All sorts of emotions are coming up this week.
During our weekly calls, the marketing and promotion guru I hired to help with my book launch, Dan Blank, has repeatedly asked me: “How are you doing on the manifesto?” I have consistently hem-hawed around making excuses for why I have not worked on it.
As time went on, I began to wonder why wasn’t I working on it? What was getting in the way? Eventually, I slowed down, a feat that is difficult for me, and soon, clarity emerged. It was because when I heard the word manifesto, an image appeared. The image you see at the top of this post. An image of the office that I reactively closed when I was having a health crisis and didn’t know if I would be able to work anymore. A loss I am still grieving.
In my brain, the word manifesto was connected with being a practicing professional psychotherapist. Unconsciously I must have believed now that I am a writer, I didn’t deserve a manifesto. Once I made this connection, I asked myself whether or not that was true.
Almost instantly I realized that writers can have manifestos! I’m going to write me a new manifesto!
The creative process was moving fast now and suddenly I recalled writing manifestos in the past so I looked them up. Would they still fit for me as a writer?
With very little revision, I came up with this manifesto:
- I believe that anything deep and meaningful takes time to create and intimately know.
- I believe that the past is in the present.
- I believe it takes courage in order to let go of dysfunctional ways of being.
- I believe that we need support to thrive.
- I believe that each person needs to become acquainted with as many of their traits as possible, even the hidden ones.
Where does the Mighty come in?
Jill A. Stoddard, author of BE MIGHTY: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry & Stress Using Mindfulness & Acceptance, a book I highly recommend, wagers that the most powerful and meaningful changes that have occurred in your life thus far have never sprung from you “chillin’ in you Comfort Zone.”
I’m not far enough into the book yet to know what she thinks about manifestos but it seems to me that her entire book is her manifesto!
I hope this post inspires you to think of what is important to you. Would you please take a moment to think about what matters most to you as we begin the second half of 2020?
tell me ONE word – ONE word that could be your guidepost for the second half of 2020. This will be your personal manifesto! And we may string them all together to make a Mighty Manifesto!
Thanks for reading and for sharing your word!