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 Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · 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@ettinger · 👟 @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?
Greg Reade
Greg Reade@gregreade
Is Nozbe still your go to project management software?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@michaelhyatt @gregreade How do you integrate it with WorkFlowy/Evernote?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@kennyp @gregreade I use Nozbe for task management, Evernote for saving reference material, and Workflowy for framing up content that I intend to publish.
John Lidfors
John Lidfors@john_lidfors
At what point do you leave/end a project that depends on you but is no longer fulfilling for you except for the other people involved - if you have no other alternatives in sight yet?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@john_lidfors If you have the financial wherewithal to leave and start something else do it. Otherwise, I would stay on the existing ship until you have built another that at least floats.
Tim Nelson
Tim Nelson@timvnelson
As a result of life planning, what are the three fun things that happened in your life?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@timvnelson I have had a one-month sabbatical for each of the last three years. I spent a week fly fishing in Montana with a world-class guide. I left a big corporate job and started a small company where I feel like I am really making a difference.
Greg Reade
Greg Reade@gregreade
Thank you for your investment, how could we help you?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@gregreade Thanks, Greg. I appreciate you asking. I would be grateful for anything you can do to help spread the word about the book. Daniel, my co-author, and I believe it is a game-changer for most people.
Norma Gerrell
Norma Gerrell@gerrellnorma
I'm just starting the book. I can't wait to get into writing my life plan. Where are the females in this space? I am a follower of you, John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, Henry Cloud, etc. for leadership growth and life lesson, but I'd love to find out who the women are. Your mastermind or inner circle sounds divine, but I need females in my life. Suggestions? Thank you for being so transparent!!!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@gerrellnorma Thanks, Norma. I think I answered your question above.
John Lidfors
John Lidfors@john_lidfors
There is something about people promoting their personal successes on social media that triggers envy. How do you suggest using social media, like Facebook, to establish a presence? Or am I looking at it too negatively?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@john_lidfors I think the focus on social media should be to be helpful. How can you point other people to resources that might help them? Maybe it's a quote, a blog post, a book, or something else. I believe social media penalizes narcissism. It rewards other-centeredness.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
Guys, thanks so much for stopping buy. Great questions!
jonathan bowden
jonathan bowden@jonathanbowden · designer, TNSD
@michaelhyatt no love? Could you upvote and share this site ( https://www.producthunt.com/tech... ) that helps send people with Down Syndrome to college? HUGE thanks!
Rob Guenther
Rob Guenther@guenthrj · Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Kenai, AK
@michaelhyatt Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. And thanks for "Living Forward." It's a great book!
Will Chou
Will Chou@willc · Personal Development: willyoulaugh.com
Top 5 tips for growing a blogs traffic starting from zero?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@willc Here are three: 1. Write great content. 2. Share it on social. 3. Guest post for others and link back to your site.
Oliviax
Oliviax@oliviameng
HI Michael, would you like to share your morning ritual with us? Thanks
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@oliviameng Yep, I cover this in detail in Episode 28 of my podcast: http://michaelhyatt.com/028-reen...
Jordan Gonen
Jordan Gonen@jrdngonen · trying my best.
Hi Michael, thanks for coming on here to do this! 1) What is the biggest mountain you have to climb this year? 2)I blog everyday. If you could start over, what would you do differently?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@jordan_gonen Getting my book to #1 on the NY Times list. In terms of do differently, I wish I had started collecting email addresses from the get-go.
Kimberly Mayhew O'Brien
Kimberly Mayhew O'Brien@kimberly_obrien · Business and Leadership Coach
@michaelhyatt - What's the best way to collect and use email addresses? "How To"
Nate Smoyer
Nate Smoyer@natesmoyer
Hey Michael. Long time fan and I've benefitted greatly from your blog and your book Platform. I just began listening to Living Forward (recommended by my friend Chad Cannon) and think it will be helpful for my fiancée and I in creating a life plan together. My question: Which author, of all the authors you've worked with or met, fascinates and/or inspires you most? What's one specific thing about that author that makes his/her story stand out to you? Thanks for doing a PH live chat!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@natesmoyer I'd have to say John Maxwell, because of his commitment to personal growth. He's also one of the most generous people I have ever met.
Will Chou
Will Chou@willc · Personal Development: willyoulaugh.com
How do I start a blog following from zero?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@willc See my answer above to Jordan Gonen. Thanks.
