How to get SWAG

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Hello everybody. While I usually take Fridays and Saturdays off blog from blogging, I make an effort to blog on Sundays, but, yesterday I decided to take the day off.

Last week, I found myself fishing for topics to discuss, and the results were mediocre (for my standards, at least). That’s why I decided to use Sunday as a blog-free mental health day.

And it worked. I feel like how a depressed, tormented artist does when they go through their one month stretch of euphoria and over that time paint hundreds and hundreds of beautiful portraits during that short span that make them famous. (seriously — that’s how most of the famous artists lived.)

I woke up this morning with myriads of topics swimming around in my head, and now I’m eager to get started. So let’s go.

Today’s topic…

SWAG.

First of all: what is swag? It’s a very hard term to define. It’s something one possesses, yet it’s not a physical thing. It’s simply that you do have it… or you don’t.

Urban Dictionary (which, unbelievably, would be the best resource for such a topic) defines swag as such:

The way in which you carry yourself. Swag is made up of your overall confidence, style, and demeanor. Swag can also be expanded to be the reputation of your overall swagger. You gain swag, or “Swag up”, by performing swag worthy actions that improve this perception. A person can also “swag down,” by being an overall pussy and garnering negative swag for their actions. Swag is a subtle thing that many strive to gain but few actually attain. It is reserved for the most swagalicious of people. Swag can also be quantified, with point systems existing in some circles of friends.

That’s a pretty good definition if you ask me. But the important question is not “what is swag?” but… “how does one acquire swag?”

Ah, the age-old question. The greatest philosophers in the world, Plato, Aristole, Socrates, spent years of their lives trying to determine this very thing. But here’s the problem: they didn’t have any swag.

You can’t define swag if you don’t have it. It’s something you feel. And how do I know this? Well, that leads me perfectly into the first rule of acquiring swag:

1) Knowing that you have swag.

This is crucial, but also dangerous. The biggest key to having swag is being confident. However, the easiest way to “de-swag” yourself is to be overconfident. You want people to admire you, not despise you. If you walk around thinking that you are better than everyone else, well, then, you have no swag and you never did.

But confidence is everything. You can’t ever expect anyone to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. How can you accomplish this? Here’s how you start:

Look in the mirror every morning and find one thing that you like about yourself. And remember it. Whatever you choose, make it your manifesto. Use it as motivation. Constantly remind yourself about this thing, and be proud of it.

One you accomplish this, then you can start getting accustomed to the idea of having self-confidence. Keep looking in the mirror, and find new things that you like about yourself. That way, you start your day in a good mood, and you’re ready for what the rest of the day may bring. Which brings me to my next point of how to acquire — and maintain — swag.

2) Don’t let others ruin your swag.

This world is chock full of unappreciative, self-loathing, miserable people. They treat every day like they’re on a sinking ship, and all they want to do is bring others down with them.

We call these people “swag-enemies.”

Don’t let these people bring you down. Let whatever insults they throw at you roll right off your skin. In fact, smile at them, and don’t be afraid to even laugh along with whatever they say to you. Once they notice your unassuming, modest demeanor, they’ll realize it’s a lost cause, and maybe you’ll even gain their respect (not that you even need it.)

This is key. Letting other people drag you down is the easiest way to lose your swag. But, in truth, they just sense your swag and it makes them feel worse about themselves. It’s not your fault. Besides, who cares what they think about you? If you know you got swag (see rule #1), than their opinion does not matter.

But, remember, don’t just reserve your smiles for them. Smile at everyone. Be friendly. Having swag doesn’t isolate you from the rest of society. That’s another way to lose your swag. True swag means full acceptance of all people. No one in this world is not good enough for you. No one.

But that doesn’t mean that you still can’t flaunt your swag. Which brings me to rule #3.

3) Don’t slouch.

Seeing a person slouch is the easiest way to detect lack-of-swag. Walking around with a defeated expression, and acting like you’ve been given a raw hand in life is the antithesis of swag.

Body language is everything. Step strongly, hold your head high, and you will automatically have a commanding presence. People will know when you are there. In the rare case that you ever do find yourself slouching, stand up straight and remind yourself of those things that you like about yourself. It should have an immediate effect.

4) Look your best.

Now I’m not saying you need to hit up the mall right now and buy some expensive clothing; just do the best with what you can. How you present yourself is an important part of the swag-process.

Most importantly, do NOT try to look like somebody else. Be yourself, and make sure that you are comfortable with what you wear. Most importantly, wear whatever gives you the most confidence.

5) Set daily expectations for yourself.

These expectations don’t have to be monumental. Don’t reinvent the wheel here. Set expectations in the morning. Simple things like “Have a good day at work,” or “Have a positive interaction with one of your co-workers,” or “Catch up with so-and-so who you haven’t talked to in a while.” Things like that. If you completed this one simple task, then you reached your expectations, and you maintained your swag.

6) Stay positive all day long.

The day is 24 hours long. It’s a long time, I know. Being happy for half of it is not good enough. Don’t ever let the little things in life take away from your swag. If you feel like life is becoming repetitive, set new, reachable expectations for yourself.

Having swag is not a part-time job.

7) Fine-tune your swag.

Swag is like fashion. It changes and evolves every day. Since there’s no one definition for it, you have to use your swag-instincts and figure it out yourself. Perhaps make small adjustments in your social life, like cutting out a bad influence in your life, or adding a new word to your vocabulary. There’s no one way to go about it, so be creative!

