During life transitions just making simple decisions can cause you to become completely overwhelmed. We often try to function on autopilot, unfortunately instead we just get pulled in whatever direction the crisis is that is right in front of us wants us to go.
Wandering aimlessly then causes more frustration because the things that are most important to us get neglected. The overwhelm gets worse and worse.
Writing your personal manifesto can make all the difference in seasons of transition. There are lots of different ideas about what a personal manifesto is and how to create your own.
In general, it is a written statement which includes your core values. The great thing about this statements is it might not be true today but you desire for them to be true of you in the end.
A personal manifest functions as “your own personal code of conduct that is not decided in the moment but predetermined before you are in crisis.” states Kathi Lipp in Overwhelmed.
To write your personal manifesto you will want to take some time to think about what is most important to you.
When you think of your most treasured values you think of things you want to always be true. Identify 5 to 8 core values and turn them into statements that will provide guidance to how you will live them out.
Everyone says they love God first then family and then their job. But do most of us don’t live that way? Writing manifesto statements help you to think through what it looks like when you do live out your values.
I also found it helpful to put myself in the future and think about what I want people to be saying about me when I am no longer here. I want to be true to who God made me to be and the mission He has put on my heart to live out.
(Note: I decided to put my manifesto on this picture of me because I love this picture. It reminds me that these words are about the REAL me. I have printed it and hung it on the wall of my office so that I will not lose sight of these important values.)
Some of these statements I am living out pretty well today but might become more of a challenge tomorrow. I think that developing your personal manifesto will also help you live out your life with intention.
When you face decisions, whether they be, can you add this commitment to your calendar? or are you going to do business with a specific person? Your personal manifesto can help you make that decision quicker and easier than before. It is almost like making decisions before they are even presented.
Can I help teach Sunday School at church? Well, it is helping others to learn of my Daddy the king, and it is offering encouragement to others BUT will it interfere with being the best wife to my farmer or daughter to my daddy? At this stage in my lifetime is very valuable. I already have a lot on my plate so though it is a good activity I must say no for now.
Using my personal manifesto to govern my calendar and life will be a tool I look forward to using for many years to come. It represents the me I want to be every day.
I hope you see the value of developing your personal manifesto.
I would be happy to talk with you more about how to identify your core values and develop statements that best incorporate those things which you are most important to you. As a coach this is one of the first steps to helping a person move forward toward the life they want and a lot of fun!
I would love to see your Personal Manifesto! Please share them with me at TakeHeartTransitions Facebook page.