Will Chou
Will Chou@willc · Personal Development: willyoulaugh.com
How have you formed so many friendships and networks with high players? How do you avoid forming friendships with the wrong people (sleazy internet marketers)
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@willc It's a pretty small industry, so people's reputations precede them. Birds of a feather flock together, so it's pretty easy to find the people who have integrity and practice it. Some of my favorites are Chalene Johnson, Pat Flynn, Dan Miller, Ray Edwards, Dave Ramsey, John Maxwell, etc.
Stella Trainer
Stella Trainer@trainingfoxx
@michaelhyatt @willc As a founding partner of the JMT, I'm glad to hear/read you mention his name! Also enjoying having stumbled upon your wise counsel!
Kelly E McClelland
Kelly E McClelland@ttccoach · Kelly @transitiontimecoach.com
Love your new book, Living Forward. As a career coach, this is a foundational tool that I'd like to use. What would be the steps to do that without infringing on copyrights, etc?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@ttccoach Kelly, well, you can require your clients to buy the book, and then guide them through the process using the free templates at http://livingforwardbook.com/res.... We would be happy for you to do that!
Kelly E McClelland
Kelly E McClelland@ttccoach · Kelly @transitiontimecoach.com
@michaelhyatt Thanks Michael! I'm going to use it with my granddaughter and her new husband after I perform the wedding service. :-) I'm a alum of Platform University and have almost all your books in my library. Blessings in the work of the ministry there!
Hi Michael, In Living Forward I struggle with the eulogy as a tool in being concerned with basing what's important on what other think. I used to be consumed with people pleasing, and now live by respecting what others have to say but not at a basis of deciding my life. I seek God and his will and ways as my highest judge and direction. Would you speak to this. Thanks!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@marybeth63 I don't think it is so much about what others think but what how the people you love the most and want to serve think about your contribution to their lives.
Miriam Latorre Quinn
Miriam Latorre Quinn@miriam_latorre_quinn
I read Living Forward. It references a Life Assessment profile at page 77. I can't find it in either the bonus materials or the website indicated in the book. How can I assess without it. Seems complicated
Lisa Reid
Lisa Reid@lisa_reid
@miriam_latorre_quinn You can find Michael's Lifescore Assessment here: http://michaelhyatt.com/lifescor...
Kelly E McClelland
Kelly E McClelland@ttccoach · Kelly @transitiontimecoach.com
@miriam_latorre_quinn Look at http://livingforwardbook.com/ and upper right on the black bar at the top, just under the blue lettered LIVING FORWARD is a text link to the assessment. I just took it about 1 hr ago!
Miriam Latorre Quinn
Miriam Latorre Quinn@miriam_latorre_quinn
@ttccoach This is it. Thank you for guiding me. It is easy to miss. I knew it was not the LifeScore someone else linked. Thanks again.
Greg Reade
Greg Reade@gregreade
How was moving your Weekly Review from Sunday to Friday?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@gregreade Great, but honestly, it's been a challenge in this book launch!
Greg Reade
Greg Reade@gregreade
@michaelhyatt I currently have 1 day off a week and have my review that day, but I'm catching myself feeling like I'm working too much on my sabbath because of it.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@gregreade Yes, that's why I moved mine to a work day.
LindaSult
LindaSult@sultcellar
thanks! And God Bless!!!
Andy Catsimanes
Andy Catsimanes@andy_catsimanes · Principal Marketing Consultant
Any tips for going from "Current Reality" to "Specific Commitments"? I don't feel like I'm what I've written is S.M.A.R.T enough to really move me toward my envisioned future. Thanks!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@andy_catsimanes Don't underestimate the power of little changes—and especially habits. What habits, if practiced daily, would move you in the direction of your envisioned future.
Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson@nathan_johnson · Online Marketer
Hey Michael - Thanks for taking the time to do this Q&A today!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@nathan_johnson Yep, I do! Thanks.
Susan Scott
Susan Scott@susan_scott · Successful Homeschool Mom
I'm on Chapter 6 of your book, "Chart the Course." On a purely practical level, once you identify your priorities, how do you schedule them into your day so they become habits toward creating a successful life? There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day! Do you use any particular habit tracker or productivity software?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@susan_scott Section 3 of the book is all about that. Have you read that yet? If not, I think that will answer your question.
