Wanted: Life Plan Examples for My New Book

My next book will be The Life Plan Manifesto (working title), co-authored with my good friend, Daniel Harkavy. I am currently in the Colorado Rockies writing my part. I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a book project.

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If you are a subscriber to my blog, you are no doubt familiar with my ebook, Creating Your Personal Life Plan. For the last few years, I have given it away as an incentive for subscribing to my blog. So far, it has been downloaded 238,151 times.

I don’t know how many people have followed through in actually writing a life plan, but I assume thousands, if not tens of thousands. If you are one of them, Daniel and I need your help.

What We Need

In one of the appendices, we want to include four sample life plans, written by people from different walks of life. Nothing is more instructive than seeing real examples written by real people.

We’d also like to create a “Gallery of Life Plans” on a new website we are creating. We want to tag these, so that people can search for those written by people in similar circumstances to their own.

If life planning has been helpful to you, this is your opportunity to inspire thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—of people with your example.

What You Need to Do

If you are willing to help, please take these four simple steps.

  1. Use the template provided in my original ebook. Here’s a blank Microsoft Word template to get you started. Or, if you prefer, an iWork Pages template.

  2. Send your life plan to us via email. To make it simple, just click here. You can either attach a Word, Pages, or PDF document—it doesn’t matter.

    Warning: Please don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or even formatting. None of this matters. The important thing is the substance not the form. We will do a little clean-up on our end, if necessary. Don’t worry about getting it perfect.

  3. Tell us your life circumstances. Be brief. We only need a sentence or two, but we want to be able to tag these appropriately. Please include your gender, current job, marital status, and number and ages of children. For example:

    • “Male. Mid-level executive with a medium-sized manufacturing company. Divorced. Two kids, ages 12 and 10.”

    • “Female. Stay at home mom. Married. Three children, ages 14, 12, and 9.”

    • “Male. Small business owner in the restaurant industry. Divorced and remarried. Four children (combined), ages 21, 19, 15, and 12.”

    • “Male. College student. Single. No children.”

    • “Female. CEO of large publishing company. Single. No children.”

  4. Give us permission to use your life plan. We will only use your first name or, if you prefer, an alias (i.e., a fake first name). In the body of the email write, “You have my permission to use it in your new book or on your website.”

What’s In It for You

You’re probably the kind of person who is happy to help with no expectation of return, but Daniel and I want to make it worth your while. Here’s what you will receive if you participate.

  1. A Sense of Contribution. This is an opportunity for you to impact the lives of other people. Your life plan could be the very thing that makes someone else say, “I can do this!” This could literally be the turning point in their life.

  2. An Advanced Readers Copy (ARC). If we use your life plan in the book or the website, we will send you an autographed ARC of the book when it is ready later this year—several months before it is available to the public.

  3. Your Name in the Book. We will include your name in the book’s official Acknowledgments. We will say something generic like, “Thanks to [list of people] for their contribution to this book. You inspired us with your generosity.”

  4. A Spot on the Launch Team. When we get ready to publish the book, we plan to recruit people to help us. When I launched my book, Platform, 786 people applied to be part of the launch team. I only picked one hundred. In exchange for their help, I gave them several bonuses. You don’t have to serve on the The Life Plan Manifesto launch team, but we’ll reserve a spot should you want it.

Finally, to receive these items, we need to receive your life plan by July 31, 2013. Daniel and I can’t wait to review what you have created!

Question: Have you written a life plan? If so, how has it impacted your life? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Andrew

    Great opportunity to contribute to a great inspiration in my life. Unfortunately I probably won’t be submitting mine, but it has inspired me to start preparing mine. I’m feeling that my life is lacking direction at the moment and need some purpose and direction.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Andrew. Sometimes you will find the purpose and the direction is walking through the exercise. Just a thought. Thanks.

  • joanna

    I don’t have one yet, but it sounds like a really good exercise. Will submit it if I come up with one in the next few weeks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Joanna. That would be awesome!

  • http://www.davidsollars.com/ David Sollars

    I took your life plan document to the beach for a week long retreat with my family. Got up early when the grand kids were still dreaming of the previous day chasing crabs in title pools. The timining was perfect for me to write, visualize and create powerful choices, while the crashing waves reminded me how fleeting our sand castles were, yet the heart-felt memories we experience lasts for generations. It was a gift.
    My scribbled on Creating Your personal Life Plan has gone through many iterations. I will unearth the first and review the journey. How has your process of soul searching evolved since this original publication? What can you share about your new guidance system?
    Thank you as always for allowing us to walk beside you in your travels.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, David. I have been doing this now for over a decade. It has evolved, to be sure. However, I pretty much follow the same track. I think the new book is going to be awesome. It will be four times as long as the original. I am really enjoying writing it. I can’t wait to share it with you, but I am disciplining myself not to talk about it until I am done with the first draft. (It’s a writing thing.) Thanks.

