These 20 resolutions for the New Year will make you a faster, stronger, and more fulfilled man in 365 days or less.
In this article:
- Sleep Better and More
- Spend Less, Save More
- Follow the Stock Market
- Write Stuff Down—To-Do Lists, Thoughts, Notes—Anything!
- Find a Better Barber (If you haven’t yet)
- Buy better Quality Clothes and Shoes
- Take Care of Yourself —Hydrate, Shower, Moisturize
- Buy Better-Quality Tools
- Unplug and Go Offline Once in A While
- Get Fit
- Cook and Eat REAL Food More—Order Take-Out and Eat Out Less
- Learn a New Skill
- Read More Books—Preferably the Non-Fiction Variety
- Tick at least One Thing Off Your Bucket List
- If You Don’t Have a Bucket List, Make One
- Aim to do Better at Everything You Do
- Be Kinder to Yourself and Others
- Pause and breathe if You Become Irritated—Deep Breaths Can Do Wonders for your Overall Health, and Help Curb Your Temper
- Don’t be Afraid to Do Your Own Thing — BE DIFFERENT!
How To Be A Better Man in 2019
1. Sleep Better and More
Believe or not, testosterone, the hormone responsible for manliness, lessens by 10 to 15% when you restrict your sleep to 5 hours a night, according to a study by Dr. Rachel Leproult and Dr. Eve Van Cauter.
Good quality sleep resupplies your body with testosterone, so yes, you become manlier when you snooze.
2. Spend Less, Save More
A man shouldn’t be measured by the amount of stuff he has but by his ability to sacrifice and practice self discipline in order to save. Learn to grow your own food, make your own furniture, serve yourself, and you’ll definitely be manlier.
3. Follow the Stock Market
Don’t let your money sleep in a bank. Grow your finances by owning stock in companies so you build wealth faster.
There’s nothing manly about being rich, but being able to provide for people you love and to give back to causes you believe in makes you a stand-up guy.
4. Write Stuff Down—To-Do Lists, Thoughts, Notes—Anything!
A man who writes stuff down is building his own personal culture and plotting ways to move forward. Pinning stuff on paper means committing to them enough to act on them which helps you be better.
5. Find a Better Barber (If you haven’t yet)
A barber holds the key to a man’s swagger. Find one who understands your style, your hair, your beard. Then watch your handsomeness multiply tenfold.
6. Buy better Quality Clothes and Shoes
Boys wear cheap, frumpy, ill-fitting clothes. Men invest in stylish, bespoke suits and shoes.
So who are you going to be?
7. Take Care of Yourself —Hydrate, Shower, Moisturize
Self-care may sound like a word women only throw around in beauty magazines, but callous disregard for your health isn’t manly at all. Having the strength to constantly perform and grooming yourself well gives you good chances of soaring romantically and professionally.
8. Buy Better-Quality Tools
Nothing long-lasting ever comes out of shabby instruments. Invest in tools you can pass down to your kids.
9. Unplug and Go Offline Once in A While
There’s a reason why some men don’t have smartphones—the Internet muddles their focus and destroys their sense of solitude. Do yourself a favor and bask in the quiet of the real world from time-to-time.
10. Get Fit
Men who have a higher fat percentage over lean muscle possess high amounts of estrogen. Yes, your man boobs should warn you that you have loads of the hormone that gives women their feminine features.
Lifting weights and getting fit should definitely be part of your New Year’s resolutions if you want to reconnect with your manhood this year.
11. Cook and Eat REAL Food More—Order Take-Out and Eat Out Less
Manufacturers pack a lot of chemicals and hormones into the food we eat and that stuff messes with our bodies. Learn what it is you’re putting into your body and insist on cooking and eating whole foods to regain your strength and vigor.
12. Learn a New Skill
It’s scary learning something new because of the amount of failure present on the road to mastery.
Do yourself a favor, take up learning a new skill like a survival skill, and scare yourself.
Eat your fear of failure for breakfast—you might just surprise yourself when you become a better man.
13. Read More Books—Preferably the Non-Fiction Variety
Reading books hooks you up to the minds of other people who’ve encountered problems you’re facing or troubles you haven’t yet imagined.
This way, reading books helps you come up with solutions to impossible problems, and solving impossible problems cements your legacy as a man.
Don’t let the size of your comfort zone dictate how big your stomping ground is. There’s a reason why some of the manliest of men are explorers—traveling allows them to increase the size of their understanding of the world and of themselves.
So gear up for a hike and conquer some real-world mountains. You’ll also be conquering your own internal ones.
15. Tick at least One Thing Off Your Bucket List
Real men wrestle with challenges. Always move forward by ticking off goals.
16. If You Don’t Have a Bucket List, Make One
As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. A man only goes so far in life because of his accomplishments.
Set some goals for yourself and pave the way for progress.
17. Aim to do Better at Everything You Do
Let Ernest Hemingway, one of the manliest writers ever, lay it out for you:
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Enough said.
18. Be Kinder to Yourself and Others
It’s easy to let yourself go, wave the chip on your shoulder around, and be a total dick to everybody. The more difficult thing is to keep some self-control and do someone a solid even if they can’t pay you back. This says something about your character as a man, and what you stand for.
19. Pause and breathe if You Become Irritated—Deep Breaths Can Do Wonders for your Overall Health, and Help Curb Your Temper
You get pissed, you lose. Anger will degrade your health if you constantly give into it.
Real men know this and maintain their composure no matter the situation by taking deep breaths or stepping away from a situation until things calm down.
20. Don’t be Afraid to Do Your Own Thing — BE DIFFERENT!
What separates the men from the boys is the number of risks men willingly undertake.
Don’t be afraid to take risks and forge your own path. It’s what your idols did, and it’s what you need to do if you ever hope to join their ranks.
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The New Year is a great time to turn over a new leaf and aim to improve your life. Focus on your health, learn new things, overcome even the smallest goals you’ve set for yourself and you’ll definitely become a better man in the span of 365 days.
What resolutions have you made for yourself? Please share them in the comments section below.