A lot of the blogs I read have written recently about the need for men to have a firm grasp on their non-negotiable, unalterable terms or as Wayne Levine (the man who coined the term) calls them, our N.U.T.s.
To quote Levine:
To be the man, father, husband or leader you want to be, you must develop and maintain a firm grasp of your N.U.T.s
N.U.T.s – non-negotiable, unalterable terms—are the things that define you as a man. They’re what a man is committed to. And when these N.U.T.s are compromised, men become angry, unhappy, frustrated, depressed. They would rather blame others than take responsibility for their own actions. They’ll play the victim as they take out their negative feelings on those they love. They’re also the guys who will try to drown their sorrows in alcohol, drugs, porn, and a slew of other equally destructive behaviors.
I’ve borrowed a list of a few examples of N.U.T.s from Levine’s website and have listed them below:
* I am faithful to my wife.
* Compassion for my family trumps my need to be right.
* I am a risk taker.
* I do what I believe is in the best interest of my children, even if they disagree.
* I do not ask for permission.
* I do not indulge my addictions.
* I take my problems to men, not to women.
* I do whatever it takes to keep my family in our home.
* I honor my daily spiritual practice.
* I do not sell out who I am to please others.
Although I suspect I have an unspoken list to N.U.T.s, I don’t think I’ve ever actually voiced them to myself or anyone else, nor have I ever written them down. In the coming weeks, I’m going to spend some time thinking about what my non-negotiable unalterable terms are and will be posting them here on my blog as a permanent reminder to myself of those things that I will hold to no matter what. Some of mine will be fairly similar to the ones above and some will be quite different. Either way, I’m looking forward to the process of considering, defining, and listing my own N.U.T.s.
What are your N.U.T.s?