A man of self-mastery, a rugged individualist who is working to become the Force of Nature he was meant to be, has certain core convictions about how he lives his life. As a hardened man of quiet perfection and simple elegance, there is no room for the extraneous or style over substance in his pursuits. Every day he pares away to reveal his inherent God given personal greatness. He is rigorously self-disciplined, frugal and courageous in all that interests him. He applies a man’s minimalism to his life – Spartan Minimalism.
Lean and explosive are the key words here. A man chasing his Ultimate Self will physically contrast himself to the masses.
One has to but look around on any occasion to see with his own eyes the decay and sloth of the average western male. An abundance of cheap, tasty and readily accessible unhealthy food has become a bad habit for most.
Eating has become a source of immediate gratification and a replacement for substance in a man’s life, rather than a source of proper nutrition and fuel for his endeavors.
For many, eating has become an event and a pastime taken way past the occasional indulgence. It has become an unhealthy addiction holding a man back from his true potential.
Another shallow distraction from meaningful purpose and pursuit.
Along with these poor eating habits, most men have forgotten what it is to be hard and fit. They allow the distractions and demands of modern life to strip them of their youthful vigor and fitness.
Distinguish yourself and take back your physique. Apply a Spartan Minimalism to your anatomy. Better to be lean and fast than big and slow.
Develop your physical self. Make it a part of your life to lift weights and engage in high intensity cardio. Pare away at your physical self to reveal the Spartan man within.
Eat with purpose, not as a daily pastime. Your pastime is now the pursuit of your very best. It is not eating your fill at every meal. Make your meals a useful tool in your arsenal. Use them to bring back your youthful vigor.
Get yourself down to a lean and modest weight. A good rule of thumb is the vaunted six pack abs.
Lift and sprint while you cut weight to maintain muscle mass and develop your explosiveness. This will give you the courage to cut weight like you mean it. Take yourself where you need to go. Get your abs back, period.
For most men, this will take 6 to nine months losing a pound per week.
You will consume lean meat, lean dairy, fruit and vegetables. You will cut out sugar, alcohol and processed food.
Eat at a caloric deficit as described here.
Stop eating out for dinner and prepare your lunches the night before. Preparation as such will prevent the demands of life and employment from pressing you into old habits.
Eat like a man with discipline and restraint. Be relentless and cut out the excess.
Clothing and Style
Sharpen your edge here too gentlemen. Some of you have overloaded in this area and some of you have let yourselves go.
Excess is not consistent with a man at his best. If you have closets overflowing with clothing take it as another sign of overindulgence. As with the rest of your life, go lean here. Maintain an adequate wardrobe, but remove the excess. Limit yourself and create some order.
It is also a sign of shallow distraction. Time and money are being misallocated. An ambitious man does not engage in wasteful consumerism. He invests his time and money towards his life purpose and his financial prosperity.
On the other end of the spectrum are those of you that have let yourselves go. You dress like slobs and carry yourselves the same way.
If you have a woman in your life, remember that she is programmed by nature to seek out the best possible mate for herself. If you don’t take pride in how you look every day, then neither will she.
Do not assume that a vow or expressed commitment will endure from a woman. After all who can blame her? She did so before you began to fade. Dress and carry yourself as you did in the courting stage. Do not ever take her for granted.
Combine a man’s precise and crisp style with a powerful posture. As you develop your physique, make your posture an obsession. Even in the privacy of your own home alone with your woman.
Exude physical prowess and confidence. Stand as tall and true. Pull your shoulders back and keep your hands out of your pockets. Broadcast your burgeoning energy and ambition.
Home and Possessions
Make sure to begin your quest towards Spartan Minimalism with yourself. Note how your woman takes notice as you carve away at yourself over time.
You will need the credibility.
As you turn your attention to home and possessions there is likely to be some resistance. Despite their modern independence and achievement, women are still gatherers by nature.
Lead your woman here. Set the tone for a new chapter in your relationship. You will be taking the reins. As with your physical self and diet, there will be a purging of the fat and excess.
