The Power of Self-Image

When thinking of the self-image you need to portray, the infamous quote by Henry Ford comes to mind, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  Belief in your own capabilities is a driving force to becoming an extraordinary gentleman of wondrous class.  Taking upon the robust persona of a modern gentleman requires you to first build internally to transform your personal outlook on life to be abnormally positive to the point of exuding prosperity.

If you perceive yourself as a conservative individual of comfort, are you going to go out and dress in a three-piece suit to dinner? You might decide to don that outfit occasionally, but chances are that you will be more inclined to dress modestly and reserved to avoid attention.  If you perceive yourself as a successful CEO of a large corporation, would you dress casually to a business meeting with a polo and khaki shorts? Of course not! You would definitely dress in business as dressing casually would outwardly clash with the alignment of who you internally are.  We envision ourselves in a certain light that will either promote or hinder our success, and you have entire control over the decisive path you choose to embody.  Therefore, situating your self-image is fundamental to putting yourself in the quintessential position to succeed, and understanding the power of your internal view is paramount in committing to effective change.

Now that you have acknowledged the critical aspect of having a mighty self-image, you can undertake activities that build upon this important characteristic.  As with any worthwhile competence, it will take intentional exertion.  Affirmation of your astonishing traits is a great introduction to any journey of self-improvement.  You are an exceptional individual, and don’t ever lose sight of that.  Others may have imbued their negative perceptions unto you, but that does not define the personality you truly embody.  You are stupendously sensational, and you have enough self-assurance to block despicable remarks of petty individuals.

A handy trick that I like to practice is to envision an individual who you truly admire and surmise how they would react in certain situations.  Emulate the characters of success to help you to strengthen your capabilities to act spectacularly.  From my personal experience, I would channel my inner Conor McGregor (minus the profanities) when entering b-boy (breakdancing) competitions.  The confidence that this prominent MMA fighters has in his abilities is profound, and I always think of the illustrious Irishman as a solid exemplar of someone who has a deep understanding of the power of assurance in one’s potential.  Contemplate how your hero would face situations, and envisage the actions they would take in such an event.

Your circumstances have led you to the individual that you are today, but they do not define the favorable future you will come to enjoy.   Fortifying your self-image is crucial to maximizing your potential, and a true gentleman has an indestructible willpower matched with a impregnable commitment to success.  Never forget how remarkable you are, and utilize your newfound self-image to conquer all of your goals!

Crucial Questions Before You Purchase

As a purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle, you need a foundational understanding of the criterion you must adhere to before making your next purchase.

The minimalistic lifestyle beckons for a wiser methodology to purchases; ensuring clutter-free areas.  The following questions offer brief ideas to ponder before the purchase of a  new item:

1. Will this purchase cannibalize the usage of another item?

The immediate question you must ask yourself is if there is already an item that serves the same purpose as the item you are positioned to buy.  An example would be the purchase of a new belt.  As an item where you can only don a singular iteration, does this item evoke a different enough look where you will be able to utilize each belt for different occasions?  Often times we purchase for various derisory reasons that are not related to functionality, and if the item is too similar in purpose or aesthetics, you do not need the item because of the presence of your item that already performs that task.

2. Does purchasing this item cause a dissonance in who I am?

With the presence of many outside sources, especially from social media, we often find ourselves interested in outlandish items that generally do not resonate with our persona. It is important to be idiosyncratic, and if an extravagant item reverberates with your individuality greatly and it consummates who you are, than you should make that purchase.  With so much noise challenging our stylistic prowess, it can be easy to jump on trending items that look phenomenal on others.  These items though project insubstantial cues that are not everlasting in your own modus operandi. A gentleman is exceptional in his self-confidence and only dons items that amplify his personal style.

3. Does this product have exceptional quality that will last an extended amount of time?

In order to minimize your possessions, quality needs to be taken into account.  Often, required purchases stem from the replacement of low-quality items that do not last.  It is extremely easy to make smaller commitments to items because of their low costs, but weigh the consequences of these actions; including time lost in shopping and capital wasted on replacement of inferior items.  These are two essentials of life that should not be squandered, and it can be avoided through the purchase of high-quality items with long shelf-lives.

