“In a world where great risks can bring extraordinary rewards, Tom Mullen has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams...” Now I hear it, I’ll never make it as a movie trailer voiceover guy, like that one guy, who’s done every movie trailer ever produced. Do you know his name? I looked it up and will tell you at the end of this intro. “But first, in a world where husbands and wives fight for control of the other, one couple takes a risk. They boldly enter into a difficult conversation.”
You’ll love this movie! Drama, comedy, suspense, and a happy ending...no, not that kind of happy ending! Pain is part of an intimate relationship but most of us can’t ever go there because we either avoid pain, or we turn pain into an unproductive hurt locker.
Today we learn how to have a difficult conversation. You’re going to learn about, wait for it, cue the dramatic music...the the soft start-up.
Welcome to the show, I’m your host, Michael Smalley, and you’re listening to Inspirational Comedy. Marriage education with a dash of humor.
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I bet you thought I forgot about the most famous voice in movies, the trailer guy. Well, I didn’t! His name is Don LaFontaine.
Gottman found he can predict if a couple is going to divorce based on the first three minutes of a conversation. If you start up harshly, it will end harshly.
“You always do this!”
“I’m so sick of all of it!”
“If you do this one more time!”
A harsh startup is when one partner brings up an issue and uses criticism and contempt to get their point across. Using Harsh Startups is one of the indicators of a failing relationship, the more often you use them the more damaging they are, and the higher your probability of relationship demise. - Dr. John Gottman
Your marriage, if you want it to be great, takes work.
The soft-startup is how you can have a difficult conversation.
“I might be wrong.”
“Help me understand.”
“I love you, I want our sex life to be amazing and I know how important it is for us to increase our frequency. For me, there are times I feel like a “no” is not allowed and I’d love for us to talk about why.”
Instead of, “OMG! Is sex the only thing on your mind!”
The six rules to a soft-startup
In other words:
I’ll end today’s podcast with this, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy
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