manliness.
noun
the traditional male quality of being brave and strong


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Who do you think of when you picture masculinity?

Tom Hardy? James Bond? Bear Grylls?

Many people think that manliness is just an aesthetic quality – broad shoulders, long, thick beard and a jaw that could cut glass. And in some cases, those people may be right. However, possessing a ‘manly’ persona isn’t just about honing your physical features; it’s about the character, confidence and charm that make up who you are.

No matter how you look, no matter how old you are and no matter what you do for a living, you can always boost your manliness.

Let’s have a look at some ways that you can do so:


Maintain Your Integrity

Having a strong moral fibre is the epitome of manliness.

Admit when you’re wrong, but fight to the end when you know you’re right. Integrity is a buzzword that gets thrown around way too often. To put it simply, it’s a decision to stand by your beliefs, your morals and your ethical standards.

Ambition  

Don’t give up, no matter how exhausted you may feel. It’s no common misconception that your mind will give up much sooner than your body. By mastering the art of self-discipline, you’ll be able to increase your levels of ambition and achieve results you never thought were possible.

Never Be Afraid To Take Risks

The famous phrase, ‘take it or leave it’ springs to mind, here. The bigger the risk, the higher the reward. And no, we aren’t talking about your in-app gambling. Make the first step every once in a while;  fortune favours the brave.

Learn How To Talk To Women

It’s a known fact that most men don’t know how to talk to women. Whether it’s approaching a new attraction at a bar or simply interacting with the opposite sex, we know a lot of guys fall short. For more tips on how to talk to women, check out this post.

Improve Your Fighting Skills

You may have never been involved in a fight before. There’s no shame in that. In fact, it’s rather admirable. But odds are, at some point in your life, you’re going to find yourself in a position where you need to defend yourself and/or others. If this were to happen tomorrow, would you be ready?

Nail Your Emotional Health

All men experience a whole spectrum of emotions but one thing divides the men from the boys; men can control their emotions. A man maintains calm no matter how he feels and is always aware of the implications that his reactions can have on both himself and the people around him. A true man doesn’t shy away from his feelings. Real men aren’t afraid to cry (they just do it when no one is looking).

Exude Confidence

April Masidi, a relationship expert, agrees with the fact that confidence is key, “Men who are straightforward, open and honest in a relationship project a sexy confidence, and that’s an aphrodisiac that beats oysters any day. Lots of men think it’s money or girth that women are after, but in reality we’re after confidence, a sense of humour and success – all of which require a man to be direct, straightforward and open.” Confidence is an attribute that can be built; the more you project, the more you’ll gain.

Style

Be the best dressed person in the room.

Before a woman notices your physique, your gentlemanly charm or your dashing smile, she notices your outfit. A wise man once said, “Your clothes are always working. They’re either working for you or against you, but they’re always working.”

However, your style isn’t just your outfit. It’s your hair, facial hair, the car you drive, the accessories you choose and so on. You don’t need to look like Wolverine to look manly, you can still be well groomed and be the alpha male. Try growing out a little stubble but keep on top of it – no one likes scraggily chin-fluff.

Strength

Of course, physical and mental strength is important. And no, you don’t need to look like The Hulk to achieve a manly status, but you do need to take care of your body. Women and men alike respond positively to strength and athleticism so if you don’t think you’re in good shape, set aside time in your schedule to work on it.

Join a gym and start lifting weights. If you want in to lose weight, consider dieting and toning up. Once you see results, I guarantee it will become addictive.

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