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It ain’t easy bein’ a man you know…
We spend so much time in the bathroom doing our hair and make up.
There’s sunday brunch with our friends that we have to make time for, and on top of that, nobody respects men anymore.
They think we’re only good for making babies and staying at home with the kids.
OH WAIT. Those aren’t even close to the problems men face in life are they.
But men are concerned about a few things:
- how to make the kind of money I want
- How to perform at work at a high level
- How to be respected by other men, and women
- How to look great, be vibrant and full of energy
Not to mention that you might *Gulp* want ladies to think you’re a stud, to raise children with good character, and overall, just be a man you’d respect if you were outside looking in.
Here’s a morning routine (several actually) that all high performing men understand, and harness.
In other words, here’s how to hulk smash every day.
Hyper-Masculine Morning Routine for Men
Gut busting exercise increases bloodflow, testosterone and floods your body with endorphines. It will also help you maintain a more masculine looking physique capable of overcoming the challenges it needs to.
Something else that’s interesting about intense exercise, is that it helps you absorb oxygen better. Ever heard someone tell you to count to ten and take deep breaths before reacting? Oxygen helps you stay calm, focused and in control.
Trick your brain
There are several ways you can trick your brain to become more masculine. One of them is a simple posture check.
Other ways to you can trick your brain for masculinity are:
- dressing better
- smiling more often
- staring people in the eyes when they talk to you. (50/50 eyes to looking away ratio)
- repeating simple affirmations for confidence throughout the day
A few rounds with the punching bag
There’s really nothing more masculine than going primal and ripping someone’s head off their body, just to watch the head fall to the floor and the body stand there for a few moments before it falls.
Fine, get a punching bag – or something that can do the job of a punching bag until you get said punching bag.
Not only does it relieve stress to kick the shit outta something that cannot feel pain, it also just puts you in a Jame’s Bond ass kicking mood.
Very difficult to not feel ready to take over some shit after a deadly pushing sesh.
Make a list of challenges to overcome
This might only be practical to do once per day – decide each morning on some very difficult task you plan on accomplishing that day.
It could be a serious hiking trip, or widdling a spoon. Something badass though.
Meditation, especially closed mouth nostril breathing meditation, strengthens your parasympathetic nervous system, making you better at responding to situations like a man, instead of yelling and screaming like a child.
It’s also proven to reduce anxiety, and over all make you a happier person.
Spend some time with pen and paper (embracing positivity)
Regardless if you’re a negative person, or some knucklehead who thinks “being a realist” means not being positive or negative, but somewhere in the middle, spending some time in the morning making sure your day takes an upward trend immediately will be to your benefit.
Why did I say knucklehead? There are some people out there that aren’t optimistic, or pessimistic, they’re “realists” – in actuallity they’re morons.
Being a realist means you’re situationally aware of how your inputs affect your outputs.
Being optimistic or pessimistic is how you view your potential in the future. They’re not even close to being the same thing.
Optimisitc enchances performance. Pessimism diminishes performance. The choice is obvious.
Avoid being a moron knuckelhead by doing this every morning:
- Take a small pieces of paper.
- Write down what you’re going to do that day, and the worst possible outcome, most likely outcome, and best possible outcome.
- make a firm decision that (based on your own effort) you’re going to avoid the worst outcome, and work toward the best outcome.
Practice saying no
Everyone is competing for your attention and focus (your most valuable resources). Likewise, you don’t owe anyone anything. It’s funny how insulted a person can get when you let them know that.
Being a man means having a plan – a master plan.
Having a plan means taking action.
Taking action means you should be busy on something most of the day, even if its your scheduled relaxation time.
This doesn’t mean you’re selfish. Everyone is selfish, even philanthropists give to charity in a self centered manner. If giving to others didn’t matter to THEM, they wouldn’t do it.
Exhibit A: giving to others doesn’t matter to some people…so they don’t do it!
When you show others how valuable your time and attention is to you, you force them to respect you on a much higher level. When you’re available to everyone, all the time, you become a resource they can use at will for their own purposes.
Think of the mother who gives and gives and gives to the point where she feel’s used by her own family that doesn’t appreciate her.
This doesn’t mean never help anyone out, it means most of your time is for you – and SOME of it’s for them. Some.
Morning Routine Example for the Working Man
Go to your evening pile
You should have a huge pile (made the evening prior) of everything you need to take for work that day.
