boyfriend & I regular fights, need advise to get over that

we both realize that it is a results of the both if us being stubborn and strong-minded, and neither wants to back down. most fights start because of a trivial issue and then escalates because the other wants to prove that their point is the right answer. we both really do love each other and need to get past that aspect of our personality. we would also be starting a long distance relationship and don't want to separate on a rocky foundation. Please help

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