How do you keep things new and fresh in a long term relationship? Most couples agree that to continue to experience romance they need to continue “dating” each other but over time, couples can easily develop routines that become ruts. Does this sound familiar? Partner #1: “What do you want to do?”Partner #2: “I don’t know, what do YOU … [Read more...] about How to Double Your Romance with One Way Dates
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Compromise should be a last resort for resolving differences in a relationship and here’s why: When you “compromise” you are giving up some of what you want/need to meet in the middle somewhere with your partner. If you do this often enough you will find yourself sacrificing too much to make the relationship work and will resent your partner and … [Read more...] about Is Compromise the Best Strategy to Resolve Relationship Conflict and Differences?
"What you can conceive you can achieve."— Napoleon Hill As couples we want to live "happily ever after" and achieve our dreams. This is cool, but there are big limits to dreaming- You might have a desire ("love") but not a clear idea or dream or vision for what it looks like, so you're stuck with "what is"You might have a … [Read more...] about Beyond “Happily Ever After”
rad.i.cal (adjective): very different from the usual or traditional Most couples don't want an ordinary, boring, routine relationship. They want excitement, fun, closeness, love. When we get married we make vows to be together until death do us part. That's a long time, and sadly, half of marriages don't or can't keep that commitment. We … [Read more...] about Five Keys to a Radical Marriage
We have a powerful need and desire for coupling that drives us into and out of relationships. The desire for partnership is pervasive and universal, reaching back to the origin of our species, spanning almost every culture and civilization. 85% of us marry at least once. In a recent survey, 94% of young adults stated that finding a "soul mate" … [Read more...] about Benefits of Committed Relationships
What does a fulfilling life partnership look like? How does it work? What makes it successful? Few of us can answer these questions with clarity. Most of us want a fulfilling relationship as a Couple For Life and have little idea of how to create one. Even couples in successful long-term relationships have little insight into why … [Read more...] about How to Become a Couple For Life
The single most important relationship skill is not communication, it’s taking ownership. Successful relationships require taking ownership of your “experience.” WHAT IS YOUR “EXPERIENCE?” Your “experience” is what happens inside your body and your mind in response to events. It is composed of your thoughts, emotions, and physical … [Read more...] about The Most Important Relationship Skill is NOT Communication!
by David Steele, Founder of Relationship Coaching Institute I recently realized that in more than 30 years as a counselor, therapist, and coach, I have never been able to help anyone who wasn’t committed to what they wanted. Having a strong rescuer/hero complex, for many years I tried for a 100% success rate helping couples save their … [Read more...] about Commitment: The Path to Relationship Happiness
By David Steele. Relationship issues can generally be divided into "solvable" and "unsolvable" categories. Solvable relationship problems are generally related to your Needs. The most common relationship needs are Emotional and Functional. Your emotional needs are what you need to feel loved. Your functional needs are what you need for your … [Read more...] about Solvable Vs. Unsolvable Relationship Problems
By David Steele. Most of us want a fulfilling lifelong partnership with someone to love and be loved by. Those that say they don't want this have usually been seriously wounded in their important relationships. They are protecting themselves, but underneath their defenses they too long for love. Through my life and my work I have come to my own … [Read more...] about Elements Of A Healthy Relationship