Lao Tzu said, “being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Strength and courage are two qualities that everyone needs to achieve goals. Having a supportive romantic partner is one way to make sure you have plenty of both qualities.
You probably never thought about it, but your romantic partner could be one of the biggest reasons that you’re being so successful. They’re probably low-key assisting you in your efforts. In many cases, just being themselves is of immense help.
It’s okay for your partner to continue helping you in the background. However, you may want to recognize some of the ways your partner enables you to succeed, so you can say thank you. Here are ten ways your partner is probably helping you achieve your goals.
1. They inspire you to do better.
Your romantic partner can be one of the biggest inspirations in your life. Whether it’s because you imagine yourself taking care of them, you want to have a stable and luxurious future with them, or you aspire to be as successful as they are, something about having them in your life pushes you to do your best.
There is something about love – it can inspire the most amazing things in life. Love has inspired the world’s best music and art. It encourages you to be strong. Love gives you the strength to face challenges you never imagined you’d ever be able to meet. It’s the most perfect and genuine inspiration in the world.
2. They make you feel good about yourself.
Every part of being in love feels good (if it doesn’t, you should exit the relationship immediately). Your romantic partner should make you feel good regularly, not just concerning your goals. When you have someone that makes you feel good, you’ll love yourself more and believe in yourself more.
A partner who makes you feel good about yourself helps you develop the self-confidence you need to tackle challenging goals. You’ll feel worthy of success, which will encourage you, even more, to go out and make things happen. You’ll shine like a star while you work your way to success.
3. They are a shoulder you can lean on when you’re down.
You’re human. As good as you feel about yourself, there will be times where something comes along and makes you feel bad. However, you don’t have to worry because your partner will be there to be the shoulder you can cry on.
Having a loving partner there when you’re feeling down allows you to express your frustrations to someone that you know genuinely cares about you. Even better is the fact that you’ll feel comfortable expressing your sorrows to them because you know they won’t minimize or dismiss your feelings.
Sometimes all you need is to vent, and your partner will listen, be patient, and be gentle. Once you’ve vented, they’ll make you feel good again, and you can get back to being the overachiever you are.
4. They’ll help you in your time of need.
Being successful doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. However, it can be hard to find people you trust to help you with your goals. Your partner is a person you should be able to trust with anything, and if they care about you, they’ll be willing to help you achieve your goals in any way possible.
They may take on tasks like cooking dinner, running errands, or cutting the grass. They may handle the kids more so you can focus (if you have kids). They won’t make you feel wrong about not being able to do it all yourself.
The best part is that you know your romantic partner doesn’t want anything from you. They’ll help you simply because they love you. It’s refreshing to have someone who genuinely wants to help you when you’re striving to achieve goals.
5. They don’t judge you.
Depending on your personality type, people’s judgment can hinder you or not affect you at all. If you’re the first type, it’s great that your partner won’t judge you. Your partner is probably the one person in the world you would feel genuinely open and safe with, and everyone needs at least one person in their life like that to stay sane.
Being in a judgment-free zone allows you to be as creative as you need to achieve your goals. You don’t have social restrictions, and you don’t have to worry about pleasing others or fitting it. Your romantic partner can provide this for you giving you the freedom to soar to new heights.
Sometimes when you’re working hard to achieve goals, you can forget about everything else around you. It can become the classic all work and no play situation. Your romantic partner can quickly break you out of that stressful routine.
Your partner understands that it’s crucial for you to reach your goals, but they also understand that your physical and mental health is essential. You need a break to take care of yourself and your needs. Your partner will remind you of that, preferably with a romantic date, and you’ll get the downtime you need to recharge.
7. They don’t mind taking a back seat to your goals sometimes.
While your partner knows when you need a break, they also know when it’s time to back off. Sometimes you may be on a roll, having a breakthrough, on the cusp of succeeding, or in a zone that you don’t want to break. Your partner will understand this and not make you feel guilty about diving into work.
Your partner will give you the space you need, and you won’t have to worry about them going anywhere. When you come down off the wave, they’ll be right there waiting for you with a smile and maybe even a romantic getaway.
8. They help keep you motivated.
Romantic partners can be a great motivator. This is similar to them being an inspiration to you, but this one is more rooted in action than ideology. You may think about how much you love your partner, how much you want to show that love, how you want to take care of them – you get the picture. You know that achieving your goals will allow you to do all those things, so you achieve your goals out of love.
They may even purposefully motivate you because they know what you’re made of. Sometimes your partner can see things in you that you can’t see in yourself. Every now and then, it may take an outside influence to help you reach your potential. It’s a bonus when that outside influence is someone you love.
9. They can keep you organized and help to delegate work.
Achieving goals can take a village! There is so much to do, and you are one person. You may have to give all your attention to critical situations, so your partner supports you by handling all the smaller stuff goal-related stuff, so you don’t have to.
They may even be your assistant for a little while, taking some of the work off you so you can focus on the priorities. Similar to how they’ll help outside of your goals, they can do the same inside of your goals. Some partners may even be an actual partner in your goals, so you’re sharing the work and the success. After all, no one ever said success had to be lonely.
It can be such a relief when you don’t have to do everything by yourself. Knowing that you have someone to pick up the slack gives you the freedom to focus on winning. You won’t be stressed and worrying about little things that don’t align with what you’re trying to achieve.
10. They help you celebrate your success.
This may be the best way your romantic partner helps you achieve goals. When you know you have rewards waiting on you, you’ll be inspired to work that much harder to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. After all, everyone loves recognition.
Your partner knows what recognition would motivate you the most. In fact, they probably know you better than anyone else does. This lets you know that however they decide to celebrate your success, it will be worth it.
Recognizing all the ways that your partner helps you achieve goals does not take any credit away from the work that you’re putting in. Most of your success is due to your actions. However, it doesn’t hurt to have someone who truly cares about you to help you a little along the way.
You are lucky to have a partner that is so supportive. Believe it or not, it can be not easy these days to find someone who will be in your corner unconditionally. If you’re lucky enough to have that person, be thankful, say thank you, and let them know how much you appreciate them.