“Who writes a personal manifesto?” you might ask. I’ll answer back with another question “Why not you?”
At first thought, a personal manifesto sounds a bit sobering, a bit political or perhaps even confusing, but I have found that it is quite the opposite. Essentially a personal manifesto is a public declaration of ones intentions, principals, believes and opinions. Essentially ask yourself “What is important to you?”
Whether you decide to make this declaration public or keep it to yourself, when done with authenticity, a personal manifesto can be a great source of daily inspiration to keep you in check with your values and to keep you on track to live the life you want to live and be the person you want to be.
How to Write your Life/Personal Manifesto
There is really no right or wrong way to create a manifesto but it may require some reflective thinking. Think about topics you may want to write about: a relationship close to your heart, an adventure you want to embark on and values you want to use and portray.
Here are a few ways to help you get started.
I believe _________________
I am _____________________
I feel most alive when _________________
I dream of _______________
I love _________________
I was born to _______________
My top 3 values ________________
What is something new I want to try________________
What message does my future self have for me _________________
If I was not afraid I would ____________________
My example: ~ I believe in kindness and respect to all ~ I dream of living in simplicity, traveling the world, safe adventures and comforting traditions ~ I enjoy good conversation, my morning cup of coffee, the written word, sunny days, non-fiction and the beauty of the earth ~ Be happy with what you have while working towards what you want.
As simple as some of these may seem, it keeps the thought of what is important to me and what makes me happy in the forefront of my mind.
I hope this helps get you started. Now get excited! Get motivated! Get inspired! Find a quiet space, put on some music or pour a glass of wine, grab a paper and pen (something about actually writing it by hand makes it more real to me) and remember no one knows what is best for you more than your own self. And rough draft after rough draft is normal. 🙂
If you wish, share a line of your manifesto below. What you put out to the world will come back to you! 🙂