How To Write Your Personal Manifesto

How to Write Your Manifesto

Check out anyone’s Facebook page, and you’ll get a story of who they are. Yes, a story, but not necessarily the real picture. Not the manifesto of their lives or the depths of their souls.

What we put out to the world and how we present ourselves is just the overcoat of our true selves. It’s the glossy surface of the deeper, more complicated, and frankly more interesting people we really are.

I find people with histories, baggage, flaws, and regrets far more compelling than those who lives appear perfect and “normal” — whatever that is. Give me a messed up soul who’s examined their lives and can embrace their flaws over the veneered perfectionist whose mask never slips any day.

I’m fascinated by people and their stories. I want to know the authentic person on the other side of that computer screen. What are their dreams? What are their longings? What are their inner motivations? I want to know their personal operating system in this world and on what terms they want to connect and interact.

It’s surprising how few people even know themselves under the surface of their Facebook page character study. Sure, they know the roles they play in life and the socially acceptable responses to the questions, “Who are you?” and “What are your goals in life?” But who takes the time for a deep dive? Who spends the energy to poke around in the guts of their psyche to ferret out their true selves.

As Socrates says, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” That may be a bit harsh, but there’s enough truth there to sit up and pay attention. There’s a lot more to you than meets the eye, but with the complications of daily life, you may not have taken the time to get to know yourself. Couple that with the fear we carry about what’s really under the hood and what people will think of us, and we may prefer to stay unexamined and contained forever.

The problem with ignoring the deeper parts of yourself is that you disengage from a more sacred, dynamic experience of life and people. You leave the bests parts of yourself on the table, and sadly, you may not know what you’re missing.

That’s why it is so valuable to embark on a journey of self-exploration and self-awareness to create your own personal manifesto. Uncover your core values and spend a considerable amount of time asking yourself the hard questions like, “What am I passionate about?” “What are my greatest strengths?” “Who am I and what do I stand for?”

As you answer these questions, begin to learn how to write your manifesto.


21 Good Books To Read For Fall

Good Books to Read

Fall is officially here, and as the weather gets colder, I love to cuddle up with a blanket, a cup of hot tea, and my Kindle.

Reading is definitely my favorite pastime, as well as a necessary part of my work as a writer and author. I tend to have one novel and one… Continue Reading…

10 Stages Of A Relationship From Hello to Goodbye

Stages of a RelationshipMost love relationships begin, develop, and even unravel without our being fully aware of what’s going on.

Especially at the beginning.

We meet someone, feel an initial attraction, and then if everything lines up as it should, we are swept away in a torrent of chemically-driven emotions that blind us to anything but the intense… Continue Reading…

How To Write A Personal Mission Statement In 8 Steps

How to Write a Personal Mission StatementEarly in my career, I worked in public relations for the JCPenney Company.

James Cash Penney, the founder of the now national retailer, based his business philosophy on one simple mission statement: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” — the Golden Rule. In fact, his first store was called The… Continue Reading…

What Should I Do With My Life? 12 Steps To Finding The Answer

What Should I Do with My Life?In my 49th year, I started to unravel. I had no idea what I should do with my life.

Prior to that year, my destiny had been relatively clear. I knew I wanted to go to college, find a good job, and settle down to raise a family. I was driven by the primary… Continue Reading…

The Benefits Of A Standing Desk And Why You Must Get Off Your Butt

Benefits of a Standing DeskI do a lot of sitting with my work.

My entire business is online, and I spend the vast majority of my work day on my computer.

The studies that have come out in the last few years about the health dangers of sitting so much have really started to bother me. Research… Continue Reading…

Becoming A Writer: Why You Absolutely Must Have Good Writing Skills

Becoming A Writer

I write six days a week an average of 3000 or more words a day.

This writing includes blog posts, books I’m working on, as well as materials for self-improvement courses I create. That adds up to about 936,400 words a year.

According to Amazon’s Text Stats feature, the median length for all books is about… Continue Reading…