Tired Of Your Marriage Problems & Want Real & Lasting Solutions?

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How to Have a Successful Marriage: Characteristics to show you the RIGHT way to get rid of your marriage problems and find the results and solutions you want, Part 7: Self-Investment

Your marriage problems will start, continue, or increase unless you make the conscious choice to be different in your marital relationship. What this means to you is unless you are actively engaging in consistent and measurable action steps which will produce different results, the frustration, lack of satisfaction, unhappiness & discontent you feel will not only continue, but increase.

Different than the average bear...

When I talk about 'being different' in your marriage I mean getting rid of the arguments, the negative conflict (yes, there is positive conflict), the blow ups & blow out, the passive aggressive behavior, the way you avoid each other, finding solutions to your challenges; feeling relief after an argument instead of more stress, anger, or anxiety. Not only so, but experiencing a significant increase in the love, happiness, acceptance, safety & passion you feel; having more fun together. Part of this involves you (& you and your partner) defining where it is exactly you want to go in your marriage. Clearly, you know where you are, it's not where you hoped you would be, is it? One of the first steps you can take is to assume responsibility. Own up to your own mistakes, missteps, and faults; no more blame or finger-pointing or excuse making.

After all, who's really at fault?

You both are. No one more than the other; therefore there's no need to assign blame. From this step a next step would be to clearly & measurably define where it is you want to go. What is it you want to experience? It's not enough to know what you don't like or wish was different. Saying "I wish my wife wasn't such a nag or wasn't so bitchy." isn't going to get you anywhere constructive; nor is saying "I wish my husband would get off his ass and help me out." Neither is complaining to, or about, each other. It's natural and normal to realize there are things you do not like about your partner. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to focus on that stuff and let it ruin your relationship, or, are you going to accept we all have areas of improvement and appreciate them in spite of their own weak points?

Most couples I know simply complain about their spouse or avoid them in some way. It seems like an awful lot of wasted energy and time to me. Wouldn't you rather spend that time and energy enjoying each other? The truth is...

It takes more energy to focus on the negative & complain than to focus on the positive

If you're going to expend the time and the energy, doesn't it make more sense to you to expend it on enjoying each other & finding solutions to the problems & challenges you have. If you feel stuck in your marriage, and stuck in your problems, it's simply because you've YET to find the right solutions. If you're committed to having the marriage you hoped for, then you must also commit to doing whatever it takes to be different in your relationship. Part of this commitment includes investing in yourself to increase your knowledge and skill set.

Most marriage problems are due to not having the right skills...

Your marriage problems didn't start in your marriage. No, they started WAY before you were ever married. Your problems started when you weren't modeled the right way to create a successful relationship; you weren't modeled the correct way to handle and resolve conflict. I'm certainly not saying your marriage problems are your parents fault. What I am saying is you didn't get the right model to follow growing up and are simply following the only model you know. It's time for you to get a new model and with it a new mindset. Part of becoming different means you will want a new mindset. Think of it like this: if you've been attempting to solve your marriage woes with the mindset you currently have and are unsuccessful, do you think continuing to attack your problems with the same mindset is going to get you the results you want? Of course not! What this means to you is we need to shift your mindset so you're able to get the solutions which will provide the results you want.

Do you know what happens when a fish is sick?

If you ever have a sick fish there's only one thing to do to make it healthy again...you've got to change their environment. What this means to you is in order to be different in your marriage so you can get the results you want is you have to change your environment, you've got to shift your mindset. Your thoughts & beliefs are the water you're swimming in. You want a marriage filled with love, passion & happiness? Then we've got to shift the way you're currently thinking.

Part of this is equipping you with the right knowledge and skill set...I was with a group of guys I coach last night and we were talking about marriage & some friends we know who are married and who's marriage is ending. One of the things we discussed is how people who are getting married are focused to their detriment on the warm and fuzzy, romantic dream they believe marriage to be. They're focused on the wedding day - the great party it will be; the presents they'll get; how much FUN it will be. They're consumed with thoughts about the honeymoon; how romantic it will be, how much fun they'll have, the sex they'll have. When couples talk about getting married it's all about the fun, the pleasure, what they'll enjoy about it. And as a result...

All of their time, energy, & MONEY is spent on the thought of pleasure...

And because they're so focused on the front-end of marriage they're not thinking about the FIFTY PLUS YEARS of marriage and what it will take to create a marriage which not only LASTS, one which will increase in love, happiness, passion & fulfillment. What have they done to EQUIP themselves for the rigor of married life? If you haven't prepared for the natural storms of marriage, you will be beat against the rocks when they come. All the money and planning for a wedding DAY and honeymoon would be better spent investing in increasing your knowledge and skill set so you're actually able to create the marriage you want.

Now you find yourself in trouble. And you are not alone. I was once where you are now. And as there was for me, there is hope for you. The key is whether or not you will NOW choose to invest in yourself; your partner; your marriage. Will you choose to get the right knowledge and skill set to create the marriage you really want? Because until you do, you will not be able to truly be different in your relationship with your husband or wife.
P.S.: If this article was helpful to you, encouraged or supported you, or if you learned something new or were reminded of something you needed to be reminded of - let me know! I'd love to hear from you!! Email me. Also, if you think it would benefit someone you care about, please do them a favor and "pass it on
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If you're tired of the ways you may be unconsciously sabotaging your romantic relationship - and you're ready to experience an abundance of the love, passion, peace, and happiness available to you - than there's no one better than Brian Jones to show you the way to romantic success. Brian has a BA in Human Development & a Master's in Counseling, and has been helping couples for over ten years to get the real, proven, and lasting results they really want!

Couples have been coming to Brian to see how they can end the back-and-forth arguments in their relationship over such common problems like money, sex, & parenting. Brian has personally spent over $100,000 of his own money in - as well as reading several hundred books & attend

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This article was published on 2011/01/07