Living forward is a great book that help solves one big problem living life unintentionally which results in drifting through life.
Why do we drift through life the book points out four reasons?
- It happens when we are unaware – we all have ideas about life that are inaccurate until we see differently we just don’t know.
- It happens when we are distracted.
- It happens when we are overwhelmed.
- It happens when we are deceived – we are often unconscious about the relationship between our beliefs and reality.
Some quotes and thought that resonates throughout the book
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you are not going to stay where you are – J P Morgan
All external expectations all pride all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things fall away in the face of death leaving only what is truly important – Steve jobs
Self-leadership always precedes team leadership and a life plan can be one of the most powerful tools to help you best lead yourself.
The value of a life plan is that it helps you become an active participant in your life, it helps you in intentionally shaping your future.
The goal of the book was to
- Help you become aware of your current location
- Decide where you want to go
- Start working towards your destination
And after reading the book I would say it fulfilled the goal.
When you have a plan every day becomes an opportunity to move towards your destination and even though you can’t change the past we all have the power to change the future.
Review of the Three-part in the book
Part one: See the need
Here you get to acknowledge the drift and realised the consequences for not taking action.
One of the biggest consequences for me was regret. The thing about regret is that you cannot do anything about it one way to prevent ever regretting your life is to plan it.
You also get to understand what a life plan is which defined in the book is a short-written document, usually eight to fifteen pages long. It is created by you for you. It describes how you want to be remembered, it articulates your personal priorities. It provides the specific actions necessary to take you from where you are to where you want to be in every major area of your life. It is most of all a living document that you will tweak and adjust as necessary for the rest of your life.
You also learn to see the value of good question – you learn about the three question that forms the life plan which are:
How do I want to be remembered?
What matters most?
How can I get from here to where I want to be?
Lastly in this section you learn the benefit of having a life plan – one benefits that stood out to me was filtering opportunities a lot of times people take on supposed opportunities that in themselves are really not opportunities but how would you know how to differentiate this if you didn’t have a filtering process, the life plan answers this.
Another benefit was clarifying priorities realising that one life account wasn’t your whole life and having the ability to choose the one that was of most importance to you.
Part two: Create your plan
This section in the book is where you actually create your life plan – this is probably the most intensive area of the book.
You get to answer the question you have asked earlier, you design your legacy – what you want to remember for, you write your life statement as you would want to be remembered, you determine your what matters most – your priorities and then you create action plans that will help you in achieving them.
The first thing is you get to ask yourselves where it is all going how is it going to end if you continued on this path what outcomes do you want?
The end determines everything else the characters you include in your story the roles they play in your life and you in theirs, the project you initiate and the way you conduct your affairs.
Everyone is in the process of leaving a legacy the question is not will you leave a legacy but what kind of legacy will you leave.
Secondly, you also get to determine your priorities – what is important to you, you create your life accounts the goal is to strive for a positive balance in each of your life account which is experiencing – passion and progress.
One thing I learnt from reading this book is that it was not enough to have priorities it was essential to have them in the right order so here you arrange your life account in priority from the most important to least important – all of them are important but not all of them have the same level importance.
Ranking your life account forces, you to decide what takes precedence if push comes to shove and shoving will always happen.
Ask what is the most important account on my list what is the one I would not be willing to sacrifice no matter what.
Then lastly you plan your course of action by creating a purpose statement, envisioning a future, identifying where you are now and creating next step action to move you to your envisioned future.
Part three- Make it happen
Here you learn how to implement your plan realising that your action plan needs to be scheduled into your normal day to day routine.
It teaches how to create margin by:
Triage your calendar – you know what thing you can cancel or reschedule and which ones demand your participation
Scheduling your priorities – using an ideal week and annual calendar blocks
Learn to say no with grace using the Yes- No – Yes technique
You also get to about how to review your life plan daily, weekly, quarterly review and yearly and why it is important.
In summary reading, this book would give you the clarity about what it is you want from your life and the action steps to make towards achieving those dreams.
Real transformation happens when people take responsibility for their own lives and begin to live intentionally in every area.
The power is in your hands to make changes you have been given a gift called this life – what will you do about it.
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