The Motivation Manifesto spurs the reader to live fully and reclaim their life’s freedoms.
The Motivation Manifesto
Before going into his manifesto’s point, Brendon talks about fear and freedom. He says that to live fully and freely, we have to defeat fear as it’s spread by the weak willed and the worriers.
1. Meet Life with Full Presence and Power
Let go of the past and forget about the future: fully focus on the present.
2. Reclaim Your Agenda
This declaration implores us to restore our life’s agenda by overcoming the chains of conformity and webs of distraction. To do so, we should seek clarity, direction and progress in what we do. A good way to do so involves creating a written manifesto outlining what our lives are truly about. After charting our own course, we should pursue it with “real force, will, and consistency” and not cave in to the expectations of others.
3. Defeat Your Demons
Brendon says we are often our biggest enemies. The inner demons are:
- Doubt (change “what if” with “I believe I can.. “)
- Delay (take action right away)
- Division (go beyond division with acts of love)
4. Advance with Abandon
Commit to pursuing relentless action -check Grit by Angela Duckworth-.
5. Practice Joy and Gratitude
Lean to stay joyful and grateful. Even -and possibly mostly- through hardships. Burchard invite you to ask yourself “how much joy and gratitude am I bringing to this moment from 1 to 10?”.
6. Keep Your Integrity
Keep your actions aligned with your true self (also check my article on the connection between identity, actions and self esteem).
I particularly liked on this part that Brendon suggests you never commit to something you’re not passionate about.
7. Amplify Love
In this chapter of The Motivation Manifesto the author explains that love is one of the most beautiful things in life. Your quality of life will suffer without love, so he urges you to give and receive love. Bask in it and abandon yourself to love.
8. Inspire Greatness
Live a great life which will in turn inspire others to follow in your footsteps.
9. We Shall Slow Time
The last point of The Motivation Manifesto ties to the first one. Don’t always be too absorbed by what’s coming next, but savior the now.
I didn’t find the actual manifesto points to be that enlightening, but the writing style was very good and invigorating. I also really liked the take on fear as a social construct -also read Linchpin for more on fear-.