How should you write your Manifesto? How should it be constructed? A lot of folks have been asking us this question.
Let us explain our method. First we’ll cover the basic Manifesto! formula. Then we’ll cover how to write a manifesto.
It’s pretty simple. It goes like this:
1. Decide What you Want.
2. Formulate a Plan.
3. Throw caution to the wind and do it.
1. DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT
Write a list of all the things in the world that matter to you. Don’t focus completely on altruistic deeds. Be honest with yourself. Write it all down. You want to base jump off the Eiffel Tower? Write it down. Like making tiny Eiffel Towers out of banana peels? That’s weird! Really? But write it down. You’ll thank yourself later.
Take that list. Look at it. Consider it.
Walk away from the list.
Give it a couple of weeks (at least sleep on it). Think about it, but don’t stress, let your brain do the creative work on its own.
The theory – and it’s been proven repeatedly – is that when you think about what you want (stepping away from actively thinking about the topic) the brain does the creative work in the background and it will be revealed.
So think about what you are Great at. That thing which you love to do and were born to do. Michael Levine reminded me of this today: when you do something which you lose all track of time during – maybe it’s gardening or maybe it’s tractor pulls – this may not be your Manifesto, but it’s likely that you love this ‘thing’ and that this thing that you love is ultimately connected to your Manifesto.
Be conscious of the events in your life where there are time shifts, where you lose track of time. In essence, find what you love to do, what you care about most in the world and your manifesto will follow.
2. FORMULATE A PLAN
Take your “want” and turn it into an action statement.
“I want to live with the people of Tuwalia.”
Consider the wording. Do you want to just live with the Tuwalians? Or do you want to use your knowledge of ancient cultures to help them discover their connection to their ancestors?
It’s important to examine your true desires. You may need to walk away from your action statement for a bit and come back to it in week or two as well. As you can tell a Manifesto is directly related to life purpose and this is one of the greatest challenges individuals face: finding that thing, that calling that makes you tick. The thing that inspires you beyond all others. Any Manifesto is likely related to life purpose.
It’s okay if the details aren’t too clear right now. Manifestos often evolve during the process of acting on them.
3. THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND & DO IT
Take your plan and act on it. We warn you, this is the most difficult but also rewarding step.
If your plan is of any magnitude it will likely take great resources, focus, luck, and perseverance to make it happen. This is not a negative thing, but something to be conscious of.
The timing of when you choose to follow your Manifesto is extremely important. But sometimes one cannot wait for the right time. Only you will know when it is time for you.
WRITING YOUR MANIFESTO
With the elements above, you have everything you need to draft your Manifesto.
In fact, all you ultimately need is your action statement supported by your reasons, and a plan to create a solid MANIFESTO.
Good luck on your journey.