Susan Scott
Susan Scott@susan_scott · Successful Homeschool Mom
@michaelhyatt Excellent! I haven't read that far yet, but I just took a look and I can't wait to dig in.
John Lidfors
John Lidfors@john_lidfors
If you have career plans that are ambitious but also dependant on getting a big break somewhere along the line how does that play into designing a life plan? For some people this defining moment they are working towards might happen latter than they would choose or perhaps it never actually plays out the way they had originally hoped.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@john_lidfors Big breaks usually come to those who are prepared. Focus on what you can control and leave the rest to God.
EEM Technologies
EEM Technologies@eemtechnologies · Director, EEM Technologies
Hi Michael, first of all, thank you for sharing so much valuable content! I just finished reading Living Forward and even though it seems it's the perfect timing for me just starting a new business from scratch, I can't seem to find the full day to commit to creating the plan. What are your suggestions?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@eemtechnologies Honestly, you just have to do it. Take a Saturday or a Sunday if you have to, but it will help you succeed in your new business and insure that you don't get derailed in the process. Nothing will screw up your business worse than having a health crisis or a marital meltdown or something else outside of work.
EEM Technologies
EEM Technologies@eemtechnologies · Director, EEM Technologies
@michaelhyatt funny you say that, I'm starting to see some of those 'life accounts' suffer. Definitely need to see it as an investment for life. Thanks again!
Donina Ifurung
Donina Ifurung@onhighheelspr · Founder, On High Heels Events
Hi Michael: I'm halfway through Living Forward. Even with a life plan, how much of it can you really maneuver? For example, I'm planning on jumping corporate to build my business full time in the summer. I have my financial contingency, but my fear is "what if I've made a mistake...? What if my "plans" don't go exactly right?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@onhighheelspr They definitely won't go exactly right. You can count on that. But still, it's easier to adapt and flex when you have a plan. For example, if I take a road trip to a city a few hundred miles a way, I can count on the fact that there will be road construction, detours, wrecks, weather, and all kinds of other obstacles. However, that doesn't keep me from identifying my destination and selecting a route.
Tomasz Sowa
Tomasz Sowa@_tomowl · HappOwl
Hi Michael. Thank you for your book, it was exactly what I needed. I've started a project which scares me and makes me excited at the same moment - I think it's good. I've just set the appointment with a Michelin star chef and want to convince him to take part in it. But it's completely new for me - I am neither work for restaurant nor publishing industry. Any advice how to prepare mentally for such a meeting?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@_tomowl The reason you feel uncomfortable is because you are outside your comfort zone. Bravo! That's exactly how you make progress. Now just reframe it. Sell what experience you have and show the other person how it will benefit them.
Lisa Reid
Lisa Reid@lisa_reid
Hi Michael! Thanks for being here. I've been a fan of your content for years via your blog and twitter, and this year I signed up for BYE and pre-ordered Living Forward. I have a question for a friend. He's a well-known pastor and speaker but doesn't really charge to travel and speak. I know you have personal convictions about why you charge what you do (without feeling guilty about it), and I'd love to hear more about that.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@lisa_reid Have your friend read this post. I feel strongly about it: http://michaelhyatt.com/do-it-fo...
Lisa Reid
Lisa Reid@lisa_reid
@michaelhyatt Thanks so much! I knew I had read something you'd written on the topic. I gave him part of what you said, but I didn't communicate it well. Thank you for writing about life and goals and money from such a thoughtful and Christ-centered perspective!
Cody Wacasey
Cody Wacasey@cody_wacasey
Hi Michael, I am working through Living Forward now. What part of the life planning process would you say brings you the most clarity?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@cody_wacasey You're answer to the first question: “How do you want to be remembered?”
Rita Blumer
Rita Blumer@ritablumer · Francorp Regional Director
Hey Michael, I signed up for the book and receive the download for the calendar but was wondering if you plan sell a hard copy of the information like a planner?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@ritablumer Yes, we are considering that. However, I don't have a timetable. Thanks.
Donna Howard
Donna Howard@amberdon
After losing my mother, mother-in-law and sister within one year, I feel like I'm in a downward spiral. What can I do to change this direction?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@amberdon Those are two HUGE losses. I would get into counseling. I do that anytime I feel overwhelmed or stuck. This is what every successful person I know does. I will help you process both in a healthy way.
