How To Write a Personal Manifesto (Plus 4 Easy Tips)

How to write a personal manifesto

When you hear someone use the term personal manifesto, your mind might automatically jump to serial killers and murderers—at least that is where my mind immediately went, but I also have an unhealthy obsession with true crime.  

During my healing journey, I did a deep dive into exactly what a manifesto is, and I ended up writing my own personal manifesto—and it has vastly improved my life.  

That is why in this article I want to share exactly what a personal manifesto is and how you can create your own.  

What is a personal manifesto?  

A personal manifesto is a declaration of the principles and values that you live your life by. It serves as a constant reminder of your core values and beliefs.  

Why do you need a personal manifesto? 

It is very easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of information that is constantly getting thrown at you on a daily basis. With so much going on around you, and constantly increasing stress, a personal manifesto can: 

  • Help remind you of your priorities 
  • Inspire you to live your purpose 
  • Remind you of your goals when you become lost 
  • Motivate you when life gets you down 

How to write a personal manifesto 

1. Curate a list of your core values 

You can’t focus on your values if you haven’t narrowed down exactly what they are. The best way to do this is to create a list of values that matter to you.  

If you don’t immediately have important values rising to the surface of your brain that is okay. Try doing a simple google search for a list of common values, or you could use my favorite list from Brene Brown to give you a dose of inspiration. 

Once you have found a list, choose 5-7 words that you feel most drawn to.  

To be sure that you picked the right word, ask yourself the following questions: Do you wish people used that word to describe you? Do you see yourself that way? Would you be a different person if your actions and beliefs didn’t align with that specific value? 

Continue this until you are left with 5-7 values. 

2. Find affirmations that align with those values 

It can be difficult to turn those values into positive statements of truth that reflect who you are. I found the easiest way to do this is to find affirmations that pertain to that value. 

For example, if you pick kindness as your value, try googling “kindness manifesto examples” or “kindness affirmations.”  

Look through all your options and choose the ones you feel really resonate with you and articulate how you feel about those values. For the example of kindness I found these affirmations: 

  • I am a kind person 
  • I choose to be kind, even when it’s difficult 
  • I am kind, compassionate, and deserving of love and respect 
  • I attract kind people and experiences into my life 
  • I choose to speak kind words to myself and others every day 
  • Each day, I actively seek opportunities to perform random acts of kindness, making the world a better place. 

Now simply pick your favorite for that value, add it to the list, and move on to your next value. 

3. Edit your list 

Do some tweaking to the sentences if you need to, to make them clear, concise and pertain to you. Use the language you want to use, and choose terms that you know will motivate you. 

4. Make a final copy 

Make a final copy and put it somewhere that you can easily review it. Some people like to post their manifesto on their mirror. Some people put them in their journals. Some people put them on their phones. Wherever you can easily access it to review it is best. 

How to make a personal manifesto

Personal manifesto examples 

Here are some examples of personal manifesto statements: 

  • I know the only self I can control is my present self. That is why I focus all of my attention on this moment, letting go of any desire to change the past or influence the future. 
  • I improve myself every day in some way, whether it’s by dropping a negative belief, learning a new word, or adding to my knowledge of the world. 
  • I acknowledge my own strengths and abilities, knowing that I am capable of incredible things. 
  • My mental health is a priority, and I make time for self-care and relaxation. 
  • I strongly believe in the path I am on, but do not judge others. Everyone is on their own path. I will focus on mine. 
  • I know that how I do anything is how I do everything and that there is no substitute for hard work. My dreams will not work unless I do. 
  • I focus on what has gone right in my life, instead of placing my attention on those things that have not gone the way I wanted them to. 
  • I do not misuse my imagination by worrying. 

Tips for writing a personal manifesto 

A few things to remember when writing your personal manifesto: 

  • Use strong, active language. The more specific a statement is, the more useful it will be.
  • Write it in the present tense. Present tense, as opposed to future tense, forces your mind to stay in the present moment and keeps your language active, instead of passive. For example, “I take steps to reach my goal every single day” sounds better than “I will take steps to reach my goal every single day”.  
  • Keep your statements positive. The more positive your statements are, the more positive your mindset will be when you refer back to them.  
  • Make it motivational and uplifting. Remember, you are writing this for yourself to help you keep sight of what really matters to you in times of struggle. 

Final thoughts… 

A personal manifesto can be a powerful self-improvement tool to help you on your journey. A well-constructed manifesto will always help motivate you to become the best version of yourself. 

Take care of yourself. 

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