How to Have Successful Relationships

You may be killing it at work, but if you don’t have successful relationships, you’re missing out on another side of life. The people in your life, your partner, friends and family, as well as work colleagues are an integral part of the framework of a successful life.

In this post we give a few tips that can help build better relationships with others and give you a more secure, rounded life.

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We summarise them as being in four different categories:

  • The Desire to Build Successful Relationships;
  • Your Personal attitude;
  • Interactions With Others; and
  • The Scope of Your Circle of Friends and Family.

The Desire to Build Successful Relationships

As with most things in life – it all begins with desire. If you want to build successful relationships – it’s not that hard, it does take a little effort though. So the first thing is to be clear about what you want.

#1 – Set Relationship Goals

One thing that people who are successful in personal relationships do is set goals. For instance, they might consider the progression of a romantic relationship and consider whether it is going too quickly or too slowly. They might also try to look one year ahead and decide where they want to be, so they can steer the relationship in that direction.

#2 – Define What Success in Your Personal Life Means to You

Success in your personal life can mean different things to different people. Define what it means to you. Does it mean that you become closer and more open with your spouse? Once you define it, focus on achieving it.

#3 – Spend Time Reflecting on Your Personal Life

From time to time, reflect on your personal life. Consider whether you are approach personal relationships and goals correctly; and consider how you might improve your approach.

#4 – Commit Yourself to Improving Your Relationship with Your Spouse

Instead of seeing your spouse as a competitor, see him or her as a partner in life. Think about how you can work together to achieve better outcomes for both of you, rather than thinking about how you can get out of whatever task he or she wishes you to do.

#5 – Observe Successful Relationships and Emulate Them

If you and your spouse have friends who have successful friendships or romantic relationships, observe them and copy their approach. Emulate the things that work well in the relationships—and yours may improve, too.

Your Personal Attitude

Building successful relationships requires a positive attitude. People’s behaviours towards others reflect the way they are treated themselves. If you wish to have positive relationships, a positive attitude towards life and others will reap rewards.

#6 – Make an Effort to be Happy, No Matter What Challenges You Face

No matter what challenges you face at work, don’t bring them home with you. Make an effort to be happy at home; and to spread that happiness to your spouse and children.

#7 – Develop Self-Confidence

While a little self-doubt usually isn’t a bad thing, a lot of self-doubt can be highly destructive. It can prevent you from accomplishing many things; and it can prevent you from fully participating in relationships, as well as forming new relationships.

#8 – Spend Time Relaxing

From time to time, you should relax with your spouse and family. The successful know that hard work is important, but relaxation is equally important.

#9 – Attempt to Improve Your Mindset

Mindset is an important variable that we can all influence. No matter whether it comes to personal relationships or business transactions, improving our focus and our intensity can only have a positive effect.

#10 – Be Grateful to Your Spouse or Significant Other

From time to time, show your spouse the gratitude that he or she deserves. Don’t hold back on praise or use it as a bargaining chip. Instead, be open honest, and loving; and you will receive the same in return

#11 – Be a Good Listener in Relationships

In relationships, it is vital that you have someone who you can vent to and with whom you can be completely honest. Additionally, it is vital that you be that same person for your partner.

Interactions With Others

Aside from having a positive attitude, the way you manage your relationships will have a big bearing on their success. Just as a plant in the garden needs nutrients and water, successful relationships need constant nurturing and management of the inevitable bad periods which occur from time to time.

#12 – Reconcile with Family Members

If your personal life is riddled with conflicts, then you may want to take some time to step back and ask yourself what is going wrong. Consider whether you could simply be the bigger person and reconcile these conflicts with family members, rather than perpetuating them.

#13 – Never Go to Sleep without Resolving an Argument

If you’re in the middle of an argument, don’t just go to sleep. Instead, resolve it. Be the bigger person if you must, but don’t allow a fight to continue through the night and into the following day.

#14 – Dispose of Bad Habits in Your Personal Relationships

We all have bad habits in our personal relationships. Perhaps we don’t listen very well. Or perhaps we are very quick to judge. Don’t let these bad habits set the tone for every relationship you have. Instead, extinguish these habits and improve your relationships.

#15 – Be Open-Minded and Accepting of Your Significant Other’s Needs

Just as you have needs, your significant other also has needs. Try to be sensitive and thoughtful in responding to these needs, rather than bargaining with your partner for the best deal you can get.

#16 – Practice Patience with Your Spouse and Children

At the end of the day, the people who will stick with you forever are your spouse and children. Try to stay patient with them, to understand them, and do whatever you can for them.

#17 – Try to be Empathetic and Caring in Your Interactions with Family Members

Instead of judging family members and complaining to them, try to understand where they come from; and try to empathize with their situations. Try hard to make their situations in life better; and they will do the same for you.

The Scope of Your Relationships

It’s a bit more complicated than “the more the merrier” but there’s a fair element of truth in it. You don’t live in a single faceted world, and so your relationships cover a wide scope as well – family, work, hobbies and sports, friends and the like. The important people in your life accumulate over your life time, with varying degrees of importance and impact. To build a wider set of successful relationships, keep your close friends close, but don’t exclude the others.

#18 – Improve Your Existing Friendships

In addition to making new friends, you should also try to improve your existing friendships. Get closer with good friends; and find ways to grow your relationships with new friends.

#19 – Expand Your Horizons by Making New Friends

Making new friends can introduce you to thoughts that might never have occurred to you previously. The successful know that having a mix of different types of friends can broaden your horizons and improve the quality of your life.

#20 – Strive for Healthiness and Transparency in Your Relationships

No matter whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship, strive for healthiness and transparency. Don’t hide information. Don’t do anything to intentionally hurt your friend or partner. And, most of all, try to be honest and forthcoming in all of your endeavours.

Summary of How to Have Successful Relationships

Success in life is more than money or power. The people you share your life with are an essential element of your success and happiness. To have successful relationships is to have a richer, more satisfying and fuller life. We hope that these tips help you to build on the solid foundations you already have. Friends and family count more than your most precious possessions.


I hope you have found the above information useful and will help you on your journey to a better life. If you have any feedback or want more information, please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

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