So it’s a funny old world. It took travelling 5,447 Miles with my best mate, to attend the world’s largest tech/startup conference to then decide that I needed to write a manifesto, inspired by the “James Altucher – Ultimate Guide to making a personal manifesto” idea. So here I am, in Santa Monica, having spent the majority of the day chilling out and working on myself!
So after nearly 8 hours, it’s gone 22:30 and I am now typing up this blog post. Something that I can put out there and hold myself responsible and accountable to. So here is the idea. 15 things that I can do every day that will help me become a better person. Now 15 things every day is quite a lot, and I don’t expect to be able to achieve them all every day, however, in true self-improvemnet style, I am aiming for 1% improvements every day.
The Manifesto is just to make sure I continue to go forward in the right direction every day. The rough direction is the MOST important thing, not the particular details. So i set myself some tasks today. I did get distracted too, not going to lie. I’ve been to the beach, I’ve been for a run, I’ve even eaten a super healthy Green Salad for dinner and nailed an additional set of press ups during this process.
I started with the health side of things. All the self improvement stuff I have ever read or been involved in is split into 4 categories. It’s today, mind, heart and spirit (although the wording and titles often change, this is the Franklin Covey breakdown). So first and foremost the body, if your body isn’t at it’s best then nothing else can get better.
I then moved on to the mind, what I want to achieve to feel better. This included things like reading more or new experiences. It’s interesting to think about what you want from life and what will help you to feel more alive, intelligent or insert whatever adjective you want.
After that you have the heart, looking for connection, looking for relationships in the right places. This isn’t about trying to find love, or a partner in any way, this is more about having great connections and relationships with family, friends and new people that I meet in the months coming up.
Spirit… Now this is REALLY tough for me. I haven’t been a big believer in anything like this for a long time. A friend of mine and I have spent hours talking about the fact that spirituality in this generation seems to be disappearing a little, or at least that seems to be the case for the Catholic / Christian sorts of religions. I have some long opinions on this stuff, and they definitely don’t fit in here.
So, nearly 8 hours later I wanted to have 15 things I could try to do every day that would make my life better and make me a better person. So what did i come up with, let’s take a look at the 15 Things I will try to do every day:
1. Eat Healthy – Stick to current diet (I will be posting about this).
2. Exercise 4 times per week.
3. Meditate on a daily basis (Headspace app).
4. Journal every day, get something down on paper and out of my head.
5. Become an idea machine by writing down 10 ideas a day – (Link to James Altucher).
6. Go to 1 Meet Up every week – Regardless of location.
7. Read 1 book every week.
8. Write a blog post for my personal site every day.
So it turns out my manifesto isn’t quite complete yet, but that’s not the end of the world. Why? It’s going to need constant work. Updates every now and again. Re-worked as often as it needs to be. For now, it’s an 8 point manifesto. But i don’t mind that, it will grow, it will help me to improve my life. Achieve more, see more and feel better whilst doing it. That’s the plan.
So here it is, Version 1.0 of Chris Bruno’s Manifesto. Let see how it goes and let’s report back. Everything I am doing is like an experiment, and experiments need results. Keep up to date on the site, and remember:
Peter Drucker – “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it!”