A Manifesto for the Passionate + Courageous

Manifesto for the Passionate + CourageousDo you write? In the past, I didn’t because I thought I wasn’t good at it. It wasn’t until I became a life coach and was about to launch a new website, did I ever consider it.

I was told to be successful you really needed a blog. I don’t believe that anymore, but at the time I thought I’d try it. When my website launched in the Spring of last year, I started writing.

Let’s just say my first few blog posts were less than stellar. A sincere, thank you, to those of you who’ve been reading from the beginning.

I feel like the more I practice, the better I become.  I’m sure I should have an editor for my excessive comma usage and mis-spelled words, but I’m sure I’ll work that out. I’ve jumped into the writing pool and I’m going to keep paddling. Just like the first blog posts I wrote, I’m sure this one will become less than stellar, as I improve.

My goal has been to write one blog post a month, since my website launch. I’m happy to say over a year later, I’ve never missed month.

Why do I still write? It challenges me and provokes ideas. What I didn’t realize would happen is it helps to clear my mind. It helps get thoughts and feelings out, but also helps me reflect on the past, which is healing.

Writing can be anything you want it to be. Journaling each day, or every week. Starting a blog, writing for someone else, or scribbling notes. There are no limits or rules.

This month, I’m writing about writing. Writing a manifesto to be more specific.

Manifesto: noun. A written statement to publicly declare your views or your intention to do something. It is derived from the Italian word manifesto, itself derived from the Latin manifestum, meaning clear or conspicuous.

Manifestos were originally created for a particular political view and some can be extreme. I’m not talking about politics or extreme-ism, but simply writing down your views and how you want to feel.

What is the purpose of a manifesto? A manifesto is a really powerful tool to remind you of your beliefs, the things you feel deeply in your heart, and the wisdom you want to remind yourself of often.

This may seem a little lofty, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be based on factual information you relate to. The only rule is that comes from you and its yours.

Why this is important? Because in the flurry of daily life, we simply forget.

Here’s my manifesto for you {and me}, oh passionate and courageous ones…

I, _____________, want to live passionately and fiercely.
As I take a step in any direction, the path unfolds before me.
Love is my guide.
I will do it now.
And…..EXHALE.
I ask for what I need.
Throw out the plans. I will trust myself.
I walk to the edge of my fear and leap into trust.
When I come to a fork in the road. I make a new path.
It’s ok to begin again.
Knowledge and courage are my north star, but wisdom always guides me.
I always give my best.
I spend more time laughing, loving, and BEing rather than tweeting and liking.
When I forgive myself, I grow beyond what I was.
No one is in charge of me. I decide.
I show up and let myself be seen.
I choose to listen only to the thoughts that are helpful.
Human effort brings grace. Keep going.
Adjustment and contentment. Adjustment and contentment. Adjustment and contentment.
Relaxation is a part of my daily life.
Even though I’ve been hurt, I love with all my heart.
I aspire to live a fulfilled life, on my terms, whatever that means for me.
I am compassionate, loving, assertive, adventurous, confident, know-what-I-want, architect of my life.

Now it’s your turn. Want to create your own manifesto? Here are some helpful guidelines, to get you started:

  • What do you always want to remember, no matter what?
  • What phrase/quote/saying helps you the most?
  • Fill in the blank: I believe in ____________.
  • What do you want to “make clear” to yourself?
  • How do you want to feel?
  • My personal goal is ________________.
  • It is always important for me to _____________________.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t sound “fancy” or flow. There are no rules. It can be as short or as long as you like.

It’s important to write your manifesto with an open mind. Write what you want to clarify for yourself. Your dreams, what kind of life you want to create, and things to help inspire, motivate, and uplift.

Know that your manifesto will change over time as you change.

Need some inspiration? Here are some manifesto examples.

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As you go through life, your manifesto will be there to guide you through opportunities and changes. Helping you make decisions and reach goals.

What will yours be? Let me know in the comments below.

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