I often like to see if I can recall why I decided to read a particular book; maybe someone recommended it, or I heard about it on a podcast or something.
Sometimes I buy books and don’t read them for years and forget how I heard about them.
In this case, I am a member of Ryan Michler’s group The Iron Council. This is a brotherhood of like-minded men. Men who are working hard on themselves in order to better their relationships, their families and their communities.
Reading this book was part of the on-boarding process, as it lays out the fundamental precepts for the group.
The first section of the book addresses the battle men face in society today.
Much like the theme of this blog, the book focuses on what happens when men surrender control over their lives, be it through the behavior, emotional state, physical condition or something else.
Given the state of society, it is easy for men to find excuses for why things aren’t going the way they want. Blame the government or feminists or the economy or their wives.
And sure, all those things may have some small role, but Michler contends that when men do this, they are giving all the power in their lives to someone or something else.
They are giving up their sovereignty.
The second section lays out a man’s mission.
He believes that a man’s role is to Protect, Provide and Preside and there are chapters dedicated to each. This goes for the family, but really these roles can be taken up regardless of where you are in your life.
This is followed by a code of conduct that has thirteen virtues of manhood:
He details how each of these contribute to the overall quality of life of a man.
The Battle Plan
After almost 200 pages of foundation, Michler introduces the method to put all this knowledge into action: the Battle Plan.
In the Battle Plan, you examine 4 core areas of life; Calibration (self), Condition (physical), Connection (relationships), and Contribution (work/society).
For each area, you map out a vision. Following this you break the year up in to 12 week segments, because this is long enough to accomplish something, but not so long that you lost focus and motivation.
Goals are set for the 12 week period and tactics to achieve those goals are stated. You also set 30 and 60 day check-in mileposts to make sure you are still on track.
Breaking the year up this way also gives you the opportunity to change course if necessary without losing too much time.
The Battle Plan is a critical component of the Iron Council as well.
Ryan Michler has had the opportunity through the Order of Man to interact with many, many men, and this is provided a solid backdrop for the content of this book.
He also understands personally how surrendering one’s sovereignty can impact one’s life. His personal story is in the book if you want more information.
I recommend this book highly for all men.
If you are looking for direction in your life. If your marriage or family is falling apart. If you know you need to make a change.
This book can provide you the framework to start improving yourself.
Have you read it? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.