Getting Your Guy To Talk About The Future

Getting Your Guy To Talk About The Future
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It's the bane of every relationship. For the woman, bringing up "the future" can be quite risky. If done too soon, it can scare away a potential life partner. For the man, being expected to commit and show confidence in the success of the relationship can be just as scary. So how can two people who enjoy each other get through this potentially awkward and arduous event without sabotaging the chemistry? Having had this conversation a few times myself, I've taken the best strategies of women I've dated and listed them for your benefit.

It's the bane of every relationship. For the woman, bringing up "the future" can be quite risky. If done too soon, it can scare away a potential life partner. For the man, being expected to commit and show confidence in the success of the relationship can be just as scary. So how can two people who enjoy each other get through this potentially awkward and arduous event without sabotaging the chemistry? Having had this conversation a few times myself, I've taken the best strategies of women I've dated and listed them for your benefit.

Just the facts, ma'am

Guys can deal with facts. Logical, comfortable, predictable facts. When you start off by throwing in your life's dreams, desires and how he fits into them, he begins to wonder if he is capable of fulfilling those grand notions and gets a little panicked! Instead, start slow by talking about the facts. "We've been dating for a little over a year." "I've come to trust you a great deal." These are stated in simplistic ways and will lay out a blueprint that a man will gladly entertain thoughts about. Choose the things you want to highlight that will later build a case for long-term love, but state them simply and leave it at that for starters. The most difficult part of this for women is to refrain from drawing conclusions for these facts immediately.

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Paint the picture

Talk about the characteristics that you are looking for in a long-term partner and why. Intentionally choose characteristics that your man possesses, making it clear why you enjoy being with him. "No matter who I am with, they have to have a sense of humor. That's one of the main reasons I love being with you." Not only does this give the man confidence, but also reinforces that you are with him intentionally and not out of blind luck on his part. Men secretly believe that they may not be good enough to KEEP a woman, and so highlighting things that come naturally to him can be a big relief.

Top choice

After laying the ground work over a period of time, the next step is to tell your man that you have decided that you are done looking. Notice there is no mention of "the man of my dreams," or "the one I want to love forever" etc. Instead, state the FACTS: your mission is complete. This is easily understood and makes a guy feel safe. There is nothing wrong with asking him if he is done looking as well. This is not intimidating to the man because there is no time frame attached to it. It is a simple matter of "do my qualities complete your desired partner?" If he cannot give you an answer to this question you either need to move on with someone else, or ask some follow up questions that will give you an explanation of the uncertainty. Once you have the knowledge that you are the one to complete his mission, it is time to move on to the final step.

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Beat the clock

Notice a time frame is the LAST piece of the puzzle. Many women try to make it the first. After you have stated simple facts, laid out your desirable qualities, and both of you have admitted to each other that no more looking need occur, it is FINALLY appropriate to discuss the time frame. This is much easier to do when there is no uncertainty as to whether you adequately measure up. Again, start slow, asking factual questions that require short answers and not long explanations. Avoid questions like, "Describe your dream house." When a woman is asked that question, she will describe every room, curtain, bedspread, and knick knack. When a man is asked that question he might say, "a big one." Help him out by allowing a "paint by numbers" where you supply the picture.

"Would you like to live in the city or the country?" "Are pets a priority for you?" Piece by piece you can get a picture of what his desires are. This strategy works for a timeframe as well. "Do you like Winter or Summer better for a wedding?".

Built slowly and deliberately, this process will help both men and women dance toward the long term together, rather than one feeling led or even dragged down the path. When done correctly, there is an intimacy that comes with the preparation that will last a lifetime.