It’s astonishing how pronounced the divide between the natural environment we evolved from, and the manufactured setting we currently occupy has become. Yet we’re expected by society (i.e. each other) to fully assimilate and prosper in this alien world we invented.
There’s no longer a clear definition of what it means to be an Alpha male. We have become soft, confused and complacent. The genetic strengths our ancestors learned hundreds of thousands of years ago now need to be applied to sitting at a desk all day, commuting to work, and trashing our bodies with overly processed food.
This creates an inherent friction in the form of obesity, depression, heart disease, ADD, diabetes, insomnia, anxiety, stress, etc. All of which prevent us from operating at our full potential. This series is designed to help you identify what parts of your life are compromised by the modern world, and show you how to liberate yourself from these biological restrictions.
"Being an Alpha male is more about freeing yourself from modern society than changing yourself."
Before we go any further, let’s establish a clear definition of the term Alpha. I’m not talking about the biggest, baddest SOB in the room slamming skulls against a bar counter, or an overly-domineering, misogynistic, loud CEO with no compassion or regard for those around him. Alpha males are social leaders that rely on intellect, empathy, ambition, reputation, and physical presence to accomplish their goals. How can you climb the social ladder and command respect in an organization without being able to empathize with those around you?
Importance of human competition
Do you know what evolutionary pressure grew our brain to the size it is today? Human-to-human competition. The reason we’re so smart is because our ancestors needed to out-smart the others to reproduce. There’s no such thing as an Alpha male without a group, and being able to understand the perspective of those in your group, is what leads to all forms of success.
Being alpha is about balance between brains and brawn
An Alpha male is socially dominant which has much more to do with charisma and intelligence than brute strength, (although that plays a role too). While an alpha male in a herd of lions maybe be the most violent, human beings typically need to rely intellect, the ability to build relationships (alliances), and command respect, without the need for physical violence.
If you’re sitting in an office cubicle all day, expressing violence towards your co-workers will backfire really quickly. What we want is for you to become a leader in your professional circle, regardless of your rank within the company. You don’t need to be the CEO to command social power, (In fact, it’s often better if you’re not). But being an Alpha requires that your physical and mental health be developed to a competitive degree, which is what the series will help you achieve.
The End Goal
Everything we discuss in this series is designed to make you stronger – physically and mentally. With proper lifestyle changes you can measurably increase your intelligence, energy level, physical appearance, emotional health and social prowess.
In the next section we’ll give you the tools to identify where you’re starting, Point A, and where you want to end up, Point B. The following sections will guide you along from Point A to B with as little resistance as possible.
Author: Max Porter
Author Bio: Max is a regular guest author on Nutrition Souq. He is a certified fitness trainer and nutritionist who specializes in corporate wellness. He’s also author of “The Coachella Diet: A New Age Diet to Promote Weight Loss, Gain Muscle, and Recover from Drug-Induced Hangovers.” When he’s not writing, Max is also a public speaker on fitness industry trends at venues such as the ECA World Fitness Convention.