Manliness is effort. It involves doing things, particularly hard things. Men open doors, pay on dates, and do the dishes. They set goals and they achieve them. Speaking to men, Thomas S. Monson said “It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we’ll make the effort. We must actually make the effort. It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled. Someone put it this way: Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterdays today.”**** For example, I recently finished two looming assignments that I had procrastinated for months (or maybe years – let’s be honest). Tackling those assignments (and my perennial procrastination) made me a little more manly.
Manliness is action.