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Deal Breakers you should never Tolerate

“There are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed. Know when it’s time to negotiate & when it’s time to walk away.
Sometimes, we allow people that we care for to abuse us day-in & day-out.
Why ? Because we fail to realize the depth of our needs & to prioritize them appropriately.
Stop allowing your “better half” to push you over again & again.
Even though we might love someone more than we think we love ourselves, it does not give them free rein in our lives.
We need to stick up for our boundaries & to fight for what’s right for ourselves & our future wellbeing.
They play a core role in establishing secure & equitable relationships for ourselves.
This can often mean making hard decisions & ending commitments that once gave you purpose.
We don’t wake up one day & decide to let people push us around or take advantage.
It’s a behavior that’s learned from our environment(s) & the experiences that litter the road from our childhood to our here & now.
The sooner we understand these tendencies, the sooner we can take action to protect ourselves. ”

There are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed. Know when it’s time to negotiate and when it’s time to walk away.

There are some behaviors within our relationships that just can’t be tolerated. These deal breakers push our limits and test our boundaries in ways that are both inefficient and unhealthy.

When a partner crosses the line, we have to be honest with ourselves and honest about ourselves. Can you really stay in a relationship in which your limitations aren’t respected? It’s a question only you can answer.

Having deal breakers is a healthy part of setting our boundary lines. We all have to understand that there are some lines that can’t be crossed, yet we allow people that we care for to abuse us day-in and day-out.

Why? Because we fail to realize the depth of our needs, and we fail to prioritize them appropriately too. Stop allowing your “better half” to push you over again and again.

Figure out how to stand up for yourself and stop accepting deal-breaking behavior.

Some lines should never be crossed

Even though we might love someone more than we think we love ourselves, it does not give them free rein in our lives.

Some behaviors, beliefs and attitudes are intolerable when it comes to building a life together and these differ from couple to couple.

What does not differ, though, is our need to stick up for our boundaries; and our need to fight for what’s right for ourselves and our future wellbeing.

Deal breakers are the beliefs and behaviors which are guaranteed to result in a termination of the relationship. They are the boundary lines that can’t be crossed without serious consequence, and they play a core role in establishing secure and equitable relationships for ourselves.

When our partners cross the line, it is our responsibility to stick up for our boundaries and defend them.

There is no one else in this world that can protect our wellbeing like we can, but this can often mean making hard decisions and ending commitments that once gave you purpose.

Relationships change and the people we love change too. If your partner has crossed the line and committed a deal-breaking sin — have the self-respect to admit it and move on.

Why we let them push our limits

We don’t wake up one day and decide to let people push us around, or take advantage. It’s a behavior that’s learned, and it’s learned from our environments and the experiences that litter the road from our childhood to our right here and now.

The sooner we understand these tendencies, the sooner we can take action to protect ourselves.

Eroded self-esteem

Low self-esteem is one of the biggest poisons in our lives and it impacts everything from the way we do business to the way we build relationships.

When you think you’re horrible, or that you can’t do any better, you’ll allow the people around you to take advantage and push you around. This means pushing your limits and manipulating you into places you don’t want to be.

Failing to know better

If you grew up in a tumultuous home with lots of toxic or complicated relationships, you might come to believe that this is how all relationships work.

Our childhood experiences and even our own past relationships go a long way in impacting how we react when someone crosses the line with us. Failing to know better, you allow our partners to mistreat you.

Cultural expectations

Believe it or not, the culture and society we live within goes a long way in informing our romantic relationships.

This occurs when your religion or society pressures you into behaving a certain way within your relationship. They might encourage certain power dynamics, or they might encourage discrimination or dysfunction of the highest degree.

Fear of being alone

How scared are you of spending the rest of your life as a single person? This fear of being alone is important to address, as it feeds directly into our self-esteem and the way in which we build interpersonal relationships.

If you’re desperately afraid of being single, you’ll settle or behavior that is both unhealthy and unkind. You become more vulnerable to insidious people and the ways in which they take advantage of your life.

