Opinion Manifesto

Another manifesto – a public declaration of aims.

My one-word theme for 2019 has been “Accept”, so a manifesto on opinions feels good.

Opinion Manifesto

1. Love people first, then philosophy

2. It’s not good because I like it. It’s not evil because I don’t like it.

3. Ideas, suggestions, and thoughts – not truths.

4. Own thoughts in my active voice.

5. Personal speaks to the universal

6. I shouldn’t should. (You might want… or they may choose…)

7. Ideas may change others, only if they choose to change.

8. Strong judgments create a mirror on the judger.

9. Inquire gently


Self Truth Manifesto: First draft

Rejoice in choice. (Witnesses and encourage the free will of you and me. You pick for you. I for me.)

Now is how (The present minute is useful. Use it.)

Words observe something, not everything. (Each of us is made of infinite creativity and derivation; boldness and shyness; leadership and delegation.)

Hearts for all parts. (Name the good in problems. Spot disadvantages in goals.)

Good wins over sins. (The unchangable, personal, and widespread good is important.)

Count the causes. (There’s more than one. Some help our choices.)

To compare is unfair. (I only know of you what you let me see.)

Keep track of yourself (Write down how you’re doing. Patterns help know what to try next.)

An attempted idea is the best idea. (The worst things don’t often happen. Even wishes and luck often take work.)

Productivity Manifesto

Since my blog and podcast (uncannycreativity.com) are about creative productivity, writing a productivity manifesto felt right. Here’s my latest draft:

1. Make any choice.
2. Challenge yourself. Don’t compare.
3. Take steps and find out.
4. Start small. Begin anywhere.
5. Reframe. Make it a game.
6. Spill milk. Bounce back.
7. Be average. Good enough is enough.
8. Lay eggs in lots of baskets.

As much as I enjoy the ideas of philosophy, it’s the antithesis of productivity. The greatest philosophers of all time have debated ideology, politics, and ideas.

If you actually want to work on a problem, make attempts. See the results. Adjust your strategy. Do what works. Stop doing what doesn’t.

Being “ready” also doesn’t factor when it comes to productivity. Instead, I’d rather actively move ahead. Waiting for a random state of readiness isn’t an action. I also generally don’t like the feeling of waiting. Replace that with a choice to enjoy a calm mindful moment.

Derived from the Italian word manifesto which comes from the Latin manifestum “meaning clear or conspicuous”. So the point of a manifesto is to state views clearly.

Happiness Manifesto

I’ve written my Happiness Manifesto inspired by Gretchen Rubin. A manifesto is a public declaration of intentions and values.

Newly revised version:

  1. If all else fails, let go a little. Or a lot. Don’t sweat small stuff (It’s all small stuff)
  2. Different people like different things.
  3. Effort over outcomes. Show up.
  4. Events involve pieces beyond us.
  5. Win-win or no deal, and that’s okay!
  6. Listen. Notice what right. Say good things out loud.
  7. Mistakes are neutral at worst, helpful at best. Decisions go forward, not backward.


Original draft (November 3, 2016)

  1. If all else fails, let go a little. Or a lot.
  2. I love that we all get to exist.
  3. Different people like different things.
  4. Effort over outcomes. Show up for yourself.
  5. There’s always many factors
  6. Win-win or no deal, and that’s okay!
  7. Listen. Notice what right.
  8. Say good things out loud
  9. Mistakes are neutral at worst, helpful at best.
  10. Don’t sweat the small stuff (It’s all Small Stuff)

Creativity Manifesto

Of the manifestos I’ve wanted to write to simplify and solidify my core values, Creativity turned out to be the biggest challenge. (Seems I have very clear ideas on what makes me feel Kind and Happy.) I’ve shared so many books, experiments, and studies on creativity on my blog and podcast. I finally feel I’ve found a few core themes:

Seven Creative Virtues

  1. Go. Take action. (Be Bold and decisive about trying actions that might work.)
  2. Listen for your voice. (Looking is more worthwhile than finding.)
  3. Collect thoughts and ideas. (Save freely your own thoughts and those of others. )
  4. Know Like a Kid. (Kids know they don’t know it all. They play courageously anyway. Find a child-like sense of modest participation.)
  5. Think Big, Medium, Small. (Chase the big picture, the little details, and the in-between.)
  6. Find Fun. (Enjoy the weird. Humor yourself in the present.)
  7. Use Your Powers For Good (Take your turn to help. Everything will be okay. No one has it all figured out. )

Happiness Manifesto: Say good things out loud

I’ve made it a goal to notice positive things. And say them out loud. Give compliments to myself and to others. And notice how many people go out of their way to do it. Just like the guy Marie Forleo mentions in her video on Positive attitudes. The maxim “Say good things out loud” on my Happiness Manifesto reminds me to notice and share good thoughts.

Martin Seligman, father of positive psychology, notes in his books that positive and negative thinking is a habit. It’s easier to change behavior than thinking. It’s easier to change thinking than feelings:

Step 1: Change Behavior.

Step 2: New behavior leads to new thoughts.

Step 3: New thoughts leads to new feelings.

Kindness Manifesto

TL:DR – Respect, Thoughtfulness, Action

Half way through 10 days of meditation on Kindness. Decided to jot down a Kindness Manifesto. Here’s the current draft of a public declaration of intentions and values about Kindness:

  1. Act generously in spirit. No one has it all figured out.
  2. “Nice” is different from good. We’re born good. (Babies act very rude tho!)
  3. Soft heart + Hard Limits. Kindness isn’t a weakness. Know its strength.
  4. Act thoughtfully. Consider others and yourself.
  5. Respect the human experience. Value all beings and yourself for what they are.
  6. Embrace benevolent honesty. Insincerity and cruel truth help less often than you think.
  7. Decide with courage. Character inspires confidence in each other.
  8. Connect. We learn more from each other when we feel safe.
  9. Display your values. Especially when it’s inconvenient.
  10. Make mistakes. Feelings and situations can’t be perfect. Fail with admiration of your abilities
  11. Show appreciation.You think and feel it. Might as well show that you notice.
  12. Find playfulness in internal integrity. External reputation is less fun without it.

See also my Happiness Manifesto