In our busy culture, with constant social media stimulation, the 24 hour news cycle and constant commentary from all avenues on twitter, staying true to yourself might feel difficult from time to time. We are experiencing a form of information saturation in our daily lives, and as such we might begin to feel disconnected from the world around us at large. Luckily, there are ways to combat these feelings, so we feel more at home in our bodies.
One way to do this, especially when suffering from difficulties in life progression, is to take things to the extreme. Sometimes, you need to remember that you are a human being, the result of millions of years of evolutionary success. The nagging boss, the traffic lanes, and the constant political arguments online might take away part of your macho pride until over time it becomes smoothed out to such a degree that you forget where it’s gone. This is a shame, because that prevents you from taking risks and staying as the man you were always meant to be. Sometimes, to remember your innate heroism, you need to inspire yourself. Inspiring yourself through your masculinity is a great way to do this.
There is thought that excess masculinity is something to be avoided. This is simply not true. Over the top fighting, aggression and egoism is not masculinity. Masculinity is humble, supportive, strong and steadfast. It rises back from failure as soon as it falls. There is no reason to be ashamed of your masculinity, just as being ashamed of over-femininity is completely absurd. Inspire yourself and rectify these issues today with the following tips.
Read Life Stories
Going for that new career or job might seem like a daunting task, but when you read adventures from the past from people who truly had another level of grit and determination, you’re likely to feel rejuvenated with a sense of historical perspective and significance. You have all of the same instinctual ability as the worlds most famous adventurers, both men and women, and so reading their life stories can inspire you and help you desire to emulate them in character. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next figure worth commemorating in the annals of history. Never say never. Learning about these stories will teach you certain values, like determination, grit, getting through situations when they look hopeless and always nurturing that exploratory spirit within you.
We are simply not normal in the absence of hard physical effort. Over time, lack of physical exercise can make you feel lethargic, and frankly terrible. There are ways to counteract this, but they take their own time. Lifting large weights in the form of compound lifts, such as a program like Starting Strength can not only help you stretch, build muscle in the right places with strength and integrity (aside from ‘mirror muscle’ men’s fitness magazine tips.) This leads to you feeling stronger and more mighty in your frame, and will give you compounding and awesome returns in your physical and even mental health. There is simply no better way to feel like a man of significance like working on your body, stature and frame. The hard physical effort is a metaphor for every challenge you will meet in life, and as such deserves to be tried, even if muscle or strength isn’t your main goal. After a 250lb morning squat, you can be sure that the duties of your day pale in comparison.
Utilize these tips, and you’ll be on your way to becoming the best man you can be.