      • http://www.davidsollars.com/ David Sollars

        Thank you Michael, completely get it. Compelled to ask anyway. Look forward to the journey of discovery.

  • http://bloggingyourpassion.com/ Jonathan Milligan

    It has been a few months since I’ve looked at my life plan. This forced me to take a fresh look today. I am more energized now, thanks!

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

    What a great opportunity – I am already excited for the impact this project will have!

  • Ann Stenbak Cole

    how soon do you need this? I’m working on a final paper about my life plan that’s due tomorrow.

    • Ann Stenbak Cole

      just found the answer….I have time.

  • http://morethanadventure.com/ Kurt Swann

    Michael! I’ve done life plans from different sources and have updated/refined them over time. Your (free) ebook with resources has been most helpful and is better than others that come with a price tag! One of the most valuable parts for me has been the weekly review which I do every Sunday. I do need to work more on the longer term reviews but overall your materials keep me pointed in a good direction. Thanks so much!


    p.s. In the warning box about “spelling, grammar etc.” I think I noticed a tiny typo. I assume it was there to “lead by example?” :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kurt. I appreciate that. Thanks also for catching that typo. There’s no quicker way to manifest a typo that talk about typos! (Fixed.)

  • http://www.medicalaccountsolutions.com Misty Gilbert

    Looking forward to the book…I am a huge FAN Daniel Harkavy!!! And You!!! This is very exciting to see it come together. I don’t consider my Life Plan worthy of contribution, but I know that there are many out there who could! Great Idea!!! Keep up the good work!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Misty!

      • Debbie Hedderly

        Michael, would you like one of my first life plans or my current life plan? Please let me know which would be most beneficial for you.
        Dr. Deb

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          You current one would be great. Thanks!

  • Debbie Hedderly

    I will definitely submit my life plan. I wrote mine when I coached with BCI. Then I became a coach with them. So much of what I initially wrote has come true. I update it annually and read it when I need to be inspired. I have been doing this since 2005. I have even submitted my book proposal to 3 publishes. I am happy to share my success story with you. Dr. Deb

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Deb. I can’t wait to see it!

  • Danny L. Smith

    Thanks Michael. You’ve been an inspiration and “mentor” the past year. I wrote a lengthy mission statement in 1995 that has greatly impacted my life. In 2005, I started on a “plan” through a Biblical Manhood” series that added substance to my mission. Your plan has added depth that I’d been missing and I appreciate it.


  • http://www.metroseeker.com/ Ysmay

    Hi Michael.

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time, although this is my first time commenting. I just have a quick question. I’m a Buddhist, and your Life Plan template seems to be geared towards Christians. Would you still be interested in receiving mine for possible consideration for your book? I would hate to disrupt the trajectory of your work as my beliefs might be slightly askew from the rest of your readers.


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. The new book will not be explicitly Christian. Since Daniel and I are Christians, it will be implicit, but we want the book to be accessible by people of all faiths—or even people without any faith. So, yes, we would welcome the opportunity to review yours.

  • http://www.ipaintiwrite.com/ Pamela Hodges

    Hello Michael,

    I downloaded your Life Plan book today. It has sat in my e-mail, since May 24th when I subscribed to your blog.
    I am excited to find balance in my life, and to live with purpose. ( I NEED it. It is 11:49 at night, and I am still working on my computer.)
    I need sleep.
    I need balance.
    I need a life.

  • Derrick Evens

    I teach the Life Plan as a process vs. a solution. Everything needs to be so customized to really create a solid Life Plan for each person. I’ve found it most effective to use a process that helps each person find their own customized solution. Of course, the assumed goal is ultimately “Peace of Mind”

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yep, we teach the importance of the process, too. Each of us teach it a little bit different, but we have a common framework. I don’t if I would call it customization as much as personalization. Each plan is to be unique suited to the person who wrote it. Thanks for your input.

  • Jerry Fultz

    Welcome to Colorado. Just sent in my plan. I did it in 2011-12 & then followed up with a year of coaching through Building Champion’s ministry division – ministrycoaching.org. Best think ever! I refer to my plan every week and have set a period each week to review my goals using Evernote.

    Blessings on the project!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Jerry. I can’t wait to review it! Thanks.

    • http://www.seannisil.com/ Sean Nisil

      Jerry your follow through is awesome!

  • Crystal C

    I used your template extensively and will be sharing with u!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Crystal. I look forward to getting it!

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    I finished creating my life plan on Dec. 22, 2012. It has truly changed my life. Following the quarterly goals is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. God has blessed my obedience in doing so, and I’m living live more purposeful now.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m so glad Sundi Jo. I have loved watching your journey!

