Sometimes it feels as if getting our partner’s support for our entrepreneurial efforts is more challenging than it is to actually run our business. If you feel your partner is less than thrilled about your business or worse yet, he sabotages your success (even if he is not aware of it); both your relationship and your business will have a really difficult time reaching its full emotional and financial potential. Having worked with so many entrepreneurial women over the years I have discovered the absolute #1 secret you must have in your relationship if you want your partner’s support for your business – and I am about to reveal it now.
The #1 secret you must have if you are in a romantic relationship for your business to thrive is your relationship must be a partnership and not a competition. You and your partner must be on the same team – or your relationship will be blocking your businesss’ road to success.
So how do you know if your relationship is considered to be a partnership that effortlessly allows your business to thrive or a competition that may be getting in the way of your entrepreneurial success?
- Partners in business support each other’s efforts to achieve their goals. It is clear they are on the same team – even if they do not always see eye to eye on every business decision made. Marriages should work the same way – you support and cheer each one’s individual goals and efforts. Any marriages where spouses do not support each other’s vision for success are not on the same team and therefore their relationship is not a healthy partnership. These relationships often resemble more of a competition than a partnership – they zap you of positive energy that would be much better spent pursuing your entrepreneurial goals.
- In a true partnership, a win for you is a win for your partner. If your relationship operates more like a competition than a partnership, a win for you is a loss for your partner – and a loss for you is a win for your partner. This will surely sabotage your business success if you feel your business can only thrive at the expense of a healthy relationship or vice versa.
- You feel your partner’s support for your business even if they don’t understand what it is you actually “do”. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t really know what it is our spouses “do” for work but that doesn’t stop us from supporting their efforts for success. We inherently understand our partner’s career success is a win for both of us. Our partner feels good about what they have achieved and we are proud of their success. We also benefit from any financial reward they achieved. We should expect nothing less from our partner for their unconditional support for our entrepreneurial business.
Having a relationship that works as a partnership will catapult your success in so many ways – both tangible and intangible! With your spouse on your team – you are able to spend your time and energy growing your business – and not worry about how your business might be negatively impacting your relationship. As I mentioned earlier – a great player wins games but a team wins championships! Make sure you and your partner are on the same team and your business will grow to dazzling heights!
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