8 ) Repeat everyday.

Only by accomplishing all of this can one obtain swag. I never said it was easy, and I certainly never said that it was an overnight process. It will take a while.

The most important thing about having swag is being confident and secure with the person that you are. Because if you don’t have that, then you will never have swag.

Go on, try it. When you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and say just one simple thing that you like about yourself. And don’t forget it.

Before you know it, you will be on the road to becoming swagtastic.

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74 thoughts on “How to get SWAG

  1. Confidence is the biggest part of swag. Listen to hip hop music where the artists talk at length about their ‘swag’; they are all supremely confident. When you exude confidence you exert a natural level of swag.

    Never thought I’d use the word exude, and the word swag, in the same sentence.

  2. thanx people have been saying i have no swag thanx that is what i needed tomorow at school im going to be my self and wear somethin thats cofterbale

  3. i hope it works cuz im way down in the dump. i have no confidence at all so much that i am so afraid of everything i do nothing and ppl just think im not haveing a good time im so nervous all the time but im gonna try this thanks!!!

    • we are on the same page here i feel soo scared doing anything in front of my friends and in 3rd grade i was told that i was uggllyyy and so may other things u cant even imagine!!!!!!i think this is finally gonna help for the first time i think i might be confident and independent in myself
      thxxxxxxxx alott!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Men thx ineed tht for some reason i found out the reason my swag drop because cuzin was copying so I didnt like and let my swag drop but now im gonna bring it back up thanx

  5. Thks people at ma skool say i woul work swagg and i want to go to skool lookin different and thats why i wasnt to look like i got something to shoe for thankz alot

  6. This was so swweeett CONFIDENCE. I just wanna say that i know few swagolicious peeps out there, so good luck! I definately hav 2 check some stuff. Ahboo…yah. Is it wrong that no matter what I can’t go a week without sparkles? It my swag, whatevs. Serious chizz to check tomorrow, i’ll probably forget. Anyway, thanks you totes inspired me. (Dont email me!)

    • Gettin paper! Gonna get a bf! You don’t wanna be in my drafting class. They have some INTERESTING qualities. Yeah. Yesterday I experienced way too much akward silence!

  7. Thanx great will do
    I cant wait to have some swag at school on monday. This is exactly what i was looking fo. Must have a lot of swag to rite this. U f***in rock

  8. Wow, this helped. Before i waz consindered a dump, but now girls are all over me, i even gots 2 girls now!!!!:)

  9. Thanks dude. I already had swag but this help me gain even more thnks bruh ;) . Changed my hair and evergything. 360 waves lego!

  10. To have swag be yourself have confidence dont listen to people when they say u have no swag because if u think u have swag the other guy is jealous one important thing your clothes gotta match and you need a girlfriend

  11. amen. strait up. but i think some things like slouching could still be exceptable. espesailly cuz their two different types of swag their gangster swag then theirs prepy swag. it all depends on what u want to be.
    but any way, nice job dog.

  12. @ drew1000
    uhh…….hate to tell u bro but dudes wit swag dont brag about it over tha internet, not hateing just sayin.
    if u got swag, dont tell people…….. fuckin sho people.

  13. o.k. im sorry. this blog is good, its got major points but some of these people replying sound like freaking POSERS.

  14. Cool you’re trying to help ppl, but if someone is honestly trying to get “swag” by searching it on the internet, they probably won’t ever have any. Personally I think swag is fuckin weak. Just be a man, stand up for yourself, stand up for what you believe in, don’t be a punk, and you’re set.

  15. dude if these are your views on life then I honor you bro being unique is one of my key factors and trying to not let everyday peoples opinions fuck wit my perspectives I admire ur views on life matter of fact I’m still trying to constantly improve on myself because of what I’ve been through in my life I have a strong negative outlook on life but whAt u sAid on this blog has me thriving to change myself thank you bro for your words you are very smart

  16. r u 4 real bro? these ppl don no how ta leave comments! they don gotta reveal themselves, just makes dem more ak ward!! no, i’m serios. not ta be rude, this wubsite did help sum ppl in ma clss.

    • Translation:
      Are you for real, bro? These people don’t know how to leave comments! They dont’t have to reveal themselves, that just makes them more akward. No, I’m serious. I don’t mean to be rude. This website did help some people in my class.
      -RJ

  17. Mad advice , gonna use this info to help me through my life , i always feel smaller to other people , but after reading this , its gonna help for sure, my confidence levels have already increased and my swag meter is hitting the roof , hope others read this and take this advice itll do ya good

    Swag.

  18. Before, Tweens loved swag. They ALWAYS Had Swag!
    However, nowadays, 11-13 yr olds say Swag is Gay. Now no one, apart from primary school and adults, use swag!! Kids say say it’s gay, and thus primary kids treat swag is MUST HAVE! What’s happening?

  19. Dude Sick!! Nice Bloggin There Haha Swagg, I Have it But I was missing the one important Part, Self Confidence, So now when i look out to all my Haters I will Just be like, Good Job!! haha And for that I thank You!-IamSwaggKing

  20. dude ur the shit i mean i have NO SWAG ive tried for years but ur advice will deff help i will try this and i will get up tommarow knowing i am me nd fuck what anyone thinks im me and thats all that matters ur the man keep it up bra

  21. You know what’s funny about this? In my area, or at least my school, “swag” is lame. The word is only sed to mock posers. Despite that, this was a helpful article, thanks.
    -RJ

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