Nine things successful couples do differently - they know exactly how far they have left to go

Successful couples review their plan and have an honest and regular look at their progress. They understand that they may need to adjust their behaviour or strategy to ensure they reach their goals.

Heidi Halvorson’s book, 9 Things Successful People do Differently[1] provides a clear, practical guide for people to reach their goals and not surprisingly, successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. Developed for business people - I have adapted it to marriage and in marriage it’s about being intentional about the couple relationship, communicating well and often.

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Following on from last weeks blog, successful couples do the following things:

3. They know exactly how far they have left to go

Successful couples chunk down the larger tasks to smaller, more achievable items and this keeps them motivated from start to finish, because they can see progress. But more importantly they focus on how far they have left to run. They don’t congratulate themselves too early - they press on and stay focused on each goal. They know how far they have left to go.

Learning to communicate well with each other is not as easy as it sounds, but it can help resolve problems before they start to affect their marriage.

Tune in next week for more things successful couples do differently.

Source: 1] Halvorson, H.G. (2011). 9 Things Successful People do Differently. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business Review Press.

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