This includes your clothes, thermos (for tea or coffee) and your EDC kit.
Which brings me to the next item.
Grab your EDC kit
EDC stands for every day carry. They are the items you carry every day because you need them everyday.
Items like wallets and phones are EDC for most people, but other items you might enjoy carrying every day on you include.
Pack extra carbs
I remember when I used to work in the warehouse, the worst thing was working extra hours and not having extra food. Sure, you could just drive to the gas station, but gas stations sell shitty food that’s easy to get, but not good for you.
Pack extra rice, some oatmeal, or carry fatty foods like nuts and beef jerkey for protein and fats.
Leave a plan for spouse in case you work late
Let’s face it, you’re not always at home on time. It doesn’t take too much effort to make a small plan for your spouse so they can’t play the “You always leave me with the kids” card – or whatever else.
They’ll love you for caring also.
Take extra cash with you
Pack an extra benjamin in your wallets secret compartment so you never get caught with your pants down.
You’ll forget it’s there…until you need it. Then you’ll be happy you did.
“But Brian – what if it gets stolen?!”
…don’t let it get stolen. That’s why you carry a tactical folder at all times…right?
Activities that drain your Masculinity
Here is a small list of activities that decrease your manliness. Avoiding these at all costs is a great way to take your men’s morning routine even further without an extra activity.
Find everyone who told you that “masturbation is natural and healthy” and smack them right in the teeth.
Those are the same morons who were dropped down a flight of stairs as children.
I’m not even gonna give you some scientific crap about why you shouldn’t jerk it.
I’ll give you first hand experience – give up porn and masturbation, and I promise you’ll have more energy, more brain and mind clarity, feel like a rock every single day and sleep with more women…because you’re actually trying to for a chance.
If you’re already with someone, the magic will come back. Guarunteed.
Stop getting rid of your man juice for 7 days and you’ll know I’m telling the truth.
Men who spill their seed needlessly are giving up a vital resource. End of story.
Being distracted makes you look ditzy, out of control, unfocused, and ruins the results you’re trying to get each day.
Spend some time in the morning honing your focus until it can set something on fire.
Being a yes man
Being unlimitedly available, having no boundaries, and working for everyone elses agenda makes you a flimsy little spaghetti noodle.
You don’t have to be an asshole – you have to be solid, with priorities and boundaries.
You need to know you, your time, and your attention are valuable. Anybody who dare ask for those things had better truly need, and truly deserve them.
Being stressed out
Remember that T word that’s super important for masculine men? Testosterone is lowered by stress, which increases stress and lowers testosterone even more.
Does that mean you’re not allowed to be stressed? That’s exactly what it means. You are not allowed to be stressed ever.
So what does that mean for stressful situations?
It means you destress as quickly as possible and handle business. There is no law that says a stressful situation MUST stress you out. You can take serious times and just handle them calmly.
You’re actually more likely to succeed if you do.
Morning Routine Activities for Men
- Bask in the glories of other men
- Take care of your most important responsbility
- Nurture spirit – unleash animal
- Work on your chest game
- Cultivate the manliest qualities
- Read biographies
- Plan ahead
- Conquer the night before
- Wake up earlier
- Loosen your muscles
- Eat breakfast
- Be like a lion
- Spring and lift weights
- Eat a manly breakfast
- Face the Sun headon
- Add some super heroic foods in the mix
- Get rid of the dumbass in you
- Sit down and plan
- Mastery: Mind – Body – Spirit
1. Bask in other’s glory!
It’s been proven that vicarious experiences have an affect on your psyche and our hormones. In a study done on 30 males at sporting events, testosterone levels were elevated in the fans of the winning teams.
This means we can experience the victories and challenges of others vicariously and it will have a corresponding effect.
Spend some time relishing in the victories of men you look up to, or people in general to embody more of the warrior in you during your morning hours.
2. Take care of a Serious Responsibility
Of all the qualities that men are supposed to embody, responsibility is one of them.
Once agian, were talking about people in general here, but especially if you’re going for the alpha, or leadership look, not owning up to your responsibilities really makes you look bad.
Responsibilities sometimes go by the way side – because of time, life happening to you or whatever other reason.
So what do you do to minimize this occurring?
Get the important stuff done in the morning when you’re at your best and do a better job of making good decisions.
3. Nuture your Spirit / Unlease the Animal
C.S. Lewis says that men are spirit in their intellect and animals in their appetite.
