There is an old saying,
Behind every great man is a great woman.
I now see why this is so true.
Women in long-term relationships want their men to be great. They want to see their men be certain and grounded. They want to see the masculinity in their men.
I know this is true in my own life. I know it because my wife tells me. I know it because it was her original rejection of me that caused me to shift and become a man.
Not every couple have this level of openness, this level of honesty.
Yet women still women still want their men to be great.
Last night I was talking to a man who is my age. He was telling me how great his marriage is, how close he and his wife are.
"It wasn't always this way, though", he said, "I lost track of where we were, I became totally engaged in my career. Until, one day, my wife told how things were not working. She was gentle about it, but very firm. Things had to change, and then she told me what had to happen."
He doesn't remember this with resentment but with love. He simply did not realise what was happening. He is now grateful for the intervention of his wife.
Tony Robbins loves telling the story of how he can often be sitting working, totally focused on what he is doing. He will become conscious of little pieces of paper hitting him. Looking up he will see his loving wife, Sage, flicking pieces of screwed up paper at him. He will stop what he is doing and spend some time with her, focusing on her.
This is not his wife being needy, it is not his wife nagging him. She is taking him out of himself, helping him to bring balance to his life. Yes, she wants attention, all his attention, but she also wants him to see a bigger picture. She wants him to see his focus in the context of his life.