How did your relationship end up this way?
At one point, your partner enthusiastically put you first. Spending time with you was a priority. Checking in with you about decisions was a given. Now, you often seem to be the last thing on their mind.
There’s no excitement, little connection, and a feeling of just going through the motions.
Sometimes, you wonder what’s the point of being in a relationship if it’s going to be like THIS.
You don’t exactly want to start over with someone new, but you can’t bear the thought of continuing this way.
You’re stuck in a rut, and you don’t know how to get out of it. Maybe, you’ve tried “everything.” That’s exactly what many of the couples who have come to me for counseling have said.
In the 40 years that I’ve been a marriage and family therapy, I’ve seen it all. Couples typically try a number of “strategies” to get back that joyful connection they once had.
And when none of these measures help, guess what happens? The couple spirals deeper into despair.
Having tried “everything,” they conclude they’re either stuck in an unfulfilling situation forevermore, or faced with the painful possibility of calling it quits.
What they don’t realize is that they HAVEN’T tried everything, because they’ve actually been working on the wrong problem. And that’s their biggest problem of all. It’s really their ONLY problem, as you’ll soon see…
If you’re stuck in a relationship rut and losing hope, I can practically guarantee you’ve been frantically pecking at the wrong problem while completely ignoring the real substance below.
In other words, you’re not fixing the issue because you don’t know what it really is.
How can I be so sure this is your problem when I’ve never met you? Because I’ve found that nearly everything a couple argues are caused by one of 5 flaws in the foundation of the relationship:
It’s not an exaggeration to say that whatever you and your partner are arguing about, we can trace it back to one of these flaws in the foundation of your relationship.
When you aren’t aware of your particular flaw, you will keep fruitlessly treating the wrong “symptom.” Resentment and frustration build, and then more issues pop up. That’s why it feels like you’re in quicksand, and trying to fix things just drills you in deeper.
You might be convinced that your problem is that your partner doesn’t know how to manage money and will spend you into bankruptcy. But when we look deeper, we see that most money issues are tied to a lack of security in the relationship. But if you don’t know how to make the relationship fundamentally secure, implementing a budget won’t accomplish anything except create more issues.
Or you think you married a workaholic and you’re always the one doing everything for the kids. So you get your mate to come home from work earlier and help out with dinner. That’s great, but the next day they stay an extra hour at work!
What you don’t realize is that what’s really happening is that your relationship is fundamentally unfair. And so nothing you try works for long.
An affair or other betrayal can be traced back to one of the five fundamental flaws.
Constant bickering, criticism, and blame are all symptoms.
“Growing apart” is also code for couples who don’t realize what’s really at the bottom of things.
And that’s the most dangerous aspect of these flaws—not only do they go undetected, but they creep up on you gradually, eating away at the love between you and your partner.
It’s all too easy to think that jumping ship will make things better, except that unless you come face to face with what’s really happening in your relationship, you’re practically guaranteed an encore with the next person.
Whatever fundamental issues you’re “blind to” in this relationship will follow you, plunging you further and further into despair.
When I’ve helped couples identify the fundamental flaw at the heart of all their relationship issues, they finally have a way out of the stalemate.
I teach them specific tools applicable to THAT fundamental flaw, which gives them a clear-cut action plan that cuts out all the fluff—and in turn eliminates the frustration, despair, and exhaustion.
Instead, the clouds start to part and there’s renewed hope. When two people do this, the results are remarkable and always worth the effort. Yet even ONE person can shift the entire relationship dynamic.
But I can’t possibly work individually with everyone who needs that kind of help. That’s why I’ve partnered with Flourish, so I can extend that help and guidance to as many people as possible, since almost all couples can benefit from these insights and tips.
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May you have an extraordinary day,