4. Will the purchase of this item cause me stress?

When making the final decision to purchase, it is important to think of the corollary of feelings associated with the purchase.  What is the upkeep requirements of this item?  Is the item’s cost so excessive that it will cause anxiety?  Salient in our analysis of this item, it is the cost of doing business with this item.  Maintenance is pivotal in the acquirement of high-quality items that last an extended period of time, but are you willing to make that time commitment?  No item is worth overtaxing your emotions, and the procurement process of attaining an item should be exciting and enjoyable.

5. Will this item have future value?

Thinking of a long-term strategy will enable yourself to rationalize why you need this item.  An example would be for a beautifully crafted luxury watch.  Will this watch appreciate over time in value?  Will this watch be passed down to my next of kin? These are great attributes of an item that will vindicate the reason for their acquirement.  The legacy of these items should be taken into account as it discourages wasteful spending, and could potentially have future residuals that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Although many minimalists will advocate for the entire renunciation of purchases, we at the Minimalistic Gent encourage the purchase of items if they are able to positively reinforce all of these questions.  Understanding the rationality of your purchasing decisions is paramount in reducing the sheer amount of possessions in your household, and these questions will aid in the acquisitions of only the quintessential items that will further yourself as a modern gentleman.

 

The Sensibility of Efficiency

Working in an excruciatingly tedious fashion does not always provide the desired results that you truly desire.  Should you want to learn how to have more time to accomplish your goals and enjoy the beauties of life, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to efficiency!

Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Ownership of a willingness to change is impeccably important to becoming an increasingly more efficient gentleman who accomplishes phenomenal feats.  With only 24 hours lined up for each day, one must understand that there is a finite amount of time in the day, and it is how you efficaciously utilize those hours that will determine your prosperity.  A gentleman knows the austere value of time and chooses to indulge in a constant peregrination towards increased effectiveness.

An important angle to approach your eagerness to utilize your time more efficient is to do an in-depth analysis on your experiential behaviors.  Virtuosos do not begin their long journey at the peak of prowess.  Instead, you must acknowledge personal shortcomings regarding your deportment by providing a clear proposal to improve upon them.  The amelioration of your time-management skills commences with a clear visualization of what is problematic in your personal efficiency and envisioning the potential effectiveness of better time-management skills.

Setting stringent deadlines for actions is a requirement to the splendiferous results that efficiency provides.  Have you ever had an assignment where the deadline was a month away? Did your personal behavior habits cause you to push that enterprise until the final week or day of the deadline? This is all too uncommon when there is a discord between the amount of time the action takes and the proposed date of deliverance.  Challenging yourself to stricter time frames enables you to unconsciously become more efficient in your deliverance of productive action, and be committed to quick resolutions to your unfinished activities.  The unbalance imbued from a prolonged deadline will encourage lethargy from lingering unproductive routines, and only by hastening your deadlines, will you force yourself to accomplish more and be committed to efficiency.

Inanition caused by the lassitude of one’s state can be overcome through insight to one’s greater goals and aspirations.  The feeling of torpor can be exceptionally rigid in hindering one’s performance, but it is the understanding of the rationale of specific actions that will allow one to be in closer proximity to one’s ideal personage and state of mind.  Envisioning an extraordinary reasoning behind one’s actions allows for immediate undertakings that will ensure one is efficient and effective in all that they do to accomplish their stupendous dreams.  A clearly laid out vision, where you can picture the outcome of continuously being efficient in all that you do, will aid in self-motivation towards austere efficiency.

The provocative process of becoming a more efficient gentleman inevitably stems from the discipline one is able to exhibit through persistent routines.  Having relentless habits enables one to accomplish a plethora of achievements on a daily basis which allows for your schedule to be completely transparent and foreseeable.  Patterns in one’s schedule that are placed for the purpose of maximizing one’s potential will garner a much more efficient stigmatism due to the constant, purposeful rituals you decide to undertake.  Therefore, in order to maximize your potential and become the gentleman you ought to be, you need to be inexplicably efficient in your time management and be open to constant change regarding your pursuits in an unconventional, prosperous life.

