“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”- Lao Tzu
Gentlemen, it’s the first month of 2019 and we are sure that you have set some really high 2019 goals for yourself. Resolutions, aspirations and objectives all seem very overwhelming. Well, we know that you want to become better and improve but setting realistic and measurable goals make all the difference. Rather than expecting overnight changes in your personality, bring a little bit of a change every day. The right approach is to start small and make it substantial eventually. To help you in process, we have compiled a list of 19 things you should start doing in the year 2019. Let’s start without wasting much time:
1. Dress Well
We can’t stress this enough; a well-dressed man can accomplish most milestones in his life. Be it professional or personal front, always dress your best. Don’t spend a fortune on your clothes or high fashion brands. Invest in quality clothes that fit your lifestyle and you will always be prepared for every event. Upgrading your style should be on top of your 2019 goals.
2. Take care of your skin
Just like your attire, your face is one of the biggest factors in creating an everlasting first impression. Start taking care of your skin from an early age and you will defy ageing like a boss. You don’t need to buy tonnes of skin care products or follow a strict tedious regime, just remember this three-step skin care routine: Cleaning, exfoliation and moisturising. You only need three products a face wash, a facial scrub and a good quality moisturiser. We assure you skin-care wouldn’t make you less of a man and it’s definitely not feminine,
3. Learn a new skill
Don’t be intimidated, this could be as simple as learning to change an old electric switch or fixing a leaking faucet. Just learn one simple skill this year. A skilled man is an attractive man, you can eventually move towards more intricate skills, once you cover your basics. Add this to your 2019 goals
4. Cultivate a good habit
Gratitude, staying organized, brushing and flossing every night, reading books; these are some examples of good habits you can start to cultivate to become a well-rounded and disciplined man. Start small, choose one good habit and stick to it for this for a few months. No matter if you’re a young guy in his early 20s or a well-grown dad in his 50s establishing a good habit will make you manlier and more fulfilled in life.
5. Say thank you more often
Gratitude is one virtue which is very underrated in today’s time. People don’t express gratitude as often as it is expected out of any civilised individual. So be a man of values and start saying thank you more often. Whenever you feel obliged, overwhelmed or happy with other’s gestures it’s time to return the favour by saying thank you. Be vocal about it, expressing gratitude through a thank you note or personally holds more weightage than a text message or an email.
6. Prepare daily to-do list
So, if you want to stay ahead of time and stay organised all day long, start preparing a to-do list. It can be as simple as writing down the major tasks you need to accomplish in a day or as detailed as jotting down every task with an hourly/timely deadline. This may look trivial and incorporeal but having a hold of your day feels very manly and powerful.
7. Save at least 10% of your income
At Men n’ more, we believe in being prepared for rainy days ahead of time. Money management is the most crucial skill in any man’s life. If you can manage your money well, you would not fear the worst. You can start to manage your money by saving a small amount of your monthly income. This can be very easily done by prioritising your expenses and spend on necessities not luxury. Start saving 10% of your total monthly income, block this amount and you’re free to spend the rest. This can help you achiever your other 2019 goals too. Once you do this, you can splurge on your favourite articles/hobbies occasionally.
8. Workout thrice a week
Exercising is beneficial and essential for every man. It is important for your overall well-being (read instant benefits of working out). Working out regularly keeps you active awake and healthy. You can start with thrice a week and move towards a more well-defined exercising routine, this can be a life changing decision for you.
9. Read at least one book
Reading makes you wiser and develops critical thinking in you. If you develop this habit, you will never run out of topics to talk and it can be an opportunity, if you’re in a social event. Add this to your 2019 goals and read more often.
10. Get at least a shirt and trousers tailored
Wearing clothes that are specifically tailored and customized according to your body will compliment your overall appearance and make your seem well put together. By paying attention to the way you dress up, you send out a signal into the world that you’re a man who likes to invest in his stuffs, which also includes clothing.
11. Start waking up early
By waking up early before even the most of the world does, you set yourself way ahead in the hustle race. Early mornings are the times when your mind is free, there are less distractions and your productivity is going to be higher. Use this time to your advantage and complete the most important tasks of you day during this time.
12. Be Consistent
Dedicate the year 2019 to get into the best possible routine. Pick a realistic goal that you want to achieve and work consistently. Consistency is the key to success, walk slow but don’t stop.
13. Eat healthy, track your macro and micronutrients
You cannot get fit if what you put into your mouth isn’t healthy. The key to getting in shape begins with your diet and a healthy diet combined with the right training will take your fitness game from a 7 to 11.
14. Inculcate humility
I understand that you consider yourself smart and intelligent but bragging about how smart you are or your achievements doesn’t make you smarter. This is why inculcating humility becomes important. Being humble begins with not considering yourself to be the best and greatest pit there but constantly striving to become better each day.
15. Be kind to people
Being kind to others can go a long way. I understand that most people don’t want to listen to people’s problems and they tend to run away from people who are going through difficult times in there lives. This is where being kind and sharing some of your time with someone who needs it can make you grow as a person. While this is just one example of being kind but I’m sure that you’re smart enough to know how to be kind in most scenarios.
16. Take a new risk in life
Don’t be afraid to take risks in life but at the same time I don’t mean that jump off a cliff without a parachute. What I mean by taking risks is putting yourself in the uncomfortable zone of you don’t find yourself growing. For example, if you don’t like your painfully awful job add this to the top of 2019 goals, quit it and try something that you love.
17. Learn how to small talk with strangers
2019 has only made people distant from each other. More and more people are sticking to their smartphones and it wouldn’t be wrong if I said that the most people’s world resides in their smartphone. This is led people to break that social calibration that they should have. We humans are social creatures and it wouldn’t be right of we don’t socialise. I’m sure that you encounter a lot of strangers on a daily basis and you could use this opportunity speak with them and make their day, make sure to have one new interaction every week as one of the 2019 goals. By doing this on a regular basis, you will become very comfortable and confident in social scenarios.
18. Dedicate and spend time with your family and friends
In this fast paced world, our time has become limited and many youngsters aren’t paying the required attention to their friends and family. Both friends and family are an integral part of your life and it wouldn’t be right if you don’t give them time and share your love with them. After all according to Don Vito Corleone. ‘a man who doesn’t spend time with his family is not a real man (Courtesy: The Godfather)
19. Find your purpose in life
If you still don’t know what you want to do with rest of your life and if you haven’t figured out what are you passionate about, 2019 is the year to figure that out. Having a purpose in life to a man is as important as having his limbs. So, if you don’t know what you’re passionate about, don’t be afraid to try new things out in 2019.
Alright gentlemen, we hope the you loved reading this article and we hope this makes some sense. We believe that by incorporating these 19 steps in your in life, you can find yourself in a much better place personally in the year 2019. It’s time to become a well-rounded man. So keep hustling, keep improving.
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