Have you ever made a New Years’ Resolution and not followed through on it? A better question might be; who has NOT made a New Year’s Resolution and not followed through? In response to many years of not moving forward with my own resolutions, I decided to try something new this year. I worked on a personal manifesto.
“A manifesto is a public declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives and intentions; a document that a person writes to declare what is important to them.”
The difference between a manifesto and a resolution felt important to me. Instead of penning a lofty goal that was perhaps either too grandiose or not specific or time sensitive enough, (unknowingly setting myself up for failure,) I would simply write down what was important to me- what values I held close, and by having this written down, I would navigate my decisions and largely my life based on this statement.
Why have a personal manifesto?
- To remind you in one powerful statement of who you really are and how you want to make a difference.
- To help you stay true to your core values and act on them.
- To gain the opportunity to be vulnerable and connect with those you care about and share your manifesto with them.
The great thing about a manifesto is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Others may agree or disagree, but because it is based on your own personal belief system and values; that’s ok! Often the most powerful manifestos create discord as they are so deeply personal.
As I began working on my manifesto and realized what a powerful force it could be, I challenged the team here to jointly come up with the FitMetabolism manifesto. Here’s what we came up with:
So, agree or disagree this what we stand for here at FM! These are the values by which we do business. Watch for our manifesto to be hung on our walls soon. If you’d like to get curious about your own personal manifesto and what role health plays in it, talk to your coach or call 403-452-0900.