The Prestige of the Drink Virtuoso

Some of the best interactions between individuals is through the consumption of  liquor that slacken the disposition of the meeting and exalt merriment of enjoying the present.  Should you want to unwavering confidence when ordering your beverage, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to drinks.

A trendsetter and a virtuoso at exuding confidence, a gentleman knows exactly what delectable drink is suitable for the situation.  His knowledge is plentiful, inspiring those around him, yet he is not brash in his mastery of liquor to boast about his expertise.  Understanding the minuscule impact that a choice of drink has on the jollity of a situation is pivotal, and a gentleman never conjectures a presumption of others based on their drink of choice.  Instead, a gentleman is an ornate man of cultured predisposition, keen on the pleasures of company,  whom utilizes his mastery to relish in the moments of leisure.

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A word of warning, a true gentleman never overindulges in the seductive appeal of overconsumption, as it can lead to ostentatious behavior that provide a recalcitrant, obstreperous atmosphere that others will eschew from.  True gentleman know the value of equanimity in social settings and repudiating a drink when one is beginning to feel the tactile vulgarity of belligerence.  Keeping the high spirits of your company is more important than selfish binge-drinking that will manifest negative perceptions of a forlorn and immature individual who is both delinquent and undisciplined.

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The beginnings of one’s journey to being a connoisseur or liquor is an understanding of the zeitgeist of drinks that are tried and true classics.  Knowledge of the liquors associated with timeless antiquity provide a backbone to the process of educating yourself on a diverse flavor palette.  Classical drinks such as the martini, old-fashioned, and Manhattan are robust cocktails with indestructible timelessness.  Contemporary classic drinks such as the Cuba Libre, Irish coffee, and the margarita all provide an air of modern sophistication that others will appreciate.  Even the comprehension of the types of fine liquors such as cognac, scotch, and bourbons will allow you a deeper grasp on the intricacies of these deep spirits with a multitude of infinitesimal flavors that only true virtuosos will understand.  Whatever your drink of choice is, having a willingness to venture into new, uncomfortable territory will enable you a thorough education on the vastness of liquor.

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As a gentleman, one understands that mastery does not come from a singular instance.  Instead it is the commitment to the process that enables one to become extraordinary.  The act of trying a new beverage at each opportune allows for a direct and expedient way of refining your palette.  In addition, the act of humbling yourself and asking a suggestion from the bartender will enable a fresh perspective from an experienced specialist who can imbue knowledge only an aficionado can provide.  Only through experience and an inclination to understanding the perplexing world of alcohol can one truly assimilate the expertise that one desires.

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The peregrination of comprehending the extensive world of liquor is an ongoing process filled with boundless information that can improve one’s boundless cognition.  Always keep in mind that ordering a beverage is not a critical, momentous event, and that you should not be portentous when exhibiting your understandings.  Never allow yourself to stress on the intricacies of liquor, and instead, enjoy the jovial time you have with your company.  Confidence in the ordering process simply provides an excellent medium to the vivacity of enjoyment, and others will appreciate the knowledge you provide.  The exuberance of partaking of a drink with others is a cheerful experience, and a true gentleman has a profound understanding of liquor which exude his subtle confidence that others will admire.

Generating Unrivaled Habits

The foundry  of a gentleman’s elegance is consistent habits.  To enable you to sift through the clamor and truly succeed at your niche through the sagacity of your routine, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to habits.

Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” The habits we exhibit can either be deficient routines that inhibit our goals or superb actions that escalate our life.  As a modern gentleman, it is your duty to minimize the defective practices of your day and to be unwilling to accept anything less than brilliant superiority in all that you do.  Having the discipline to take consistent action requires an individual that has an authoritative rule over his personal life, and only through the regulation of your daily routines will you build a suitable regiment that will allow you to properly seek your goals.

