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Recently, the idea for a personal manifesto popped into my head. I scribbled some notes….and tucked them away.
This is one of the things I love about my life. When something is important, it cycles back around. I receive gentle nudges to pay attention to what’s important.
Such is the case with this project. A couple of nudges in the last couple of days reminded me of my intention to create this visual representation of my life. As always, it’s up to me whether I turn my attention toward that which calls to me. I’ve learned from past experiences that it’s to my benefit to do so. I returned to my notes.
You might want to create a personal manifesto too.
What is a Personal Manifesto?
A manifesto is a statement of intentions and ideals that sometimes includes a call to action. Think of it as a mission statement or a declaration of beliefs and desires.
A personal manifesto helps us to evaluate where we are in life, and provides clarity on where we want to go. It can provoke change, encourage shifts and inspire forward momentum.
I like to look at the development of words and check out their origins.
Manifesto originates from the Latin word manifestus, which means “make obvious”. It later become the Latin word manifesto, meaning “make public”.
I love that. Manifesto carries the meaning of making the obvious public or known. In the case of a personal manifesto, it’s making what is obvious to me, in my life, public, for the purpose of inspiration and guidance.
Each person’s manifesto is uniquely his or her own. They reflect journeys, beliefs, desires and wisdom.
However, here are general suggestions to create a personal manifesto of your own.
How to Create a Personal Manifesto
Discover what you love. Collect quotes, memes, art, photos and objects that help to clarify beliefs and where you are in the journey. Pinterest is a great online site to create boards where ideas can be “pinned” for inspiration. Boards can be set to private so only you can see what’s pinned there.
Pinterest is more a search engine than a social media site. Use the search bar to type in key words such as travel or gardening or dogs or art quotes, to find meaningful photos and posts.
Add quotes, colors and photos that capture your heart and make you smile. If you don’t connect with it deeply, don’t pin it to your board. I named mine Mood Board.
One of my favorite inspirational quotes.
Grab a notebook and a pen, type on a computer or use the notes app on your phone to make notes in several categories.
Write out…and Ask Yourself
- I believe…. (What are my views toward life?)
- I desire… (How do I desire to live?)
- This is true for me… (What words of wisdom have I adopted?)
Use your notes to create a personal manifesto that expresses your beliefs, your desires and your wisdom. This is a framework for your life, a compass pointing to your true north.
Write in the present tense. Use descriptive language and keep the words uplifting and positive. Don’t make the manifesto so long that you can’t read it in a few minutes.
See my example at the end of the post.
Display Your Personal Manifesto
Once it is created, place the manifesto in an easily accessible place, for daily reading.
Print it out. Write it in calligraphy. Create art with it. Frame it. Hang the manifesto on the refrigerator, above a workspace, or place it on the table next to the bed. This is your current Owner’s Manual. Don’t tuck it into a drawer and forget about it. Read your personal manifesto, every day.
This quote from Alan Rickman inspired a whole year of my life and continues to have an influence. Of course it made it into my manifesto.
My Personal Manifesto
For the purposes of the blog, I’m presenting my own manifesto grouped into the above mentioned categories:
- in Divine guidance and having a personal relationship with God
- in a daily, ongoing conversation with the Divine
- I am created to live an extraordinary life, beyond the edges, free from fear and playing small
- it’s important to love myself deeply and completely so that I can offer unconditional love to others
- life is big, mysterious and enchanted
- all people are children of God
- in making life a little more tender and art a little more robust (thank you Alan)
- I can do anything that I desire to do
- everything is energy
- nature laughs in flowers
I Desire to…
- follow curiosity
- surrender to the flow of life
- embrace my gifts and my quirks
- allow passion to fuel my life
- engage in new experiences
- travel, both inwardly and around the world
- offer to others while walking alongside them
- express creativity in a multitude of ways
- see the good in people and situations
- live a healthy, vibrant life by adopting a plant based lifestyle
My Life Wisdom…
- I accept that for me, the veil between this world and the Spirit world is thin
- I’m 100% responsible for my life
- happiness starts within
- I am open to everything and attached to nothing
- others have the freedom to be exactly who they are
- I create change in my life by shifting my thoughts and beliefs
- my outer world is a reflection of my inner one
- I am the Queen of my own kingdom
- life is art (thank you Helena Bonham Carter)
- be who I am created to be, no matter what
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This Owner’s Manual Changes as We Do
As we grow and learn and shift, our personal manifestos change as well.
One of the values of reading the manifesto daily is to see if it is still in alignment with who we are. When something feels out of sync, it is time to update the manifesto so that it continues to reflect current beliefs, desires and words of wisdom.
My intention is to create a work of art with my personal manifesto, after I’ve pondered on it for a few more days. I’m drawn to paint a watercolor and add the words. Or perhaps I’ll print out the words and then create a colored pencil sketch over them. Whatever I create, I’ll share it!
What would your manifesto look like? What beliefs, desires and words of wisdom belong on your document or work of art? I’d love to see it.
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20 Replies to “Create a Personal Manifesto”
Hi Cindy! I love the picture of you with Venice in the background… it made me a little homesick 😉. I’ve never though about writing about my personal manifesto and you know what? If I’d write one I think I would be scared to show it off on my kitchen wall or somewhere else. I think I am not that confident to let other people reading me so deeply… there should be something wrong with me 😂😂
Nothing wrong with you! And you don’t have to display it. The manifesto is for YOU. Just make it easily accessible so you can read it every day.
Thank you for this wonderful idea. There are so many levels to this project. The first is actually asking myself the questions and answering them. A lot to think about. Thanks., for sharing yours and for giving me a push in the right direction. I am looking forward to doing this.
That’s awesome! Enjoy the process of making one.
I love this post! The idea of creating a personal manifesto really intrigued me! I love that you don’t necessarily have to display it, and it’s something that will help you move towards creating and living the life you want!
Right! It’s a personal document that gives guidance.
What a great idea! I’ve written in journals for most of my life and created mood boards to inspire me, but I have never created a personal manifesto. Really like how yours is so detailed and passionate. Nipa
Thank you! I make vision boards every year too. I like having the manifesto to read through daily as a reminder of how my beliefs manifest in my life.
I think manifestos are a great way to get to know as much about a person as quickly as possible. I love when people include manifestos in their blog as it tells you right away whether your thoughts align with theirs!
True! They are very much like a mission statement.
This is a great idea! I’ve never thought about it.
Have fun creating one!
I loved reading it. I have a page dedicated in my journal to my mission statement. It states that it’s okay to not to be okay. You are doing your best. Be proud of yourself for always trying. I also add lots of quotes in my journal.
How awesome! And that’s your personal manifesto 😊
This is great, I love the idea of capturing your present thoughts and desires and work towards them! Great article!
Thank you! It does help to capture who we are at this point in our journeys.
What a great post! It is so important to believe in ourselves and a personal manifesto is a great way to get there! Thanks for sharing
Thank you! I read through mine often.
This is a great tool to practice some introspection!