I love making the time to think about what’s important to me!
Honestly though, crafting all my (divergent) thoughts into a coherent piece to share with others is really challenging. The process makes me appreciate the process that my “coachees” endure when I suggest the fourth or fifth revision of their essays for college applications.
Just the other week I completed a teleclass in writing a manifesto. I want teens and their parents to truly understand the foundation for my coaching approach, program and resources for families. True to form, I wrote down ideas, envisioned how it would come together as a picture (!) and then used words and a drawing for the first draft (below)… I am refining it still.
All the time devoted to thinking about what’s important to me led me to add to my ideas about how parents’ and teens’ roles change over time—a topic near and dear to my heart. With the opportunity to write for Inner Peace Parenting , an emag, I developed my mission statement as a parent. I hope you will read it, My Parent Mission Statement  and then consider looking at Inner Peace Parenting’s current edition which contains so many terrific articles by friends and colleagues.
May I suggest that you make the time to engage in reflection about what’s important to you and how you endeavor to live those values and beliefs every day. Please write to me with your reflections about the process, your mission statement or manifesto—I’m collecting them!
And, check out these great examples of manifestos:
The You Matter Manifesto by Angela Maiers, http://www.angelamaiers.com/2012/01/the-you-matter-manifesto.html 
The RightBrain Terrain Manifesto, http://rightbrainterrain.com/Manifesto.htm 
The Create Manifesto, http://www.pinkparadigm.com/MarcysManifesto.htm 
Seth Godin’s Stop Stealing Dreams, http://www.squidoo.com/stop-stealing-dreams