June’s a happy month for me.
June 2000, June 2004, June 2005, June 2011 => milestones of a better life.
Before I arrived at better, I had a lot of experience with making my life more difficult than it needed to be.
“Relationships” was a particularly weak area.
When I got married (for the second time), I had no experience of being in a good marriage.
However, I had a willingness to look carefully at my role in creating a divorce.
Do less of what moves you away from your goals
As a coach, I would advise my athletes to:
- cut your intake of alcohol, sugar & cheese in half
- pay attention to what causes you to binge
- pay attention to what causes you to miss training
What were we doing?
- Learning how to take things out
- Learning how to get out of our own way
- Training the ability to look at our shortcomings and, gradually, address them
What are the things that screw up relationships in my demographic?
Avoid being away for long periods of time. With no kids this meant business trips under 14 days duration. With three kids (6, 8, 10) this means I’m rarely alone.
Why’s the above important?
Athletic couple, physically attractive, raising their heart rates independently, frequently apart.
Don’t come home tired. My wife put this on me a decade ago and it made an immediate difference. I’d go further…
Be seen to help out. When you’re smoked, don’t park yourself in the middle of the house and do nothing! I’ve made a habit of puttering around doing housework. It serves me well.
Away a lot, coming home tired, not assisting… if I wanted to create the perfect storm for my spouse to burn the relationship down (and feel relieved doing it) then that is a good place to start.
Anyhow, we got to “better” and then we had kids!
Six years ago, our crew was 0, 2 and 4 years old.
Back then, my wife’s goal was pretty simple… Get. Through. The. Day.
Working through that period is when we noticed 1-2-3 (above) resulted in better.
Better, not easier!
But the kids grew up and it does get easier.
And I looked around and discovered that I know what a great marriage looks like.
Nothing like what I would have expected!