When I moved into my house in Las Vegas, I decided to use the master bedroom as my office since it’s not only larger, it’s also brighter, than the smaller bedroom. I especially liked the roomy walk-in closet which has been accumulating all manner of things for the past four years.
With the new year, the time had come for a makeover of World Headquarters. I decided to begin in the closet. There was a large, mysterious box that I hadn’t opened since the mover brought it. I had no idea what it contained, but decided today was the day to take a look.
It turned into a surprisingly nostalgic trip. The box mostly contained keepsakes and memorabilia. There was a collection of interviews I’d given, including one with a paper in Dublin, Ireland that I’d quite forgotten about.
Farther down I uncovered an extra set of CDs from the Making Dreams Happen event I did with Barbara Sher and Valerie Young. I’d been meaning to listen to that lively event again, so put them in my car.
There was the oversized (faux) check I’d received the year I won $5000 in the Powerball lottery and a funny souvenir from a trip to London. I’d quite forgotten about two gorgeous portfolios I’d gotten at Liberty of London. (Not sure what to do with portfolios, however.)
The big attention-getter for me, however, was the manifesto I’d written about 25 years ago. A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, but for years, I only associated it with political statements, such as the Communist Manifesto.
But it has a broader meaning. Manifesto is derived from the Italian word manifesto, itself derived from the Latin manifestum, meaning clear or conspicuous. Writing one helps us see more clearly what we’re about.
Although mine was a bit lofty, I couldn’t find anything that I disagree with. Here’s my declaration:
All change and progress begins with an individual.
The potential contribution of each individual is enhanced when working in a loving, supportive, positive environment.
The free enterprise system remains the best vehicle for full creative development of every person.
The freedom to pursue greatness should be accorded a place of high value.
A creative enterprise provides abundant opportunity to crystalize ideas and ideals.
The creation of a new age of abundance for all is totally possible now.
The abundant expression of our vision begins where we are, with us.
I’m thinking it’s time to write a new manifesto and I urge you to do the same if you haven’t done so. Clarify your values and let others know what matters to you.
Not only will it help you attract people who are in alignment with your principles, it will also serve as a guide when you stray from your path.
I know. That sounds lofty, too. Important stuff does.