In his inspirational book, The Motivation Manifesto, Brendon Burchard lists 9 declarations that we need to make to ensure that we reach the ultimate human goal, a life of freedom. We all have within us this same need, as quoted by Mahatma Gandhi:
“I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.”
We want to live fully, being who we are, independent, happy and unbound by social constraints, and Burchard takes us step by step through the process we can follow to achieve just that.
Declaration 1 – We Shall Meet Life With Full Presence And Power
This first declaration is to remind us to live fully in the present moment. To put down the smart phone, switch off the tablet, even turn down the radio blasting in your car as you speed along. Many people have written about ‘the power of now’ and the first declaration is a reminder of this. We need to wake up and be present, giving ourselves time to enjoy our children for the brief moment that they are young, to smell the blossoms before spring has flown, to actually connect with our partners and much more. You cannot truly be happy with a life half lived, where you are constantly looking back at yesterday, or fearing tomorrow. The magic is in the moment – right now.
Declaration 2 – We Shall Reclaim Our Agenda
The second declaration requires some boundary setting. Once you have decided on your true life goals and desires they must become a part of your agenda. Each and every day should be geared towards the end game, taking small steps and aiming in the direction of your dreams at all times. But it does not stop there! Setting your agenda is only half of the deal. You are also required to fiercely protect your precious time against ‘false emergencies’ and people who constantly steal your precious hours. Learn to say NO and take charge of your agenda.
“No one around us can tear us from progressing toward our dreams.
Believing otherwise is accepting the role of victim in life.
Our day is ultimately our choice.” – Brendon Burchard
Declaration 3 – We Shall Defeat Our Demons
“A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.” – Alexandre Duman
The third declaration refers to the inner demons within us that try to destroy our progress towards our dreams. You can recognise the demons within yourself when you let negative thoughts start to feed doubts. Insecurities, fears and worry begin to mount up and you second guess yourself. Maybe you try to delay your action until you can be more sure, procrastinating until tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow. The biggest demon of all is division, when you forget the divine oneness, that we are all connected to one another.
These demons lurk within us all, but with diligence and presence we can see when they are taking the lead. We can easily overcome all of these aspects if we take courageous action, with faith that we can reach our dreams. Brendon reminds us that the most powerful weapon against our inner demons is love.
“Love is always the final and most complete cure to our inner demons.” – Brendon Burchard
Declaration 4 – We Shall Advance With Abandon
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
This step requires us to build some self discipline. Huge chunks of the population do not strive to attain their dreams because of some inconvenience that stands it their way. We have said many times on The Good Human that most people appear to be sleepwalking – maybe through no fault of their own when we consider the dumbing down and numbing that takes place to keep us within a low frequency. Burchard implores us to get up and advance ourselves, to stop plodding along aimlessly.
We do not need permission, nor all of the answers, nor perfect timing. We can rely on ourselves, we have everything we need and only need to take the first step today. Then tomorrow we can take the next, and the next. It is okay to behave in a way that society considers reckless. Think of your most inspirational achiever – I can bet that they did not simply follow societal norms in order to get where they are today.
You may never receive all of the approval you would like, and it doesn’t matter. You have power within and can choose what is best for you, on your journey to personal freedom.
“Without making the actual attempt, without trial and strife, there can be no true knowledge, no progress, no high achievement, and no legend.” – Brendon Burchard
Declaration 5 – We Shall Practice Joy and Gratitude
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
Joy and gratitude are not things that we tend to encounter often on our daily walks through life. Many people appear defeated, apathetic, tired – dare I say lazy, grumpy, bored and fat. They seem to have given up on life. They have given up on positivity and they lack the energy to claim it back. This affliction is wide spread, but it does not have to be normal for you.
Life is bursting with potential! It is there to live to the fullest, you only need to realise that it is true and it will be so. Burchard asks us to learn from children. To become curious, enthusiastic and playful. Looking at the world with fresh eyes will show you so much beauty. And no matter how low you may feel right in this moment, there are a tremendous amount of things to be grateful for. There really are. Have the discipline to shift your vibration into a place of gratitude and thankfulness. As Burchard says, it doesn’t feel great to admit me have been choosing to feel lousy – but it is the truth. You just need to keep on choosing joy and gratitude no matter what.