Start with the areas of least resistance – areas of your home and possessions that you control. Let her notice the elegance and order of a Spartan home.
She will take note of your physical transformation along with your new sense of order. You will sense a growing pride from her in your efforts. As you lead the way, she will want to come along for the ride.
Bring her along through action and example. This is how a man leads his woman. He becomes the tip of the spear. No matter how strong of will and how independent, she will enjoy your newfound sense of direction and trajectory. It is only natural.
Donate or sell most everything. The average home in America today includes 300,000 items. This is not the home of a man in control of his life. It is another symptom of the out of control consumerism here in western culture.
Distinguish yourself in your home and possessions. Strive for simple elegance. Maintain a lean household with a few nice things.
Enjoy the peace and serenity of a Spartan home. Make it consistent with your Life Mission.
Focus on substance and quality.
Financial – Structure and Budget
Apply rigorous self-discipline to your finances. If you find yourself in debt, begin the process of changing course here as well. Make it a priority.
Become a Spartan warrior and exercise a man’s restraint.
A man not in control of his money is not in control of his life. This is a crude fact in today’s world. You do not have to be wealthy, but you do need a measured plan to succeed.
If you work, you can achieve financial prosperity and control. The key is to structure your financials appropriate to your income.
The primary goal here is to add to your net worth every paycheck.
Create a budget just as a business would. Spend your money with precision and purpose.
Do whatever you need to do to live below your means. If you do not, at some point down the road a hard reality will set in. You will be a slave to money, rather than its master.
Remember there is no loyalty in employment any more. At some point you will become too expensive relative to a younger or foreign replacement. Or, a merger or takeover will render your position redundant.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking your experience and expertise will make a difference. The view from on high focuses on the bottom line only. We are all replaceable.
If you are self-employed or own a business, make plans for a rainy day. Today’s economy is accelerating in its pace of change. Do not assume your present financial reality as a constant.
With these realities in mind, free up as large a portion of your earnings as you can.
Pay down debt first. Start with the smallest item and finish it off. Then snowball your way up to the largest liability.
Financial – Hardcore
Consider going hardcore.
Sell your boat and sell your expensive car or truck in exchange for a modest vehicle.
Downsize your home and rent instead. Let the efficiency of smaller and new construction lower your utility bills. Eliminate all maintenance time and expense. Invest your new free time and money in your future – a future of prosperity, control and opportunity.
Structure your life so that you can live off of one income. Save every cent of one of your two incomes. In 10 or 15 years, properly invested, you will be financially independent.
If you are single, you’ve got it easy. Save 50% of your income, period. You have only yourself to please. Get it done.
Once you’ve eliminated your consumer debt, begin saving as hard as you can. Begin with a year’s expenses cash in the bank.
Having a full year of cash available will provide tremendous peace of mind. The normal stresses of daily life will become a trifle to you as they are swatted aside. You will walk that much taller and with a new surety. You will bask in the power and serenity of Spartan Minimalism.
Next, maximize your savings in qualified savings and investment instruments. Contribute to your retirement plan or an IRA.
The simplest vehicle for investment is the index based mutual fund. No need to try and outsmart the markets. Spread your money over the entire market using an index fund and ride it long term.
If you don’t trust the markets, then go half and half – half in equities and half in cash. In my opinion, the benefits of appreciation the markets will provide over the long term are worth the risk.
With regard to his physical existence, a rugged man of self-mastery will enjoy a life of simple abundance through the power of Spartan Minimalism.
He will utilize discipline, self-restraint and planning to become the master of his own destiny here on earth. He will be as a Spartan warrior in the seriousness of his pursuit.
Patience and the long view will be his ally against all obstacles and challenges. As part of The Awakening in Becoming a Force of Nature, he will not stop. For there is no turning back once it has all become clear to him.
Every man’s inherent destiny awaits him, if he will only pursue it. Part of the answer is clearing away the excess and clutter standing in his way.
Unburden yourself. Go lean and mean in every aspect of your life.
Crystallize your ambition down to a Life Mission and Life Vision.
Live your life up in the High Country as it was intended.
All the best,