Workaholics: Work on Your Relationships, Too
Jay Cataldo | Excelle
July 14, 2009
Making your mark in the business world requires for plenty of sacrifices, but one thing that should never be sacrificed is the goal of maintaining a healthy, loving relationship. The constant support of a devoted partner can spell the difference between calmly weathering the never-relenting storms of the workplace and washing up on shore like a sickly sea creature. As you methodically build your kingdom, keep the four next tips in mind, for they will help ensure that you’ll have a contented lover sitting happily beside your throne.
1. Get them on your side.
Most people overlook the importance of setting up the proper relationship foundations. If you’re a chronic workaholic, the first thing you need to do is to create a contextual umbrella for your behaviors, which can be done in a few simple steps.
The first thing you should do is sit down with your partner and discuss your future goals (business and personal). Explain that while you’re excited about building up your company, you value your relationship just as much and are serious about making it work. Foreshadow possible problems that may arise (last minute meetings, feeling neglected, etc.) while explaining that these are unavoidable issues which must be dealt with as a team. You must let them know up front that you expect their support.
A simple discussion like this can help reassure your partner that you won’t allow your business goals to affect your relationship provided they remain supportive and never attempt to sabotage your progress. Many times, framing things this way will minimize future problems and ensure smoother sailing through the rough patches of your relationship.