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The Right Tools for the Job

Most people think once they meet the right partner they will
automatically have a great relationship. They don't realize
creating a great, long-term relationship requires the right
tools for the job.

Let me give you an example. Peter has had many short-lived
romances, or flings. He believes the reason for the short-lived
nature of most of his past relationships is because he hasn't
yet met the right person. Now he believes he has met his Ms.
Right and wants to be with her long-term. He thinks he will
naturally know what to do in this new relationship. Or perhaps
he hasn't even given any thought to what he should do.

He approaches this new partner in the same manner as he has
approached women in the past. He comes on very strong. He
lavishes her with affection and attention. He tries to push the
relationship forward quickly. His partner wonders about his
motivations. She feels uncomfortable or rushed, maybe scared.
She hesitates, tells him to slow down, then gets addicted to the
attention and falls, hard. Now she wants to spend all her time
with him, and he is starting to feel controlled, pressured.

Peter may walk away from the relationship and lose it because
he was trying to build a long-term relationship in the same way
he approached his flings. He used the tools for a fling --
coming on very strong, excessive amounts of attention, rushing
the relationship -- to get a long-term relationship. He used the
wrong tools for the job. He didn't realize a long-term
relationship must be built on a different foundation than a
short-term romance.

What would happen if Peter realized that relationship skills
are no different than any other set of skills? What would happen
if he realized he might be missing the ones necessary to build a
long-term relationship? He may start paying attention to his
actions. He might pursue relationship skill training to better
himself. As a result, he would be much more likely to create the
long-term partnership he desires.

Now let's take Angela, a late 30-something, attractive woman.
Angela, like Peter, has had mostly short-term relationships. The
two long-term relationships she did have were difficult almost
from the start.

Angela attracts men by flirting and with sexuality. She dresses
in a provocative manner, and is open to being sexual with men on
the first few dates. Men look at her, talk to her, and ask her
out, often. But they don't stick around to be in a relationship
with her. This used to be ok with Angela, but now she really
wants a long-term relationship.

Unfortunately she keeps trying to attract a man for a long-term
relationship in the same way she was attracting men before. She
is using the tools for a fling -- sexuality and flirtatiousness,
provocative dress, being sexual with men quickly -- to get a
long-term relationship. She is using the wrong tools for the
job. She doesn't realize a long-term relationship must be built
on a different foundation than a short-term romance.

I am sure you want to know what the tools are for building a
long-term relationship. Look at the list below and see how many
of these you use when trying to build a relationship that lasts.

* Build a friendship
* Go slowly
* Wait to be physically intimate until all what's below is done
* Find out if the person you are with is compatible with you
in the following ways:
physically - you are both attracted to each other

* Find out whether the person wants the same type of
relationship future as you want:
fling/see what happens/long term relationship/marriage
kids/no kids if you both want a marriage in your future

*Compare communication styles to see if they are complimentary
and compatible

* Make sure your values, belief systems and lifestyle mesh with
each other

* Have many long conversations about how you both envision
your ideal relationship and work out a model or vision that fits
both of you

* Work on and grow yourselves and each other emotionally and in
your capacity to be close and to love

* Fall in love and live happily ever after

As with any learning process, it may be useful to have someone,
such as a coach, who can help train you in how to do the above.
If you need help, I am here for you - you can always talk to me
by scheduling a ProblemSolver coaching session. Go to for
more information.

When you have acquired the above relationship skills, you will
be on your way to creating the long-term relationship you
dream of!

Your Relationship Coach,
Rinatta Paries

(c) Rinatta Paries. Do you know how to attract your ideal mate? Do you know how to build a fulfilling relationship, or how to reinvent yours to meet your needs? Relationship Coach Rinatta Paries can teach you the skills and techniques to attract and sustain long-term, healthy partnerships. Visit where you'll find quizzes, classes, advice and a free weekly ezine. Become a "true love magnet(tm)!"

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