Oct 6, 2020
Brian Mayer talks about doing the same things over and over
again sometimes doesn’t produce the result we want in our blended
family. So let’s take a look at everything we are doing that
is not working and do the opposite for one week. Let’s call
it an experiment. We hope you are inspired by today’s
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- When we are remarried and in blended families everything
doesn’t go right all the time and in fact sometimes it’s
the same things that don’t go well over and over again that are the
- But we get into a rut or we just remain unaware that
our actions aren’t producing anything different. We
all do this and yes of course I do this too.
- For example maybe getting angry over and over again at
the kids for not knowing how to do something happens all the
- Or maybe in a fight or argument with your spouse, you
tend to keep pushing because your spouse shuts down and won’t
- Or how about you clam up around your spouse’s family
because they upset you. Then when you are alone you
get upset at your spouse for not sticking up for you.
- These three situations I just described are situations
that possibly keep occurring over and over again.
The results can tend to be the same. Hurt feelings,
disconnection and a further drift away from the family you want and
- So what do we do? Well let’s take a look
at a couple of people who thought that doing different might work
- Albert Einstein is often credited with coining the phrase,
“Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting
different results is the definition of insanity.”
- Remember the television show Seinfeld? Remember
the episode where George decided to do the opposite?
George could never seem to get the girl by inflating his situation
to be better than it seemed. For example, he would talk about
how much money he made, what kind of wonderful job he had, or the
beautiful apartment he had only to have women shrug him off.
However, when he was honest and told them he was jobless and living
in his parent’s basement, then women started to take notice.
- A couples researcher named Sue Johnson who developed
Emotionally Focused Therapy did the opposite of what many of the
people who came before or even her peers did. She
focused on emotional connection rather than behaviors that one must
perform. Most laughed at her, but now her theory to help
couples has been proven in research to work the best.
- These are really just a few examples of people that
said things differently or acted differently to achieve
some different results.
- I would like for one week to take a look at everything
we are doing in our remarriage and blended family.
Assess those things that you do over and over again that don’t work
too well. And let’s think about doing the
- Now let’s only take 3 things at the very
most. We can’t change everything over night and if
we tried we would all fail. So I want you to concentrate on
only a few things.
- Step 1: Get out a piece of paper and
write down every area that you can think of that is not going how
you would like it in your blended family.
- Step 2: Assess the urgent areas and the
areas that you think you can change rather quickly and
- Step 3: Work to hone the list down to 3
areas that you would like to focus on.
- Step 4: Think about the role you play or
the actions you perform in this situation that might have an impact
on what result happens.
- Step 5: Brainstorm some actions that are
the OPPOSITE of what you normally do.
- Step 6: Pick one of those different
actions to try for the week.
- Step 7: Assess your progress in the
middle of the week. Are you noticing a difference in how you
are feeling? How your spouse or kids are feeling? Are
the results any different?
- Step 8: Keep doing the same action and
don’t give up just yet and maybe don’t worry about tweaking.
Sometimes we try something for a brief period and think it doesn’t
work so we give up. Don’t do this!
- Step 9: Assess at the end of one
week. How is it now? I would even resist the temptation
to change at the end of one week and to keep doing it differently
if you can.
- Step 10: At some point reveal to your
spouse or kids that you were trying something different and ask
them if they noticed? Hopefully they did notice and if not
don’t give up to continue to do something different.
- I hope this episode gives you some practical tips to help to
change the air or dynamic in your remarried life for the
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