  • janetwilkinson54

    I am in the midst of deciding what I want to do next in life (kids leaving the nest), and your passionate post has inspired me to take some meaningful time to intentionally sort this out! I love the energy you create with your words…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Janet. I appreciate that.

  • Michelle White

    This is a great opportunity for me to finish working on my life plan! This weekend was a very, very productive one for me. I have started a life plan before, but this weekend, I took it a step further and am in the process of going through my Bible, picking out the scriptures that have been the most important to me in recent years and comparing them to my goals and objectives. It is becoming much more clear to me now what direction my life will be taking.

  • KevinTroupe

    Michael, working on it right now and will be sending it in this week. Thanks for the template and the focus to be able to put down in writing what has been spinning in my head for years. I use just about all the points you reference as questions in the Life Plan as I write my blog about being a husband and father of 5 kids, two with special needs. I write about the joys and sorrows of raising our two special needs boys and have started sharing my “Lessons” in person by being invited to speak at events…I hope to expand this growing ministry to other families who are dealing with the same struggles we are and to be an inspiration…thanks again for the laser guided focus! BTW, my shameless plug for my blog (blog-to-book project) is “Lessons from Matthew and Isaac” at http://www.lessonsfrommatthew.com

  • http://www.jdeddins.com/ JD Eddins

    Since I haven’t updated mine in more the a year this is just the encouragement I needed to do my yearly review. I look forward to the finished product, what an excellent resource!

  • Louise

    Hi Michael, what if you started a personal life plan several years ago, and then only found yours recently…The plan is nearly the same, could I submit mine as a success story?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Louise, unless it is in our format, probably not. Nothing wrong with yours, I’m sure, but we are trying to teach on ours. If you want to tweak yours and put it into our format, we’d happily consider. Thanks.

      • Louise

        Thats a great idea Michael! Yours is much more organized than mine was. Mine is just a testament to how successful a life plan can be. Thank you for all that you do!

  • http://www.seannisil.com/ Sean Nisil

    I went through it last year and then took a group of 5 young adults I mentor through it as well. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to give back in any way and help you help even more people!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Sean. I appreciate that.

  • http://www.tessahardiman.com/ Tessa

    I have been needing to do this b/c I am starting my new career as a teacher this year. Having a life plan will help me get all the stuff out of my head and onto paper. Thanks for the template!

  • Ilirian Gjoni

    thank you again for a great tool/material/encouragement! I am at a
    point in my life when having a life plan is very important and makes you
    be real you.

    The e-book is designed in such user friendly way. Anyone using the
    e-book, just need to have a cup of coffee, pray, meditate and start

    It is similar to Ministry plan, but I like that it starts with God.
    Although I would add what my spiritual father and mentor taught me years
    ago: God first in everything we do. So God first in family, God first
    in marketplace, God first in relationship and so on.

    Your post Wanted: Life Plan Examples for My New Book encouraged me to
    get down and write it and finish it and send you a copy. Wish and pray
    that you will have inspiration, encouragement and success with the new

  • Daniel

    Michael, I meant to send in my lifeplan to you, but then my wife had a baby! I’ve been out of the office for the past month. Now that I’m getting back through my emails I was reminded about this. Can I still send it to you for the project? Or was July 31 a drop-dead deadline? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, you can, Daniel. We’d be tickled to get it. Thanks.

      • Daniel

        Great! Should have it to you in a day or so. It’s complete, I just need to put it into your form.

  • Bodie Quirk

    Michael, I wish I had mine finished enough to submit it it. Alas, how is the book coming? I am so excited to read it when it launches. Is there any other way to get an advance copy, other than LifePlan submitted? I am definitely down to help promote it. What is the status on the book? Let me know how I can help shout it from the rooftops.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your enthusiasm, Bodie. Daniel is working on his part now. We are tentatively planning to publish in last 2014. We will probably create a “beta reading group” in the first quarter and solicit feedback. Stay tuned. I will likely issue a call for volunteers on my site.

  • Bodie Quirk

    Michael, looks like I was the last person to comment on this thread!

    It is April 7 and I just read your announcement that you won’t be getting this book out this year. I have spent an enormous amount of time on my Life Plan (I started coaching with Dick Savidge at Building Champions starting in January, and he has been awesome at helping me craft it). Would I possibly be able to include it now that the original timing has changed? Just curious. Thanks!


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, you are welcome to submit it. Thanks.

  • Elviera Susannah Schreuder

    Do you still need more life plan examples? I know you’ve progressed a lot since this post ;)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I think we have enough right now. Thanks.

  • http://www.efficacyplus.com/ jdaniels

    I’m right in the midst of creating my life plan. Looking forward to the opportunity to share my info. Thanks Michael for sharing your gifts!!