The You, Unlimited Manifesto has been out for a week now. I am hoping that it has provided our members and readers with some food for thought, and some inspiration to start or continue the journey in a conscious fashion.
I am going to take this opportunity to expand a bit on the 14 statements contained within the Manifesto. I’ve decided to break this into 2 posts so that the posts don’t get too long.
Here we go…
This one is pretty simple…or is it? Your life is about YOU! “Well,” you say, “of course it is.”
If we really believe the statement, then why do most of us spend most of our time trying to please others? Most of us are guilty of spending more effort trying to make others happy than we do trying to make ourselves happy. As a matter of fact, making others happy often comes at the expense of our own happiness.
Pursue your own goals, dreams, and passions. Don’t worry about what others say or think about you. Make yourself happy, and the Universe will continue to deliver people, circumstances, and events that will continue to make you happy.
Your life is about YOU!
Throughout our lives we are taught that we are not enough. We are told this by people who we respect and trust. It isn’t their fault…they aren’t trying to hurt you…they just haven’t come to the realization that each of us is perfect just as we are.
I’m not saying that you should not want to change. That would be ridiculous, and it would take all of the fun and meaning out of life. Of course you might want to be different, but you can’t be something other than yourself, just the way you are, at this moment. You are where you are, and you must start any change from that point…accept it.
Many of us are taught to strive for perfection. This is not a healthy place to be. You see, there will always be something else which drives us, something else which we strive for. If we were perfect, we would be exactly how we want to be and we would be completely satisfied to stay that way. Again, the fun and meaning are gone from life.
Accept that you are imperfect. Accept that you are human, and humans make mistakes. Learn to live happily with yourself in all your imperfection. Celebrate the fact that you have something left to strive for. Celebrate the perfection of your imperfection.
You are who you are. You have your own preferences and your own opinions. You are unique in this world and you have a purpose for being here.
You are in control of your life. You came here to experience certain things…only you can experience these in exactly the way you do. You are in control of your live and you cannot let others tell you how to live it.
Live what is in your heart. You know, at some level, what is right for you. Do what feels right for you. Be true to that inner person.
Each of us has our role to play. As we interact with each other, we are creating something absolutely amazing, each playing our part in the unfolding of events to expand the Universe. When you stray from your path to please others, you are depriving the wold of what you truly came here to be. Be yourself.
I am always amazed to watch how people treat themselves in comparison to how they treat others. Often we treat ourselves much worse than we treat others. We have developed a sort of sense that we are not as important as others are.
We are human, and as humans, we are imperfect. Don’t beat yourself up for being human. Everyone in your life, everyone on this planet – past and present – was only human. We are all the same. Be kind to yourself. Know that you are perfect as you are.
Spend some time with yourself. There is nothing wrong with wanting to have some time to be alone…actually, this is healthy. When you spend time with yourself, you get to know the true you, and you will start to enjoy your own company. You do not need others around all the time to validate you as a person. You are a person in your own rite, and you are worth spending time with.
Continue to get to know yourself through quiet, reflective time. Spend quiet alone time in pursuit of something that you really enjoy doing. The more time you spend with yourself, the more you will like yourself, and, at some point, you will understand how much you love being you.
(and no, I am not suggesting that you become a loner or a recluse. I am just suggesting that you can spend alone time getting to know yourself. Of course, you need interaction with others to make your life work for you…everything in moderation.)
What do you want to do with your life? Each of us has an answer for this that is uniquely ours. Many of us don’t pursue the life we want because we think we may fail at it. This is not a good approach to life.
You know who you want to be. Set your intention to be that person. Set your intention to live that life in the best way you can. Be the best YOU possible. You cannot fail at being you, but you can live your life in such a way that you feel great about who you are.
The power of intention is amazing. When you set your intention, and I mean that you intend with all of your heart and soul, you cannot help be live your life in the way you intend. Intention is determination. Keep the intention alive…renew it often. The results will come.
How do you make a difference in the world? By being an active participant in your own life. Don’t just let life happen to you…you need to be out there happening to life.
Approach your life as if it were an unwritten story that you have creative control over. Take that control and make things happen. Make your life exciting by pursuing the things you are passionate about. Your passion will create enthusiasm and move you forward at a pace you could never have anticipated.
It is your life. You are the main character. Let that character explore and delve into all of the unknown corners of life. Let that character engage with others to create a world that is beyond anyone’s current imagination. Build it big and exciting (exciting for you – even if that means something that others would have no interest in.)
This is a tough one for most people to swallow…but once you do you find that you feel so much freer, so much more in control of what is happening in your life…and you feel that you have the power to direct it.
You chose the circumstances of your birth, and you chose you basic preferences so that they would enable you to experience what you came to experience. I know this sounds far-fetched, but give me the benefit of the doubt for a while.
I know you feel that if you had a choice about where you started your life, you would have feathered your nest so that you would never want for anything…wrong! Perhaps you are not here to experience that. Perhaps you are here to experience the struggle that you must face to achieve the life that you want to live.
Accept that you are responsible for everything in your life…and stop blaming others. Nothing is going wrong…everything is exactly as you planned it before you got here. Your life is not pre-determined, but your preferences, your passions, and your choices will allow you to live the life you intend to live…like it or not. There is nobody else to blame for your circumstances than yourself…so if you don’t like something, change it, or leave it behind…it is always your choice.
That’s it for the first 7 statements of the You, Unlimited Manifesto. I’ll post about the other statements in Manifesto Statements - Part 2 in a week’s time.
I’m interested in what you might think about any of these statements. Leave a comment below and let the community know. We value your opinion. We don’t judge. Others will be able to take something away from your comment, and you will have enriched their lives.