The number one thing I hear from guys coming out of AMP workshops and in emails is: “How do I start my own men’s group?”
I get it. I grew up in the middle of the country, where mention of a “men’s group” immediately raises eyebrows…at best.
Well, you may have to swim UP that stream. What is your life worth to you? What is possible for you that you may be missing out on?
A men’s group is simply this: Men getting together to intentionally support and challenge each other to get more of what they want out of life. This could be career, love, marriage, parenthood…whatever you are working with.
There is something deeply primal about men getting together in this way, and we thrive in it.
After exploring men’s work for the last 6 years, I can tell you, the group will make a difference.
My group has seen highs and lows, failures, major successes, birth, death…all flavors of life, and we have each progressed exponentially with the bi-weekly support and challenge the group provides.
I interviewed Jayson Gaddis, longtime men’s work facilitator and champion for men living greater lives. We talk about the challenges men face in getting started in work like this and go over some simple and practical steps for what a men’s group looks like and how to make it happen.
Jayson Gaddis and Tripp Lanier’s Men Group 101 is the best program I know to help you get your own group started. They cover all the essentials and give you real, practical steps and things to look out for. Check it out:
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Two of my favorites in Men’s optimization…on the same show!
These guys are coming at men’s optimization from two different angles. Tripp tends to come from the inside out with The New Man Podcast and the type of people he interviews.
Dave is an outside in kinda guy with the #1 podcast in Health and a strong interest in the inner path and has measured the benefits of meditation with EEG and various other metrics.
I love that these two are comparing notes and they both have a lot to offer any man on the Authentic journey.
“Let’s Just Be Friends.”
These words still ring deep from my past.
I thought I knew what I was doing. I like women. I think they’re beautiful. I always have. I spent years, well through high-school, college, and into my twenties believing that if I could become just the kind of guy girls said they wanted, I’d have a girlfriend and finally lose my virginity.
You may imagine my confusion when that didn’t happen. Perhaps you have a knowing chuckle at my naïveté. Maybe this feels all too familiar.
Being this guy sucks
My confusion swung me from thinking there was something seriously wrong and defective with me to believing that women were senselessly cruel and confusing.
Fearfully, I scrutinized every little thing she did to the last drop. My worst interpretations seemed the most plausible. When I had enough, I would snap. Literally, I was like some kind of heartless monster lashing out at her, only later apologetically returning to make amends.
I’m chilled recalling how I screamed venomously into the phone at her in the middle of the night.
I was not the nice guy I thought I was
After so many missed opportunities with her, I just walked away. Totally severed all connection. My heart began to freeze into a ball of resentment towards all women. Years would pass before I felt any genuine desire for a real woman—save my total sexual objectification of them.
Since then a lot changed. I lost my virginity. I had my first girlfriend. I genuinely like women and think they’re beautiful. I no longer think in terms of the friend-zone. Now, I have more rewarding relationships—friendships as well as sexually and emotionally intimate connections. It’s not always everything I think I want. There are ups and downs along the way. I don’t yet have the life partner I hope to have one day. But there’s one important thing I learned…
I didn’t respect myself or women
At some almost entirely subconscious level, I was keeping score. I believed I could earn, exchange, cajole, win, persuade, control… you name it. And I’m pretty sure women I pursued could sense this, even if they weren’t able to tell me straight.
I did not truly respect women—I judged and resented them. I didn’t truly respect myself—I thought I needed to earn something. All they knew to do was say “I don’t like you in that way, let’s just be friends.” Then I blamed them for putting me in the “friend zone.”
In this place I was nobody’s friend. Not the women, and definitely not myself. This might be some kind of zone, but it is definitely not a “friend zone.”
It was painful for me to see this about myself—but it was exactly what I needed to wake up, stop blaming women, start taking responsibility for myself, and get my ass to AMP.
Things haven’t been the same since.
This video inspired me to write this. Watch it!