I wrote the Mortality Manifesto way back in 2005 as a daily tool to help my clients and my audience to start taking action.
At first glance, it may seem like it’s just words. Maybe you think it’s a bit intriguing, but still… Perhaps you think it’s just a thought experiment – a sort of mind-game you play with yourself. Let me assure you, if you leave it in your head, you’re cheating yourself. The entire point of the Mortality Manifesto is to help you to take powerful actions to expand and grow your life.
Remember the Law of Attraction? It was catapulted to mass awareness by Oprah Winfrey’s interest in The Secret. It focuses on the power of belief and visualization. Suddenly it seemed like everyone was creating a Vision Board. And then, soon after, everyone was asking the same questions: Do vision boards work? Does the Law of Attraction work?
The part people seem to forget is that vision board or not, you still need to take action.
The Universe can line up a million straight pathways for you, but it’s still up to you to walk down those paths. You have to take action.
It reminds me of the old joke where Bob’s house was being swallowed up by rapidly rising flood waters. But Bob was a man of faith and trusted that he would be saved by his creator. So Bob waved off neighbors who tried to pick him up in their canoe. “Don’t worry about me, A higher power will save me,” he tells them. He also waves off another rescue boat, telling them the same thing. Finally, when the water is critically high, a helicopter drops a ladder to him, but Bob refuses to grab on. “Go help someone else, I have faith that my creator will save me.”
Of course he drowns. When he gets to the afterlife and meets his maker Bob asks: “What happened? I believed in you! Why didn’t you save me?” The creator’s answer? “Well I sent two boats and a helicopter!”
It’s a silly joke, I know. But the point is valid – it’s your life, so it’s ultimately up to you to take the necessary actions.
This is a point that I really stress with my coaching clients. Hiring me as your coach is just the first step. Yes, it’s the most important step, but its meaningless if you’re not prepared to stay in action.
The Mortality Manifesto is a powerful tool, but it’s not a magical incantation. A genie isn’t going to pop out of your latté and grant you three wishes just because you took the Mortality Manifesto Pledge.
You. Need. To take. ACTION.
It’s no different than a nutrition or exercise plan. Having the plan is just the first step. You need to act on it. The more you are able to act on it, the more it becomes part of your life. And the more you integrate it into your life, the healthier you’ll be.
But you already knew all of that – didn’t you? Saying that action is the secret ingredient isn’t new or groundbreaking. I get that.
Then ask yourself… How often do you actually ACT? And before you answer, let me clarify – I’m not talking about the actions that happen automatically in your life (get up, go to work, come home, watch Netflix, go to bed, repeat…) I’m asking
When is the last time you made a new choice, disengaged the autopilot switch and actually ACTED according to what you chose for yourself?
The Mortality Manifesto gives you a springboard to start thinking those big thoughts, having those big conversations and taking those big actions.
And ultimately – living a bigger, richer, more fulfilled life!
If you’re interested – take action RIGHT NOW.