To act like a man, you don’t have to be macho or tough, but it does mean that you should be confident and assertive.
It also means taking care of yourself and others and being emotionally strong.
Many say masculinity is under attack in today’s society, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be the man you want to be.
It means you might have to work a little harder by understanding what to do and owning what being a man is for you.
What does it mean when someone says act like a man?
I will be brutally honest with you here and let you know that anyone who tells you this is probably trying to take advantage of you.
This phrase is generally used when someone wants another person to do something that fits into their reality of what being a man is.
However, you shouldn’t let anyone else dictate how you should act. Instead, you should do what feels right for you and what works best in your life.
That being said, there are some general things that most people consider when they think about how a man should act.
Young men and older men alike should understand the characteristics of what it is to be a man. Any decision you make should be because you want to become the best version of a man that fits who you are.
Not the man your best friend or a woman or your parents wants you to be.
How can I feel more like a man?
There is typically a general community answer to what a man is supposed to be these days.
We are to be strong, silent types that show little emotion. We are the providers and the protectors. We should always have our act together and never let anyone see us sweat.
However, this isn’t always realistic or healthy.
It’s important to understand that you don’t have to fit into someone else’s idea of what a man is in order to feel like one.
You can be your own man and create your own definition of what that means for you.
One way to get started is by exploring what it means to be a man through different mediums and being open to different experiences.
Let’s dive into some things you should keep in mind as you develop what being a man is to you.
Find your purpose
Your purpose is the foundation your life is built on. It’s what drives you to be the best man you can be.
When you find your purpose, everything falls into place. Your goals, actions, and lifestyle all revolve around your purpose.
So ask yourself: what is my purpose? Why am I here? Once you find the answer, everything else will start to make sense.
From that point, everything from the skills you acquire to the women you include in your life should all be in alignment with your purpose.
Your journey in manhood should be to discover what makes you feel worthy in life.
You can provide
Being a provider is one universal sign of a good man. It has been around for centuries for a reason.
Being able to provide financially, emotionally, and physically for yourself and those you care about is a crucial pillar of being a man.
You do not have to be wealthy to provide. You can provide in many different ways that don’t require a lot of money.
You can provide support and emotional care for those around you. You can be someone who is always there for others when they need help or a shoulder to cry on.
You can defend
You are also charged with protecting your family and friends.
This doesn’t mean just being able to fight guys.
Defending your family from harm is also things like moving your family to a safe neighborhood or stepping in and solving a problem causing uneasiness in those around you.
Be the guy people can count on.
You can march toward your fears
Fear stops many guys from reaching their full potential.
A man should tackle his fears head-on. He doesn’t let them hold him back from going after what he wants in life.
So, the next time you’re faced with something that makes you scared, do what you need to do to conquer it!
Start acting more masculine
If you want to be more manly, it’s time to start acting like one.
Start making decisions and taking action. Be decisive. Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t let anyone push you around.
Be a leader, not a follower. Lead by example, and others will respect and follow.
Hang with more men
If you want to become more like a man, start hanging around with more men.
You should try to spend more time with guys.
Being around other masculine guys helps balance out the more feminine energy you might have surrounding you.
When you can talk to guys about things guys talk about, you’ll get a different perspective and start to see things from a more masculine point of view.
Include physical activities and residence training
In order to feel more like a man, start adding more physical activities into your life.
Go for runs or play sports. Do anything that gets you moving and brings on a sweat.
Physical activity helps balance out the more mental and emotional aspects of your life. It allows you to release pent-up energy and stress.
It also increases testosterone levels, which is the hormone responsible for giving men their manly characteristics.
Flirt with more women
If you are a single guy, one thing that will for sure make you feel more like a man is to start talking with more women.
When you are able to confidently approach and talk to women, it does wonders for your self-esteem.
It also gets you out of your comfort zone and forces you to interact with people more, which is a very masculine trait.
You’ll get less afraid of rejection and be more willing to just go for it. The more you do it, the better you’ll get at it.
Dress more like a man
The way you dress has a significant impact on how you feel about yourself.
Start dressing the part if you want to feel more like a man. Wear clothes that make you look and feel more masculine.
Avoid wearing clothes that make you look feminine. Instead, go for a more masculine tailored look.
This doesn’t mean you have to start wearing a suit everywhere you go. Just make sure your clothes fit well and make you feel like a man.
Be more assertive
Being assertive is a very masculine trait that will make you feel more like a man.
Assertiveness is about being confident and speaking your mind. It’s about knowing what you want and going after it.
Don’t be afraid to express your opinions or desires. Be assertive, and others will start to see you as a leader.
Read books from multiple authors
Books are one of the best ways to instantly get helpful how-tos delivered straight to your phone or computer.
Guys should read more books on how to be a man.
Many different authors have different opinions that can help you be a better man.
So, take some time to read multiple books on the subject. This will help you get a well-rounded view of what it means to be a man.
Start with, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and co-written with Leif Babin. These co-authors are retired Navy Seals who now teach the leadership principles they learned during their time in the military.
Or try The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani. This book is about changing your mindset and thinking outside the box to achieve success.
Challenge Yourself with new things
We have to learn how to get out of our comfort zones if we want to become more like a man.
One way to do this is to start challenging yourself with new things.
Pick up a new hobby you’re interested in, or try something you’ve always been afraid of.
The key is to just get started and not worry about failing. The more you challenge yourself, the more confidence you’ll build.
And the more confidence you have, the more like a man you’ll feel.
Not being sure where to begin is no longer an excuse these days. It doesn’t matter if it’s an article wikiHow, a podcast, or even just a conversation with a friend. The information is out there.
When you find “x research source” that finally validates what you’ve been thinking, it can be tempting to consume everything that person or organization has ever created.
Understand that not everything out there is going to help you become more like a man. In fact, some of it may even hinder your progress.
Be selective and only take in information that will help you move toward your purpose.
Just because a resource gives you 30% good information doesn’t mean you have to blindly follow the other 70%.
Be mindful of what you consume and only let the good stuff in.
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What to do now
It’s essential to find an outlet that helps you feel good about yourself and allows you to express your more masculine side in a positive way.
This could be anything from starting a blog to going to the gym.
Find something that works for you and stick with it. The more you do it, the more like a man you’ll feel.
And remember, there’s nothing wrong with seeking help when you need it. There are plenty of resources available to guys who want to learn more about how to be a man.
So, don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice when you need it. We’re all in this together.
I hope this article helped give you a few ideas to help you get started on your journey to becoming more like a man.
Remember, there is no one right way to do this. Just find what works for you and go with it.
The most important thing is to just get started and take action.
It’s not going to always feel comfortable, but the more you do, the more like a man you’ll become and the stronger your relationships will be.