Creating Your Personal Life Plan

I am a busy executive, husband, father, grandfather, blogger, and Sunday school teacher. I play a lot of roles. I’ll bet you do, too. I am often asked, “How do you get it all done?”

Two words: Life Plan.

Sadly, I have met very few people who have a plan for their life. Most are passive spectators, watching their lives unfold, one day at a time. They are reactive rather than proactive.

They may plan their careers, the building of a new home, or even a vacation. But it never occurs to them to plan their life.

Michael’s e-book is brilliant. Discovering your purpose and acting on it is crucial to becoming who God created you to be. Creating Your Personal Life Plan is POWER-PACKED, simple-to-follow and has the potential to be life-changing!”

Pastor, LifeChurch.TV
Author, Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working

In fact, most people spend more time planning a one-week vacation than they spend planning their life.

I believe that this is why so many people end up discouraged, disillusioned, and wondering what went wrong. They arrived at the wrong destination.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can live your life on purpose by creating your own personal life plan.

Why do you need a life plan? Three reasons:

  1. It will give you clarity about where your life is headed.
  2. It will keep you in balance when things get crazy.
  3. It will give you peace of mind, knowing you are are addressing those aspects of your life that matter most.
With Creating Your Personal Life Plan, Michael Hyatt has fired A LASER BEAM OF FOCUS into a world of uncertainty. Finally, a brightly lit, well-marked pathway for the person who desires true and lasting success!”

New York Times Bestselling Author
The Traveler’s Gift, The Noticer, and The Final Summit

Creating Your Personal Life Plan is not so much an e-book as it is a life planning experience. In the e-book, I will take you through:

  1. A visualization exercise that will give you enormous clarity on what matters most.
  2. A five-step program for identifying where you are NOW, and how to get from here to where you want to be.
  3. A weekly and quarterly process for keeping your life on-plan and moving in the direction of your highest priorities.
  4. Two planning templates, a Word document and a separate Excel document, that will make it easier for you to create your plan and keep it up-to-date.

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You can’t buy Creating a Personal Life Plan in a bookstore. In fact, you can’t buy it anywhere on the Internet. There’s only one way to get it—by subscribing to my FREE email newsletter.

Get your FREE e-book now

All you need to do is fill in the form on the top right-side of this page. Once you do that and confirm your subscription, I will email you the download link to this amazing, FREE resource.

You can start the life plan adventure today. Experience the power of living your life on purpose. You might also want to “Like” the My Life Plan Facebook page.

Note: if you have trouble downloading the e-book or have other questions about it, I have compiled an FAQ page for your reference.

Question: If you have read my e-book, what did you think? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Kater-ade_05

    Mr. Hyatt,

    I’m a 26 year old stay at home mom, trying to keep up with my to-do lists and conquer all of my weaknesses.  Finally, it dawned on me that even though I’m trying hard I try to move my wheels, the problem is the mud that’s underneath them–not the hard-working wheels that are spinning away in honest effort.  I asked my husband if he could take a day off from work so that I can have a personal day…not to shop or fine-dine, but to pray, plan, and reflect.  I told him that I think I’ll need this at least twice a year if not more.  He was supportive and also liked the idea for himself.  

    He stumbled upon your book and urged me to take a look.  This morning I woke at 2:30, unable to sleep–thinking how much the day ahead of me needs more of a plan, but how to go about it effectively?  Will it last?  I want a plan for more than a day or a month or a year.  I read your book later this morning.  I’d have to say that it is an answer to prayer.  Now when I get my first personal day (to come later this month!), I have a template to create my plan with and ideas to guide my life in an organized, planned, and purposeful manner.  

    I cannot wait to share your book with others, and would like to thank you for making this book filled with your revelation from God free of charge for others to benefit from.  I also hope I can raise my children with these principles in mind as they grow so that they plan on purpose from a young age and continue that habit for the rest of their lives.  

    Many thanks,

    Katie Sugden

    • Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Katie. Thanks for sharing your story. I pray that the life plan exercise works well for you.

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  • Pathwaysplett

    Sincere. Open. Superbly practical and it has been put together extremely well

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  • Cholttaylor

    How about an ePub version? 

    • Michael Hyatt

      That probably won’t happen for a while. I am working on a completely new edition of the book with a co-author. When that is finished, we plan to make it available in print and all digital editions.