Genuine denial

Some people settle for poor treatment and bad partners because they’re simply in denial about the way they’re being treated. That is to say they refuse to see the way their partner dismisses them, or behaves behind their back.

There are many reasons we engage in this behavior, but it usually comes down to our fear of being alone, and our desire or a certain life, that drives this denial.

Complete loss of self

When you completely lose touch with who you are and what you want in this life, it allows others to come in and make those decisions for you.

You may find yourself chasing someone else’s dreams and settling for someone else’s definition of “happy”.

Over time, this erodes your belief in self and any individuality and autonomy that gave you the strength to stand up and say, “Enough,” when they were pushing you places you didn’t want to go.

The deal-breakers you should never tolerate

There are some behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs you should just never tolerate. While every relationship has its own unique dynamics, these are some core deal-breakers you should never tolerate in your romantic partnerships.

Total avoidance

Is your partner always cancelling plans ? Or refusing to make any with you at all ? This indicates that they’re making you the lowest priority and doing whatever they can to keep you at a distance.

While this might indicate that there is something in their life that they are trying to hide, it certainly also means that they don’t care for you and respect you as deeply as they promise to. When you love someone, you don’t avoid them.

Abuse (of any kind)

Abuse — of any kind — is a deal breaker that should not be accepted. It does not matter if your partner hits you, scares you, or keeps you tied to them with emotional manipulation and threats.

All of these are forms of abuse meant to deny your autonomy and keep you bound to the abuser. 

The only way to escape the clutches of an abuser is to leave them. They don’t change, and they certainly don’t do so for other people.

Mismatch in goals

If you and your partner have a complete mismatch in goals, it’s going to result in a lot of complicated emotions — high among them disappointment and resentment.

Building relationships that last comes down to making sure we are building them with people who have the same objectives for their lives and their partnerships.

Failing to align these things always results in a divide that can’t be overcome. Do you want kids, but they hate them? The story isn’t going to have a happy ending.

Self-centered outlook

Selfish and self-centered partners are often deal breakers by themselves as people. These can be narcissists, and those who are obsessed with their own needs, or their own perspectives.

To this partner, you only exist when it’s convenient and your feelings rarely come into play. It’s all about them, what they want, what they need. Your existence becomes one of servitude in their presence.

Constant conflict

Constant drama and conflict has to become a deal breaker at some point, especially if you’re trying to build more mature habits and partnerships.

Does your partner always turn everything into a fight? Do they love to use threats? Do they turn the smallest thing into a personal affront?

This constant conflict isn’t healthy for you…or them. Something has to give.

What to do when they’ve crossed the line

Has your partner crossed the line? You have to get clear on what you want and then get a handle on your feelings.

This life is yours and you have a right to live it with dignity and respect. This includes your romantic partnerships.

Take action to protect your wellbeing before it’s too late to get out.

1. Get clear on your end

Before taking any dramatic action or reacting emotionally and without thought, you need to consider how you really feel and how you really want to handle it. There are pros and cons to every approach, and there are a million different ways we can about reconciling these assaults on our boundaries. Allow your thoughts to clear and allow yourself to consider your full scope of options first.

Get clear on your end — both on the facts of what happened, and how you feel. Look at the actions that were taken, and how those compare against the actions of someone with the same depth of love, character and values as you.

Is this a behavior you’re willing to tolerate? Is this behavior an issue that has been addressed before? If it is, what strategies have you used in the past to resolve this issue — and why have they failed?

Question every inch of who you are and what you want, then question your partner in your own mind. Can their mistakes be forgiven? Will they ever work to change themselves? Are they truly sorry? These are all answers you need for what comes next.

2. Figure out if it’s time to leave

Deal breakers — as the name implies — indicate that serious consequences follow. Usually, this means that the “deal” that is your relationship is off, or over.

When a partner makes such a serious transgression against your authentic values, it’s usually an indication of disrespect and their own shallow feelings for you.

Sometimes, however, these moments are a crossroads in our partnerships in which negotiated resolutions can be reached.

