Hi!  I’m Paul, a graphic design lover and a self-improvement enthusiast; here is my story!

value manifestoMy retreat

Not so long ago, I found myself at a crossroads.  I then decided to go to a retreat where I could reflect on the person I wanted to be.  I had long had a vague idea of what my core values were, but I knew that I had not always been true to them.

I realized that I needed to write them down if I wanted to truly commit to living a more authentic life.

When I returned home, I was excited to make my list official, so I sat down at my computer to design my own value manifesto, complete with inspirational quotes and images. Then I printed it and set it proudly under the glass on my work desk.

After that, my Value Manifesto was with me every day when I sat down to work. Before long, I began to notice that something was different about me.

Photo by Kane Reinholdtsen on Unsplashmy karaoke night

I was at karaoke party, but I declined singing politely (since kindness is a core value for me).  But, as I was listening to my friends pour their hearts out, I remembered that confidence was also on my list of values (more of a who-I-want-to-be value of course…).

I clearly saw my manifesto in my mind.  I realized how guilty I would feel the next day for not living up to my own core values.  So I stood up to sing my favorite song!  I was nervous at first, but it felt so empowering to overcome my fear.  On the outside, nothing earth-shattering happened and I didn’t get a standing ovation.  But on the inside, something life-changing had occurred.  I discovered that I now had the commitment I needed to become the person I truly want to be. I felt like a rock star!

what i know for sure

It is precisely these choices we make on the spur of the moment that shape our life and make us who we are.  So, it’s important to have a reminder of what your values are when the time comes to choose.

I can’t tell you how many times my Value Manifesto has positively influenced my actions. 

I now want to share the transformative power of the Value Manifesto with everyone who strives to live a more authentic life.