  • Chol C. Caldito

    Thanks for this Michael! I have always wondered how can I create a life plan? Where do I start? There’s so many resources out there but I want to be guided in a christian way. I think God answered me with this. You are a channel of God’s blessing and wisdom through this book. God bless you Mr. Hyatt! And I pray for more success and happiness in your life!

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  • Treona

    I just read through your e-book and am excited to use the process you have outlined to help me plan out some important steps I have been thinking of taking.  Your worksheets and excel calendar are incredible, I am especially excited about the excel calendar.  Wow, thank you for sharing this information and getting me started with a wonderful outline!

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  • Crystal Zhao

    Dear Michael,

    I just got and read your suggestion for a life plan and your knowledge of creating it.  It is very informative and inspiring. I realize it would empower the rest of my life greatly if I could make  an honest, objective and applicable plan. I’ll start now. Thank you for this great idea and the template. 

    May God bless you!

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  • Jadecampbell

    Hi Michael, thanks for a wonderful life plan to adopt.     I have had a similar background, round the same age group  and can relate enormously to your experiences.
    Thank you for being a fabulous exponent of the art of “pulling ones socks up” and taking control of your life, more importantly being humble enough to share with others.
    You have inspired me to do the same- I had started on the journey, with various time management software etc related to getting my business online, which is a massive learning curve in itself – but Now I See the LIFE PLAN is crucial to my success.
    Kind Regards,
    Jade Campbell  

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Jade.

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    Comments,comments everywhere…..

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  • Daniel Norman

    What about the priorities?

    Just read the book, as I am working on a life goal plan so I can have a solid vision to launch from and live to my full potential, but had a a question about the priorities. 
    My question is why or how do you prioritize yourself as second in light of being a Christian?

    Second part of the question, how this affected your prioritizing compared to if you put yourself last?

    First i’d like to say i don’t want to come off as accusative and be like, ‘how dare you call yourself a christian and then give out free ebooks that teach people to put themselves before others!’ That is not what this is about, as I did see some posts similar to that already :/

    Now with that out of the way I want to say I’m having a hard time putting together your reasoning in the book for placing yourself above others. In the book you reason that if we are to love others as we love ourselves we must first love ourselves. Sounds logical, but being raised that joy is Jesus Others Yourself, I had to take a double take. First I reasoned that if we are to love our neighbor as ourself than that sounds to me like the priority of others and myself are on par. However with further study I came across Philippians 2:3

     ‘Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves’. 

    It seems really strait forward to me that we are to put others as more important than us. So being a Bible teacher and mentor yourself, how do you reconcile this?

    So that comes to the second part of the question. How has prioritizing yourself as second changed your life plan compared to if you put your self after others? Or another way of asking would be what would your life plan look like if you put yourself after others?

    Thanks, I look forward to your response.

    I also want to say I enjoy your podcast and Blog and have your book Platform on the to read list. As well, this book was a big help and a good place to start.

    Daniel Norman

    • Michael Hyatt

      You said you read the book, but I am confused, because I provide the rationale on pp. 13–14. I essentially say that I put myself second in order to serve others. If I don’t take care of myself, I don’t have the resources I need to be useful to others. Honestly, I don’t know what I can say beyond what I said on those pages.

      • Daniel Norman

        Yes, I read those pages several times to see if I was missing something. Maybe I don’t understand what you are saying. Since you said you were confused i’ll explain whats going on in my head.

        To me it seems that what you are saying is, if we don’t put ourself before others we will never take care of ourselves. This seems like a false assumption, if that is what you are saying?When you say, “Some people put themselves at the bottom of their priorities list, but I think this is a false—and very dangerous —piety. We are in a much better position to serve others when our basic spiritual, emotional, and physical needs are met.”, I don’t see the rational that just because one puts themselves after others means they won’t take care of themselves. Just because you put ministry at the bottom doesn’t mean you don’t take care of your ministry.So, It still looks like a direct contradiction of scripture to me. The example of where one’s wife should be on the list; is one not called as a husband to love their wife as Christ loved the church? Jesus put not only his physical health but his whole life down for the church.

        Putting ourselves above others seems like a lie. I know if your family was starving you would feed them before you fed your self or even go without.

        So this is my understanding of what that section is saying and the logical contradictions I see in it. So is this what you are meaning or am I misunderstanding?