Once you know precisely where you stand, you have to decide what action you want to take next. For some, this crossing of the line is one that cannot be overcome. In those moments, the only thing to do is end the relationship and move on.

For others, however, these are growing moments in which the old relationship dies and a new one blossoms — different and better than before.

Although a much rarer sort of creature, this second scenario can happen when both partners approach the situation with dignity and maturity.

In those instances, it becomes possible to see one another on an even level, and make compromises that otherwise get lost in the hurt of it all.

3. Have a tough conversation

Whatever you decide to do with your deal breaker moving forward, you’re going to have to have multiple tough conversations along the way. These conversations will encompass everything from your feelings to their motivations.

They might encompass topics like who is getting the house and who is getting the kids. They’re important, though, and they must stay honest. Without these tough conversations, our deal breakers go unaddressed.

Only after spending some time getting clarity on what you want and need from your relationship (and your feelings) should you open up to your partner or spouse.

Find a safe time and space in which you both can sit down and exchange ideas as equals, without fear of judgment.

No matter what they did — avoid blaming them directly. Blaming language only inflames the dialogue and makes it harder to connect.

Stick to the facts. “You did this behavior, then I felt a certain way. That’s unacceptable to me, and I’ve communicated this boundary before.”

You can allow others to take responsibility without personally drilling home the hurt. Stick to the facts and be clear, honest and candid about what you’re doing and why.

4. Negotiate if you can

If you’ve decided that the relationship can be salvaged, then you have to figure out a way to negotiate and communicate new terms with one another.

Perhaps you never took the time to talk about expectations and boundaries before. Now is your chance.

Find a middle ground that you’re both comfortable on, and see if there’s an even footing you both can slip into easily.

Once you’ve communicated your feelings to your partner, you need to give them a chance to explain their behavior. See things from their point of view. Commit to understanding where they’re coming from if you’re committed to rebuilding your partnership.

Compromise with one another. Perhaps the two you can come up with a way to maintain more independence within your partnership.

Be creative and be honest. Don’t shy away from your needs, but don’t judge them for theirs either.

If you are determined to make this partnership work, you have to find forgiveness and a way to negotiate equitable terms with one another.

5. Be true to self above all

Above and before anything else — you need to be true to your values and your authentic self.

Stop trying to force a partnership to work when it’s always in the red zone. End the constant battle of trying to make someone into something that they aren’t.

Deal breakers are deal breakers for a reason. Have enough self-respect to be true to your most basic needs above all else in this world.

You cannot be the best mother, the best friend, the best spouse if you aren’t taking care of yourself. You can’t be a happy partner if you aren’t leading a happy life.

Align your behaviors, your social circles, everything with your values and that deep, authentic sense of purpose that guides you and propels you forward.

Have enough courage to know that you are enough, exactly as you are, and that each and everything that you want from this life holds value…just like you.

Stop holding yourself back by hoping someone else will change. Change yourself. Live in the best possible version of your truth.

Don’t limit yourself based on someone else’s behavior or their catastrophic choices for self. You are responsible for your journey and your journey alone. Make the most of it.

Putting it all together…

Sometimes, our partners cross the line and in those moments it is up to us to decide how to respond.

While some behaviors might be worth forgiving, other lines can’t be crossed. Be clear on your deal breakers and know when it’s time for you to reconsider your relationship.

Get clear on all your thoughts and feelings before you approach your partner or make any dramatic moves. Pinpoint precisely what you expect from a partner and what you want from your life, and then compare it against what you are and aren’t willing to accept.

Figure out if it’s time to leave and then have the tough conversations the right way. Don’t hold back and don’t accept excuses. Maybe in the end you’ll find that dialogue and compromise allow you to negotiate your way back to a happy ending. You never know.

What is known, however, is that you have a responsibility to protect your wellbeing and stick up for your boundaries. Find the courage to do that by becoming the best possible version of yourself and aligning your life (and your relationships) with your ultimate truth. “

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