Hey Michael - I went through the assessment on LivingForwardBook.com, and I have an area in the Drift category. Should I focus on getting it to Shift first (fake it till I make it) or Lift (get the vision)?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@kennyp I would start by getting the vision.
Cass McCrory
Cass McCrory@cass_mccrory
Hi Michael - I'm on day 2.5 of living my life with a Life Plan and I can't begin to tell you how different I feel. One of the biggest shifts was I actually DID the work along with the book and I took the time to create my ideal week. I finally realized that I didn't need to feel the chaos of moving from one task to the next - that there was plenty of time in my entire week to do what I most wanted to do. I want to keep my momentum moving and I've read my life plan each morning as suggested. I'd also like to keep fueling my motivation with other books. I just finished reading Jack Canfields The Success Principles for the second time. Do you have any recommendations on other books to read that are in line with the #LivingForward lifestyle?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@cass_mccrory Have you read Essentialism? It was huge for me.
Cass McCrory
Cass McCrory@cass_mccrory
@michaelhyatt I haven't! I'll add it to my library list! Thank you so much!
Mario Kozinczak
Mario Kozinczak@mario_koz
Are you going to do a start up for Living forward?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@mario_koz I am not planning on it.
Hi Michael, I would like to have you address the difference between contentment and gratitude and how focusing too much or not enough on one or the other can be a stalling point for the process of reaching (or setting)goals. Thanks! I really enjoyed the book and have my husband reading it now. It's been very encouraging.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@april_dunlap That's a great question. I'll have to think about that one. I don't have a ready answer.
Lisa Bobell-Vincent
Lisa Bobell-Vincent@lisa_bobell_vincent
Hi Michael, I ordered your book and I'm waiting for it to arrive. In the meantime where should I start?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@lisa_bobell_vincent You might listen to the podcast I did a few weeks ago on life planning: http://michaelhyatt.com/season-7.... Thanks.
Lisa Bobell-Vincent
Lisa Bobell-Vincent@lisa_bobell_vincent
@michaelhyatt Thank you! I'll check it out!
Justo Llecllish M.
Justo Llecllish M.@justollecllish · Director of FAXJUVENIL
do you write just on Mac? Also iPad? *** How do you sync ipad & scrivener?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@justollecllish Just on Mac. I wrote short articles and post in Byword and longer stuff in Scrivener.
Chris Karamatas
Chris Karamatas@unstillboy
Hi Michael - Thank-you for your work. Just got the book, and have also used your goal-setting product. Can you please tell us how a Mission Statement might relate to your Living Forward Principles. Also your launch event was inspiring. Will a link of that recording be made available? Thank-you again!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@unstillboy A mission statement would equate to the Purpose Statement we advocate for each life account. In Platform University® we also teach another concept called Your Value Proposition. For example, mine is this: I help overwhelmed high achievers get the clarity, courage, and resources they need to win at work and succeed at life.
Barry Friedman
Barry Friedman@barry_friedman · 30 Days Sugar Free
Is there a video I should be seeing?
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@barry_friedman nope. This is text only LIVE Chat. - If you have a question for Michael type it here. 👌
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@barry_friedman Nope. Just chat.
Norma Gerrell
Norma Gerrell@gerrellnorma
Where are the females in this executive leadership, coaching, writing space? I'm a follow of yours. I don't miss a podcast. I would love to find a mastermind for women who are high performers. I've just received my book and will start it this evening.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@gerrellnorma There are definitely some very powerful ones: Chalene Johnson, Marie Forleo, and Amy Porterfield are two that come to mind.
Prem WatsApp
Prem WatsApp@prem_watsapp
Hi, how do you conjure up enough energy at the end of the day ? To do the things you really need to do to move forward in life ?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@prem_watsapp I believe energy is a caused thing. There is a ton you can do to improve it. STart with this podcast episode where I talk about it: http://michaelhyatt.com/season-6...
David Edwards
David Edwards@dave_edwards · Ministry Specialist, Southpointe
Hey, Michael! I have a couple questions: 1. Should I start on my life plan before my full day of writing? Is it good to get a head start, or bad to do it without being completely invested? 2. What mindset do I use going in to the eulogy writing portion if I'm supposed to imagine it happening today, but I'm also supposed to "imagine the end" so that I can see the difference between my current reality and the future person I want to be? I can't say that I'm out of debt right now, but I want that to be part of my envisioned future!
