No self-respecting man should be tripping over himself to prove himself worthy.
Bill Gives…and Then He Gives Some More
Bill explained to me his strategy. He knew
exactly how he would fix the problem at home.
All he had to do was keep giving to his wife until she had to submit. He would give so much that she would have no choice but to appreciate him, kiss him and give him the passionate sex he wanted.
So he told me his plan. This is based on a true story. Prepare to be amazed.
I give her so much! I work 70 hours a week and make great money. She can buy anything she wants and she knows it. She’s not a great cook, so I’ve been doing all the cooking for breakfast and dinner. I also do all the shopping because I pass by the store anyway on the way home. I also do all the laundry and most of the housecleaning. I have higher standards than she does, so it’s easier just to do it myself. She stays home with the two little ones and spends most of
her time on Facebook from what I can tell. Recently I’ve started bringing home flowers for her to get her attention. And last night I brought home some rose petals and candles and drew a hot bath for her and decorated the tub. After she was in the tub and I was walking out, waiting for a thank-you, she said, ‘You know, you really shouldn’t try so hard.’
That just pissed him off and he asked me,
“How much more do I need to do to get some affection from her?” I told him, “Less. Much less.”
Isn’t Bill Sweet?
When I told this story to a woman recently she said, “Awww…he’s
All I could do is laugh and say, “No, Bill is being a fool.”
He is doing way too much and for all the wrong reasons.
No self-respecting man should be tripping over himself to prove himself worthy. A self-respecting man isn’t motivated by the need to have others like him. And he doesn’t disrespect himself by taking on more than his fair
share of the load just to get sex.
I explained to her that Bill is making the same mistake every “nice guy husband” does.
He has come to believe that every
relationship in his life is a simple transaction.
If I give this then I must get that.
He thinks if he’s willing to give his time, attention and money…then
others will feel obligated to give him their time and attention in return. It works really well for him everywhere but at home.
Bill’s mistake is believing his wife should be impressed by his generosity, selflessness and kindness. If a little is good then more is better. He believes that by going overboard she will feel obligated to reciprocate with
love, affection and sex.
The truth is Bill’s wife is disgusted by his willingness to prostitute himself out just to get her to like him.
His plan will never work because she will never respect a man who doesn’t respect himself.
First of all, I want to acknowledge the obvious issue with Bill’s
No matter how jacked up Bill’s sense of self-respect is or how he is trying to manipulate her, there’s no excuse for her lack of effort. She needs to step up and pull her weight. She needs to address her own
passive-aggressive issues and take responsibility for her fair share of the load no matter what.
Back to Bill.
No matter what his wife chooses to do Bill needs to find his way back
to self-respect and self-validation.
Most “nice guy husbands” have never really achieved those things but they manage to thrive in business and friendships using the implied contract of “I give therefore I shall get”.
Bill needs to stop giving at home with the hidden agenda of coercing his wife to like him. He must learn how to create his own feelings of independence and affirmation. His attachment to her responses toward him has created
a monster. This is the hallmark of a “nice guy husband” – a chronic neediness that infects his relationship and his soul.
He must decide what his personal values are and what he expects of himself. This includes establishing clear boundaries for what he expects FOR himself. He must learn how to hold himself accountable to his own principles
and how to defend his boundaries without apology.
This is his path to learning the art of self-reliance and detachment from neediness.
Will this save his marriage? Will it
re-attract his wife?
Who knows? That’s less important right now than Bill saving himself.
Will he ever have the affectionate and
passionate relationship he wants?
If he does the work…absolutely.
If you're tired of being a "Nice Guy" husband, then below are some
options for you to change right away...:
As Teddy Roosevelt said:
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
I simply LOVE doing this work with men because it lights up my life to watch you charge back into your life with a grin on your face and swagger in your step.