Becoming a man is a spiritual mountain that every male has to climb at some point in their lives. It’s not just a symbol of age, but maturity, attitude, responsibility and inner depth. Deciding to embark on the adventure to become your greatest self will, more often than not, involve a serious study of the biographies of great men that have come before. However, In order to fully maximise your potential and become the man you’ve always dreamt of being, it doesn’t hurt to invest a little in the materials that will make this happen.
Let’s define what we mean by masculinity here. It’s not showboating, aggression or the silent-but-strong personality. It’s the ability to challenge life’s difficulties with a sense of honour, and respect for your family name. It is the essential ingredient the best adventurers of mankind carried with them. It permeates the attitude of living with gratitude.
What follows is a list of the most important products for men to have in their arsenal for the express purpose of increasing machismo.
1. A Strong Pair of Boots
The first entry in this list celebrates the impact a good pair of boots can have in our lives. Not only is it the foremost priority for anyone in the military to keep their boots maintained, but they are often cited as the one thing that can make or break a soldier’s spirit. Ill fitting, old or simple overworn boots have a real psychological effect on the way you walk, and the way you carry yourself.
Making the investment to buy a great, strong pair of boots that can be used in a variety of places such as hiking, standard town dress or maintaining your garden can be an invaluable item of clothing that, properly maintained, can last you for years. Spare no expense here.
This carries on to the next item in the list…
2. Shoe Polish
Most everyone has memories of the smell of shoe polish in their household as they’re growing up. Not only can shining your shoes have a good, positive effect on the way you approach your presentation, but it can also improve your discipline and self-efficacy to have a regular weekly shoe-shine. There’s a reason the military instil this discipline from the very first day of boot camp. Try it yourself, and see the attitude it provokes.
3. A Good Suit
A good suit is an essential component of any man’s wardrobe. If you don’t need them for work, having one ready and waiting can be useful at unexpected times. Attending a funeral, an impromptu high-salary job interview, or a surprise wedding can all crop up when you don’t expect them. Make sure you’re prepared. You don’t need to break the bank to own a good suit either, most good high-street retailers offer affordable three-piece suits, and fashionable too. For higher rates of success in looking great, see if you can bring a suit to a tailor to get it fitted. This investment will never do you wrong, as well fitting clothes are known to look fantastic whatever your build.
4. Essential Medical Items
You might be a manly man, but no man is invincible to medical ailments. Keep your body functioning at its peak with a collection of products that ensure you stay alive and healthy for as long as possible. What good is being a man if you don’t care for yourself enough to maximise your potential? Essential medical items can include more than just medication for illnesses, but skin lotion to treat eczema, or keeping or combatting stress levels with herbal remedies. Propecia is used for men with hair loss, keeping you looking younger, for longer.
5. Facial Hair Apparatus
Facial hair has regained popularity in the last few years. You don’t need to look further than your local craft beer bar to see an array of interesting moustaches on display, alongside wondrous beard configurations. As a man you will be grooming your facial hair your entire life, so if you’re lucky enough to grow a full beard, making sure it’s kept well can give a great impression to those you meet. It’s true, a little more work will have to go into longer facial hair, but this can easily be achieved with the right beard products.
This can include beard oil that promotes your beard staying soft throughout its growth or wet shaving apparatus that can help you get a clean, reliable shave every time. In order to get the best safe possible, going for a safety razor is your best bet, but be careful, it takes deft hands to do this confidently.
6. A Journal
A good underpinning of any manly collection is a journal. Keeping this, properly dated, is a fantastic way to assess your growth over the weeks, months and years. It’s really quite insightful to read a post you’ve written a year ago to see what your worldview was, and how much difference a year can make.
At the same time, journalling has been proven to keep a person able to process emotional difficulties, come to conclusions about hard situations, and also become better people. Taking 15 to 30 minutes out of your day to jot down your innermost feelings is a healthy activity no matter what conclusions you come to.
All of history’s great men have kept a journal at some point in their lives. Not only can this serve as a tool for examining yourself as discussed, but when you find your inevitable fame and fortune, a historian will surely obsess over your autobiographical material with a loving, curious zest.
Need we say more? If you smell your best, you feel your best. Just don’t go for something too overbearing.
8. A Guru
This doesn’t neatly fit into a ‘product’ category but it’s arguably more important than any of the entries in this list. A guru can come in many shapes and sizes. A martial arts sensei, a personal trainer, or your boss at work can all become your guru. You don’t need to directly ask them, but having stimulating discussions with a man you respect and buying them a beer (this is where the investment lies,) can greatly motivate you to become a better man and achieve everything you find respectable in their character.
9. A Gym Membership
The underpinning of any great mind is a respect for the bodies ability to get in great shape. As Socrates, greatest of the Greek philosophers said, “It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” You don’t need to be superman now or ever, but keeping a consistent training schedule in any fitness discipline, weightlifting, running, swimming, martial arts or yoga can be the fundamental axiom of a healthy, disciplined mind.
Investing in the correct exercise equipment should be a priority here also. Good fitting weightlifting/running shoes will revolutionise the way you approach your training. It could be as easy as downloading a fitness app to track your calorie intake and progress. There is a myriad of options to improve your fitness wherever you turn, especially in gyms, so be sure to utilise them.
10. Nutritional Supplements
Fish oil, a Multivitamin, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc, the list is endless. All of these will benefits your body in differents ways. They aren’t a substitute for a healthy diet but can optimise one to no end. Be sure to use these in order to maximise your health and energy levels throughout the day. Fulvic minerals are great too, as they replace the minerals lost in the constantly toiled soil most supermarket vegetables are grown in. See for yourself.
This list is in no way a substitute for diligent self-work and wise decisions. Everyone has a responsibility to those around them to be the best they can be, and using these products to help kickstart that process will help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be!
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