Learn How To Write Your Personal Manifesto

Socrates once declared: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” But with all the responsibilities and activities we juggle as moms, just how often do we examine our lives? Self-exploration is something I am deeply passionate about. I guide, coach, and mentor moms all over the world through the self-discovery process, so they can feel that life is worth living – a daring adventure, a sacred experience they truly love.

The unexamined life is not worth living.  ~ Socrates quote

Taking time for yourself as a mom, especially for the purposes of self-awareness, is a choice that takes courage, so if you are already doing this, I’m your biggest fan. In motherhood, it is easy to operate in autopilot and just run through the motions of the day. Life becomes a rut, where the only excitement comes from putting out a big fire here and there on a given day.

When was the last time you had a date with your intuition and interviewed the depth of your soul? If it’s been a while, it may be time to take a deep dive into who you truly are as a timeless, divine being with endless potential and equipped with powerful mental faculties you can always use — who you’ve always have been and who you’re meant to be.

You are a timeless divine being with endless potential | Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM

Even though I’ve spent countless hours in the journey of self-awareness, I’ve found that the more I seek, the more there is to learn when it comes to understanding my true identity. The more I go “there,” the more inspired I am to share my stories, and what I come to know about my authentic Self with the world, dropping the fake masks of normalcy, conformity, and perfection.

As a coach, and a mother of daughters, much of my day involves asking hard, yet essential, questions to uncover insights that may never surface otherwise. Let’s think about a few basic ones to get your wheels spinning:

What is your grandest dream?
What are your core values?
What brings you joy and makes you come alive?
What makes you feel outraged or breaks your heart?
What are your longings?
What are your inner motivations?
What are you most passionate about?
What do you stand for?
What would you like your legacy to be?
What gives your life purpose and meaning?
How do you want to be remembered?
What do you regret?
What are you willing or not  to do to achieve those accomplishments?
What are your strengths, your skills, your talents?
What are your standards?
What life experiences have shaped you and what lessons do you want to share?
Which aspects of your personal story are you afraid of revealing or admitting?

I could ask you these type of questions all day long, but here’s the most important one: as you went through the list, did you feel you knew the answer to these questions with certainty and confident that you could articulate the answer quickly and with exactness? If your answer is “YES,” I am impressed and I encourage you to continue on that path. If your answer is “NO,” I have to say “congratulations!” because you now have the opportunity to check in and find exciting answers within you.

self-examination for moms - Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM

As you unlock your souls’ truth, you will be able to understand what doesn’t matter, what does, and how much. You will be empowered to evaluate what “opportunities” you say YES to (and say NO more often), you will and you will be able to make more conscious and intentional choices in your life. 

A great way to remember your life principles, intentions, and core values is to create a personal manifesto.

You’re probably familiar with this concept through The Holstee Manifesto, or if you’re around my age, through the 1999 song Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen). Writing a personal manifesto is as if you were writing your own “I Have a Dream Speech.”

the holstee manifesto - do what you love and do it often

The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means to clearly reveal, to make real.

A personal manifesto is a written declaration or statement of your ideals, views, and intentions. It’s your own personal creed or owner’s manual, providing inspiration, strength, and direction when you need to remember who you are and how your authentic Self truly operates. It’s like having access to your soul in a minute’s notice, when you feel you don’t have the time or the energy to even breathe. I know you feel me on this one!

Learn how to write your personal manifesto | Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM

Developing your manifesto may take some time, and you are worth that time investment. And while there’s no right or wrong way or firm rules about writing a manifesto, these tips may keep you away from being stuck in overthinking:

  • Read other manifestos and see what resonates with you – and what doesn’t. Take notes of what comes up for you. After you are done, you must take off your researcher hat, so you can consult your intuition. It is important that your personal manifesto feels “yours” and it is crafted in a way that reflects your personal style.
  • Write about each area of life that is important to you and then consolidate it all into one single manifesto. Neuroscience teaches us that 3 may just be the magic number of items you can handle at one time. 
  • Write it down with pen and paper, and revisit your draft a few times before you type it out. I also recommend designing a display, so you can be an active participant in its creation.
  • To make your manifesto more powerful, use language that is positive, inspiring, specific, and clear (free of ambiguity).For example, you may want to write “I will” versus “I want” and avoid words like “thing” and “something.” To make your manifesto compelling, use feeling words that evoke powerful feelings when you (or others) read it.

