For example, tell your wife that you appreciated the way she kept the house clean that week or tell your husband you were grateful he did the dishes. ”That’s right; it But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way and there are things you are doing that are frustrating your spouse.
Take their observations in stride, apologize for any misunderstandings, and don’t get defensive.
Taking a few moments to share what the week holds for each of you, reviewing who has the plans for family night, scheduling date night, and, in the case of my wife and me, scheduling when we’re going to work on our side-businesses is critical to setting expectations for that week.
It also makes sure that you have time for the most important things and helps avert feelings of neglect or frustration.
He has been a founder of seven other startups, rung the NASDAQ bell, has been to 36 countries across 6 continents and currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife working as a consultant for the LDS church and on his own business.
I spent so many years being single, only trying to coordinate my time with a list of first dates, that I frequently forgot to let my wife know when I had places I needed to be or deadlines that I needed to meet.
Don’t fire back with things that they need to improve on, but instead, wait until they have completed their thought and you’ve recognized their pain or frustration before responding. Then, when they ask what they can do to improve, never say "never" or "always," because you'll always be sure to be wrong.
Instead, make sure you phrase your answer kindly and constructively: “When you do ABC, I feel XYZ.”“When you don’t do the dishes, it makes me feel like you don’t appreciate me” instead of, “You never do the dishes! By sharing sincere goals and asking for accountability, this simple topic can make you feel more open to suggestions throughout the week and keeps you both focused on a common purpose and gives you one more opportunity to support each other.
After working at an ad agency in NYC, he founded his first company.
Four years later, he sold that startup and returned to BYU for his MBA.