I Love This Quote - It's All About Healing Too.
Duke Ellington ... A Problem Is A Chance For You To Do Your Best
Just read it again - A Problem Is A Chance For You To Do Your Best
What I found interesting was recalling all my previous relationships that failed.
My personal take-away was there were things I needed to do - things that needed clarity and alteration inside my head.
I know a lot of guys who have gone through a divorce and they’ve literally sunk into depression, as if all life has been lost.
Many of them have taken the ending of a relationship as a personal failure.
Why I Was Different, I Don’t Know.
I took the opportunity to re-evaluate what I was doing in my life as well as my mindset about marriage, who I wanted in my life and, more importantly, where I wanted my life to go with a new partner.
A divorce or the ending of a relationship is a somewhat pivotal point in a person’s life.
You can either wallow in self-hate and your own pity OR give yourself a kick in the arse and get trucking again.
Obviously, you’ll want to start in low gear and regain some sensible bearings on direction.
You need a reliable compass and a good roadmap too.
(Who’s getting tired of my analogies yet?)
Use The Word Challenge Instead Of Problem
The word ‘challenge’ chants for you to do your best and overcome, whereas ‘problem’ always gives me the feeling of a negative insurmountable mountain that you’re going to have difficulty climbing.
Challenge begs you to rise above the occasion and succeed.
I know it’s semantics and word play.
My belief though is the words we use guide us.
I’d much prefer to react and act on positive words and feelings.
So What’s All This Got To Do With Relationships, Healthy or Otherwise?
Simply put, relationships have got to do with two people.
And all of the variables that are involved - you know yourself there’s a stack of them :)
The mix of emotion, action and inaction invariably leads to friction points and challenges.
And that’s where a change of mindset or reframing of your thoughts brings a positive change.
My Own Relationship Example - Read On …
Please understand that when you’re able to rise above the occasion, that effort then becomes a learning experience.
That’s a huge positive, in moving forward with your lives.
OK, now for the example.
Think about one of your own previous relationships that have ended - I’m going to use one of my own.
We’re all different so some emotions and reactions have been altered to protect the innocent.
My first marriage ended.
It’s been a pretty crap time in there for a few years anyway so my gut probably saw it coming - and I wasn’t the one to end it either so there’s some fess-up time for you.
I knew in my heart that it would never amount to anything - both people involved had journeyed down different roads long ago.
I knew it was time to keep traveling by myself and this was the wake up call I needed.
My first wife Vicki and I parted ways in the most friendly of terms - because why would you really want it otherwise?
Forget hatred and anger in your heart - it’ll eventually eat you alive.
Some Much Needed Relationship Breathing Time
Now that I’m out of the partnership, I felt a mindful breeze of fresh air wash over me.
In reality, this was definitely time for positive reflection and also time to take a look inside my head, from the outside.
I bet the majority of you reading this have never taken a good long hard look at your historical relationship behaviour and then made a conscious decision to weed out your bullshit and replace it with daisies, as best as you’re able.
If you have, then I’d love more of your insight in the comments.
Here was the list of areas I needed personal improvement and growth (see if any match your own):
- In times of stress, I lied
- At other other times, I hid the truth
- We never spoke about love, sex and relationships
- In fact, talking and understanding (which are very different) was practically non-existant
- I needed to better understand the nuances of women and their values, priorities and reactions
- I needed to better understand my own values since I’d always been in auto-pilot mode
- As a person, I was stagnating
How’s that for a list of unhealthy relationship traits? And I recognised those within me.
The Real Life Journey Begins
Yep, I really needed some serious mind work and reframing to happen.
It was pivotal.
It was a relief.
It was the start of a whole NEW me.
I’m grateful that one relationship ended.
I took stock of myself and made a solemn promise to both research myself and change into the person I wanted to become.
Indeed, the person I needed to become, lest history repeats itself - and that’s not going to happen.
Over To You
Now that we’ve reached the bottom, here’s what you can do next:
- Tell me if you can relate to any of my own challenges in your own life. Are there any that you had, that I didn’t?
- Have you ever analysed your own historical behaviour?
- Since you read all the way to the bottom, I’m guessing you’ve formed some viewpoint or opinion. I’d love you share it in the comments, no matter what it is. I’m tough and can take criticism so go hard!
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