Use these personal manifesto prompts to get you started:

I love… (new beliefs about your identity, character, and potential)
I believe that I… (new beliefs about your identity, character, and potential)
I believe that everyone…  (rights or empowering beliefs about others)
I am committed to… (what you intend to create and willing to do or be to achieve it)
I want to live in a world where… (the type of world you envision and wish to create)
I give myself permission to…(perhaps do, feel, be, have, something that caused you fear)
Here’s what I know for sure… (Your very own Oprah-styled stances on a topic)

Personal Manifesto prompts by Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM - fill in the blank

Are you excited to examine your life journey, discover your true self and get closer toward your purpose? Will you write your personal manifesto? You manifesto is a living document that will guide you as you navigate toward your Higher Self and will evolve as you do. Share your thoughts with us, my dear!

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PS: If you’re writing a manifesto for your blog or for your business, you may want to end with a specific invitation to tell the reader what to do next.  

55 thoughts on “Learn How To Write Your Personal Manifesto

  1. This is a great post. I don’t remember the last time I took some time for myself. I need to start doing it at least once a week.

  2. I’ve never thought about writing a personal manifesto but it sounds like something that would be cathartic. I may give it a try!

  3. I have not formally written a personal manifesto but I find myself examining my life more and more as time goes by. I think this is a wonderful post and it has given me many ideas to expand what I have already begun and do it more in depth.

  4. As an avid journaler, and entrepreneur I feel like I’m asking myself these questions regularly. While I haven’t written a manifesto I do take time to evaluate where I am in life and where I am going.

  5. what a great article! i have lost myself for a month! After reading this, i think i have to take some time for myself and try to write my persinal manifesto

  6. This is pretty great. I’ve never thought to write a manifesto before but it sounds like something to think about for sure.

  7. It’s been a while since I’ve done an exercise like this one. It makes me want to go back and revisit things I wrote/thought in the past. I remember the last time i did it I was filled with a sense of peace.

  8. This is a nice idea. I have never thought of creating one. I think I need to and have it printed out and hung on my wall. Of the prompts you listed, I think I would start with.. “I will give myself permission… to rest, take a break, scream when I am frustrated, dance, sing, and have a “me” time whenever I want to.”

  9. I am going to make my manifesto. Like right now. I think it is about time that I did. I’m at an all time low in my life and I need to reassure myself that everything will be alright. In God’s Own Time, it will.

  10. That is certainly food for thought – and yes a lot of those things I need to go away and think about because you are right I have spent too much time being mom – and I don’t hardly even get to watch tv!

  11. This is a really great idea. I need to become more mindful and also reconnect with myself on a deeper level. I think sometimes you don’t really know what you want until you take the time to be completely present and admit it to yourself

  12. I think this will be a big break for us to know ourselves now, of how our we doing the past 5 or more years and are we still doing fine? I will start my own manifesto now so I can be able to know what is needed to be repaired and needed an adjustment.

  13. This reminds me of something my parents used to do when we were kids. We would come up with a “family manifesto” and talk about goals and dreams as a family. I should definitely do one for myself and my own little family now.

  14. With such busy lives, we often forget to take time just to have a moment alone or to do something we have never done before. This is a wonderful reminder that we have to enjoy even the little things and take time just to do something out of the norm. Thank you.

  15. I want to live in a world where… spa and massage are not excessively expensive. Our lives are so hectic that we want to just take even a short break off from all the chaos of lives. Sometimes a nice pampering helps.

  16. What a great post and an eye-opener. It’s been awhile since I wrote my personal manifesto. I would love to start a new one for this year. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I like that you include to use powerful rhetoric like ‘I love’ an ‘I want.’ I think that those mean a lot in a manifesto, especially if you want it to really show what you want. I think it’s important for mom’s to have these so that they knoow that they’re not just moms and that they’re allowed to want other things.

  18. Thanks for sharing this. It is important to take a step back and understand who we are. Get to know ourselves so we can share that with others and be happy and confident.

  19. This is really interesting. I’ve never considered writing my own manifesto. This really made me reflect on a few things but in a good way, I def don’t want to find myself in a rut.

  20. This is such a great idea to be shared to everyone.
    Personal writing builds a connection between the writer and reader in a different way from oral communication, and it helps people to organize their thoughts when seeing them on paper or on a screen.

  21. I never thought about writing a personal manifesto, but after reading your post, I also think it will be beneficial for me to write one for my business to create a vision for the future and have it as my guide for the core of what I want to achieve. I always think about the mission for J&J that was written so many years ago, yet it continues to guide the way they do business today, Great post, thanks for writing it!

  22. Before I met you, I never thought about having my own manifesto, but it sounds like a great way to self-discovery and I am willing to take the leap.

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