        • Michael Hyatt

          I don’t disagree with you in an emergency or extraordinary circumstances. But we (hopefully) don’t live our lives in perpetual emergency. Jesus kept himself alive for thirty-three years before He chose to lay down his life for the world.
          If you truly wanted to put others first all the time, how could you ever eat another meal (there are starving people, after all), buy another pair of shoes (there are barefoot people, after all), or doing anything for yourself?
          I’ll keep thinking about this. Maybe there is a better way to say it.

        • Ed

          Daniel, I think you might be getting hung up on the wording used, rather than the actual concept in practice.

          The way I read it, “putting me first” is simply another way of saying that I need to make sure my “battery” is “fully charged”, else I am useless to anyone.  And that is and must be a priority for all of us.

          A mother must make time for herself away from the kids, or she’ll burn out and have nothing left to give.  Likewise, a man of business, ministry, or other work must take time to eat, sleep, and otherwise make sure his health is good, or he can’t give to others.  (Don’t know about you, but I’m doing a whole lot of ministry while I’m in bed with the flu!!)  Haven’t you ever told your wife, child, or friend “I’d love to, but I’m exhausted and about to drop!”?  Even Jesus went away by Himself to rest and pray, while there were so many that still needed His touch.

          The tipping point, I think, comes when we take this past the necessary self-maintenance into self-indulgence.  One morning my wife looked at me and asked, “Do you really have to go to work today?”  Of course not!  But if I did that every day, we’d have neither food nor house.

          As it works out in normal daily practical life, as I spend myself for others, I _must_ make sure I do not run myself into the ground.  That means I need to keep an eye on my “meter”, and put replenishing myself above the needs of others for the time needed to recharge.  In urgent situations, like Michael said, it’s a whole different story – but normal daily life isn’t made up of urgent situations.  In normal practical daily living, if I fail here, I fail God and those He’s given me to touch and hold up.

          (PS – I think if you read Philippians in context, you’ll see that Paul is speaking to a church under fire from persecution, and he’s admonishing them to maintain a servant’s heart and think of others while in the middle of pressure to save their own skins.  That would be the “urgent situation” scenario, not our normal daily grind.)

      • Daniel Norman

        P.S. I Know you said you try to take care of emails etc. in two minutes or less or move it into the take care of later or delegate. Please don’t take care of this in two minutes. I know your busy but please take time to think about it. Thanks :)

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  • Faizan khan

    i m a dr.khan from india  i found your book to be  an excellent guide for my life and i thank you for writing such a beautifull book  and may allah give you reward for helping out the people like me who are really in need of such guidance
    thank you

  • Anton Gorodetsky

    Michael, thank you so much for this! Sincerely hope that more and more people would get aware of your book, blog and other social activity!

    Have shared the book myself. Greetings from Russia!

  • Josephndovi

    sadly I can’t download the book. Is it possible to email it to my address

    • Michael Hyatt

      I will ask my assistant to help you. Thanks.

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  • ramesh

    Hi MH, I was just surfing in the net without any aim / purpose, identically I fund your topic and then searched, found our free E book 
    I decided to follow the technique what you described in yr e book and keep you posted about my personal feeling,, I found some light has been shown to get my life goals, thanks much, 
    best wishes,

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  • Ferrao792002

    Hello Michael,
    My name is Joanne and I reside in a suburb right outside of Boston. I am a 32 soon to be 33 year old female who was always told what to do growing up. This was fine until one day, I had to think for myself and it resulted in loosing a 5 year long relationship with the man I htought I would spend the rest of my life with and then loosing my childhood friends all by the age of 24! I dove right into a heavy depression, anxiety and just went through the motions of life iwthout an feelings other than hurt, self hurt,  and self hatrid. I am now almost 33, and now ready to start over. But how?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hope you will take time to read the Life Plan book. I think it will get you started.

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  • CallieDelBraie

    I wish I had this type of material when I was younger. I know it’s never too late to start but it is more difficult to change as we age. I believe in God, I just thought He had a plan for us and these things happened in His time. Now by reading this I have to do my share. Thank you for offering your experience and hopefully with God’s help I can change my life even at my age.

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  • france

    i am a college student and have been worried sick about what will become of my future. i knew that i needed to find a way to feel in control of my future.  After reading “Creating Your Personal Life Plan” i can immediately see a structure that can and will help me build upon getting control of my life in terms of where and how i see myself in the future.

  • france

    Thank you for this e- book Micheal.  It has already be of great help just by reading it.

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