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Expert Dating Advice and Tips to Develop Relationship Success Skills for Singles Not Quite Ready to Marry

For all of those singles who read my blog post yesterday asking you to reflect on the disparity between your stated priority of wanting to get married and how much time you are devoting to meeting other singles and investing in your relationship success skills, if your answer was, “Well, now that you mention it, I’m just really not quite ready to marry.  But I want to someday!” This blog post is for you!  (Yup, you’re in the right place.)

Even if you are one of the singles who really does want to get married in the next 12-24 months, this blog post will help you prepare yourself to be an even better spouse and life mate than you are today.

What is the number one attribute of happily married couples over the years?

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Nope.  D, none of the above. The characteristic of long term happily married couples is – Great Communication Skills.  Communication Skills is both the persuasion and influence strategy and tactics of the top persuaders in the world.  However, it is also the identification and communication of your emotions.  Now when I say, “The identification and communication of your emotions,” what did you imagine?

Come on, you can tell me…

Did you see yourself yelling and screaming over a problem?

Or did you hear your partner snapping at you, turning on their heel, and you saw them walk out of the room in a huff?

Or did you have an overwhelming feeling of engulfing emotions of fear of betrayal and abandonment?

Or did you just withdraw so far inside, outside frozen like a deer, hoping the fight will pass without harm?

Indeed, those are all emotional states.  However, while we are all human and may have some outbursts at times, I am talking about developing your Personal Mastery a la MIT’s Peter Senge’s work in the 1980s and 1990s with your emotions. (See The Fifth Discipline.)  This is where you have them, and I do really mean you have them – tears may stream down your face – and you accept and embrace personal responsibility for how you feel and communicate how you feel.

This is actually tougher than it may appear just reading the words.  With the number of adults having grown up in physically, mentally, and psychologically abusive family environments, you perhaps never felt that feeling and articulating your emotions was acceptable let alone allowed, encouraged, and affirmed.  Hence the list of huffy emotional outbursts I cited above.

Please, before you judge and label each of those behaviors, shift to your heart of compassion.  Each is a stunted emotional growth way to express their emotions and emotional needs.  They did not learn another way which was allowed and effective.  Or, oh my goodness, trust me, they would be using it.  Even when people – singles and married couples alike – know that the methods they know and use to-date just aren’t working for them, many people simply do not know to whom to turn, how to release what they formerly used, what is effect, and how to learn those.  Yup, each of those really is like a week long relationship seminar.  Namely each of those topics might take you 6 – 12 months to really master for you.  No worries.  You have a lifetime, and this is for you.

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1. To feel the feeling

Not shop over it.  Drink coffee to stimulate it.  Not drink alcohol to feel the pleasure of dopamine instead.  Not to isolate to turn so far inward there is no outward.  Not to be on center stage so much that there is no inner you.  No to smoke any substance to mellow or stimulate away from the feeling.  Actually FEEL your emotion.  You don’t have to live there.  Just feel it for a few moments, maybe even minutes. 

2. To identify the feeling to yourself

Perhaps some feelings were rewarded and some punished, silenced, or stuffed in your family environment growing up.  It may actually take you some time on a regular basis to identify what it is that you are really feeling.  Sometimes feelings of anger, when you feel them, and then ask yourself, “And what is underneath that feeling?” you discover that you feel  a rage because you feel afraid for your safety, afraid for your security, afraid you won’t be loved, afraid you aren’t loved.  This is just to illustrate.  Your own feelings might be different.  You will discover and excavate your own emotions like an adventurous archeologist of your emotions.

3. To articulate the feeling – simple is best

Such sentences will sound like young children, “I feel sad.  I feel happy.  I feel angry.”

Strive to articulate it as a feeling statement.  Refrain from saying “I AM angry.” Because is that correct and an accurate statement of WHO you are and WHAT you are?  That’s what you just told your unconscious mind in that sentence.  Please know this a growth curve.  Sometimes we would have sworn we used FEEL words, and can go back and listen to video recording, and we hear better words than what we are using now, but not FEEL words.  It is a growth process.  You are practicing.  And as you practice, you will improve.

4. To request behavior changes

Do Request.  Do Negotiate.  Note:  NOT demand.  State your limits.  There are some behaviors which as a natural course of things have consequences.  There are some behaviors over which you may love and care for another, but over which you will walk away.  Because those are your boundaries and parameters.  Yup, you will need to identify those and even test the waters a bit.  Sometimes you think it is a certain juncture only to find in actual life that it is at different place.

As a single wanting someday to marry, these relationship success skills are available for you to work on in yourself.  By doing this, you actually are already investing significant time into attracting lasting love.  You are practicing the most amazing self-improvement and honing true relationship success skills which will serve your relationships well – now and in the future.

And trust me, you are worth the investment of your time.

Happy Dating and Relationships,

April Braswell

Las Vegas Baby Boomer Dating Expert

{ 25 comments… add one }
  • Trisha Chambers April 7, 2010, 8:24 AM

    Communication is key! If you lose that, you’ll lose your relationship!
    Great post!

