever I wanted, allowed me to drift my way up to 330 pounds. No one sets out to be fat, broke and stupid, but without a plan, that’s where I found myself when I was 30. Without officially calling it a plan, I took control of my diet and my life and simply started paying attention. It was when I saw results, that I knew that I was on to something.

Using the process outlined in Living Forward, we can determine what’s most important to us, determine what we want our legacy to look like and uncover the action steps we must take to make that legacy a reality. In short, it’s like goal setting on steroids.

Goals and PlansNot only is the book worth the time to read and a value in and of itself, there is a host of online resources that are available to anyone for free. There are assessments to help you identify your priorities and take a measure of the balance in each of your life accounts as well as a Life Plan template that makes it easy to draft a complete plan. All of the tools are there, all you have to do is use them.

If you’ve felt drift at all in your life, or feel like you’d like to have a little more control of where you’re going, I highly recommend checking out Living Forward. The writing, the concepts, and the tools make the time you spend reading, thinking about and developing your plan an investment that will pay dividends for you in the very near future. 

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