Journaling, Mindset

Writing your Manifesto

Candidates and political parties create manifestos or a public declaration of their policies and aims before an election. Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto is a well-known one. You may have noted our opposing political parties’ manifestos as you prepared to vote.

But have you ever thought of writing one for your own life? This is the perfect time to write or revisit your own Manifesto. Manifestos help you to clarify your values and goals so that you can be the person that you want to be. You are making a declaration of your intentions. This keeps you focused on the path that you wish to take, especially when you are going through a tough time.

You may have seen this one rolling around the internet. It wasn’t actually written as a listed Manifesto by John Wesley himself, but these were the values and ideas taken from his sermons and writings. Many of these apply to our times in the United States right now.

So what does it take to write your own manifesto? You can think of it as writing down your life’s purpose. Or you can choose to focus on one specific area of your life like your marriage, your work ethic, or your health.

Here are a couple guidelines that may help in formulating your manifesto.

  1. Answer the questions: What do I believe? and What is my vision?
  2. Compose objectives written in list form.
  3. Use active, present tense language. e.g. I give generously to those in need.

For more examples and tips, check out these blogs:

Guiding Questions and Inspiring objectives

Sentence Starters

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