10 Habits Every Man Should Have to Become a Better Person

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Today I’ll be sharing some of the great habits every man should have. This article will help you have a better life, so please read this with an open mind. There are some excellent points here that I’m sure men all over the world can benefit from.

A man’s habits can tell a lot about his personality and the way he lives. Men who have good habits are usually more confident, healthier, and happier than those with bad habits. The following blog post will cover some of the best habits every man should try to live by. 

I could write about the importance of good habits in life, but I’m taking a different approach. Instead of talking about how important it is to have great habits, I want you to know what practices are standard among successful men and give you some ideas on what you can do today.

To start this off, I’ll be introducing the first habit.

Make eye contact when talking to people.

Security experts say that you should avoid breaking under pressure during an unexpected situation, but maintaining eye contact is just as important in other cases. Eye contact is a potent tool, and it is something that gets lost in the modern world. If you look at successful men from the past, they all extensively used this powerful tool.

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Men can learn how to maintain eye contact more effectively by practicing with their eyes closed first. Once you can hold your gaze for a more extended period, you can slowly increase your time. The more you practice, the better you will be able to maintain eye contact with others.

Confidence.

So men, if you want to look like a confident man who is comfortable with his surroundings, make sure you practice maintaining eye contact. It doesn’t matter what type of environment or circumstance you are in; all that matters is how comfortable and secure you feel making eye contact. Try this today!

Great work on implementing the first habit into your life! This may seem small, but it’s crucial for success. Keep up the good work and continue reading for some more great habits every man should try today!

Stop complaining.

It might sound like I’m telling everyone to suck it up and stop whining about things, but that’s not what I’m saying. What I am suggesting is to stop complaining about things you can do nothing about. Many people complain about things they cannot change, which only makes their lives worse than they need to be.

Think positive.

Once you notice yourself complaining, stop it immediately! Just think for a moment before opening your mouth and say something positive instead of something negative.

By doing this simple thing, you will live a much happier life by focusing on the great things in your life rather than the bad ones. If some serious issues require your attention, then take action instead of complaining; otherwise, just chill out!

An excellent way to practice this is to say what you would usually complain about but then follow it up with something positive.

Be grateful.

The more grateful you feel about what is in your life, the less likely you will complain about what isn’t in your life. And hey, if you’re feeling grateful, then maybe you’ll find something to be happy about that you once thought wasn’t possible.

So men, the next time you see something that you don’t like and start complaining about it, try to find the fun in it instead! You’ll soon notice a vast difference between having fun and bitching around.

Once again, great job for trying out this habit today! Make sure you continue working on these easy things so they become second nature. Now let’s move on to another habit that’s very important for success:

Take care of your body.

You need to make sure you are eating right, exercising regularly, drinking lots of water, wearing sunscreen when needed, and getting enough sleep.

Once you accomplish this task, your mind will be more transparent and focused throughout the day. When people look at successful men from history, they will notice that they all had one thing in common: they all took great care of their bodies. This means eating healthy, exercising consistently, and getting plenty of rest. By taking care of your body today, you increase your chances of becoming successful tomorrow.

Exercise and diet.

First things first, you need to set yourself up for success by creating an exercise routine that is easy to follow yet effective enough. It’s good to start with something like running, biking, swimming, or weight training. Whatever you pick, make sure to stick with your routine for at least 6 weeks before moving on to something else.

Next up is eating right! We all know by now that junk foods are bad for us and should be avoided whenever possible. While there isn’t a set diet everyone should follow, try to base your meals around non-processed foods. These foods come from farms and have been minimally processed, like meat, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

As for the third thing, drinking enough water is also extremely important for maintaining optimum health! The average adult needs to drink about 8 glasses of water every day to keep themselves hydrated throughout the day. If you prefer carbonated or caffeinated drinks, then make sure they are low in sugar or sugar-free.

Skin.

Next, always remember to wear sunscreen when possible and needed because unprotected sun exposure can cause premature aging, wrinkles, dark spots on your skin, and even skin cancer, depending on how much time you spend under the sun. You don’t need any fancy lotions or creams with unique ingredients either; just use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 when you’re going to be exposed to the sun for more than 30 minutes.

Sleep.

