I'm always on the hunt for ways to dial back the stress, even if it's only a little (every little bit helps, right?), and sometimes, I've found, just writing things down...just...gets...it...off...my...chest.
Enter: The manifesto.
Think of it as a playbook or a road map for your journey ahead. What do you want to accomplish? What steps do you have to take to get there? What's your action plan going to be? They can even be little rules that you want to follow to enrich your life. 99U, the Web hub that helps you makes your ideas a reality, perfectly explains the power of manifestos...
"Manifestos are a powerful catalyst. By publicly stating your views and intentions, you create a pact for taking action. If you want to change the world, even in just a small way, creating a personal or business manifesto is a great place to start. Needless to say, developing a set of principles that you believe in and constantly strive to stand by is an invaluable tool."The article also lists the personal manifestos of some famous -- and successful! -- folks, like Frank Lloyd Wright ("An honest ego in a healthy body"), Seth Godin ("The greatest bloggers blog for their readers, not for themselves"), Leo Tolstoy ("Get up early -- five o’clock") and Apple ("We have the self-honesty to admit when we’re wrong and the courage to change").
I'm a big fan of outlining. Whether you're thinking of changing careers, moving to a new city or merely trying to add more vegetables to your diet, articulating your vision and ideas is a solid first step. A few things on my personal manifesto...
*Give your heart in all you do. It could make all the difference in the world.
*People want to help. Let them in.
*Trust your instinct and stick to your guns.
*Develop a routine and make sure you follow it.
*Family comes first, no matter what.
*Don't be afraid to blog exactly how you're feeling. Honesty and vulnerability is a beautiful thing.
*Sing like nobody's listening and fangirl to your heart's content.
*Smile like it could move mountains.
*Be the friend you'd like to have.
*Kindness is a gift. Give it often.
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