How To Write A Personal Creed

We’ve looked at how why everyone should have a personal creed, and what is a personal creed. Today we’ll consider how to write your own personal creed.

There are many ways to write a personal creed. Some creeds are entire poems, some are one-liners. Some are easily articulated, some are painstakingly thought out. This framework may help you design a creed for yourself. Think of a creed as a way of living with your whole being.

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  • Your head knows who you are
  • Your heart beats with purpose
  • Your two arms embrace your relationships:
    • your family on one hand
    • the rest of the world on the other
  • Your two legs ground you:
    • acceptance of your reality
    • action to change it

Bear in mind that a creed is not an affirmation. An affirmation is something you repeat to yourself until it manifests in your life – it is what you want. A creed is what you already believe – it is what you are. An affirmation is what you want the universe to give you; a creed is what you are giving to the universe.

Who you are

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“What we do flows from who we are.”

– Paul Vitale

Start your personal creed with a statement of who you believe you are. This is probably the hardest part of your personal creed to articulate. It certainly was for me. I ended up borrowing a line from the book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and two lines from the poem Invictus. Feel free to borrow from your own sources of inspiration.

The ‘head’ part of my creed therefore reads: “I am more than I appear to be. All the world’s strength and power rests inside me. I am master of my fate and captain of my soul.”

Your purpose

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“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

– Epictetus

Your purpose is what you HAVE to do. If you didn’t do this, life would lose its meaning, and you will wander lost. It is not what others expect you to do, nor what you feel obliged to do. Your purpose is what makes you jump out of bed in the morning.

The ‘heart’ part of my creed is: “My purpose is to grow; to be a better person today than I was a week ago. I make the world a better place by first being better myself, then sharing what I know with others simply and humbly.”

Your relationships: family

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“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

– Jane Howard

This is probably the easiest part of the creed for most people. Many have the luxury of living with a blood family. Some don’t but belong to a group that they consider family. Think about the truth of your relationship with this family.

The first ‘arm’ of my creed: “I am enveloped in my family’s love. Their support frees me to be everything I can and want to be. I in turn provide for and protect the people I love most in the world.”

Your relationships: the world

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“We live in the world when we love it.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

At the deepest level, we are all one. You have to think beyond your immediate family and be involved in the world at large. When you do, you will connect to the source of all things and have infinite power. Decide how you relate to the world.

The second ‘arm’ of my creed: “All things are one. There is a part of me in each person; there is no ‘other’. Every person owns a beautiful story; I learn best by listening, not judging. By learning about another, I learn about myself.”

Your grounding: acceptance

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“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”

– C G Jung

My favourite version of life balance is to have one’s head in the clouds and one’s feet on the ground. This part of your personal creed is about how you accept yourself, others and life. This acceptance keeps you grounded in what is, rather than you wish would be. When you see clearly, you can act wisely.

The first ‘leg’ of my creed is: “The people I love do not belong to me; they have every right to think, speak and act as they wish. Things don’t always work out the way I want; I can grumble, or I can grow.”

Your grounding: action

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“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.”

– Alfred Adler

The final part of your creed is the closest you will get to an affirmation. This is the way you behave as a result of what you believe, most of the time anyway. Nobody is perfect and that’s fine. Just write the behaviour you want to manifest – this is why this part approaches an affirmation.

The final ‘leg’ of my creed: “I live each day as if it were my last. I think deeply, speak gently, love much, laugh a lot, work hard, give freely, am kind. I am happy and grateful that I am becoming all I was born to be.”

My personal creed

I wish my creed were more poetic, and maybe someday I will try to translate it into a poem. For now it is what it is. This is what I believe:

“I am more than I appear to be. All the world’s strength and power rests inside me. I am master of my fate and captain of my soul.

“My purpose is to grow; to be a better person today than I was a week ago. I make the world a better place by first being better myself, then sharing what I know with others simply and humbly.

“I am enveloped in my family’s love. Their support frees me to be everything I can and want to be. I in turn provide for and protect the people I love most in the world.

“All things are one. There is a part of me in each person; there is no ‘other’. Every person owns a beautiful story; I learn best by listening, not judging. By learning about another, I learn about myself.

“The people I love do not belong to me; they have every right to think, speak and act as they wish. Things don’t always work out the way I want; I can grumble, or I can grow.

“I live each day as if it were my last. I think deeply, speak gently, love much, laugh a lot, work hard, give freely, am kind. I am happy and grateful that I am becoming all I was born to be.”

Your personal creed

Go ahead and draft your personal creed, using this framework or any other. Some readers have already left wonderful examples of their creeds in the comments section of the previous post. I will post these with the links to their blogs in about a week’s time, to give anyone else who wants to write a personal creed some time to think about it over the weekend. And if you don’t feel like sharing yours, that’s fine too. You can write it just for yourself.

Writing a personal creed is a little like trying on dresses. The first few attempts may not be a perfect fit so you have to keep looking. But when it fits, you know; it just feels right – you feel both comfortable and beautiful in this skin. And just like dresses, you may one day outgrow it and have to find a new one.

Our creeds are our offerings to the universe. When we are long gone, and someone finds our honestly written creed, this person will know who we were. And if it is a good creed, they will feel that the world is a better place just because we were in it. Your creed is your legacy.

“This is the creed of creeds, the final deposit and distillation of all important faiths: that you should be able to believe in life.”

– Harry Emerson Fosdick

This is part of a 4-part series on Personal Creeds:

Part 1: Have a Personal Creed
Part 2: Do You Have a Personal Creed
Part 3: How to Write a Personal Creed
Part 4: 17 Inspiring Examples of Personal Creeds

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