How To Achieve Commitment In A Relationship

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Most couples don’t start out committed to each other. That comes with time. When you have been together for years and have made a great effort to share all facets of your life, you will share a deep and meaningful bond which is difficult to break. But if you’re not there yet, you’re probably wondering how to achieve commitment in a relationship.

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People believe that relationships are easy but there is nothing easy about them. Communication, cultural, and social differences are just a few things that can make them challenging. When two people first meet they are in the honeymoon phase. Everything is wonderful. He or she is the best thing that could have happened to you. Sex is great and you cannot get enough of each other. This period can last any length of time but it tends to have passed before you reach your first year anniversary.

By the one-year mark, you’ve started to get used to each other. You are no longer brainwashed by the sexual attraction. His or her habits, which you used to find endearing, are now annoying.

But it gets worse. You could move onto a phase where all you do is fight and argue. Now, your partner downright irritates you. What’s actually happening is that there is a power struggle going on with neither partner willing to give ground. People who survive this phase do so by learning how to communicate. This is something everyone of us needs to do and do properly.

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Unfortunately, effective communication skills are rarely taught at school or home. But good communication can save many relationships.

Once you get past the power struggle you will hopefully, if you are lucky, enter the committed phase of your relationship. You’ve been through so much together and survived. Your relationship is stronger as a result of the trials and arguments.

You love each other and have accepted the differences between you. Yes you know your partner has faults and irritating habits and they know you have some as well. But you both accept these. To have a committed relationship is to enjoy deep love. It’s something all couples should strive for.

So if you’re looking to learn how to achieve commitment in a relationship, the short answer is this: master the arts of proper communication, love, and respect.

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By Emily Kato

Emily Kato is a Make Him Yours XO contributor based in Boston, MA.

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