Are you feeling overwhelmed and want to get a hold of your life?
When we don’t know what our priorities are we tend to make everything – and nothing – a priority. This can be an overwhelming way to live life. Writing a personal manifesto may help you define what is important.
Kathi Lipp has written a personal manifesto about the things that are important in her life. This allowed her to prioritize the decisions she needs to make on a daily basis, and helps her to align with personal values and beliefs.
She shares a few statements from her personal manifesto:
• I love God, my family, and my people.
• I’m on Roger’s team always; that’s my husband.
• I honor my commitments.
• I love without strings attached.
• I give generously as God directs.
• I cannot buy good health; I must earn it daily.
• I work hard, I rest well, I play well with others.
• I spend time with God daily.
• I help others be world changers.
• I tell people that I love them and that I’m proud of them.
• I feel, think, and act grateful every day.
These statements are all based on biblical principles and help Kathi stay on focused amidst in the chaos and demands of each aspect of life.
“They have been guiding principles, not just in my life, but my business, my family, and my relationships. This has been really good to say, if something is outside of what I talked about here, am I really supposed to be doing it? And that has been freeing for me.”
Kathi reminds us that we can change these statements and adapt to them at any point in time. She offers advice for anyone who may be feeling overwhelmed by creating a personal manifesto in the first place.
“Start by putting some statements on Post-It notes. Not everything can be a priority; you have to say really, what is my priority?”
“It’s really clarifying to go back to them a couple of times and say, do I still believe this? Is this still the most important thing to me? If you can limit it to 8 or 10 statements, it can help you to really define, this is who I am and this is who I’m striving to be. Am I perfect at all of this stuff? Far from it! However, this is who I believe God called me to be.”
Creating a personal manifesto, whether it is a formal list or a collection of post-it notes, can help you live out what is important to you.
Kathi Lipp is a full-time speaker and writer as well as being the parent of four young adults with her husband, Roger in San Jose, CA. When she is not doing laundry, she is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US. She is the co-author of the book .How to create your personal manifesto