Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt

Author of New York Times bestseller, Platform

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON March 08, 2016

Discussion

Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
Hi, I’m Michael Hyatt, author of the new book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. I help over-whelmed high achievers get the clarity, courage, and resources they need to win at work and succeed at life. I’m delighted to be here. Feel free to ask me anything!
CF Creative
CF Creative@cfcreative1 · Senior Creative Director, Christ Fellows
Michael I just finished Living Forward and my first draft of my life plan. The beginning of this year I completed 5 Days to the Best Year. How does each work together? Should I go back and rework some goals to align?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@cfcreative1 Great question. Life Plan is the 30,000 foot view of your life. Annual Goals (BYE) is the 10,000 foot view. Once you have a life plan, you can begin creating annual goals that move you in the direction of your Envisioned Future.
Nik Sharma
Nik Sharma@mrsharma · Director of Performance Marketing, hint
Hi Michael - thanks for doing the PH LIVE! On your site you have an example of someone who's stressed, and busy with their daily events going on in life. How would you combat that, and encourage them to continue doing what they're doing, in a stress-free manner? Thanks!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@mrsharma You have to get clear on what you want out of life in each of the major categories of life and then begin to make decisions and arrange your calendar to get you there. This is what we cover in depth in Living Forward.
Cass McCrory
Cass McCrory@cass_mccrory
@mrsharma I found the Ideal Week exercise SO helpful. I was the definition of "overwhelmed" and I had heard other thought leaders recommend this exercise but I had never been pulled to do it in line with my priorities the way it is in the book. I HIGHLY recommend doing that ideal week and then seeing if you can make this week fit into that mold. I didn't think I could...but when I tried it was possible and I'm day 2.5 in living my "ideal week" and it's awesome.
Nik Sharma
Nik Sharma@mrsharma · Director of Performance Marketing, hint
@cass_mccrory Thanks Cass, will def try it out!
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Michael, what's one thing that you often find yourself telling to people help them be more courageous?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@ems_hodge I often tell people, “Do it scared.” Courage is not the absence of fear but the willingness to act in spite of your fear.
Adam Owen
Adam Owen@adamowenit · Search Engine Marketing Consultant
Hi Michael! I listen to your podcast every week while I'm driving, and I love it. My question would be - what's your view on focus? Do you think we should all focus on a single career path/business idea/project etc., or is it okay to spread ourselves across a few things (even though understandably we'll have to spend less time on each)? I'm 20 - not sure if that'd change your answer. Thanks
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@adamowenit I think when you are young, you have to experiment to find out what you like (passion), what you are good at (proficiency) and what you can make a living doing (profit). Those three constitute your calling.
Will Chou
Will Chou@willc · Personal Development: willyoulaugh.com
For someone whos read their fair share of self help and know all the common themes/advice for success, what other advice do you have to be successful, wealthy, and do a job you love that is not common? Do you ever get negative, hurtful, or argumentative comments and how do you deal with them and not let that affect your temperament or mood for the day?
Brian Yamabe
Brian Yamabe@byamabe
Going through "Living Forward" and wondering about writing your own eulogy. It says that it should be done in the present, but does that mean it shouldn't include future goals or things you plan to accomplish?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@byamabe The Eulogy should be written in the present. We didn't make that as clear as we should have, so we are revising for the next edition. Your Legacy Statements are all about the future.
David Edwards
David Edwards@dave_edwards · Ministry Specialist, Southpointe
@michaelhyatt @byamabe I put this very question in my post! So the point is that it's as if it's given in the future, but we're imagining it as if we're there RIGHT NOW so we can immerse ourselves in that experience, correct?
How do you overcome the paralysis of reality when you start to think forward. It sometime feels overwhelming to think I have a limit amount of time on earth and enjoy the sense of adventure by not focusing on the future and focusing on the now (today). How does living forward help one maintain some sense of wonder and adventure when you have your life "planned" in a structured format/pattern? Thanks for writing living forward, its inspiring.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@jdomeck Once you get clear on the future (Envisioned Future) and then acknowledge where you are (Current Reality), you can chart the course (Specific Commitments). But this process will leave plenty of margin for doing things spontaneously. More than any tool I have ever encountered, a life plan will help you be PRESENT in every situation.
