4 Manifestos for Change Makers

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It’s ironic, don’t you think?

It’s ironic how we respond to change. We want change, yet we fear it. We crave change, then we claw at it.

We’d rather slip to the back of the line (of change) than butt our way to the front. We shrink, we hide, we duck.

Screw change. Let someone else do it.

So goes the sentiment of far too many people. There’s little chance of upside. If you stick your neck out, there’s risk; there’s no guarantee of reward. Failure is possible and humiliation is downright probable.

And this is how we end up swirling around in the toilet of mediocrity.

Change may scare. But mediocrity kills.

Are you scared of change? Hell, we all are. We’re hard-coded to run from pain. But, mediocrity settles in where change is abandoned. Mediocrity kills your spirit.  A safe yet dispirited existence — woohoo?! No thank you.

Whether it’s yourself or the world you’re out to affect, the process starts the same way.

Enter the manifesto.

What is a manifesto? In this context, it’s a declaration of your stance. Perhaps a cousin to a mission or mantra, the manifesto declares your “what, why, and how.”  ChangeThis explains it this way: “an argument, a reasoned, rational call to action, supported by logic and facts.”

Four manifestos: change from the inside out

Here are four fitting manifestos if your gut drives you to evolve. All are from ChangeThis.com; each point to different seeds of grassroots change.

The Finch Effect: How Adaptability Will Save Your Career

FinchEffect

Nacie Carson

The economic twilight zone since the 2009 recession put everything on hold—our careers, our dreams for our family, our most basic happiness.

We bite our nails and turn to one another asking “How long can this go on? When will things go back to normal? The only way to answer those questions and take life off hold is to adapt.

The Best Communicator in the World

BestCommunicator

Jon Wortmann

Every single one of us can communicate in a way that makes it easier for people to like spending time with us.

Today is the day you stop letting ugly communication damage your relationships.

Shine: Brain Science, Practical Psychology,
Ancient Wisdom and the Cycle of Excellence

Shine

Edward M. Halowell, MD

How in today’s new world can people reach their best at their best, given the speed of life and the torrent of information and obligation?

This Manifesto does that, in 5 steps. It’s called the Cycle of Excellence.

How To Be Creative

HowToBeCreative

Hugh Macleod

You’ll not be the same once you see and read the work of Hugh Macleod.

Hugh’s Manifesto, published in 2004, is timeless — and perfect for you if deep down you know you aren’t like “all the others.”

If you’ve never visited ChangeThis, it’s worth a dig. Let me know what you find. And, better yet, if you write your own manifesto, make sure you share. You may just be the inspiration I’ve been looking for.

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