The last thing is sleep! Getting enough sleep is vital because it helps your body function better, improves mental health, and boosts mood in the morning. While 8 hours of sleep may be considered excellent by most people, everyone needs a different amount depending on their age and daily routine. There are some apps out there that can help you determine how much sleep you need every day based on your specific condition.

All these tips will make a massive impact on your life once they become second nature to you. Don’t forget, though, that taking care of yourself isn’t only about looking good; it’s also about having the ability to accomplish more and achieve your goals by making sure you have a healthy body.

By doing these things, you’ll notice a considerable change in your body and mind. So, men, I suggest experimenting with the different routines out there until you find something that works for you.

Don’t worry if you have been neglecting this section until now because it’s never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle. Now let’s move on to the next habit.

Improve yourself every single day.

Acquiring new skills is one of the best ways to become successful because it gives you an edge over everyone else who doesn’t know how to do what you can do. You must give yourself a schedule for learning new things, with some days dedicated to learning something completely new while others are focused on improving specific skills. This means reading books, watching tutorials, asking for advice from experts, and more.

Take action!

The best way to learn new things is by doing! Take, for example, two people; one reads all day while the other goes out and tries different things. Who do you think will be more successful in the long run?

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The answer is obvious, but too many people get stuck reading or watching videos all day instead of trying something new. They want to become ‘experts’ by learning everything at once without knowing what they need to learn! Don’t do this to yourself because it’s no fun and will keep you from becoming successful for a long time.

Just find one skill that you’re interested in and focus your energy on learning more about it until you can get good enough to start using it. Once you have improved enough, try learning a new skill, and so on.

Most people will say that it’s impossible to teach yourself certain skills because they’re too complicated, but you can learn anything through self-education if you put in the time.

Don’t stop now for those of you who have been learning new things at a consistent rate! You must continue fighting the good fight until you become as valuable as possible. In other words, try to complete your education or apply what you have learned so far by doing something with it.

Use your skills.

The last thing I want to say about this habit is that there’s a difference between being good and being the best. It doesn’t matter if you have excellent skills or tons of knowledge; what matters is how well you use your skills/knowledge to benefit yourself and others around you.

Self-growth should be one of your main priorities because it can get boring when you live the same life every day without gaining new experiences from trying different things. 

If you’re interested in learning something new, then now is the best time to do it. It’s never too late as long as you still have the desire and use your common sense to choose which skills to learn and how much effort or time you need for each one of them.

Make effective decisions every day.

Making decisions is not only part of life but also a sign that you’re becoming more independent and self-aware as time passes.

You must start making your own decisions because the more you do it, the easier it will become to make them in the future. The goal is to make yourself feel more confident about where you stand on specific issues and what you want from life instead of looking for someone else to tell you how to live it.

Life changes every day.

People’s lives change every day, and they don’t always go as planned, so if getting stuck in one place isn’t something that interests you, try using this habit every day, so eventually, you can get whatever you desire.

Since everyone has different wants/needs, there are undoubtedly multiple ways to decide depending on their current situation. For example, you can determine your life goals, what to eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner, which book to read next, who to meet with at the end of the day, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Listen to your inner voice.

The first step is to stop looking for approval from others because you know yourself better than anyone else does. If you trust your inner voice, you will start making decisive decisions every day without even thinking twice about it. If you don’t, try getting used to doing it until someone else’s opinion doesn’t impact your life anymore.

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Life becomes magical when you listen to your inner voice instead of letting other people control your life with their fears/worries/doubts/etc. It takes practice, but the more often you do it, the less effort you need to make another decision.

If you’re unsure about anything, then just think about your options and check which one you make feel the best. It doesn’t matter which option it is because you’re the one who’s responsible for your actions and no one else.

If you need to hear someone else’s opinion, then go ahead and ask them but never forget that their words aren’t final until you decide for yourself.

After you become used to making consequential decisions every day, you will notice that most of your problems will disappear, and you can finally live the life you want.

Do what makes you happy every day.

If there’s one thing in this world that no one else can give to you, then it’s happiness because each person gets exactly what they want. And the key to finding this happiness is not always found in the readily available; it’s also what you do outside of your comfort zone.

So, how can you find real happiness? By doing what makes you happy every day. If there’s something that I learned about the “happiness” topic, that is to start by doing what makes me happy today.

