Is it time to shake things up in your love life and create more passion, fun, and intimacy? Relationships can’t be sustained on past memories or with the same gifts year after year. So step outside of the ‘Hallmark-Have-tos” and do something different this year!
Tony Robbins® likes to say, “Your life is a direct reflection of the quality of questions you ask yourself every moment of the day.” As an Executive Business Coach, one of the foundations of my practice is asking powerful, engaging questions. So here are 3 simple questions that will unlock new passion in your relationship on Valentine’s Day this year.
Before Valentine’s Day, ask your partner these 3 questions and look for his or her response to each question. Which one elicits a more emotional response? (Note: these are NLP-neuro linguistic programming based questions; use emotion!)
In order to know you are totally loved, is it necessary for you:
- To be taken places and bought things, or to be looked at in a certain way?
- OR is it necessary for you to hear certain words or a certain tone of voice?
- OR is it necessary for you to be touched a certain way, held, or have some type of physical contact?
Everyone has a preferred love strategy. And the way to get your partner more motivated this Valentine’s Day is to make sure you love her in her way, not yours. Relationships grow and real love happens when you give to your partner in their own “love language”.
Based on your partner’s response, here are some simple tips:
LOOK: If he or she responds more to being bought gifts, taken places, or being looked at in a certain way, focus your energy on going out to dinner, buying that special gift or presenting her with a bouquet of flowers. Give him or her a visual representation of your love, whether it’s in the way you look at her all glammed up at dinner or in a physical reminder of how much she means to you.
HEAR: If on the other hand, your partner seems to care much more about your words, reach for your pen! Your love note will hit its mark. But don’t stop there. Make a concerted effort to reach out throughout the day on that day and share your feelings.
TOUCH: If your partner is more of a touchy-feely person, you might want to skip the greeting card and reach for the massage oil! In any case, make a point to connect with him or her in a physical way at some point in the day. Snuggle first thing before waking up, hold her hand on the way to dinner, don’t keep your distance… Find a way to help her feel what she means to you.
For more ideas on loving your partner in their own Love Language, check out my other post on the 5 Love Languages.
Stop the Hallmark insanity. Invest in your relationship and create your own passion this Valentine’s Day!
…And guys, here is a coaching tip for you! If “Talk” is her top Love Language, link a new habit with an existing habit. Pick up a few extra cards, put them in your glove box and when you take your car for an oil check, they will be a reminder for you to create an impromptu Valentine’s Day for her. She deserves to be appreciated more than once a year!