How to Be the Man of Steel

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How to Be A Man of Steel

You’re not just anyone. One day you’re going to have to make a choice. You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be, whoever that man is, good character or bad, he is going to change the world. ~ Jonathan Kent

What if we knew that, without a speck of a doubt, that we were destined for greatness? A fact that goes beyond faith; it is without question. It’s destiny. And destiny in a sense that will be, it isn’t clinging to whether we believe in destiny or we don’t. It’s something that is already, it’s just waiting for us to act upon the greatness we already have within us.

How, then, would we act? If we knew that we had what Churchill had, what Napoleon had, what Lincoln, Da Vinci, and Jobs had, how would our actions differ? How would our decision making change? If we had this incling since birth, but it was more than an incling, and everything we have done up to this point has simply been training, would we act differently?

The trailer the new Superman movie, “the Man of Steel”, gives me goosebumps. Gone is the polished, untouchable man from another planet; in his stead is a lost soul searching to fulfill a destiny that he fears he isn’t worthy of.Superman Muscle

The trailer, albeit lasting a minute and thirty three seconds, promises to bring REAL conflict within a character than no one has ever truly identified with, until now. The trailer also speaks to you and me. Suppose we WERE better than we believed we are. Suppose that deep down we have the same fortitude, strength, passion, and purpose that the great men in history had – would our world not be abundantly different?

Our decisions would be stronger, made quicker, and stood by without whilting under the pressure to conform to what those around us may expect, want, or be too afraid to do and be themselves. Our confidence would be unbreakable. Our strength unflinching, and our fear there, but never for more than a second.

Yet, I’m not sure that Churchill, Napoleon, Lincoln, or even the Man of Steel himself, have anything innately within themselves that you or I don’t possess. They were each faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and fears that broke other men. When they reached their precipous, they marched forward. Though there were many moments of weakness, their strength won every internal battle. It isn’t that they were naturally stronger than we are, it’s that they made a decision to be stronger, and to stick by that strength. When we hide from our fear, they face it.

You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They’ll race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders. ~ Jor-El

You and I can be our own ideal. Every day we look outward for an example of what it means to be a real man, a gentleman, a warrior. Where we should look is in the mirror to CREATE this ideal. Learn from our “idols”, the men and women who can help shape the man we are to become, take what we can from the great people of the past and present, but USE IT! Don’t let reading about it satisfy us. Put it to practice!

Be the man that your son can use as a blueprint. Be the man that your wife or girlfriend can look to for strength, stability, and inspiration.

“They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time they will join you in the sun.”

Think of this kind of leader as the man you see in the mirror. Take what you can from this site, from the books you read, the men who have accomplished or are accomplishing great things. But knowledge without action is useless. Anyone can know what it means to be a great man, a successful business man, a warrior, a Legend, but there are so few because only a handful in our history as a species have had the courage to be what they know how to be.

It’s time to stop waiting to face our fears. It’s time to stop giving into the laziness that is within us all. It’s to stop looking for the easy way out, to let the bullies of the world get their way. It’s time to lift others up as we lift ourselves up.

Where the great people differ from the rest, is in their courage to not be lazy, weak, to let their fears dictate their decisions, or their worries to control their lives. The great moms and dads – like my own -, the great husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, as well as the great warriors, world leaders, athletes, and writers, do, they don’t hold their knowledge of what they know they should do to themselves. They take action. Our lives are better because of their willingness to make the right decision, then act upon it.

It’s time to man up! Stop thinking about it, and start doing.

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  • Dean Phillips

    Wow that’s awesome

    I like to think of us all as self made superheroes as powers don’t make the heroes it is their attitude and the way they live thatakea them that way.

    My Obstacles are with writing and guest posting (which I need to do more of).

    Did you ever feel that way as a writer?

    • Dean Phillips

      * that makes them that way.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Big time. Getting published on other sites, whether they’re guest articles or in online magazines is huge. It’s such an important part of developing a site, but it’s something we all forget about. Schedule a couple hours in your week to reaching out to other sites in your niche – relevant to what you’re talking about – and pitch them good articles that you’d love to use on your own site, but will give them away to them for links in return.

  • kelev

    I concur on all points. As a natoin that was built by strong brave people of integrity,we have become lazy,fat,diabetic,cowardly couch potatoes. Our boys are lost and our men are ineffectual and soft. We must stand up and reclaim true honorable manhood. Become men of steel intention and action.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Good intensions are now seen as good. “At least you tried to do the right thing.” Let’s bring back the day when good actions were the standard.