Seize opportunities that will bring you real happiness, and you’ll find yourself in a completely different world without knowing it because it has nothing to do with money, status, or power but simply doing things that make us feel alive.

In simple terms, find your bliss.

Pick up that novel you’ve always wanted to read but couldn’t find time for it or that movie that was released years ago and start watching it right now because finding what makes us happy is a beautiful experience in itself.

And when we do something we love, even if the circumstances are not in our favor, we will feel content and fulfilled, and these moments bring us real happiness.

For example, if your hobby is writing poetry… write poems! If your hobby is cooking… cook delicious meals! And if your hobbies are making music, drawing or dancing… dance! Dance like no one is watching! Write like there’s no tomorrow! Cook until completely satisfied and sing until your throat hurts like never before!! If you don’t have a hobby, find one!

Be proactive.

Don’t wait for things to happen because life can pass you by too quickly, and you don’t want to wake up one day regretting the things that could have been. These ‘things’ might never happen, and even if they do, the feeling of happiness won’t last long enough for you to understand what made you happy in the first place. You’ll start doubting yourself instead of enjoying your life as it unfolds before your eyes every single day.

If you are unhappy with your life, look at what’s within your control and start making some changes today because the only time you’ll be happy is when you make yourself happy first. You will not find happiness in other people or external circumstances, so even if someone does something bad to you, it won’t affect you unless you allow it to.

You can also watch this TED talk about happiness by Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University.

We all know that happiness is not a quick fix; we cannot go out and buy ourselves a whole new wardrobe and expect to be happy. We’ll grow tired of our possessions over time because what makes us happy every day is appreciating the small pleasures in life, such as smelling the roses, taking care of animals, cooking food for our loved ones, and just simply enjoying life rather than constantly chasing after worldly things which will only give us a temporary high.

Now give yourself a break and go out there to do something that will bring you happiness because no one else can provide that to you.

Do things that make you stronger.

Every person has things they like/dislike doing the most, and it’s your responsibility to learn what you want from life instead of letting others decide for you.

You must understand that being strong isn’t just about being physically fit; having a strong mind is equally important, if not more so because some people would instead give up on their dreams than try fighting hard enough to reach them.

Life becomes easier when you have the strength to overcome every obstacle in your path. Learning how to deal with problems usually gives us an experience that leads us closer to finding our true selves.

Believe in yourself.

Therefore, learn how to be strong and not let anything or anyone hold you back because it will give you a sense of self-belief that is very powerful.

Think of the most successful people in your line of work and ask yourself if they are just lucky or did they have to overcome obstacles before achieving their goals? Do you think Mother Teresa would have become known worldwide for her selfless acts if she didn’t have the strength to deal with people who criticized what she was doing?

Do things that increase your ability to become stronger, and you’ll never have a reason to be unhappy again because it’s the obstacles in life that make us better people.

Focus on growing from every experience and not just the good ones. This way, you’ll realize that failures are just stepping stones to success because it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve failed; all that matters is how many times you got back up.

Core values.

One way to do this is by identifying your core values. Write a list of essential things to you, and start making decisions based on aligning with your core values.

For example, if the family is one of your top 3 values, working long hours in a profession that doesn’t allow you to spend time with them will not make you happy because what’s the point? You’ll be too tired from work to enjoy any time spent with your loved ones.

To be stronger, you must let go of negative people and habits because they will only drag you down and make you lose focus.

Another thing that makes us stronger is learning to give. Yes, giving is an act of kindness, but it also helps us grow as individuals because the more we give, the more we will get in return, and knowing that we can make a difference in someone else’s life is very empowering.

Meditation.

One technique that works well for strengthening the mind is meditation which takes away all of your stress and leaves behind peace and tranquility.

Finally, strengthen your mind by constantly looking for ways to improve yourself and never settle for mediocrity because it will slowly seep into all aspects of your life and make you feel like nothing is ever good enough.

The power we hold within ourselves is much greater than we think because we don’t need anything to be happy except a little bit of self-belief and determination.

Therefore, learn how to be strong and not let anything or anyone hold you back because it will give you a sense of self-belief that is very powerful.

Don’t be afraid of failure.

See every failure as a lesson. You can learn how to improve your behavior and master your thoughts. Do things that increase the chances of success in the future. But you can’t do that if you give up too quickly and let fear take over. 