“Perhaps the severest requirement of the good life is
to have the constancy of mind to maintain our joy and gratitude
even amid hardship, pain, and injustice.” – Brendon Burchard
Declaration 6 – We Shall Not Break Integrity
“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus
This declaration is about recognising the constant temptations and opportunities to behave in a manner below us, and consistently resisting. This is the small white lies, the little cheats, quitting, not speaking up, being selfish and self centred. A stand out quote from this section for me is: “Today’s thoughts and actions become our legacy” – Brendon Burchard
So think before you indulge in catty gossip, or ridicule someone. Behaving without integrity just once today, just once tomorrow, just this one more time will lead to a lifetime of regret. There is no use having wonderful intentions if you compromise them wherever a temptation comes along – and they will always come along.
Try to prepare for the situations that will test your integrity, so that you can speak with the voice of your true inner self. Always keep your word and tell the truth. If you know that you react negatively to certain situations, look at ways to change them. Who do you become when you are hurt? Impatient? Desperate? Be sure to know who you are in the darkest moments, so that you can shine a light on these shadows and learn to maintain integrity even when it feels impossible to do so. You can do it!
Declaration 7 – We Shall Amplify Love
“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” – Pierre Tielhard de Chardin
We are reminded in the Motivation Manifesto that love is abundant, never ending, all encompassing and undiminished by hurt. Yet we know how hard it is to love freely when we have been heart broken. Maybe this declaration requires the most courage of all. It implores us to live through love, to give empathy, kindness, compassion, generosity and forgiveness to everyone that we encounter.
Through love we can reach our highest heights and our darkest depths, so this is an area that we must remain strong and vigilant. Any pain that has been caused to us is real, but it did not reduce the love available to us. That is untouchable, invincible. If we are able to recognise this truth, that despite betrayal and loss of trust, love can remain, we can gain the ability to love freely again. This does not mean that we accept hurt that is caused to us, that must be dealt with. But by building a barrier to protect ourselves from feeling those depths of emotions, we are simply blocking love.
By living with loving intention, with no need for reciprocity we can be truly free. We will not need anyone to act in a particular way in order to feel loved, because we are love and we have access to infinite love at any time.
Declaration 8 – We Shall Inspire Greatness
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer
This declaration asks us to be unafraid to challenge mediocrity, to feel comfortable with steering our ship against the tide, in the direction that we feel is right. Starting with ourselves, our family, our employees and those in our close circles we should make certain demands. We should have high standards that we expect of ourselves and encourage in others. The World is desperate for good leaders, who are not complacent about our current state of reality.
Burchard suggests that we should demand honesty and integrity. We should encourage those around us to be informed and to keep themselves up to date with their own path of self development. We should strive for excellence and have courage in our actions, being a role model for those around us. Above all else, you should demand that people respect one another. “We no doubt live in a noisy, numb, narcissistic age.” – Brendon Burchard, and so it is more important than ever that you lead by example and inspire greatness in others.
Declaration 9 – We Shall Slow Time
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – Henry Miller
We can not enjoy a rushed half aware existence, where we are bombarded with information, spread too thinly and pulled from pillar to post. Burchard gives some simple techniques for making time stretch – using the gifts that are our five senses. By consciously slowing the breathing and soaking in all of the details of a moment, holding it for a little longer before we carry on, we can create magic in our everyday lives. There are memories that stand out in our minds, and they often involved an apparent slowing down of time. Weaving this technique throughout each and every day will help you to feel vibrant and alive. You will naturally be more present and will achieve freedom – Now!
This wonderful books hopes to teach us to live in the moment, with courage so that we may be free from fear. It gives clear direction on how to handle fear that comes from ourselves, well meaning loved ones and business rivals, while daring us to become more open to love, and to raise the bar of our standards and expectations of those around us. Burchard’s suggestions are practical and achievable.
“To stand emotionally open before the world and give of our hearts without fear of hurt or demand of reciprocity—this is the ultimate act of human courage.” Brendon Burchard