  • http://homefitnessmanual.com/ Mitchell Wright

    Chad, if I had near-omnipotent power I’d be a little worried about being worthy of the gift as well, too. It’s hard to blame Clark for being apprehensive about not living up to his destiny.

    Looking at the historic names you mentioned in the post, those people are remembered today because of the courage they had to discover and accept their legacies. Whether it’s meant to be good or bad, it’s not the fear of the unknown that will keep someone from becoming great, but being content with the familiar.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      I agree Mitchell. One of the reasons I’m so excited for this new movie, it appears that they’re finally capturing that conflict. Short trailer, but it’s promising none-the-less.

      On your second point, exactly. And well put. Their complacency didn’t keep them where they started. Their fear didn’t stop them from making a tough decision. Fear is crippling. It can be hard to identify. It can be disguised as laziness, as safety, as being content with the familiar.

  • Josh Camson

    I don’t have much to add beyond what Mitchell said. But, seriously. I cannot wait for this movie.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Aw man I’m pumped!

  • Gerald

    People tell me that I look like Superman, now I need to turn my fragile aluminium body to pure Steel and Chad you give people hope to achieve their dreams man keep it up!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      That’s awesome man. Check out the PowerHowse Challenge: http://www.thepowerhowsechallenge.com – that would be your best bet for success.

  • Garrett

    It definitely looks like clark will be faced with more of an interpersonal conflict than seen in any other superman movie. He’s faced with the challenge of finding out who he is and what he’s meant to become. This is a stressful obstacle that we all must face, we all have to decide what kind of person we want to become spiritually, physically, and mentally and then pursue that relentlessly in order to obtain it. Our choices are what shape us whether were made of steel or not. I think they did this to make clark more realistic to the struggles we all face today.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      I agree. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Looks very promising.

  • Dan D

    Another great article Chad, your work always inspires. This movie has the potential to expose a whole new generation to what superman is really about.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Well. Said. I agree. This is the real Man of Steel. Could be epic.

  • Nick

    This movie looks amazing. It’s nice seeing a superhero have to go through the same struggle that everyone, especially myself, go though. I also like the part were you talk about what each of us could accomplish if we put our minds and actions towards it. Makes me think about all the things I could do but you can’t have paralysis by analysis. I have to start now (start phc two days ago) and can’t wait to see where I will be by next summer!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      That’s awesome man, glad you took action and joined us with the PHC. It’s an awesome program, can’t wait to see your results. I’ll be seeing you on the forum!

  • Eric

    This article is amazing man. Truly inspiring! It just makes me want to be a better man physically, mentally, & emotionally. Favorite quote from the article was “Be the man that your son can use as a blueprint. Be the man that your wife or girlfriend can look to for strength, stability, and inspiration.” That’s great. I’m pumped for the movie man, gives me goosebumps everytime I see the trailer. & I hope we can get 30 comments cause I really want that Man of Steel workout!!!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      You and me both my friend! It looks to be epic. We’re a bit short right now, but they’re still rolling in. Hopefully we get enough indeed!

  • Michael Lao

    I want to thank you for the Most Motivational article I’ve read this whole year. I know only two people in my life that actually put into action the idea of being a blueprint for their child to follow. I’m not even a fan of Superman, but your blog entry and that teaser you put up has me very intrigued.

    My greatest obstacle in life is that I take my adaptability for granted; I sacrifice planning and preparing ahead of time for the excuse of “i can figure it out on the fly.” That mentality made me lazy for many years.

    I have not knocked anything off my bucket list yet, but that was due to laziness. Visiting your website, due to a special deal from Mr Geoff Neupert’s email subscription, has revitalized my desire to become as you call it “legendary.”

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Michael – really appreciate the comment. Glad I can help. Comments like your, and others here are what keeps me motivated to do and write about what I love to write about. I really appreciate it – any way I can help, let me know.

  • michael

    are you going to be coming out with a man of steel workout soon to.

  • Matt

    Sick article. Definitely removes that lazy weekend mentality. Every time I hear Russell Crowe’s voice I immediately feel the need to go and watch Gladiator .

  • DJ Brock

    This gets me pumped up. I read it every day and everything else you put on this site. Very inspirational and uplifting. Really respect and appreciate what you do.