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Don’t let your past failures or pessimistic predictions for the future stop you from realizing what’s in front of you right now. Make decisions based on what you know, not on feelings like fear and sadness.

Remember, every failure is a lesson to be learned. When you think of it that way, you’ll realize that there is no such thing as failure.

Adopt New habits.

Every morning we have a chance to start all over and learn from our mistakes and become better than we were yesterday. If you’re only doing the same things you did yesterday but expecting different results, then you need to adopt new habits in your life. You can change who you are just by adopting new strategies. And today’s the day to start!

So don’t be afraid of failure. Be afraid of not trying at all because what would be worse is if you never even attempt to pursue your dreams or go after anything worthwhile in your life.  

You will fail sometimes – everyone does. But when you do fail, remember it’s a way of learning and a chance to grow. It’s just a step on your quest for greatness.

After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

Read more books.

In our modern world of smartphones and computers, we’ve grown more dependent on technology, thus creating a less patient society. Reading a book can help you become more confident as it gives you new information that you can use to impress others or help while dealing with different situations. You will also improve your vocabulary and become a better writer, which are skills that are necessary for success in today’s society.

Reading books is one of the best habits out there because it trains your brain to focus, learn new things, and keep us up-to-date on current affairs. It’s one of the most rewarding hobbies because you get to read about other people’s stories and take pieces of advice from their personal experiences.

Get yourself a good book by your favorite author or a self-help book and start reading. It’s one of the best habits you can develop!

Read articles.

You also can read articles from this site as there are a lot of articles to read! Read the news and learn all there is to know about your favorite sport. Magazines, books, and newspapers – they’re all great tools that will help you improve your knowledge and become smarter. Whatever your interests are, there’s always something out there for you. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. You can get free books and magazines from the library or borrow them from your friends.

Reading is like exercising your mind and stimulating your imagination. It makes you more creative and helps with better verbal communication skills because when we read, we tend to imagine things in our heads which means that if we do not visualize well, we will not be able to speak clearly. Reading also improves your memory, so it’s one of the best habits you should try today!

Set Goals.

A goal gives your life direction and focus. Every day you should be asking yourself: “What am I doing to get closer to my goals?” If you don’t, then you’re just drifting in life and not getting anywhere.

Having long-term and short-term goals is a perfect way of improving your life. It’s also a necessary step towards success.

For example, if one of your long-term goals is to become an artist, start small by finding what medium you want to use (watercolor? oil paint?) and where you would like to exhibit your work (the local museum?). Set short milestones so that every time you achieve something, it will motivate and inspire you even more the next time around! If you want to become a millionaire, start by saving up and investing your first $100 so that you have something to show for it. If you want to read more books, start by setting a goal of reading one book every month.

Be realistic.

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There is no point in demanding perfection and setting impossibly high goals that you can never reach.

Be realistic and set milestones so that every time you achieve something, it will give you the drive to go on and aspire for more!

Goals are a great way of staying focused on what’s essential in your life. It’s also a good way of measuring how far you’ve come, which is very important because it gives us confidence and makes us stronger. If we never stopped looking at our past experiences, we would not grow as people and improve who we already are.

Your main goal should be pursuing your dreams and working hard towards achieving them. Every step counts, and no matter how small or insignificant they may seem, if they keep leading you toward success, then it’s worth your while!

Set goals and achieve them. Be a better person today than you were yesterday!

Conclusion.

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series. Hopefully, you found some new insights and habits that will help you live more healthfully.

If there is one thing we hope you take away from these articles, it is this: To live a healthy lifestyle, you need to work on it every day. It’s not something that can be done once and then forgotten about for the rest of your life! If you genuinely want to achieve your best, you need to keep up all these good habits mentioned here. 

We wish you luck in your journey towards achieving your goals and living a healthier life. And don’t forget – stay positive, stay happy and always remember why you decided to make these changes in the first place!

Author

  • Lenny Terra is the founder & editor-in-chief. He’s a life coach, software engineer, freelance writer, and has a diploma in Modern Applied Psychology. Lenny has a passion for great living & beautiful design. He is married and is the father of two beautiful girls. His life’s mission is to help people improve their lives, become happier and more productive. This blog is his contribution to that goal and to the empowerment of his readers. Lenny and his family live in Texas with their two dogs.

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