One of the most common issues men struggle with in relationships is how we handle a woman when she’s in an emotional state.
I know that I failed to understand my ability to help her step out of those storms for a good 10+ years of my marriage.
It’s not a simple thing to do when you’re in the heat of the moment – especially when you’re not expecting it.
But there are some simple tools you can have in your toolkit that will help you to know exactly how to respond.
These aren’t tools to fix what’s “wrong” with her, but how you use them can allow her to come out of her emotions, to relax and to move toward you and want to reconnect.
I talk more about this in the video below:
“Knowing that her emotions aren’t about me means I can relax and lead us forward”
When your relationship is under pressure and things seem to be getting worse, how do you find the pressure valve and release the tension so that everyone can relax?
It’s such an important skill to be able to look at things a little differently to the way they appear at first glance.
In your work environment you do this ALL THE TIME and you’re so good at it that you get rewarded highly for your abilities.
But in our personal relationships, we struggle to apply the same skills.
It’s not because we’ve suddenly lost the ability to see solutions and implement them.
It’s not because we don’t care or want to help.
In fact often we care too much and it’s crippling our ability to help.
The harder I tried the more strained and distant my relationship became.
So what causes the pressure and tension?
Why can’t you seem to say or do the right thing anymore?
It all comes down to the tools you’re using, where and how you’re applying them.
When your partner is upset, our first reaction is often to ask her questions so you can take away whatever is causing her stress or pain.
BUT…and this is important, you CAN’T fix that problem.
There are no tools that I or anyone else can give you to shore up her anxiety, melt her sadness or jump start her happiness.
Those things are all created by her thinking.
And those things will only be fixed by her thinking.
What she’s focused on, what’s worrying her, how many things she’s still not done (that she should have completed last week)….
A million different stresses and pressures that are all outside your control.
You do have some amazing tools at your fingertips though. Incredibly affective tools. Tools that have an instant effect on how you experience moments of stress and anxiety in your life.
Where and how you use them makes all the difference. These tools are for you, to tune up how you deal with circumstances in your life and to enable you to raise your own enjoyment.
The first tool is your ability to stay calm.
This is like new brakes on an old pickup. When you decide to stop trying to calm someone else down and instead choose to focus on staying calm yourself, suddenly you give yourself an extra couple of seconds to respond, to be more in control of your decisions and actions.
The second tool is curiosity.
This is like finding the release valve on a red hot pressure cooker. When you’re able to see her behavior is being driven by her internal pressure, you can stop letting it define you. Some of the urgency and pressure gets released from inside you, then you can breath deeply, imagine what it must feel like for her and be interested in understanding her more.
The third tool is agency.
This is like deliberately ignoring the Satnav and choosing the route you want to take to your destination. When you have a clear sense of your own identity and value in your relationship, you can make decisions that align with your character, build your self respect and confidence. You lead by example. You can’t choose your route and expect others to pat you on the back, but you can choose your route and be committed to enjoying the journey – be committed to WHY you chose that route.
When we’re coaching men, so much of what we do is getting you clear on knowing when and how to use the tools you have.
First you have to know what your tools are (your character).
Then you have to know what your tools aren’t (your circumstance).
And finally you must know why you use a tool (your intent).
When a man finally gets this it’s like a light has been switched on for him. He starts asking why we don’t learn these things earlier in life.
We hear things like:
“I feel my old confidence coming back. We had one of the most honest, scary, yet connected conversations we’ve had in years. I finally feel like we’re being real with each other and understand how the other person has been feeling for years.”
We go deep with the men we coach every day of the year. This is the route to being a great man, and it’s an incredibly fulfilling journey that we would love to take with you.
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