Evolving Success - Animated
A Necessity for Progress and Success: The Manifesto
I believe that to succeed with your blog and your life, you must center yourself on a written version of the core values that mindfully drive you - a manifesto. This has been my theme of late because it changed my life and can better yours as well.
But, the challenge requires a lust for change and improvement, a commitment to take actions that work toward change, and a well written and thought out manifesto. You use the manifesto to keep you on track, measure your evolution toward success, and provide a motivation to succeed.
Bonsai as a metaphor for discovering design and vision
About 3 years ago, I moved into an older home, with the rough bush above. My bush was actually in bad shape, with large areas of disease and decay.
I had almost decided to rip the damn thing out, but standing there, looking at the bush on a cold, rainy day, I glimpsed beauty deep within is structure.
I developed an obsession for the challenge, wondering if I could succeed in a task that I was not trained or prepared for.
Taking a Leap of Faith by Acting
Without knowing a thing about bonsai, I grabbed pruning loppers, and decided to see if I could uncover the beauty I saw inside. I began a difficult and painful process and gained knowledge through trial and error.
Looking back on the process now, I followed a pattern that works for identifying core values and creating a manifesto. Basically I followed these steps with the bush, but think about how the steps apply to your own life:
Planning for Success Requires More Than Rehashing the Old or Faking change.
In this extended process, I found the importance of defining success, remaining focused, adapting to new conditions, and disciplining myself and the plant.
As I have studied mission/vision statements and manifestos for years now, I have gained knowledge and skills that make following my manifesto easier and more effective.
Dan Clark helps to clarify exactly why what we are doing is so important, saying that we must remember that:
◊ We don’t see things as they are—we see things as we are. To change the world we simply change ourselves.
In my work with the bonsai, I lacked an essential piece of the creative puzzle - community. I would have greatly benefited from discussion, mentoring, classes, and advice as I learned to create something beautiful.
But, once I trained myself through reading and experimentation, I began teaching others, which Clark addresses in his last point. As I expressed my passion for this new hobby, I became committed to help others learn and lead in the creative process.
When you train leaders, you accomplish many things. You learn the art and craft much better as you help others to understand it. You benefit the community by lifting them up with new skills and knowledge. Extending the techniques to others in this way ensures the perpetuation of the important craft, preserving the art for future generations. You become a better person as you teach and lead.
No higher position calls to you than leader and teacher in building communities.
Takeaways on Core Values and Manifestos
Challenge: In a comment below, describe the first step you are going to take to create a manifesto. Your comments are most appreciated.
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