John Wayne. Clint Eastwood. Jack Bauer. Gus Mcrae and Woodrow Call from the movie Lonesome Dove. Ronald Reagan and as controversial as he may be at the moment, Barack Obama. When I think about the phrase “Man of Action”, these are the men that come to mind.
But, you don’t have to be an actor, characters from a movie or an ex or sitting president to be considered a man who can make things happen. The formula is very simple. However, like everything else in life, it takes desire and practice. Here are the basic qualities you must possess:
- Be a forward thinker
forward thinking equals creativity, innovation, and inspiration. This then manifests in the act of risk taking.
I proved this to myself when I met my wife. Before she and I dated, I always let women approach me; I was never the pursuer. But, one bad relationship after another, led me to rethink my strategy for dating. It was then I decided that I would be the one who pursued, instead of the other way around. This new way of thinking led me to see the big picture which was that I am husband material and I can go after and get what I want. Again, all it took was taking a step forward and thinking differently about who I was as a man. Because of this forward thinking, I had the confidence to take one of the biggest risks in my life which pays for itself daily.
- Have drive
drive or ambition equals persistance. You never give up working for what you want. Stay on message. Make yourself heard and ignore the “sideshow”. This means don’t let others distract you from your goal. Again, for better or for worse, Barack Obama is a man who comes to mind when I think of someone who had drive, persisted and stayed on message during the 2008 Presidential campaign.
- Take charge
Taking charge ultimately means proceeding when no one else wants to or can’t. For instance, when you see something that you believe needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it– and don’t waste time trying to explain the importance of something to someone who doesn’t understand if you think it is a situation that requires immediate action. Do it yourself and don’t worry about the consequences. This quality is personified well in the characters of Jack Bauer in 24, Gus Mcrae and Woodrow Call in the movie Lonesome Dove and John Wayne and Clint Eastwood in their westerns. Of course we only need to study the presidency of Ronald Reagan to see a true man who took charge and proceeded when no one else wanted to.
To some these qualities come naturally. But in this day and age, a lot of us men have become “watered down”. So, it will take some time to hone these attributes. In my next article, we will discuss the importance of having a daily “Action Plan”.