A manifesto is a written statement to declare your intentions, motives and beliefs. The word manifesto means to manifest, to clearly reveal or make real.
If your life has become hum-drum or you have lost sight of the dreams and goals which you want to pursue then writing down your manifesto could steer you back in the right direction.
I spent about a week thinking about my happiness manifesto (as I fondly call it). The first step is to jot down some ideas, think about your strengths and some of your life goals. Research other people’s manifestos, but use words which resonate with you.
Great manifesto examples
Here are some of the other manifestos I looked at while researching mine were:
- Corbett Barr’s Expert Enough Manifesto
- The lulemon manifesto
- Leo Babauta’s Simple Living Manifesto
- Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist (half way down the page)
- Meghan Telpners’ creed:
Today is the day. Make it ridiculously awesometown. Eat fruit, lots of cherries, while thinking good thoughts. Love what you do, and do it with love. Smile at strangers. Be youthful, truthful, playful and funful. Laugh at the ridiculousness of seriousness. Ride bicycles covered in flowers. Sit through the storms, for the sunshine and rainbows will follow. Eat real food. Flirt with farmers. Crunch on carrots. Labels are for tin cans. Make it from scratch. Fuel Your Life. Nourish Your Soul. Delight in the delicious. Slurp Up The Sunshine. Dance like a four-year-old. Offer the planet what you wish the planet to offer you. Every choice counts. Optimism is most fruitful. Original over conventional. Weird over boring. Break Rules, UnDiet for Abundant Health. Twinkle, sparkle and shine. Make love in the kitchen.
I typed up my draft manifesto in Photoshop but you could use a word processing program. I printed it out and placed it on the fridge with magnets for a few days to test it out. I decided to change some of the words, so I printed out a second version. This time something clicked and I was satisfied. I bought an inexpensive frame and hung it near my desk where I could read it every day.
Steps to create your manifesto
Here are the four basic steps to creating a great manifesto:
- Brainstorm ideas for your manifesto by writing your ideas down on paper
- Type up a draft and trial it
- Share your manifesto with your loved ones and friends, or keep it private.
- When you are happy with your manifesto, laminate it or hang it somewhere you will see it every day.
Share your manifesto
When you have finished writing your manifesto share it with other people and place it on your website. People love to do business with people who have the same values as themselves. If you own a company, consider having your manifesto professionally designed with modern typography. Manifestos by graphic designers look great as posters and on shopping bags.
My manifesto was based on research by happiness experts’ Dr Timothy Sharp and Dr Bruce Wells.