EP 101: Relationship Advice from Boating
Welcome to the Relationship Fitness Podcast! Boating and relationship advice—is there any correlation? I say there IS a correlation, and I’ll explain what I mean. Join me for a closer look.
Check your attitude
How are you working ON and IN your relationship? Are you spending too much time focusing on the past, either the good stuff or the bad? The “good old days” are happening right now, so look ahead. If you only look at the past, you can’t see where you’re going. It’s like being in a boat. The boat leaves a wake in its path, and it can be beautiful and dangerous at the same time. Be careful of the wake you are making with the boat that is your marriage. If you focus on the wake the boat leaves behind, you’ll miss the beauty and scenery in front of you. In your marriage, focus on each other as a team that’s working to move forward together without wrecking “your boat.”
Live up to your commitment
Think back to your wedding vows. Those were commitments you made to your spouse. Did you mean those words? We need to approach that commitment as a covenant promise that we would rather die than break. Too many marriages fail because one or both partners don’t keep their promises; they cheat on each other and don’t do their part to make the relationship work. You have to be committed to the extreme degree and “burn the boats” like the explorer Cortes did in 1519 to ensure that his men were “all in” on their mission. Are you “all in” on your relationship?
Take a close look
Think about the behaviors and habits that you need to drop. Do you need to change the way you speak to your spouse? We all have to grow and learn throughout life in a constant process of refinement. Whatever drives a wedge between you and your spouse needs to be dropped. It could be too many nights of “hanging with the guys” or too many “girls’ nights out” that contribute to your unhealthy relationship. Think of these things as your “boats” that need to be burned to show your commitment.
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