Guest Post by Kathy Sprinkle.
Does the idea of a Manifesto make you cringe or does the mere utterance of the word get you fired up? Sure, the word has dictatorial roots and every Tom, Dick, and blogger has one on something or another but what do you think of them?
I’m in the second camp here. Manifestos thrill me. What I particularly like about the word is that it sounds so certain. If someone has taken the time to craft a manifesto you can be sure it makes a difference; a difference made to them, to the reaching of their goals and even to their life long happiness.
So, how does it make this difference and why should you be interested?
Let’s begin with the word itself:
A written statement to publicly declare your intentions, motives, or beliefs.
From the Latin manifestus — to manifest, to clearly reveal, to make real.
Simple. Direct and really packs a punch doesn’t it?
And did you catch that last part? “To make real” is what the whole thing is all about! A manifesto is the blue print for making your plans and aspirations come true. If done earnestly a manifesto will propel you in the direction of your dreams.
A manifesto is a written declaration.
If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us. ~Jim Rohn
- Writing your declarations down give your ideas staying power.
- You can keep it in existence and refer to it often.
- Referring to it when making decisions keeps you on track toward the things you really want.
A manifesto is a public declaration.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
- It helps people understand where you are coming from.
- Sharing it with others helps you be accountable to your ideals.
- Inviting input and collaboration can propel your ideas forward.
A manifesto clearly reveals your desires.
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go. ~Sheila Murray Bethel
- It lets everyone know the kind of world you want to live in.
- Helps you to think about what you want in life.
- Allows you to know yourself better.
A manifesto creates reality.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
- It is a constant source of inspiration and motivation.
- It helps create personal policies that encourage you to stick to your priorities.
- It gives you clarity and focus as you come up against obstacles and directs you to the choices that make the biggest difference.
Manifestos, large and small have the power to change businesses, families, careers and lives. Now that you know why they work, here are a few hints for getting yours started.
- Take time to think about what you want.
- Pick the topic or area of life you’d like for a manifesto.
- Start with “I believe…” or “In my world…” and see where it leads.
- Share your personal policies and/or principles.
- Use affirmations and declarations.
- Have fun!
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~Jim Rohn
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What do you think of Manifestos? Do you already have one? Has this post inspired you to write one?