3 Essential "Abilities" All Great Partners Have In Common

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By Tor Constantino

​As a society, we often confuse sex and love; however, being great at love is much more than being great at intimacy.

The fact is that relationships based solely on physical beauty and sex rarely last because the relationship isn't rooted in anything that endures.

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There's a proverb that states, "Beauty fades and charm is fleeting," while there's another bit of ancient wisdom that states, "Love endures all." 

Based on those two axioms, it stands to reason that a relationship based solely on sex or physical attraction is destined to fade, but love has the ability to last.

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Here are 3 essential "abilities" all great partners have in common:

1. AvailAbility

The first necessary "Ability" for ensuring a great love and relationship is the ability to be present and in the moment, mentally, emotionally, and physically for your partner. It's important to note that being available is more than just physical proximity.

The hearts of a couple sitting right next to each other can be miles apart.

Obviously, there are long-distance relationships due to the economy, military duty, or other circumstances that separate individuals, but the distance doesn't have to equate to doomed love.

The key is maximizing your availability to your partner as much as possible — mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you're available to your mate both mentally and emotionally, you can still be a great lover despite a challenging physical distance.

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2. DependAbility

Perhaps the most important "Ability" of any relationship is the ability to earn and keep the trust of your mate. Trust is also one of the most difficult aspects of a relationship to achieve, and it's also the easiest to destroy.

Yet dependability is an easy concept to understand. It necessitates that you're someone who can be relied upon, that you keep your word, that you follow through on promises, and that you're worthy of trust.

Betrayal is a violation of that dependability, that trust, and very few relationships can survive a pattern of that bad behavior.

Maybe that's why Dante’s Inferno reserves the last circle of Hell for those who have betrayed a special relationship.

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3. AccountAbility

The truth is that all of us make mistakes in our relationships, but if you want your love to last you have to have the "Ability" to fess up, admit your mistakes and apologize — quickly.

Accountability to one another is critical to long-term success in any relationship. It’s about mutual understanding, shared expectations, as well as individually accepting the consequences and outcomes of our own actions or words.

But as individuals, we tend to be notoriously selfish. I know I'm more apt to blame someone else for my mistakes and shortfalls, even when I'm obviously at fault. That's because I’m human and you are, too.

Accountability and love require us to rise above that selfish, individual nature and consider the needs of others first.

Each of these "abilities" is much easier to write about than to actually put into practice; however, each is necessary to ensure the durability and immutability of a great relationship.

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Tor Constantino is a former journalist, speaker,  and best-selling author with 25+ years of experience as a professional writer. He has appeared in Good Men Project,, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessInsider,, TIME, USAToday, and Yahoo!