Harry Stebbings
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
Huge fan of yours Michael and thanks so much for joining us today, I would love to hear how you approach audience expansion? When you feel you have proliferated one audience, say early stage entrepreneurs, how do you seek to expand the audience to later stage entrepreneurs without alienating the core group of listeners you already have? Would love to hear your thoughts on this and would be a pleasure to have you on @twentyminutevc
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@harrystebbings @twentyminutevc I am a big believer in Facebook ads. I typically find audiences that are already similar to mine and advertise to them. I offer a free, compelling giveaway and use that to get them into a product promotion funnel. I literally doubled the size of my email list last year doing this.
Susan Curtis
Susan Curtis@all_social · Pres., All Social: WordofMouth Amplified
@harrystebbings @twentyminutevc Look forward to reading Michael's response. I would recommend list segmentation -- the more specifically you can talk to your followers, the more they will feel you are addressing their exact needs.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@all_social @harrystebbings @twentyminutevc Yep, we practice that, too. If you go to michaelhyatt.com/welcome you will see my Welcome Mat and how we segment.
Susan Scott
Susan Scott@susan_scott · Successful Homeschool Mom
@michaelhyatt I love the Welcome Mat concept!
Susan Curtis
Susan Curtis@all_social · Pres., All Social: WordofMouth Amplified
Donald Newman
Donald Newman@donald_newman · Director of Acquisitions at Xulon Press
What kind of daily rituals can I choose to help me live forward? Do you have any?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@donald_newman Yes, I have plenty. You are your habits. In fact, my current podcast is on this topic. http://michaelhyatt.com/season-7...
Donald Newman
Donald Newman@donald_newman · Director of Acquisitions at Xulon Press
@michaelhyatt that is awesome, I will check it out. Love your podcast, books and the content you produce. We recommend Platform all the time. I am 52 with two beautiful granddaughters and your book was right on time for helping me make the most of my "Second Half". Just lost 55 lbs and I am getting ready to train for a Triathlon this summer, it will be my fifth one. Michael, there are a lot of us Christian business leaders that receive a lot from you. Thank you for your leadership!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@donald_newman Awesome, Don. Thanks.
Lea Delazer
Lea Delazer@leadelazer · Digital designer based in Munich
Hi Michael! First of all I want to say that in amazed and impressed by Living Forward. It's such a wonderful thing to work with! I've got a question about life accounts. As I understand we want every single account to get into the "gift state". But what should we do with accounts that make us struggle? For me it's my parents. Our relationship is complicated and it is constantly draining energy, although we do not see each other often. I had a hard time thinking about them when writing my eulogy. So what does it mean? How can we integrate the difficult parts - shall we work them out? Or is it better to make them less important and focus on the accounts that help us thrive?
Susan Scott
Susan Scott@susan_scott · Successful Homeschool Mom
@leadelazer I'm in much the same boat. Do you minimize toxic relationships or strive to improve them? When it comes to people like our parents, there is only so much we can control. I'm going for seeking to be the best person I can be when in their presence, not responding to the usual anger or manipulative behaviors, simply modeling grace and empathy. I do it so I know down the road, I will not have any regrets over what I wish I may have said, or ways I should have tried harder.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@leadelazer Great question. I think there are probably some relationships where you do the best you can, but it is never going to be great because “it takes two to tango.” I think you do the best you can but focus most of your resources on those relationships where you can really make a difference.
Todd Murphy
Todd Murphy@todd_murphy
What is your key discipline in moving from ideas to action?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@todd_murphy START: Schedule The Action Required Today.
