Reality gives glimpses of potential order and success
You live in chaos. Everyday you try to order and design the world to make a safe space for yourself. With the mayhem in modern life, imposing order is no easy task. Yet, you fight hard to make each day the best. You seek perfection, and you work your ass off doing it.
You can attain the perfection you seek, but only if you clearly define and understand what you are searching for. There is no universal standard of success, and what pleases you offends another. You carve your unique design of success.
But, you must do so consciously, in writing, and then chisel away at it. Michelangelo, genius creator of Pieta and David, said that "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
Identify your core values
I’m not talking about the subject of your blog. But if you are on the right path, what you write will be in the thick of your core values. People have been deceived for ages, thinking that in order to have values you must have religion.
Wrong! Values evolve within you as you grow into humanity. You have them, but you may be:
Individual manifestoes guide influencers and global changers
Yes, you can write a manifesto. Do you remember Tom Cruise's all night binge manifesto writing in Jerry Maguire? Most people remember the deceptive catch phrase “Show me the money,” but the film is about core values, not money.
Money does not have true value because it can be lost. The value you seek cannot be lost or taken away because it resides within you. Maguire describes his pivotal journey:
"Who had I become? Just another shark in a suit? Two days later at our corporate conference in Miami, a breakthrough. Breakdown? Breakthrough. I couldn't escape one simple thought: I hated myself.
Cruise, in an unusually great performance, effectively captures the bold revolt required to break from the herd, find your core, and disrupt the commonplace in your life and your writing.
You will only find success through the grueling self-introspection required to discover WHO YOU ARE. Stripped and naked, you find the core that drives you, and a life crisis, when the your face may be planted in the rough and rocky bottom, often initiates a search for value.
Save yourself time, pain, and heartache by voluntarily soul searching
Discover your core values, write them down and embrace them, to create your personal, business, or blog manifesto. Share it. Receive feedback and revise if needed. Keep the manifesto stating your core values as a live document, meaning that it evolves with the tweaks and changes you make as you learn and grow.
Would you like some help getting started? I've collected some resources for you about mission statements and manifestos.
Please share your own thoughts on how manifestoes can guide you to success. I rely appreciate your comments.
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