To begin, a gentleman must understand that enthusiastically embracing change will allow for your concurrent lifestyle adjustments to be a facile experience that empowers you.  Someone who is unwilling to change will do just that, and not being content and comfortable will ensure you do not settle for a life of mediocrity.  The path may be difficult, but facing the grueling and arduous tasks of creating impactful habits will put you in an appropriate position of limitless potential.  As an example, finding serene peace requires you to face an ironic path that stems from the incongruity of your own persona; requiring you to deal with complications that are demanding and painful before finding the concord of your tranquility.  Understanding that the burdensome task of change can be strenuous, but having the austerity to be wholeheartedly committed to alterations of your comfort with an excited disposition will make it a much more painless experience.

Next, you must understand that the benefits of a constructive and meaningful habit change is a process that is not instantaneous.  Expecting instant gratification and results will eventually lead to you abstaining from the new routine and falling back on old traditions.  Understand that any substantial life change needs to be prominent in your life on a daily basis. It is your unerring commitment to constant adaptations that will refine your life over a period of time.  An example would be in the goal of losing weight, you can either make a drastic change to your diet and commit insurmountable time to exercise which may not be sustainable, or you can make compact changes over a period of months that are retainable.  Repudiating sugary beverages one month, and rejecting fast-food another month enables a much higher conversion rate because it is a habit that is not exceedingly difficult, when talking about health.  This habit is much more about the exaltation of a salubrious lifestyle than quick sprints of unfeasible tendencies.  Understanding that the constructs of your habit forming should be gauged to what you are comfortable with sustaining will enable you to continually form more routines.

Finally, a gentleman committed to self-improvement needs to continue his momentum in finding new habits that propel himself towards his audacious goals. A never-ending process, discipline is constantly tested in the realm of upgrading yourself into a more refined individual.  Abstaining from being content with one’s accomplishments is a certain way to always have purpose and intent to the commitment to success in all avenues of life.  With a hunger that is insatiable for success, you will take the initiative in setting yourself up to be prepared in relishing in the staggering potential you are meant to attain.

Renounce the personal choice to forgo your goals to revel in limitations, and instead, keep your discipline steadfast and apprehend that positive practices will take a period of time to be accustomed and engrained in your being.  The key to becoming the maximized gentleman that you ought to be is deep-rooted in your daily approach to life and the well established habits you are fixed in.  Aristotle understood the importance of firm conviction to your habits in order to be the outstanding, superb gentleman in contemporary society, and having a verifiable daily routine will enable you to accomplish your life’s purpose with zeal and determination.

The Road to Exemplary Morning Routines

An efficient and efficient gentleman knows the importance of a smooth morning routine.  To have a framework for the smooth and facile process of starting your day, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to morning routines!

The monotonous echoes of an earsplitting sound that resonates through your bones, incites a feeling of distress and sorrow through the reverberation you feel from its unceasing sound.  Sound waves of this magnitude signal the significant choice one must make on the outcome of the day. It’s the crossroads of the choice to wake up expediently, and a true gentleman awakens with purpose and clarity on how the day will progress.

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The importance of a morning routines stems from a perpetuation of productivity.  Implore yourself to be exceedingly stringent on the timeframe that you wake up to ensure your schedule is flawless from the inception of your awakening.  The snooze button located adjacent to your bed may stir feelings of consternation, but this is an opportunity to be a conquerer in the face of adversity.  Hitting the snooze button is the ultimate sign of defeat and will lead to an unsatisfied compromise that will force you to rectify the lost time in some avenue of your busy day.

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By having a set schedule and clear understanding of what needs to be done in the morning, one can start their day in a mindset filled with magnificent clarity and richness.  Making your first step in the peregrination of constructing your perfect morning routine begins in the ability to be disciplined and committed to your ambitions. To elucidate one’s goals clearly is to put it on a pedestal of necessity.  Knowing that substantial aspirations require insurmountable work ethic allows for one to recognize the importance of daily timetables that will calendarize your finite time budget.

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The accomplishment of the meager and seemingly unimportant tasks that are a part of your daily routine enable your credence in yourself to accomplish greater tasks throughout the day.  Starting with positive conviction is important, but also reveling in the little triumphs of the day will produce an indomitable feeling that will enable you to conquer.  Small achievements such as finishing a workout in the morning or succeeding at sticking to your schedule are all important aspects to celebrate in the enrichment of your life.

