How to Write Your Simple Personal Manifesto in 15 Minutes

Sometimes we get lost in our day-to-day activities and lose our perspective. Sometimes we forget what our purpose is. Or for many of us, we have never really known our purpose. We lose direction, start filling in the gaps of our days with television, Internet surfing, or meaningless tasks.

We had big dreams once that seem to be flittering away as time goes on. Some of us have lost our direction and want to get back on track. Some of us are doing work that we’ve always wanted to do, but the excitement is waning, or gone altogether.

We have forgotten what we stand for.

It might be time to put 15 minutes aside and push the reset button. A personal manifesto might help.

Here are three questions to consider. If you’re not sure what to write, just jot down the first answers that come to mind. This will get your brain working, and you can always change your answers later.

1. What do I care about?
2. What does my dream world look like?
3. What do I want to do?

Once you’ve quickly thought these questions through, you can write your manifesto using the following format:

I believe…
I want to live in a world where…
I am committed to…

Here are a bunch of examples:

Example 1

I believe that all seniors deserve quality care.

I want to live in a world where people honour and support our seniors, those people who have done so much to build the great community and country I live in.

I am committed to three things: ensuring the seniors in my life are provided the best possible care; advocating for funding and donations for seniors care; and encouraging others to volunteer to help seniors.

Example 2

I believe that everyone has the capacity to reach their potential.

I want to live in a world where people are happy, productive, and living their dreams right to the end, leaving this world having completed important work and having experienced amazing adventures, and so full of expectation that they have left some dreams and projects uncompleted.

I am committed to helping people reach their potential in productivity and experiences, by setting an example and helping them overcome barriers to their success.

Example 3

I believe that excessive consumerism is a major contributor to an unhappy life.

I want to live in a world where people live happier, more fulfilling lives by embracing minimalism, by putting less emphasis on things and more emphasis on relationships and experiences.

I am committed to helping people who are interested in creating a simpler, more experiential life, by helping them overcome the obstacles inherent in building a minimalist lifestyle.

Example 4

I believe that the best education can be found through travel.

I want to live in a world where travel is a major component of the first-world education system, and where people are more understanding and inclusive of others as a result of their travel experiences.

I am committed to helping educational institutions develop travel agendas and to helping families and individuals who want to travel in order to further their education.

Give this exercise a try. You’ll either realize you’re already on the right track, or you’ll discover you’re off track and decide to take action to make changes in your life.

What you might find exciting is that you have several manifestos that are important to you.

Good luck.

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