As the New Year is approaching, this is a great time to begin planning what you will be doing in 2016. Here are eight ways to make 2016 your best year ever.
We live in interesting times. Social Justice Warrior paranoia is at a fever pitch. Feminism is still dominant among most women. There is saber rattling in the Middle East between the US and Russia. The migrant crisis is transforming Europe. And for the first time in the US, a wave of nationalism is beginning to take hold.
Despite all of these factors, 2016 can be a great year for traditional men and women if we seize the opportunities before us. Here are some ways to make that happen.
1. Live in the Real World
It is now possible to live your entire life doing everything but actually living. Many of us spend our lives escaping life.
Instead of spending time with friends and family, we watch movies we rented from Netflix.
Instead of dating girls or spending time with our wives, we use porn.
Instead of getting fit and learning martial arts, we play video games with characters that are fit and know martial arts.
Instead of getting outdoors, we binge watch House of Cards.
Let this be the year when you reverse this trend.
2. Cut Off Financial Vampires
Subscriptions complicate your life. They are financial vampires that continue to drain you every month. They are small enough that they fly under your radar but over the year they add up to a hefty sum.
What are some of these financial vampires?
- Movie subscription services like Netflix.
- Magazine subscriptions.
- Video game rental services.
- Cell phone packages.
- Gym memberships.
- Subscriptions to websites.
Do an inventory of your subscriptions and cut off as many as possible.
3. Become Just a Little More Dangerous
A man’s natural role in life is to be a protector and a provider. When you take away one or both of these roles, society gets out of joint.
Our culture has removed the necessity for most men to know how to defend themselves and their family. But the problem is that now we are passive. We are completely dependent on having a police force to protect us. But what if the police are not there in time?
This year, do one thing to correct this. Resolve to take at least one seminar that will make you just a little more dangerous. Take a pistol seminar. Learn to use a tactical knife. Take a self-defense class.
This one simple thing will boost your confidence and make you more self-reliant.
4. Get Tougher
Modern culture begets another malady—it has turned men into a bunch of wimps.
Some guys can’t go a five hours between meals. They must have a snack.
Some guys can’t handle a sleepless night. They resort to all sorts of herbs and medications rather than fixing the underlying cause.
Some can’t handle pressure. They flip out.
Some can’t make the first move when it comes to women.
Some are willing to compromise the truth if it means that they will be accepted by society.
This year take “boldness” as your motto. Resolve to press forward and achieve your mission no matter what the obstacles are. And make it a rule to never, never, never complain.
5. Get Rid of Toxic People
We’ve all had toxic people in our lives. Usually, they are just energy drains. They take more than they give. They waste your time and leave you emotionally drained.
Another kind of toxic friend is someone who leads you astray. He’s the one who encourages you to waste the entire weekend playing an RPG. Or he takes you to parties where you hit on sleazy women that you would never dream of dating much less marrying.
Whatever form they take, be ruthless in cutting off any toxic people. Do it right at the beginning of the year. Don’t let them weigh you down for one second longer. It may be a little uncomfortable, but it will have a big pay off this year.
6. Get Fit and Lose Weight (This time for real)
If you do only one thing this year, get in shape. It will have a positive effect on every aspect of your life.
I have a confession to make. I have set goals in the past to lose weight and I have then failed to achieve those goals.
The reason was that I was trying to lose weight through exercising more without dramatically improving my diet. Exercise is good, but without a proper diet your weight loss plans are doomed. As P.D. Mangan writes in his book Muscle Up, “You can’t outrun a bad diet.”
But a good diet needs to be sustainable or the weight will come back. A program like Nutrisystem will help you drop the pounds, but as soon you stop eating their food, the extra weight will return.
The most sustainable diet is a high fat, low carb Paleo diet. The Paleo diet is not hard to follow. It will give you more energy, help correct digestive problems, and improve your outlook.
The other side of coin is to add resistance training to exercise regimen. Weight lifting will result in a better body composition than cardio training.
A strict Paleo diet combined with weight lifting will get you to your fitness goal—and keep you from losing it.
7. Give It Your All
St. Paul writes in the letter to the Colossians, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Most of us go through life without ever putting this advice into practice.
Are you married? Commit to working on your marriage to keep it healthy. Don’t spend time on social media chatting with women other than your wife.
Are you single? Don’t sit at home. Get out there and find that girl.
Are you starting a business? Cut-off your options and go full tilt.
Are you on a diet? Don’t cheat. Don’t fall off the wagon because you are tired or because a co-worker brought in donuts.
Are you a Christian? Live as a Christian. Commit to a rigorous spiritual program and don’t compromise.
There are no guarantees in life. You might fail, but if you give it your all you will at least know that the failure was not the result of a lack of effort on your part.
8. Get Involved Politically and Build Your Tribe
The next few years will be full of momentous change. It is not a time to be on the sidelines. If you abdicate your leadership in this area, others will drive the agenda—and it may not be the one that you like.
There are a lot of people who disagree with this suggestion. They believe that the current political system is so compromised that it is pointless to get involved. But history has shown that the leaders of tomorrow do not come out of thin air after a crisis. They are people who have been patiently living as leaders in their communities. I will be exploring this further in the coming weeks.
It’s an exciting time to be alive. We’ve already witnessed an unprecedented decline in our culture. We are now beginning to see the glimmerings of a new day. Following these eight recommendations will position you to take advantage of the changes.