As a man you have chosen the path of unyielding Self-Improvement. Add a sharp and necessary edge to your pursuit through Rugged Individualism.
You will now cut through each day as if it was your last. It is you against the world. For no one else will ultimately provide you with the will of iron needed to seize each day. And seize the day you will from here on in.
Bottom line is that it is all up to you. When push comes to shove and difficulties arise it is your Rugged Individualism that will win the day. Not your woman, not your friends and not your parents. They are all busy with their own lives. It’s just the way it is.
Accept all the help that is offered, but remember this: you’ve got to be the one to break through. You’ve got to be the tip of the spear in your life. Take pride in standing tall and breaking new ground.
Savor every inch of personal victory and the sting of each defeat. It will become a healthy addiction and will fuel the never ending chase.
Slowly but surely you will begin to feel it. The experience of self-reliance through success and failure will begin to add up.
Eventually women will giggle and men will step aside. But these will be just a collateral benefit.
Get ready to enjoy the fullness of life as your own man. For this is the prize of Rugged Individualism.
Inspirational credit for this post goes to the hardcore writing at thefamilyalpha.com.
Create Your Own Path
Have you hit the wall yet? Or The Storm? Is the personal glory you dreamed of in the past been brushed aside for a more practical existence?
Time and life and responsibility have a way about them. A little compromise here and a little give there and over time the best laid plans and the purest ambition veer off course. Most of the time this is unintentional for there are a lot of aspects to a man’s life that will pull him here and there.
The next thing you know, you’re the lead character in Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days. You’re living the life of mediocrity you swore you’d never live, dreaming of days past.
That was for all the other suckers, not you right?
Chances are you’ve got responsibilities and commitments. A man of honor will indeed make good on these.
A Rugged Individualist, however, will not use them as an excuse to bail on himself.
When you hit the wall and make the decision you are fed up compromising it is time to go hardcore. You are going to have to ruffle some feathers – both yours and others.
Despite the inevitable friction that will occur if you decide to change course, make the commitment to go all the way. Accept the discomfort that is sure to come your way, revel in it. Your life is on the line here.
Have the courage to create your own path. It doesn’t matter what your situation or what your age, it is never too late to do what is right. For a man pursuing his Mission and Life Vision is ultimately the best version of himself that he can offer to his loved ones and the world.
There is always a way. It may be hard and it may be uncomfortable, but so is lying on your deathbed one day with avoidable regret.
Dig deep and carve out a path to the destination you were meant to pursue.
Maintain your responsibilities, but find a way. Don’t hold back, put it out there. It may take a while, but necessity is the mother of invention. You will figure it out.
Live the ideal day in your mind. Live it, define it and then begin.
Hit the gas hard, pop the clutch and then enjoy the raw power of The Awakening.
Walk Your Path Alone
Your life is in your hands, no one else’s. Be prepared to walk your path alone.
If a man is to carve his own path, ultimately he will have to do it by himself. Anything beyond that is gravy.
Accept the responsibility for your situation, clear a path in your mind and get started. Bear the weight and enjoy the ride. Set yourself apart from the masses and do your own thing. For this is the glory of Rugged Individualism.
Learn from all those that you can. There is no need to reinvent what others have mastered. Take whatever help and advice that is offered. But set it up in your mind that you will do whatever it takes to get where you want to be.
Likely there will be resistance if you change course and attempt to distinguish yourself. People do not like this. It will make many uncomfortable; mostly because it reflects badly on them. Sometimes even those that are closest to you will attempt to sabotage your progress.
For this reason, make up your mind to go it alone. Then when the pushback occurs or others tire and give up, it won’t matter. It won’t matter because you have conditioned your mind to go it alone as a matter of principle.
You have set a righteous path. This is the path you set from deep within. In the end when you come out on the other side attitudes may change. And if so, this will be nice. But if not, then pity them as you will for your old self.
No one, not your woman, not your children and not your best friend will get you out of bed in the morning with the drive necessary to break the inertia that is your life. No one will look out for you like you will.
Learn to become your own best friend. Develop your character to the point where outside validation is not necessary and walk your path alone.
Then when the day comes that you are completely happy on your own an odd thing will occur.
The magic of Outcome Independence will begin to take hold. People will become attracted to you. They will sense a rare depth of character that is magnetic and attractive.
You won’t need them, but they will need you.
Such is one of the paradoxes of this life.
Such is one of the paradoxes of walking your path alone.
Take the Hard Path
Nothing in this world worth achieving is easy. Anything that is worthy of the dreams of men will be difficult. Accept this fact and embrace it. Accept the fact there will indeed be a price for your personal glory. For this is what makes it all so worthwhile and satisfying in the end.
Be prepared to pay that price.
The personal goals and Life Vision you have set for yourself are not a lottery ticket. You cannot drop a few dollars at the convenience store of life and walk away with a ticket that will provide you with the winnings for all that you desire.
It is interesting to note that almost without exception, the big time state lottery winners end up broke in the end and with a long list of broken relationships. Why? Because those closest to the lottery winner know he did not earn his wealth and is no more deserving of it than they are. Thus, they demand a part of it and then begins the death spiral of greed and resentment.
The lottery winner, having acquired significant gains without effort, will also demonstrate his unworthiness by squandering it all in most cases.
For such is the natural order of things in this life. Anything worth achieving must be earned, otherwise the natural order will be upset and there will be a price to pay.
The moral of the story here is to choose the hard path. For if you have made the decision to chase after your very best, there is no other way.
Enjoy the ride pursuing the destiny you have chosen. Take pride in the fact that you are purposefully challenging yourself when most men take the road of least resistance.
Sure there can be resentment and jealousy for the men who have achieved spectacular success through sheer will and determination. But these are small minded people who are beneath us.
Never however do these same people feel entitled to part of this success, for they know it was earned. They inherently know they are not worthy. Even they know what’s right.
You will be worthy, for you have chosen the hard path.
Success and a Life Vision that is earned will add layers to a man. It is what makes him a Rugged Individualist – a rare commodity in this modern soft age. It is what makes for the sheer weight of his character; the same character that will attract further success and propel endless self-improvement.
Developing a ruggedness and depth of self will also be enjoyable. As you walk around you will simply enjoy the raw energy and power you have created in yourself. In some ways it will be the best reward.
Life will become entertaining for you now. You will simply enjoy being you.
For a Rugged Individualist can always depend on himself. He inherently knows that no matter the challenge he will get it done. There is a confidence that will carry him forward resulting in a calmness and ease as he goes about his life.
Put some distance between yourself and the pack. Set your own agenda, make it challenging and be prepared to go it alone.
Become a Rugged Individualist.
Become a Force of Nature.
All the best,