Married 40 years, Steven and Kori know a thing or two about making relationships work. In this candid blog, they argue you must commit to developing yourself before you can truly unite as a couple.
Books, Audiobooks, and Prayer Opened Their Eyes
Steven describes his massive book collection spanning personal growth topics from finance and leadership to communication in marriage. He and Kori constantly seek out resources to better themselves as individuals and partners.
Kori likes audiobooks for on-the-go learning. Some of her favorites? The classics like Think and Grow Rich plus modern self-help from speakers like Robert A. Russell, Neville Goddard, Dr. Wayne Dyer
Both consider their faith foundational. They share a powerful scripture-based prayer for marriage they've recited for years. Check out their podcast tab to listen or watch.
Don't Stay Stagnant, Keep Learning
Steven notes how we invest more time planning our dream wedding than preparing for the decades-long marriage. He urges couples to keep educating themselves continually, just as they would for a career.
Kori warns against complacency in the “comfort zone.” Stay curious, keep growing, and read often. Use your senses to take in life wisdom daily.
Uplift and Inspire Your Spouse
When one partner resists personal development, the other can motivate with their example. Kori suggests reading good books aloud together. Highlight positive changes in yourself and ask for their support.
Steven says do the work first, and then your spouse can't help but follow. Stay patient, lead by example, and keep encouraging growth.
Key Takeaway: You Must Get It Together First
Steven and Kori are living proof that self-improvement forms the foundation for a thriving marriage. If you make the commitment to work on yourself, it becomes far easier to unite and grow as a couple.
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