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@dave_edwards You should set aside a full day to do your life plan. We devote an entire chapter to why and how in the book. With regard to mindset, we cover that in the book, too.
Randy Little
Randy Little@randylittle60 · Professor, Mississippi State Univ.
How do you suggest using Living Forward with college students? And when during their time in school would you prefer, i.e., closer to graduation?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@randylittle60 I would use it as early as possible. It will give meaning and purpose to their studies.
Rob Guenther
Rob Guenther@guenthrj · Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Kenai, AK
How does your faith shape the way you set your goals and life life "forward"?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@guenthrj Great question, Rob. I wrote a post on that: http://michaelhyatt.com/don%E2%8...
Rob Guenther
Rob Guenther@guenthrj · Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Kenai, AK
@michaelhyatt Thanks! A good article. I'd add that the forgiveness we have through Jesus allows us to "fail forward." We're forgiven sinners who can press on to strive to live lives of thanks to him. And when we fail to do that, we don't need to beat ourselves up. Jesus was already beat up for us. :) We can find forgiveness again and let that forgiveness motivate us to renewed efforts. Thanks for your materials and for all of your work! It's very much appreciated!
Sid Puri
Sid Puri@purisid · Founder, Berkeley CS Referral Network
Do you think that lifehackers are can truly never satisfied with how efficient their lives since no matter how much they "hack" their lives theres always room to improve?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@purisid I think the emphasis is on the wrong thing. The question is not how much you can get done but whether or not you can do the right things. That's why have a life plan comes before productivity.
Miriam Latorre Quinn
Miriam Latorre Quinn@miriam_latorre_quinn
Hi Michael! I worked on my Life Plan and I got overwhelmed. With 3 accounts in drift, 3 in lift, and 3 in shift, the number of actions was overwhelming. Do all accounts need to be worked on at the same time? Would it be useful to prioritize the accounts depending on the season?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@miriam_latorre_quinn Yes, you totally have to prioritize them. That's what Chapter 5 is about. I also believe you should limit the Specific Commitments to 2-3 for each account. Remember: you will constantly be reviewing this document, so you can add more later, once you get some momentum.
Rob Guenther
Rob Guenther@guenthrj · Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Kenai, AK
@michaelhyatt @miriam_latorre_quinn (Or you can take some away. Since it is such a living document, you'll regularly be tweaking it. Sometimes adding, sometimes dropping things.)
Michael Krause
Michael Krause@michael_krause
Hi Michael, thanks for making yourself available to all of us. I'm an Architect (currently mostly commercial projects) and enjoy what I do, but I really struggle with these - How does my work makes a difference to anyone and Why is what I do is important? Any suggestions for discovering ones purpose?
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@michael_krause It might be worth asking this of a few close friends. I definitely think architects can make an enormous difference. “Where you do what you do is important.” Designing spaces where people live and work is huge.
DorothyInez Del Tufo
DorothyInez Del Tufo@dorothyinez_del_tufo · Minister of Beauty
Hi Michael, I just wanted to say, I was so blessed to hear your speak at Smart Success. I was so disappointed I couldn't meet you. You really inspire me. Thank you for all you do. I am looking "forward" to diving into the book.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@dorothyinez_del_tufo Thanks so much. I loved that conference. I wish I could have met everyone there!
DorothyInez Del Tufo
DorothyInez Del Tufo@dorothyinez_del_tufo · Minister of Beauty
Thank you so much. I hope to meet you one day.
Anndee Stringer
Anndee Stringer@anndee_stringer
As a missionary on the field who is taking care of a team (which means my family lives with the team), do you have any advice for how to handle planning a week and trying to maintain margin when so much of my job is reacting to the ever-shifting needs of others. (Thank you for your time today and for your podcast. I appreciate your content that pushes and encourages me to do better and plan better.)
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
@anndee_stringer Even Jesus pulled away from the crowds to spend time alone with His Father. Notice that he typically did this in the early morning hours, before anyone else was up. See Mark 1:35.
Anndee Stringer
Anndee Stringer@anndee_stringer
@michaelhyatt Good advice. Advice that I've been trying to reconcile with living in a culture where dinner is at 9pm.
Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt@michaelhyatt · New York Times Bestselling Author
I hope you will buy my new book: Living Forward. All the best.