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Relationship Happiness Braving the Stormy Seas to Achieve the

Relationship Happiness: Braving the Stormy Seas to Achieve the Impossible

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Julie was cold and alone in a dark and stormy ocean.  She was desperately treading water but each new wave threatened to take her last breath away.  The more she struggled the more her energy drained away.  Feeling alone and worn out.  She wasn’t sure how much longer she could carry on.

Then she caught sight of her husband, John.  She was surprised to see that he was only a few meters away.  He’d been right there all along.  She could see that he was also struggling in the stormy sea. He too was exhausted and just like her he was striving to stay afloat but the life was going out of his eyes and she knew he was losing the battle.

They swam towards each other, reaching out and connecting at last.  Their embrace felt warm and comforting and with that connection they felt the strength of being together.  They were still in the cold, stormy ocean but now they were able to stay afloat by supporting each other.

As they embraced, battling the elements that were assaulting them, they looked around and as they did so they noticed an empty rowing boat bobbing in the stormy ocean only a short distance away.  Swimming to this beacon of hope John was able to help Julie climb into it and then Julie was able to reach down to pull John up.  In the boat they felt the immense, sweet relief of security and safety from the rough sea.  Not a lot, but enough to make the difference that they desperately needed.

In the boat they were able to work together to row towards the glimmer of sunshine they could see in the distance poking through the heavy dark clouds.  When Julie was tired John took the oars and when John needed to rest Julie was able to row so they continued moving forward. In this way, working collectively and supporting each other they made real progress towards where they needed to go, together.

Before long the storm blew itself out and the stormy water that had threatened to engulf them became calm and tranquil.  The dark clouds and biting wind gave way to sunshine and blue skies with the sounds of birds calling above.

Working together, they had rowed through the storm to find sunshine, safety and security. They could both enjoy the feeling of relief, accomplishment and success.  Surviving this arduous experience meant they were much stronger for weathering the storm together.

Often when we find ourselves battling a situation, where we feel alone, it is not easy to see how we will ever find a way out.

In these difficult times we might feel the people closest to us are part of the problem but by reaching out

and connecting we find that we share so much more and together a solution can be found.

By expressing our vulnerabilities, connecting with others, working together, supporting those around us and being supported we are capable of achieving what we thought was impossible.  We also expand our horizons to achieve so much more in the future ahead.

 

Assertive Communication

Assertive Communication – Standing Strong in Your Own World

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Communication, there’s no escaping it.

It’s the main way we connect, with everyone.  But how do you stand strong in your own world while respecting others?   Even not speaking is actually sending a message.  How often have you said something only to be met by a raised eyebrow, grin, frown or laughter?

We all have our own natural style of communicating. You may not be aware of it, you may be more aware of the style of other people’s communication rather than your own.  You may even think you are a naturally amazing communicator and any misunderstandings are due to the other person (obviously!).  I thought my style of communication was in this category until I began to notice some not so healthy reoccurring patterns with my interactions.  Luckily some honest feedback gave me a moment of glaring illumination and the motivation that I needed to tune up the way I communicate.

As you’re reading this you can probably think of someone’s communication style that you appreciate and someone’s that you feel a clash with.  You’ll recognise the usual suspects.

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Mr/Mrs/Ms Aggressive: We all know this one, not physically aggressive but verbally they can be a steam roller…. “my way or the highway”.  Often it’s not even the words that are said, the tone alone can make it very clear that this is not an open, even, democratic conversation.  This is enough for you to feel that your opinion is not needed or valued.  Often this suspect sounds loud, sometimes even angry, controlling, stressed, (self) important, intense, domineering and strong.  The aggressive communicator justifies his or her behaviour by saying he gets things moving, ignites action and gets results, which are all positive things overall.  The cost is often the connection with the people who feel flattened in their path.  People on the receiving end regularly feel dominated, undervalued and hurt.  In a nut shell the aggressive communicator only wants to focus on his or her goals and can be unaware or insensitive to the needs and wants of others.

 

Mr & Mrs Passive: Mr & Mrs Passive also goes by the name Mr & Mrs Nice and everyone likes them.  Again we all know someone like this.  They’re the friendly, caring souls that sacrifice their seat so you can have theirs, forgo their plans because yours sound better.   This suspect often sounds and appears soft, quiet, small, obliging, nice and polite.  Nothing is a bother, they’re here to Ms Passiveplease others and people like that….. until one more burden is taken on, one more sacrifice is made, all the time outwardly smiling but inwardly disappointed and increasingly angry.  Then Mr & Mrs Passive are transformed into a Martyr.

It’s hard to view Mr & Mrs Passive as anything but good but in the context of constructive conversation being passive is not helpful.  Often Mr & Mrs Passive won’t put forward their views or give honest feedback.  The costs are that others are frustrated by the lack of authentic and open conversation.  Others feel they always have to make the decisions since Mr & Mrs Passive just agrees and won’t cast the deciding vote when it is needed and would be valued.

The benefits may seem that Mr & Mrs Passive keeps the peace and on the surface people are happy but the costs are their own needs are not valued and resentment builds and bubbles under the surface.

 

Mr/Mrs/Ms Assertive: Mr & Mrs Assertive are a rare breed, not often witnessed but when they are you see and hear someone who is confident, balanced, assured, respected and calm.  In contrast to Mr Aggressive who does not care about the views of others and Mrs Passive who sacrifices her own views, Mr & Mrs Assertive stand strong in their own world.  They respect their own views, ideas and goals and also those of others.  They are confident in saying no, or that doesn’t work for me, that’s OK, you do your thing and I’ll do mine.   Mr & Mrs Assertive know what thAssertiveey are comfortable with and are self-assured enough to communicate this in an even adult manner that leaves them feeling heard, understood and respected, even if they don’t receive the answer they  wanted.

There’s no escaping communication and we all have our natural style and that style will vary with each situation we’re in.  Often you’ll see and hear someone who is assertive at work but passive with their family.  The good news is we can all learn to be assertive in every situation and when you do it’s valued and you will feel better for it.  Being aware of your communication style and its costs is the first step.

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority” Kenneth Blanchard

By being open to developing your communication style you will achieve the outcomes you want, whilst maintaining the harmonious and effective connections with your spouse, family, friends and colleagues.

 

Learn more on how to harness your assertive communication on the Authentic Communication & Conflict Resolution course.

 

 

Change Your Story To Write A Better Future

Change Your Story to Write a Better Future

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I couldn’t.

I can’t do that.
I’m not good at that.
I’ll never be able to be the person who can do that.
They’ll laugh at me.
I’m a fraud.
I’ll fail.

Says who?
What evidence is there?
What if you could do it?
What if you are the person who can do it?

And then,
What does success look like?
How does it feel when you step forward past your fear to do it?
What will you say to yourself when you pause and look back?
What do you hear from others when you do succeed?

It sounds empowering.
It feels amazing.
It looks great.
You will radiate!

~ Change your internal story and you’ll write a better future for yourself ~