He posits three different types of “men” within all men.
There is the cerebral man, who uses his intellect, ultimately, to get what he wants, and hopefully become richer in his spirit.
Then there is the visceral man – the animal, with voracious appetite for all things that animals in the jungle seek out.
- and defending, or protecting their food, dwelling and mate/off spring
Through a commentator on his work The Abolition of Man we learn that men need both of these aspects – without one men are weak, without the other, they are wicked.
Do something in the morning that causes your spirit to grow – think about the jedi, they are rich in spirit and they use their intellect to understand the realm of spirit and be a conduit for peace and good.
But also take care of your physiology(eating and sleeping), your family, your mate and their needs, and also your nest, your tribe, your community.
4. Work on your Chest
Lewis also spoke about a third part of man – the chest.
A man obsessed with his cerebral self can become overly analytical, too logical. For Vulcans, this way of life works just fine, but for humans, we run the risk of becoming arrogant, cold hearted gargoyles that nobody wants to be around!
The visceral part of man is his animalistic tendencies – somewhere in between we find the chest, where character and ideals reside.
Have you ever seen a man with no distinquishable chest? The trap, shoulder chest combination is what make men look like men.
A man with no chest? – More power to ya guy but that’s the most unispiring thing to see in my humble opinion.
Back to Lewis – make sure to add something to your morning your morning routine that causes you to live the rest of your day from your chest.
- read books about heros like king arthur and people who are larger than life
- read inspiring stories about mercy, heroism, gratitude
- do something nice for your family before work
- meditate on how you can be of service to someone or something that day – even if only in a small way
5. Cultivate your Manly Qualities
The four Masculine virtues are strength courage mastery and honor, and embodying them to the fullest will give you more of the masculine energy you’re looking for.
Strength: inner and outer strength. Your physical and athletic performance as well as your ability to manage your internal struggle.
Courage: to face your own demons, seek out new challenges and face threats that come to encroach on your territory, whether thats a wildebeast or someone not respecting your boundaries.
Honor: there are rules that men follow. Rules that lead to behaviors that keep us all safe and happy. First develop a respect for the rules, then follow them.
Mastery: of skills you love and of your internal landscape. Mastery means finesse, it means focus, and it means discipline.
6. Read Biographies!
Biographies will give you an inside look at a person’s life – especially someone who has the type of success you desire as well.
It’s easy for us to look at a person on TV and see how successful they are, but it takes a bit of reading to dive into their life and see all the shit they shoveled for years, and how much shit was shoveled back onto them in between time.
Someone as wildly successful as The Rock actually failed at his first dream of being in the NFL.
It’s little things like that which make you more aware of how similar you are to those on top – and being on top (in your own unique way) is what being a man is all about.
- being on top of virtue and honor
- being on top of wealth and power
- being on top in terms of character and generosity
There’s no rule about what you have to do, but whatever you do, be on top.
Reading biographies helps you learn lessons through the trials and tribulations of other people, so you don’t have to relive their pain and suffering.
7. Plan ahead.
You’re not very good at life if you allow yourself to get caught off guard.
When you wake up in the morning
- You’re groggy
- You’re still tired
- You’re not thinking optimally
You don’t have to have everything planned out, but your clothes should be ready, you should have water by your bed.
Little things that can be taken care of and prepared the night before, do it.
8. The Night Before
Make sure you get enough sleep.
Most people in the US do not get nearly enough sleep.
I don’t care if you’re in college and have your self convinced that you need to pull all-nighters to win the college game or an executive who thinks they can run on coffee and croissants all day, if you’re not sleeping 7-8 hours every night, you’re wrong.
Results of inadequate sleep:
- Lack of alertness
- Impaired memory
- Relationship stress
- Low Motivation
- The probability of car accidents increase
- Testosterone levels go down
9. Wake up Earler!
Wake up Earlier.
Waking up earlier sounds unattractive, but the rewards far outweigh the pain.
If you get enough sleep and are well rested, what’s the difference in what time you wake up?
When you wake up earlier, you’ll be getting ready for your day in a calm state of mind. No more worrying about being caught in traffic making you 30 seconds late.
Morning routines are so much nicer when you know you’ve got plenty of time, and in order to do that, you wanna stop waking up with 10 minutes to get ready.
- It’s nice to wake up and just chill in bed for a little.
- It’s nice to saunter into the shower and just relax in hot water for a few minutes.
