The importance of having a personal creed: 5 timeless creeds that will inspire you
As years go by and we grow older each year and wiser as we would like to think, there are certain statements that define our being. These are shaped by our values, beliefs and experiences.
If you allow yourself the time to ask yourself such questions, you would be in a position to come up with your creed or manifesto. You don't have to reinvent the wheel, though. You can start with a creed or manifesto that others put together. In time, you can adjust it, keep the parts that resonate with you and remove the ones that don't.
As Picasso had said,
Good artists copy, Great artists steal.
History has taught us, that there are many other before us that have been in the same predicament and have managed to distil values, beliefs and wisdom in a single page.
The earliest creed appeared in the 13th century and was the Apostles' Creed as an early statement of Christian belief and a symbol of faith and was in Latin. The prayer is something I've used but never thought It was depicted in this way.
We can draw examples from religion such as the one above and create our own personal manifesto or creed, and that represents our values, beliefs and ideas. It is something that you can look at every day and remind yourself what you stand for. I have collected below four creeds and one manifesto for creating your own statements and clarifying to yourself exactly what makes you who you are.
The following creed that I came across the other day fits that profile. It was written in 1927 by Max Lachman and it is called the Desiderata of Happiness. Desiderata is Latin for "desired things" and it is a timeless piece that you can refer to in times of weakness or when feel you are getting too sucked into your problems.
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.— Max Ehrmann
2. THE WINNERS CREED
The creed below is taken from Napoleon's Hill book "Think And Grow Rich" and is described as the Self-Confidence formula. I found out about this from Tony Robbins and is something I read every morning.
“I know that I have the ability to achieve my definite purpose in life: therefore I demand of myself, persistent, continuous action towards its attainment and I here and now promise to render such action.
I fully realize that no wealth or position will long endure unless it is built upon truth and justice;
therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all to whom it effects.
I am succeeding by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people.
I induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others.
I eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, cynicism, anger, and fear by developing a true love for all humanity,
because I know that a negative attitude towards others will never bring me success.
I cause others to believe in me because I believe in them and believe in myself.
This is my creed, my quest.
To never stop striving for the top.
To always keep moving forward.
To always be the very best I can be.
I am the power. I am the magic. I can not be stopped. I am a winner.
I promise to always be true to myself because I am the creator and master of my universe and I am responsible for making a positive difference in the world and to the quality of life in it.
I live in constant and never-ending improvement.— Napoleon Hill
Self-confidence formula in his book "Think and Grow Rich"
3. THE CREED OF LIVING LEGENDS
The following creed is from Scott Dinsmore at Live Your Legend. Scott has created an incredible global community, and I have attended local meetups quite a few time in London.
4. GOOD LIFE PROJECT
The next Creed is from Jonathan Fields at Good Life Project, and it is packed with wisdom.
5. THE MOTIVATION MANIFESTO
Finally, Brendon Burchard has wrote a book called The Motivation Manifesto which I got for FREE a couple months ago and just paid for the postage.
Brendon has a created an amazing manifesto with 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power. I highly recommend that you read it and start working on your manifesto.
Until then, start with one of the personal creeds above and incorporate it into your morning routine. It will set you on an entirely different path starting from tomorrow morning.