Is Love Really All You Need For A Successful Relationship?

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Is Love Really All You Need For A Successful Relationship?
The Beatles sang that love is all you need, but that’s not the reality is it?

No one wishes this quote from the Beatles were true more than me. I LOVE love! My desire is for everyone to walk through their day completely and totally adored for their most authentic self, full and energized by the passion they have with their partner.

But that's not the reality is it? Why not? Because it takes more than falling in love or being in love to create long lasting love that grows stronger and more passionate with every day. Unfortunately, most of us were raised to believe that a relationship either works out or it doesn't. And when things cross a threshold in our relationships, we ask ourselves the hard question "Maybe this just wasn't meant to be?" This is when people give up.

What is love then?

Tony Robbins says that "Love is the oxygen of the soul."

Love is the greatest opening of our spirit. It's what connects us to other human beings. We all crave to be loved, treasured and cherished by an intimate partner who puts us before all else. In an intimate relationship, you cannot have a magnificent love affair without PASSION! Passion is the life-force of your relationship. It's the energy within you. We all NEED passion or we feel numb inside. 

Love is incredibly powerful. But it is not enough to sustain a magnificent relationship that lasts a lifetime. Why not?

Many people think that love should be enough and that if the relationship is "meant to be" then love is all you need. These false beliefs are one of the greatest tragedies facing relationships today. They are responsible for more broken hearts and homes than anything else! I'm here to take a stand today…for your relationship. It's time to put an end to these two false beliefs that destroy so many lives. The false belief that love is enough. The false belief that if it's meant to be, it will just work out.

Why do relationships end?

While there are thousands of different symptoms, it comes down to just one fundamental cause. People start to "question" the relationship when their needs are not being met by their partner. And they give up when their needs are not being met by their partner consistently and they give up the hope that things can be any different.

What are these needs?

According to Human Needs Psychology, all people have the same fundamental human needs. The need for security, love, significance, variety, growth and contribution.  However, "the masculine" and "the feminine" have extremely different requirements for having their needs met within intimate relationships.

One of the key challenges people face today is that men and women lack an understanding and appreciation for the drastic differences between the masculine and the feminine.  As a result, we give what we want to get, but that's not what our partner needs in order to have his needs met. 

As women, we interpret masculine actions, feelings and thoughts through our "feminine" filter and often react to our men as if they were "misbehaving" who should know better and are having "bad behavior."  While we're attracted to their masculine "differences" (at times) this also frustrates the heck out of us.

By the same token, men are interpreting our actions, feelings and thoughts through their “masculine” filter and get completely confused because nothing in their masculine world can explain the feminine. While every masculine man is attracted to the feminine, it also makes them crazy because they can't understand it in their world.

It’s a miracle we ever get together at all, isn't it?

Just what is the miracle that draws us together and keeps us together? The miracle is love and passion. It's the LOVE and the PASSION that gives us the strength of spirit and the energy we require to even get in there and give our relationships a go. If we didn't feel the pull of love, we wouldn't care enough to go deep and be vulnerable with our lover. Without the life-force of the passionate desire we feel inside for our partner, we would not have the energy to keep growing into the best version of ourselves, have heartfelt understanding for our partner and create the love and life we want!

What does our partner need and how can we provide it?

There are hundreds of strategies I could share with you to help you meet your partner's needs and take your relationship to the next level. Today I'll share one fundamental strategy for the masculine and one for the feminine that will make the biggest impact in creating your magnificent love affair. 

The feminine has a deep fundamental need to be provided for and not abandoned. It's not a WANT, it's a NEED. And in today's society — it's getting unnecessarily complicated and ignored. Regardless of how "unpopular" this is, it’s the truth and it's time we come back to honor this truth.

Can a feminine woman provide for herself, her family and her partner? Of course! This isn't about what we can do. We can do anything a man can do. However, there is a huge difference between how the feminine experiences providing and how the masculine experiences it.

The masculine is wired to provide and his worthiness is tied to his ability to provide. It's what he's made to do and when he's not doing it, he can feel completely worthless, the ramifications can be catastrophic.

A woman in her feminine does NOT have this same experience with providing. We CAN provide, but we don't NEED to provide in order to feel worthy of living.  A woman in her feminine will provide when she needs to, but eventually she will feel depleted and resentful that she is not being provided for. Or she will flip into her masculine energy and stay there so she can keep providing and feeling worthy and significant from her ability to provide.

A man who is in his masculine would NEVER imagine a woman has a fundamental need to be provided for.  In fact, if you ask them, many men will respond to this with the shocked and confused response of "then why doesn't she LET me do stuff for her!?"

It's an ironic energetic snag for us ladies. We WANT to be provided for, but the energetic SNAG happens when we feel the truth that allowing ourselves to be provided for by another human being (who can't do everything exactly the way we do it), takes a level of vulnerability that we feel resistant to.

Which brings us to one of the most fundamental needs that a masculine man has. This need is so completely off most women's radars that you may not even believe me when you read this! A (masculine) man needs to make a (feminine) woman HAPPY.

He must be able to make her happy to have a thriving intimate relationship with her.  A man will give up on an intimate relationship if he feels that he can't make his woman happy.  He will END that relationship when he gives up the hope that he can ever make her happy.

This is terribly unfortunate, because so many women today struggle with allowing themselves to be happy! Don't get me wrong — I know that women WANT to be happy. But the truth is, we have so many rules about how things have to be in order to be happy. We often make it SO hard to win and really easy to fail. We make it very difficult for our men to experience the success of making us happy, especially if that man has disappointed us many times in the past!

As women, we also have a pattern of withholding our love as a means to correct "bad" behavior.  So even when our partner does something good, we don't "reward" it because the voice in our heads says something like "what do you want, a medal?" or "please, the score is like a million to one mister, try and catch up!" This unconscious pattern is killing our relationships and pushing our men away because we are blocking them from meeting one of their fundamental needs. The need to make us happy. Keep reading...

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Stacey Martino

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Stacey Martino helps people who feel stuck, frustrated and helpless with the challenges that intimate relationship brings. Stacey firmly believes that it absolutely does NOT take two to tango, that one person can significantly shift the dynamics of the relationship. 

Through targeted, strategic private coaching, programs and events for her Relationship Transformation System™, Stacey empowers you to transform your intimate relationship without needing your partner to participate in order for this to work for you!

Trained and certified by Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes, Stacey is a certified marriage educator and divorce preventionist. Stacey is a sought-after relationship expert appearing on numerous media outlets and telesummits and is the Relationship Expert for Aspire Magazine.  Download Stacey's free audio program, “How to Transform Your Relationship in Eight Steps” at  http://RelationshipTransformationSystem.com

 

Location: Newtown, PA
Credentials: Other
Specialties: Couples/Marital Issues, Divorce/Divorce Prevention, Marriage
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