- It’s nice to yawn, stretch, and then walk to casually preparing some breakfast
- It’s nice to sit in a rocking chair with some tea, reading a book, watching the peak through your window.
Come to think of it, there’s nothing painful about waking up earlier in the morning. The pain comes when we wake up late, snooze, have just enough time, and if the slightest feather drops the wrong way you freak out.
Waking up early, in that calm morning ease, helps you appreciate life.
- It also gives you more time to appreciate yourself
- It provides you with ample opportunity to process the day before, and think about the day ahead
- It gives you time to think and be peaceful
- It prevents you from going into fight or flight mode as soon as you wake up
Ever wake up and your mouth is dry? You lose moisture through breathing and other bodily processes overnight. If you’re asleep for 8 hours, you wanna rehydrate to put back in what you lost.
Even being dehydrated by 2% can severely impair you in all activities requiring attention, motor skills, and memory.
Drink at least a litre of agua when you wanna start the day off right. You will see a huge difference. Promise.
11. Loosen your Muscles
Stretch out and loosen up
Here is a small list of occupations that might have your posture and body messed up in general.
- Nursing home
- Store/supermarket Personnel
- Office/cubicle type jobs
Any job where you are sitting in one spot or keeping one motion for extended periods of time is going to have you screwed up somehow.
Think about sitting in one spot for a long time. You might creak a little, or need a stretch.
Stretching early in the morning is a good way to counteract how our daily activities form our bodies and create an imbalance.
It feels better to go throughout the day when your muscles and other parts are nice and loose.
Plus, you’re a man – and men without good posture look like little kid scmucks.
It’s the truth.
Pull your shoulders back and stand up tall wihtout looking like you’re forcing it.
12. Be like a Lion!
Relax and Destress
Nervousness is not manly or masculine, (or feminine to be honest). Every been in a room and notice a guy who darting his eyes all over the place, fidgeting and looks like he’s worried about something.
- Women are less attracted to men who look like they’re not in control of themselves
- People are less attracted to people who aren’t in control of themselves
Forget how you look though and focus more on how you be.
- You want to be in control of yourself
- You to have faith in your own preparation and your skills such that your environment isn’t scaring you all the time
Think about how a lion walks through Africa. Does it look nervous? Is it swishing it’s beer around in its glass every 30 seconds and taking deep breaths every moment?
When it’s active, it’s confident and focused. When it’s not, it’s relaxing.
I’m not trying to conjure up some image of a man in a suit with tons of women around him at a party…
Masculinity and men at their best have faith in their skills and their ability to handle situations. Therefore they’re confident and relaxed most of the time.
Take time in your routine to model that for the rest of your day and you’ll be golden.
13. Sprint and Lift Weights
Hit the Weights / or just Serious Exercise in general
Working out in the morning will
- Increase your metabolism
- Make you more consistent
- Give you more physical and mental energy
- Enhances your cognitive capacity more than caffeine
- Help you develop strong self-discipline
- Increase the quality of your sleep at night
After working out in the morning, I literally feel high.
They say the best thing about being productive in the morning is that you are more focused and have better concentration in the first few hours.
I think working out in the morning extends that.
You know the feeling where life is easy and you’re super into everything you’re doing. Like you’re having fun and super focused doing what you’re doing?
It lasts for at least six hours after you work out in the morning. Plus it makes you look good so. Do it.
14. Stay Well Groomed, or else
Make sure you’re groomed well
Nobody wants to marry a bigfoot. It’s not like you need to be hairless, but you need to be nice looking and presentable.
Making sure your nails are clipped, your shaved (enough) for your own preferences, your teeth are white, your skin looks nice and your clothes fresh makes you look like you take care of yourself.
You don’t wanna look dumpy. You wanna look like you’ve got your shit together.
15. No breakfast? You’re wrong.
Balance out your breakfast
We really ARE what we eat
- The food you eat determines how your body looks
- How your body feels
- How much energy you have
- How good you feel doing what you’re doing each day
- Your cognitive capacity and mental energy
- How bright your skin is
- The mood you’ll be in
I mean, is that not pretty much everything? Make sure you’re eating right. It’s time to be a big boy.
Personally, I’m vegetarian.
But one thing I can say for all men, is that grown adult men do not eat processed food. You eat whole foods: meat, grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy.
To maximize your eating, make your body look and feel amazing.
