What’s Your (Life) Plan?

How much time did you spend planning your last vacation?

In his free e-book Creating Your Personal Life Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing the Life You’ve Always Wanted, recently retired Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Michael Hyatt writes that most people put more thought into a week long holiday than they do to charting a course for their lives.  I think that’s probably because creating a life plan seems so overwhelming and contingent on factors outside of our control.

The book is quite helpful on those counts.  Hyatt lays out some exercises and steps for determining where you want to go in life and then how to break that down into doable goals.  Although a lot of his ideas are similar to other goal setting or achievement literature, I think his approach is unique and the book contains good resources.

Moreover, it’s free.  So really, what do you have to lose?  You do have to subscribe to Hyatt’s newsletter to get the e-book, but I’ve been reading his blog for a long time now and I can vouch for how good his content is.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the newsletter, and you’re bound to get at least a thing or two out of the book.

I thought a review of this helpful book would be a fitting ending to this week’s posts: The Five Ways We Grieve (don’t forget the giveaway ends this weekend) discusses how a loss impacts people’s identities and life missions in different ways, the roller skate post dealt with whether or not circumstances should impact your identity, Chasing Daylight shows the importance of clarity, intensity, and seeing perfection in little moments of your life so you can live it to the fullest, Dealing With Change offered three ways to navigate a loss or major life shift without losing your core, and today we’re talking about how to define a life plan.  The connection is tenuous, but it’s there, and I hope that makes you happy.  🙂

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