My ‘Exotic Life’ Manifesto And How it Helps Me Outgrow Impostor Syndrome

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Are you living an ‘EXOTIC’ life?⁣⁣

Is your life INTERESTING enough for you?⁣⁣ (Under normal circumstances?)

If you were to think of yourself as the ‘star of your own show’, would it be a show you’d even want to watch? 🤩

Or would you skip the channel so that you could watch someone else’s show?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ 📺

So many of us are skipping to watch someone else’s show because it’s an easier role to be a watcher than a star.

⁣Our focus is always on someone else – what THEY are doing and what THEY are thinking (especially when it concerns what THEY think about US).⁣

⁣ It’s hard to choose the life we truly desire.⁣⁣

We choose instead to live vicariously through the lives of others. The life our families steered us into, or that benefits an employer, restrictive relationships, or the ones we admire from a distance – royalties, celebrities, social media, magazines…

Write a life manifesto to guide yourself toward the life YOU want.

At 22 I made a vow to live an exotic life – a life manifesto I wrote in my diary that has since informed every decision in my life.

Back then, in revolt to my suburban American upbringing, I defined ‘an exotic life’ as the antithesis to a life of material acquisition and raising a family. Though I respect the choice to have children, it forces conventional lifestyle experiences into people’s lives…and I wanted vastly UNconventional experiences and nomadic adventures!

And above all, FREEDOM.⁣⁣

Yet later in my life, I realized that living an ‘exotic life’ isn’t about what we do/don’t do at all.

⁣⁣⁣A life manifesto is a NARRATIVE – it’s our story.

It’s our EXPERIENCE as our unique story.

⁣⁣⁣⁣My exotic life manifesto is how I TELL it to myself more than how I LIVE it.⁣⁣⁣

It can be raw and factual or it can be a facade and projection that seduces us (primarily) and sometimes others. Think of it as a perception of your life as theatre. Research what archetype you want to live by that resonates with you.⁣ Are you a survivor-warrior in a tragedy? A healer in an uplifting drama?

I chose to be a nonconformist adventurer.

But your manifesto doesn’t need a lot of colorful or expensive externals – or adventures.⁣⁣⁣

It’s internally created and perceived – it’s sublime beauty.⁣⁣

Even the most mundane existence can be exotic.

⁣But above all it’s our own – we have to own our place as the Star Creator.

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Choosing to lead an exotic life is a gift of perception that we give ourselves through artistic construction. It’s our commitment to our OWN story.⁣⁣


It’s the OPPOSITE of living with impostor syndrome.

Having a strong sense of the story I intended to experience in my life has helped me outgrow impostor syndrome because I am able to lead with my own choice of identity.

If I didn’t have a clear vision of how the new identity fits into the story I want my life to be, I know I would suffer the feelings of displacement and unworthiness much, much more.

Because I chose ‘exotic’ life and a myriad of experiences and adventures, I conditioned myself to get comfortable with discomfort. So many times I’ve wanted to run, I’ve talked myself back into calm by re-affirming my ‘exotic life’ narrative.

I believe everybody should have a life manifesto. Whether it’s written down or bobbing around vaguely in your head, have a word or two that defines what kind of life you want.

With a life manifesto, your impostor syndrome can become a familiar ally instead of being your foe.

So, what’s your life manifesto?

To help you define your life manifesto, I created a free download of my own personal manifesto outline. I’ve added a list of critical questions to ask yourself about your life. Fill in the form below to get it! 👇

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