I am sure I am not the only one who had a slight, visceral reaction to the notion of a "manifesto". Unfortunately, they are often associated with someone who has committed a heinous act of some sort, not with anything positive. But, while I was on Facebook, one of the new coaches (who, now, works with my current coach) wrote a post about how he created a personal manifesto for himself. It contains a short list of values and expectations that he has for himself. It is written in an active voice, so it is written in an affirming way.
Here is a link to Coach Mark's inactive blog, where he describes the process: http://markyoungtrainingsystems.com/2012/04/my-personal-manifesto/
Mark wrote the status at the beginning of the year, and I did not pay much attention to it, other than to think that it was a "nice idea". However, a couple of days ago I felt the urge to write my own. Writing has always been a way that I sort through mental constipation. It is why I came back to this blog after neglecting it for so long. Writing and lists simplifies what seems to be complex. So, I went through the process (see the link above) and reduced my list to about five categories. My five areas included: a stronger spiritual relationship with God; serving my family; valuing my health; and being present and productive.
I realized there is so little that keeps us from our goals and that our goals and values linked like a spider web. When we improve areas of our lives other areas improve, by default.
I went to the gym and had one of the best workouts that I have had in a long time. It felt easy. It was grounded in something meaningful--helping others and valuing my own health so that I can better serve my family and others (but don't get it twisted; this does not mean being a push over).
Do you have a personal manifesto?