The Life Habit manifesto


A manifesto is your declaration to the world. It represents your views, beliefs, motives and intentions. Make your own and use it as the driving force and inspiration behind everything you do. 

Here is The Life Habit manifesto:

1. Create a meaningful life. There are only so many tomorrow's stored away in your time bank leaving you with a small window of opportunity to make the greatest impact. Stop squandering your precious time and follow your dreams, or create a dream to follow. 

2. Set your own standards. Stand up for what you believe in. Define success on your own terms. Create a life and body of work you are proud of. Be who you say you are and do what you say you are going to do. 

3. Do small things with love. Be present. Pay attention. Be attentive. More smile, less whine. 

4. Do something every day. Turn aspirational goals into reality by doing something every day. Work out ONE step you can take each day to move closer to your goals and take it. There is no substitute for action.

5. Start before you are ready. Repeat after me: done is better than perfect (unless you're a surgeon). Stop making excuses and get on with it already. Just start and adjust along the way. 

6. Create a big bold vision. Decide what you want your precious life to represent, how you want people to feel when they are with you and what kind of legacy you want to leave. Keep that at the heart of everything you do.

7. Simplify. Declutter and modify the way you consume and accumulate things. Downshift and reduce stress.

8. Learn cool new stuff. For as long as you are alive, always be learning, always be evolving. 

9. Actions speak loudest. Words without action are empty promises. People might forget what you said to them but they'll rarely forget what you did and most importantly how you made them feel. 

10. Accept there are no guarantees and do it anyway. When nothing is certain everything is possible. Dare yourself to step up and have a go.

11. Look on the bright side. Life is predictably unpredictable. Developing a positive outlook on life helps nurture a growth mindset and emotional flexibility. 

12. Stay agile. Think on your feet and improvise and always be willing to change course when obstacles and distractions get in the way.

13. Don't settle. Don't be that person who settles because it's expected or the easy route. If you don't like something, don't whinge about it, empower yourself and change your situation. You have more control over how you live your life than you think you do. 

14. Stop waiting for the weekend. You get around 104 weekend, what about the other 261 weekdays? Make the whole year count. Create space for mid-week spontaneity and shenanigans.  

15. Fuel your creativity. Take more risks. Get your hands dirty. Make a mess. Experiment, experiment, experiment.

16. Go somewhere new every year (near or far). Travel is an invitation to adventure. It nourishes the soul and is a wonderful and challenging teacher. It engages the senses, opens the mind and allows you to see things with new eyes.

17. Question everything. Be curious. Ask questions. Shift perspective. Figure out fresh ways of doing things. Open yourself to new experiences.

18. Surround yourself with enthusiastic people. Surround yourself with people who will support, challenge and bring out the best in you because life is way too short to put up toxic relationships, sucky friends and bad coffee.

19. Focus on what's important. Decide on what matters so you can commit to working on the right stuff. If it's important to you, will find a way to make it happen. 

20. Maintain your social connections. Hang out with real people and different kinds of people, be genuine, be interested, be a good listener and you will develop quality connections. 

21. Give more and make a difference. If you are not contributing to the world you're standing in the way. Always strive to operate from a place of compassion and kindness. 

22. Build grit. No matter how hard it gets and how much you want to quit, don't. Hunker down and push on. Grit builds strength of character.

23. Believe in yourself. Believe you can and you are half way there. Dig deep and find that spark of courage to back yourself no matter what. Elevate your level of performance to meet your high expectations.

Have you created your own manifesto yet?

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