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Finding one’s perfect morning routine is an ongoing task that may take an extended period of time to master.  Knowing the importance of waking up with conviction towards one’s goals and celebrating the minor victories of adhering to your schedule enable you to perpetuate the feeling of a true virtuoso of the idiosyncrasies of one’s time.  Invoke a personal commitment to your morning routine and you will become an efficient gentleman that is authoritative on the consummation of his goals.

Life of a Gent: The Impassioned Globetrotter

Meet the legendary world-traveling gentleman with a commitment to success.

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

There are those that find immense fulfillment in the pursuit of their passions and exude an excellence of character that we admire and endeavor to emulate.  Incredibly versed in the art of being a modern gentleman, Mario Abaya exudes the chivalries only a man well-versed in the heterogeneity of the world can extend.  A magnificent individual with an appreciation for opulence and the grandeur of traveling the world, Mario converses in an elegant fashion demonstrative of his cultivated characteristics.  Having a deep understanding of the prodigious world that we live in, the knowledge he imbues in others leaves an everlasting understanding of the altruistic, enthralling individual that he embodies.

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An erudite at pursuing his passions of world travel, Mario found his humble beginnings through his personal pursuit of refinement in the arts.  His outer gentleman appearance conceals a covert artist whom works tirelessly at his craft.   A purveyor of contemporary dance styles, Mario’s physical prowess astonishes everyone who witnesses, yet he is diffident and is not ostentatious to bloviate about his expertise.  Through vigorous labor and exceptional patience one can muster the confidence to accomplish their wildest ambitions, and Mario is the personification of the possibilities of intrepid individuals.

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With a man so enlightened on personal confidence and class, Mario attributes his beginnings from the experiential learning he received in his youth.  Looking back, Mario remembers the days of lacking his own self-confidence and dwelling on insecurities; a stark disparity from the man we know today.  Overcoming the negative personality traits of his youth eventually came about through the discovery of dance which amended his disposition to become the distinguished individual he is today.  With such a prodigious influence on his life, Mario relates any life ambitions towards the efforts and tribulations he faced on his journey through becoming a virtuoso of his craft. “If your passionate about something, you need to go all in” Mario emphatically advises; reminiscing of the tenacity he learned from being indefatigable in reaching for his goals.

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A maestro of gentleman class, Mario advises on the importance of your everyday persona.  “Being a gentleman is about the way you carry yourself.  It is not about age but is a sign of maturity level.  It is an everyday commitment that you can not fake, and it needs to be natural in all that you do,” Mario states.  Allegiance to the modern personification of a gentleman needs to be the leading principal in any man’s life.  You can not elect to choose solitary situations to be chivalrous or enthralling.  Instead, you need to exude those characteristics on a daily basis until it is engrained in your typical nature.  Inauthenticity is a facile way to be ostracized by others, and the fraud of one’s personality is easy to detect if one does not actually emanate a true gentleman’s attributes.

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Mario Abaya as a true practitioner of the modern characteristics of a gentleman.  A world-class traveler with a commitment to pursuing his passion, Mario is still embarking on a pursuit of personal cognition that only comes from the peripatetic nature of exploring the world.  Never settling for mediocrity, Mario is an inspiring character whom continues to galvanize and astonish others to the grandeur of pursuing one’s passions in life to their utmost capabilities.

The Urgency of Efficient Methodologists

In order to accomplish anything phenomenal, extreme efficiency and effective methodology must be employed on a daily basis.  Only by consistent hard work can one attain the greatness that one has set out to achieve.  The time to react and make the executive decision to pursue one’s dreams is present, and creating patterns of daily routines is pivotal to putting yourself in the best position to succeed.

Understanding the frailness of human life and one’s personal mortality will enable one to understand the sense of urgency that will enable the motivation to pursue one’s goals without any hesitation.  Life is extremely short and it is easy to forget the transience lifespan that puts a timer on one’s goals.  Only by understanding the agileness of time will one find the responsiveness to achieving all that they set out to do.

A true gentleman knows the urgencies of following one’s personal endeavors in a  methodical way.  By modeling success in others and understanding the impermanence of life, one will transform their outlook on aspirations to focus on the most important facets of one’s life.