Making a marriage successful takes a shift of mindset.
The thinking that creates problems is not the thinking that will solve them.
What we are looking for is the mindset that enables growth through the confidence of knowing what works and what doesn’t.
That shift is about moving away from blame and judgement and moving toward curiosity and a desire to learn.
So when a man says to me my wife is highly critical of me, she is impossible to please I don’t understand what she needs to be happy.
Do we all sit back and blame her for being so awful or do we moved to understand the world from her perspective?
Blame and judgment takes us no where, curiosity takes us to learning, to understanding and then to becoming of value.
Being of value is where the real power sits.
So if what you are doing isn’t putting you and your partner on the same page then understanding why has to be the mission.
At this point you must forgive yourself for not knowing this because no one knows how to do this naturally.
It’s as crazy as saying being a heart surgeon is natural.
Being married is a skill and no one is born with the skill.
What many do is blame, then go to hopelessness without ever asking why is it this way?
Blame and acceptance of judgement takes no intelligence and doesn’t lead people to wonder what have they missed?
They feel bad and mindlessly attach the bad feeling to others under another illusion that other people have the power to run in our minds and make us feel things.
A ludicrous concept that so many believe is true.
Again a lack of intelligent questions is making us all powerless.
The reason I chose coaching and education as a vehicle for helping couples out of crisis is it expands a persons knowledge and thinking to see problems from multiple perspectives.
Essentially reframing seemingly impossible problems to become solvable.
Most people are stuck with just one perspective and that’s their own.
What they know isn’t enough as it keeps leading them into dead-ends.
So couples simply can’t talk to each other effectively without understanding what each other is trying to say and why!
What is the point of speaking to someone who can only hear your words through their own perspective.
How fast will you be misunderstood?
The mindset shift is about putting couples into learning states that are a much safer way to navigate new perspectives they would never naturally see.
Shifting the thinking is about empowering the person to take charge through taking responsibility.
This puts them back in the driving seat of their life and this means they have the chance to lead themselves and their family to safety.