You have completed your personal manifesto journey and received your personal Declaration and Wisdom statements. As you contemplate your insights into your identity and recognise and value what you know about ‘living,’ the question may arise, “Well, now that I am aware of all this, what do I do about it?”
In an earlier Manifesto Musing, From Awareness to Responsibility, we wrote of the vital importance of leaving the personal agency, the freedom to make decisions and choose whichever actions they may take, with the client. It is, after all, your awareness. Your personal manifesto represents your framework, your charter, for living. It identifies and recognises your strengths, the traits which characterise you and from which you draw energy. Your manifesto has as aspirational dimension also; it represents your ideal best self, and ideal vision for your life.
As we all know, nothing in life remains static. It is, and we are, in constant motion. Life offers continual opportunities and challenges to each of us. Armed with your personal manifesto, your challenge becomes one of intentional choice or passive acceptance.
The scenario goes something like this:
As human beings we live within a community as well, of family, work, and society, which governs how much control over our life choices we have. Learning to be authentic, by choosing our actions and the way we ‘show up,’ in the context of our community, is our responsibility.
Now that you have your personal manifesto – which you co-created – can you afford not to honour that knowledge by taking responsibility for the parts that are within your control?
* stages of learning