- Figure out your BMR
- Spread your macros out based on your BMR
- Account for your workout and get the protein, carbs and fat you need
16. The Sun is your friend!
Get some sun
Sunlight wakes you up.
There’s something about the crisp morning air paired with some sunlight that really makes feel ready for anything.
Everyone who takes a run in the morning knows that the worst part is getting up and doing it. They also know that they always feel amazing afterward.
Humans are dynamic creatures. We have so much to offer and we do that by being active in some way (especially the masculine archetype, which is normally very active and “getting”).
There is also something about the warmth of sunlight beaming through your window bathing you in that brilliance that makes you stop and feel grateful for being alive. Which is always good.
17. Include some Morning Super Foods
Hack your body with Superfoods: specifically ones that increase your testosterone.
Here’s a list of foods that increase your level of male hormones.
- Egg yolks
18. Cure your stupid-itis
Read some Personal Growth stuff
- What’s a logical fallacy?
- What are critical thinking skills?
- What’s emotional intelligence?
- What’s narcissism?
You don’t need to turn into a junkie, but everybody could use more self-development books in their life.
But reading books, in general, is gonna help you become a better person.
- You’ll learn about your health and body
- You’ll learn about your mind and how it works
- You’ll learn how to think and feel better
- You’ll interact with others better.
Knowing more is an easy way to get more of what you want in life. Not only will you make more money, but you’ll also interact with people better and make more friends.
If you’re new to the idea of Self-development, below are the primers that everyone reads first. (affiliate links below)
- How to win friends and influence people
- Think and grow rich
- Awaken the giant within
- Managing oneself
- 7 habits of highly effective people
19. Visualization Works (says science)
Make sure you visualize
You know the samurai? They would visualize their success in battle and meditate on it before it happened.
Visualizing anything creates a special kind of memory in your brain which makes you capable of accessing that “memory” and doing it better (if that makes sense to you).
Basically, after visualizing something, you kind of already remember doing it, so you’re capable of doing it better. This works with anything.
- Having a good day
- Giving a wowing presentation
- Nailing the first date
- Staying positive
- Not getting upset in traffic
Anything that’s important to you, you can visualize, and you’ll do it better. You also end up creating a road map in your mind before the event happens.
Which is good because how do you get where you wanna go without knowing where you’re going looks like first?
20. Sit down and plan.
Your name is not William “willy” Nilly!
As an aries, I know all too well the problems that come with jumping into something without a good plan. I’m the first person to just start something because it’s interesting and not really know what I’m doing.
Most of the time I can figure it out as I go, but I don’t recommend that for everyone.
Sit down and plan your day out.
- What should the results be?
- How do you want to feel at the end
- What do you need to accomplish to be able to pat yourself on the back
- What needs to happen so you’re not laying in bed at night condemning yourself
- How are you planning on being better than yesterday
- What goals need to be worked towards today?
Make sure your goals are backed by a solid master plan first.
21. Eat a high fat breakfast…lunch….and also dinner
Eating a high fat diet promotes the production of testosterone, and between you and me…its just better man.
Are you really that into carbs?
I’m not telling you to go full keto but increase the amount of fat in your diet (real fat from nuts and avocado and animals – not processed food. Nice try.) and you’ll feel way better.
Why is high fat better than anything else?
- no crash after meals
- ketosis feels amazing
- doesn’t meat fish eggs and vegetables sound better than…rice?
Think you can’t build muscle on high fat diet? Think again.
22. Achieve Mastery | Mind – Body – Spirit
The archetype perfection of masculinity is the completely mastery over one’s mind body and spirit.
Having completely released any wickedness in your heart, malice toward your environment, and accomplished that King Arthur-esque aura about you (where people literally worship you as their leader) you will have done the impossible…
…that thing that literally almost no men accomplish.
That’s a tall order, but imagine what doors of opportunity open for you in life the moment you start to pursue this type of manly destiny…
If that’s not motivating enough, remember what life is like when you aren’t physically capable, admirable, likeable and confident in yourself.
That’s why I’ve put together (what I think) are the most important secrets to creating a morning routine that nourishes all three of these areas (mind-body-spirit).
It’s not a stupid ebook, and it’s not a freebie – whatever the hell those are.
If you’re interested, WHAT I AM GOING TO DO, is take you through three steps that I think will help you understand more of:
You’re capable of making your own choices, so sit down for a few minutes, and decide whether or not you want all the benefits that an insanely productive and MASCULINE morning routine provides.
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