Relationship goals should be much more than cute pictures on Instagram. A relationship is serious business, and it should give you joy and improve your life. However, if you don’t have any goals, your relationship will be all over the place and you’ll be dating aimlessly.
That’s why it’s important to set relationship goals even before you start dating so you can only accept to be with somebody who aligns. Here are 7 relationship goals every serious couple should have:
1. Treat each other with respect
Nobody gets into a relationship planning to disrespect their partner, but if you’re not careful, it’ll happen. The decision to respect each other must be made deliberately and you must create a structure and habits to support this goal.
2. Improve each other’s lives
Anyone who is not helping you is hurting you. There can be no vacuum. The point of a relationship is to have someone whose strengths become yours not to have someone who amplifies or indulges your weaknesses. Aim to improve each other’s lives and make specific plans towards this.
3. Invest in each other’s goals
If you truly care about someone, you’ll care about their dreams. Invest in your partner’s dreams and ensure that they invest in yours as well.
4. Do charitable things together
Compassion and kindness are must-haves for people who want to have healthy relationships. The best way to ensure you both treat each other kindly is to deliberately develop kindness as a couple by caring for others.
5. Plan for the future
Do you know where your partner intends to be in the next five years? A lot of couples get into trouble because they simply assume they’ll make it, but then later find out that they’re going in different directions.
6. Be faithful to each other
Trust and loyalty are the bedrock of every great relationship. Plan to be faithful to each other and set boundaries to make sure this happens. It’s easy to fall short but if you’re determined you can make this work.
7. Forgive each other
Great relationships are built by two people who know how to forgive time and time again. You can’t have a good relationship if you keep grudges. Your partner is human and he will disappoint you, so create an atmosphere of forgiveness in your relationship.
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Before you go, here is the most important relationship goal you can have.