Jordan White
Jordan White@jordanmwhite9 · Content Director, Christ's Church
Rebekah Cummings Weissert
Rebekah Cummings Weissert@rebekahruth17 · Realtor/Writer
Hi Michael! I finished Living Forward this morning and I loved it. I can't wait to plan my day and get my life plan done. My question is this: If you were considering a major job change and move, would you wait until you knew what was happening with your career or would you do the planning day now, knowing you were in limbo? I'm sincerely torn. The planner in me wants to have everything in order first so I know which direction I'm going. The activator in me says, "Let's go!" So I'd really appreciate your opinion.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@rebekahruth17 I would get crystal clear on what you want, and then see if you can begin moving incrementally in that direction. I am a big believer in the “side hustle.” Don't jump ship until you have built another one that floats!
Stella Trainer
Stella Trainer@trainingfoxx
@rebekahruth17 I understand you on this. I am going through the same thing. I was encouraged by Michael's reply to "Do it scared". That's what I was "planning" to do and now for sure I will! Best of success to you in whichever way you decide to maneuver!
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Obviously money =/= happiness, but it's hard to argue that it hurts. However, in many cases, it does. How do you advise people who have a lot (of money), but want more, to realize it might be enough?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@andrewmettinger I work with a lot of very wealthy individuals. Usually, it is apparent to them that money does not equal happiness. But rather than talk about money, I talk about getting clarity in the other areas of their life (e.g., health, spiritual life, marriage, friendships, etc.) and start pursuing those.
Melanie Ota
Melanie Ota@msmel · Inspiring author
Aloha Michael! Do you have any regrets that you could share that will help us to not repeat?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@msmel Yes, I regret that I didn't really have a life plan until I was 45. I wish I had had it in college. I wasted a lot of years building a very successful career but not attending to the other areas of my life.
Gary F Moody
Gary F Moody@garyfmoody
Michael - appreciate your perspective. I am finishing up Living Forward and so wish I would have had this guidance in my early 20's. I have been talking to my daughter fresh out of university and she has committed to reading the book and doing the plan. I believe there is tremendous benefit of perspective from age, will she be able to create a strong plan without much life experience? I want to believe the answer to be yes, with annual re-writes getting a clearer vision, but wanted your thoughts. Thank you.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@garyfmoody Absolutely. We have kids as young as 12 doing it! The thing you have to realize is that it is a living document. She will revise and tweak it for the rest of her life.
David Edwards
David Edwards@dave_edwards · Ministry Specialist, Southpointe
@michaelhyatt @garyfmoody I'm 23 and super excited to make my life plan this Friday! I don't know exactly what I want to do with my whole life, but I still have priorities like Jesus, my wife, my job/church, and guitar playing that I will always be working on!
Carolina Albano
Carolina Albano@carolina_albano
Hi! Today is my "take a day" and I broke the rules as I am worn down and on the home stretch (on action plan 8). You guys said 5-15 pages but I'm up to 17 and I still have my last two action plans. Am I being too descriptive?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@carolina_albano Don't worry about that now. Mine was 25 pages initially. You can go back and edit to make it more concise.
Steven Walters
Steven Walters@sjwalters3
Will the LIVE show you did last week be posted to your website? I missed it and would like to listen to it. Great news... I juat finished reading Living Forward. Scheduling my one do for next wee!!!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@sjwalters3 It will be posted for those who pre-ordered the book. If you did that, yes, it will be posted in the next few days.
Merrill Varghese
Merrill Varghese@merrillvarghes1
How can you narrow down what you really want, how can you uncover your real motivations?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@merrillvarghes1 Read Chapter 4 in Living Forward. It's all about getting clear on your legacy. Start with the end in mind—YOUR end!
Wayne Eckerle
Wayne Eckerle@wayne_eckerle
Hi Michael, I enjoyed your book Living Forward. My real challenge is accepting things that I cannot change that are upsetting whether personally or professionally and yet moving forward in a positive fashion. What is your advice in letting go of the past and what will continue to repeat itself in the present and yet carve out a better future?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@wayne_eckerle That's a big subject. I have an entire module in 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever about this. I would be really honest about those items. Be grateful. What did they make possible?