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How to Succeed as a Couple

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Every couple craves a solid relationship and they want to succeed, but how do you accomplish that level of friendship and love to make the relationship last? How do you form a bond that will last through the worst of times? And what do you do on rainy days?!

Many challenges make a lot of couples fail or succeed. It is also paramount to know that success is relative. Fame, happiness, or love could be one couple’s goal, while financial breakthroughs might be the others.

For a couple to be successful, there have to be lots of support and respect every day. The couple must have a deep sense of meaning in every committed relationship. 

A successful relationship can also be termed as one that has stood through thick and thin. It cannot always be measured by time – how long you’ve been with your partner. 

Most times, it is by how well you’ve both bonded with each other and the determination to make it work.

To succeed as a couple, you have to be willing to invest time and effort. Relationships are not always a bed of roses. There will be unhappy times and days of disappointment, and these might even be heightened in distant relationships. Use these periods to know your partner better.

Tips to make your relationship successful.

1. Understand Your Partner

Understanding goes a really long way in making any form of relationship work. Take every day as a new day to understand your partner more. 

Adapt to their likes and dislikes and the changes in their preferences and goals. Accept them for who they are and endeavor to help them be their better selves.

2. Show Gratitude

Feeling grateful for the little things your partner does and says make your relationship grow beautifully. Honest gratitude goes a long way to reduce resentment and heal pain because you show your partner that you care.

3. Switch Things Up

Issues arise when a person or both parties get bored of their routine relationship. Try new things! Visit new places, do ridiculous things, make a happy memory, join a social society, go out for movies, house paint, etc. 

Also, talk to your partner about your expectations in a relationship. Be ready to keep things fresh always.

4. Get Physical

No, this is not to say you hug your partner every time, but gestures such as kissing, hugging, or a pat on the backside are ways to tell your partner you really like and think about them. 

It also increases the feel-good hormones, thereby helping them de-stress.

If yours is a distance relationship, keep in touch with your partner often. Call them or leave a message just to talk about silly things. This will give them assurance that you are constantly thinking about them.

5. Be Responsible

Relationships come with lots of obligations and responsibilities. To make your partner happy and the relationship stable, you need to do your part. 

But, if you are not comfortable doing your part, you have to talk things out with your partner. The aim of a relationship is for you to be happy.

6. Listen.

The number one thing ruining relationships is that most people don’t know how to pay attention and listen. 

Everyone wants to be heard, but they do not want to listen. They forget that to understand someone else’s point, they have to listen. Being able to listen will make your relationship successful.

7. Maintain Financial Understanding

Another major thing that hurts a relationship is money and people’s inability to manage a money crisis. The fact that one party earns more, or brings in less, should not be a reason for quarrels or resentments.

Stop ruining your relationship with records and receipts of who pays or won’t pay. Work on how you both can complement each other’s shortcomings.

Related: 15 Best Conversation Starters for Couples

8. Learn To Apologize

The best way to win the heart of your significant other is being able to say a heartfelt ‘I am sorry’ when you go wrong. Show how remorseful you are through your actions too.

9. Balance Each Other Out.

Imbalances can often be overlooked in relationships. Sometimes, the husband develops the ‘yes, dear’ syndrome to avoid trouble. 

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Or the wife gives the man so much power over her that she doesn’t even have a voice in most of the decision-making. 

This is not a form of domestic violence. They often do not even notice that they have settled comfortably in these positions due to dependency or the need for less misunderstanding. 

This kind of behavior leaves the relationship leaning on one side and leaves somebody to carry the heavier burdens, leading to a connection crash.

Read: 5 Simple Ways Couples Can Improve Communication in Marriage

10. Be Their No1 Fan

Always root for your partner even when they seem strong enough to tackle everything. Motivate them and give them strength. 

Let them know you will always be there and that you have their back. This creates a sense of security, especially for people who suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety.

11. Give Them Space

Every once in a while, people are bound to need some time alone to do things like grabbing a drink with a friend or co-worker. 

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As much as your partner loves being around you, they will need to do other things that will not always involve you. You should come to terms with this and appreciate their need for privacy and time out. 

Do not be too clingy, feel neglected, or get angry when they don’t spend every minute with you. Trying to stop your partner from doing things without you will only put a strain on your relationship. 

If you feel neglected or ignored, you should find time to talk it out with your partner without restricting them.

Read: Retain Your Authority as a Parent With These Tips

12. Respect Your Partner

This is also a vital aspect of a relationship. Mutual respect is the glue that makes most couples succeed. When you are respectful toward your partner, you will learn to be patient and understanding. 

Learn not to fly off the handle the moment something triggers your feelings. Successful relationships take time and lots of effort. You need to understand that everything will not always be milk and honey in your relationship, and the well prepared you are, the better.

The most vital element of making a relationship work is teamwork.

Side Tip On How To Succeed Financially As A Couple

It is totally normal to support and push each other to strive hard and break barriers as a couple. 

But there will be times when you will feel like you cannot push each other anymore or that you’ve reached your limit of encouraging each other. 

When you find yourself in this predicament, instead of quitting, reach out to professionals who can help you find new strategies to help you achieve your goals.

Both parties should be accountable if they actually want to push each other to achieve their aim.

This is where a solid plan comes into play – 

  • What are you both good at? 
  • How do you develop each other’s talents? 
  • How do you monetize them?

After figuring these questions out, it is time to learn more about what you’ve decided to monetize. And if one partner is already doing well, it might be fair to invest in the other person with a written and valid agreement.

Create a vision board for your income and finances with timelines and work hard at it. Achieving financial success is like a beautiful lawn. It can be a bit tough to achieve, but if you persist, take out the weed, water, and mow it; it will bloom and look lush.

Like every area of your life, it withers and dies if you don’t cater to it.

Decide on how to keep taking care of your goal. It could be daily, weekly, monthly, or long-term. As a couple, always have a heart-to-heart meeting as often as possible to go over the pros and cons and decide when it’s time to involve a professional coach.

With these tips and resilience, your relationship should be the envy of your families and friends.

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By Grace Obisesan

Obisesan Grace is a writer and an editor for Whatsdalatest. She has worked as a reporter and content creator for many publications. Obisesan is obsessed with creativity, and she likes to spend her free time learning how to improve her skills. She enjoys watching Sci-Fi and action movies, reading, writing poetry, and listening to continental music.

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