Being A Better Man A : Few Things We Might’ve Forgotten Along The Way
So you want to be a well-balanced man but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place. Being a well-balanced man isn’t a personality quirk. It’s not something you turn on and off like a switch. It’s a lifestyle. Although it is a reputation that has hit the endangered traits among human beings, the first prerequisite for being a true gentleman lies in knowing how to be a decent human being.
Nevertheless, here are a few handy tips for anyone who wants to up their game.
BEING FIT IS LIT.
Six-pack abs and a back that ripples like a sack of pythons isn’t a prerequisite to being a better man. Fitness goes beyond vain aesthetics and extends to more important factors like your health and well-being. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym everyday; give yourself some time for yoga, a light workout or gather up some friends for weekly games of footy. Anything that keeps you healthy and active is good to go.
TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO ONE.
If you’re not early, you’re late. Plan for traffic and other little disasters. Make sure you have gas in your car. There’s no excuse for being late. Respect the time. And if anyone else is late, don’t draw attention to it. The correct answer to the question “how long have you been waiting” is “I just got here a few minutes ago.” Never keep anyone waiting. And this applies not only to your professional life but your personal life as well. Be on time when your parents or friends invite you to dinner. Make time for the parent-teacher meetings for your kids and some quality time with your significant other to keep the relationship strong.
DO YOU EVEN SHOWER?
This one is a basic requirement, so come on, guys, be clean! Taking a shower or a bath every day isn’t really optional. Keeping clean not only makes you smell infinitely nicer, it also makes going about your day-to-day life much more pleasant for those around you. And know what our body looks like and what clothing is appropriate for you. It is something that matters.
BEING CONSIDERATE MEANS BEING AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND THE WAY YOU AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.
DO YOU KISS YOUR MOTHER WITH THAT MOUTH?
As someone who’s an unintentional potty mouth, I was alarmed to find out how many people are offended by swearing. So, do your best to keep the f-bombs at a minimum. It’s obviously a huge no-no in professional settings, but trust me, when you constantly swear in your personal life, it becomes increasingly difficult to reel in the habit at work.
NARCISSIST? MORE LIKE NAH-CISSIT!
Being considerate means being aware of your surroundings and the way you affect the people around you. A true gentleman always takes other people’s opinions and feelings into consideration before doing anything. For example, a gentleman takes his less-than- fragrant lunch outside of the office to eat so that co-workers won’t have to smell it should they be offended or will share once- in-a-while and will also spend some quality lunch time with the staff members.
YOU’RE NOT A FISH.
The most important thing is not all of your drinking buddies may have your persona while drinking so stay away from sentences like “Damn, I hang out with men who don’t know how to drink, let me teach you a few things.” Stay subtle and maybe organize your sentences to not come off as the annoying know-it-all. And the worst case scenario is, after you have coached all your buddies and you fall from your bar stool. Don’t gulp down your drink because you’re not in your college days anymore, although starting early to develop the drinking etiquettes is better.
KNOW WHAT’S UP.
Once you know the major headlines, you may decide to follow up on a few and learn more on what current events you are interested in. Save time by heading straight to a news source you already trust rather than sorting through questionable internet search results. It is not a good idea that you don’t know, even not have an idea about what your colleagues may be talking about and have to stand there pretending to know it all. That’s just sad man.
IT’S CALLED FACEBOOK FOR A REASON.
Your virtual image is just as important as your personal image and even more important. Behave well with people while having online conversations and what you upload and share. While you’re at it, set up a grown-up e-mail address. The sounds-dirty-but-isn’t e-mail account you’ve had since high school is the farthest thing from gentlemanly. Ever.