How to Create a Personal
Instruction Manual for Life
By Joe Vitale
Imagine if your great, great grandfather or grandmother had left you a book with her secrets for living. Maybe it contained nuggets of wisdom, yummy receipes, favorite jokes, or just insights for how to lead a good life. Ever since people learned of my next book, "Life's Missing Instruction Manual," people are curious how to create their own "manual" for life.
You can leave such a book for your own family. What are the key lessons you've learned in your life? Are you ready to share them with your children and grandchildren - or with your friend, siblings, parents, and grandparents?
What you've gleaned from your life experiences can make things easier for your children or your relatives. In fact, the lessons you've earned from trial and error can be the perfect gift for everyone in your life - or for one person who matters to you. Here's how to commit your insights to writing and share them with your fellow life travelers...
- Carry a pad of paper around with you everywhere for a week.
- Jot down your thoughts and observations as they occur to you. Don't judge them. Just make note of them.
- Add personal stories and memories, as they come to mind. Again, don't edit your thoughts. Just commit them to paper.
- Take a few days to go through your notes, and underline the most important passages, and make additional comments in the margins.
- From this, distill the lessons you most want to share with others: your perspective, your values, what matters most to you, and your reactions to the world around you.
- Find a beautiful journal or blank book - one that you feel a strong connection with. You might find it at a bookstore, an antique store, an online auction site, a craft store, or even a flea market. Where you find it doesn't matter. How you feel about it does.
- Fill the journal with your own instruction manual for life. Make sure to include a title and your name.
- Find a special person to share it with, and turn the presentation of the journal into a celebration.
If you don't feel comfortable writing your notes and stories, you can dictate them into a portable tape recorder, and later, you can transcribe them into a journal. You don't have to be a bestselling author, academic, or philosopher to create an instruction manual that can help your loved ones every day of their lives ... and be passed on to future generations as well.
If you wanted to know how to attain your goals faster than ever before, how would you do it?
If you wanted to be happy right now, what would you do?
If you wanted to know what was behind every behavior, where would you look?
If you wanted to know the favorite question of your own mind, what would you do?
If you wanted to know the Top 10 destructive money beliefs, where would you look?
If you wanted to lose weight once and for all, how would you do it?
If you needed a job, how could you get one in a matter of minutes?
If you wanted to know the real secrets of the universe, where would you look?
If you wanted to know how people tick inside, what book would you turn to?
— Wendi Friesen, CEO and founder of Wendi.com
— Marcus L. Gitterle, M.D. Physician, Wellness Consultant