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If you ever feel a little uninspired, frustrated or lost it might be a good time to revisit your core values. Both in business and your personal life, this can be an enormous tool to use to reboot and refresh!

Recently, I took a few days away from my other job so I could get all the little things that needed to be done for Creating Space. I called it my business reboot. With a little influence from the fabulous thought leader, Lauryn Ballesteros, I started a business manifesto. When we are all so busy (especially if you still work full-time for someone else and trying to run your own business) it is easy to just go go go. The end result for some can be to feel detached. My reason for the manifesto is to maintain a clear vision of what Creating Space means to me and how I want it to help others. It’s a little like a mission statement but way meatier and more rich. Once finished, I want to share it will the world. Shout it from the rooftops. I’ll post it on my wall as something to read weekly and to keep me aligned.

How do you start a manifesto?

I started mine with a good old brain dump. This is the best way for me to get things out of my head, leaving space for creativity and room to work on the details. Once it is on my screen or on paper, it is easier for me to see things more clearly. Some people prefer to talk it through with friends or colleagues. Just make sure you have pen in hand and are catching all those good bits.

Your manifesto is about  your business values and how your business affects others. Start by listing your priorities. What are the words that come up when thinking about your core values? What will people gain from using your services or purchasing your product? How do you hope people feel – energized, calm, motivated or reflective? What are the emotions that arise when you think of your business? Can you create a voice from this place and use it when you write your manifesto?

After exploring your values, can you say that your business is aligned with this vision? More than likely the answer is not always. That is fine but I think we can do better! The manifesto can serve as a personal alignment guide as well as a promise to others. Make sure to share it with your clients, customers and readers. It can be an enormous tool to staying true to your values and running a successful business.



Shelly Kerry — Creating Space, Mindful Living

Shelly Kerry is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.

Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.

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