Ever feel like you need someone to sit you down and give you a pep talk to supercharge your life into action? Reading The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard is kind of like that. Squared. Cubed, even.
“We must ask if our desires to feel safe and accepted are in fact enslaving us to popular opinion—and to boredom.”
If you ever felt like you were destined for a greater existence but felt conflicted or overwhelmed about taking the necessary actions, this book is so for you. You might want to stop reading here and go get a copy to see for yourself. It is that good.
The Motivation Manifesto is written in the kind of language you might find in The Declaration of Independence. That’s because the author studied these types of early documents as research for writing this book. He wanted this book to be a true manifesto, written in the language that was used by our great predecessors to move people into action.
The first section of the book discusses freedom, fear, and motivation.
Personal freedom does not come without responsibility. Having the privilege to do what we want, when we want, and how we want comes with diligence and sacrifice. Burchard calls us to take the initiative in our lives to pursue our dreams, not to merely wait for something to happen to us and leave our future to chance. We must hold our vision ahead of our immediate impulses.
Conformity is the antithesis of personal freedom. Burchard reassures us that following our dreams does not alienate us from those we once aimed to please through conformity; it enhances our abilities to connect and positions us as needed leaders to others who would like to do the same.
If we aren’t living in personal freedom, it is because we are acting out of fear.
“We have patiently suffered long enough, hoping that someone or some kind of luck would one day grant us more opportunity and happiness.”
Motivation is the name of the book, and it truly lives up to its name. If you ever had an idea in mind of what a manifesto on motivation would read like, this is it. Motivation Manifesto addresses every thought I have ever had on motivation and what it takes to truly motivate oneself into action, and goes way beyond.
This book provides an answer to dealing with every imaginable stumbling block put up by others and ourselves on the path to our dreams. No excuse stands a chance in the face of this declaration of what it takes to truly live on purpose.
The Nine Declarations
The second section of the book calls us to action further with nine declarations of personal power. One of my favorites is Reclaim Your Agenda.
If you ever had difficulty saying no to a task that was not meaningful to your soul, or struggled with sacrificing your own desires and dreams in the name of catering to the expectations of others, this section is for you. It is time to turn our daily activities into those that send us directly towards our own dreams, rather than living unexamined lives of conformity.
Burchard provides us with more than enough ammunition to say no, unapologetically. Saying no allows us room to expand our passions and dreams in the spaces that were once filled with meaningless tasks.
We are called to Defeat Our Demons, notably the demons named Doubt and Delay. These are the demons that infiltrate our daily experience and bring death to our ideas and dreams that could not only set us personally free, but also help others on their journeys.
We are called to Advance with Abandon; to go beyond our comfort zones that keep us stationed in dis-ease, and to be willing to exchange our immediate desires for those of a future filled with great personal freedom.
Joy, gratitude, integrity, love, and time shall be harnessed as our allies, banishing our demons and fears from their current perches in our daily lives.
Kickoff a New Year with Motivation Manifesto
At times the language may seem harsh to some, but I found it necessary and true in its harshness. Inherent in change is the acceptance that things aren’t working as they are, and that’s okay.
Packed with aha moments and written in stunning prose, The Motivation Manifesto is an excellent handbook on motivation – the best one I have ever seen in all the self-help reading I have done over the years.
I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.