  • alam ghafoor April 7, 2010, 10:12 AM

    Communication is so important in any relationship……truly understanding how you express emotion to your partner.Great advice..pay heed people .

  • alam ghafoor April 7, 2010, 10:14 AM

    Communication is so important in your relationship….people pay heed.April always gives good advice.

  • Keri Eagan April 7, 2010, 11:09 AM

    LOL yes, don’t stimulate it with COFFEE!! Yikes….

    I try to articulate *being* _________ . This is a subtle reminder I am participating in the creation of the emotion – it doesn’t just happen to me. Great advice as always April.

    Keri Eagan

  • Dr. Wendy Schauer April 7, 2010, 1:04 PM

    I agree communication is the key to a great relationship. More importantly – two way communication is the key. If you don’t have great communication you don’t have a great relationship.

    Yours In Health!

    Dr. Wendy

  • Dale Bell April 7, 2010, 2:10 PM

    Communication is the absolute key in any relationship. Did I communicate that good enough.

  • Robert Kaufer April 7, 2010, 3:26 PM

    I definitely agree on the communication skills. My wife often disagree but work to make sure we understand each others point of view and then work towards resolutions that meet our family’s needs.


  • Steve Chambers April 7, 2010, 5:20 PM

    Hard to believe that good communication skills trumps the other aspects of building and sustaining a solid, quality relationship but you have the research and the expertise to back it up.

    Steve Chambers
    Body Language Expert

  • Jennifer Battaglino April 7, 2010, 6:58 PM

    Our motto is “Death Before Divorce”. When that’s the deal, you find a way to work it out.
    Great post and I highly recommend it! 🙂 You may walk away but always come back, identify what it is your feeling, articulate it, and negotiate. It’s a partnership, not a dictatorship.
    Jen B
    The Harwood Group – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

  • Make Money Gods Way April 7, 2010, 7:33 PM

    Great article April. You have such great insight into relationships that is is no wonder that you stay so busy helping people. They are so lucky to have you in their corner.

    Tim Van Milligan, helping you Make Money Online, God’s Way!

  • Mark April 8, 2010, 5:32 PM

    When my wife and I were going through our pre-marriage course, our pastor asked me to describe a disagreement my parents recently had… he then asked the same of my soon-to-be wife… he explained we would automatically mimic the behavior patterns we had the most exposure to unless we actively learn new patterns in order to gain a new perspective! That advice revolutionized our communication, realizing communication is an organic skill! Great points! How do you think gender plays are role in effective communication of emotions… most guys I know really struggle to talk about “feelings”… Why do you think that is?

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  • Rizal April 8, 2010, 10:53 PM

    No doubt, no relationship will survive without good communication. And only communication can bridge all the differences between the two parties involved in in the relationship.

    Thank you for a great article.


  • Eileen O'Neill April 9, 2010, 4:24 AM

    Great post! But it would seem to be natural that communications would come out on top! If we can’t acknowledge our feelings and those of our significant other, if we can’t talk to each other about these really personal things – well, I don’t see how any true relationship will ever be able to survive the storms of life.


  • Dennis Miedema April 10, 2010, 9:58 AM

    I totally agree: communication skills reign supreme… and oh yeah… that goes for the ENTIRE dating game, not just for relationships. 😉

    To More Success,

    Dennis Miedema

  • Shane Kester April 10, 2010, 12:23 PM

    My wife says that we agree, communication is key.

    Shane Kester

  • Hui Hui April 11, 2010, 6:41 AM

    Communication is definitely the most important thing in a relationship.Great advice!

    Hui Hui

  • Mary April 12, 2010, 11:00 PM

    Hi April, nice dating tips post. thanks. 🙂

  • Melissa Walker March 24, 2011, 8:18 AM

    Excellent reminder, April, that singles of all ages need to practice relationship skills.

  • Bernice March 24, 2011, 8:58 PM

    Yeah certainly working on relationship skills and getting off the text messaging to actually talk sounds like a good idea.

  • Josh March 27, 2011, 11:40 AM

    Hey, fantastic post. This is a good skill to develop so you can avoid divorcing later in life if at all possible.

  • Danny April 6, 2011, 2:50 AM

    Practicing now before we’re ready to marry is a greaat reminder.

  • Allison Bierbran April 7, 2011, 9:21 AM

    I agree with the idea of waiting for the one for you.

  • Covert Hypnotism Secrets Revealed April 20, 2011, 10:35 PM

    Waiting until you are ready makes sense to do first. Building relationships covertly takes good commmunication skills.

  • I bet this is a common issue for the twenty somethings crowd. Especially in Las Vegas and SoCal, I see that a lot of them are smokers and shouldn’t be at such a young age. I guess they think they’ll live forever.

  • adam April 21, 2011, 2:23 PM

    What an amazing text. I am trully happy. Keep writing amigo

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