Three themes to kickstart the new year: Reflect, discuss and act to ensure our relationships are sustained for the long term

Effective Communication, Time management and Problem Solving Skills are three skills we are not born with, but critical in terms of success in our relationships.

Managing time with and without our partner, ensuring timely and open communication and pragmatic approaches to solving problems with our partner are areas that we need to develop together to ensure our relationships are sustained for the long term.

Reflect, discuss and act on these with your partner today and feel the weight reduce and intimacy take over. Set your relationship up for 2017 with a renewed understanding.

Over the next three weeks, we’ll. delve into the three vital skills:

    1. Effective Communication: Effective communication is the answer to a successful relationship – but you already knew that! Whilst the absence of effective communication may be a leading cause of divorce, fulfilling your wedding vows is easier if your relationship is based on open communication. Learning to communicate well with your partner and often is not as easy as it sounds, but it can help resolve problems before they start to affect your relationship.
    Imagine a relationship where both are equal and can make suggestions. Imagine listening to your partners comments and desires with an open mind. Imagine being direct and expressing your needs clearly – when you need space, say so. Perhaps our point of view is different to your partner – if so, they try to understand and then aim to reach a reasonable compromise.
    Communicate effectively with your partner, developing the habit of listening carefully and really understanding your partner BEFORE giving your thoughts. Its about seeing how your partner sees the world – through their heart and mind. Listening with empathy and have the courage to really stop and listen, to consider, to restrain, respect and act with reverence.

These principles can bring immense intimacy and love to your marriage.

Refined these 3 vital skills: Communication, Time Management and Problem Solving Skills. Reflect, discuss and act on these with your partner today.

Tune in for skill two next week…

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