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  • Writer's pictureBrian Lindner

From Average to Exceptional

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

The Seattle Seahawks football team is back on top. They recently secured the number one seed in the NFC assuring home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They are the defending Super Bowl Champions but earlier this year they didn’t look like champions. Their record early in the season was 3-3. They struggled and looked average, disappointing coming off their dominating Super Bowl win.

As a Seahawks fan, I was concerned.

Then they went on a 9-1 run winning their last 6 games with suffocating defense, a trademark of their successful championship year.

What made the difference?

Their coach Pete Carroll had this to say “We just weren’t playing for one another. As simple as it sounds, (doing so) was transformational.”

Playing for one another was transformational.

I like it. That will speak to marriage too.

Individual efforts matter in football and in marriage, but without playing for each other your marriage will never progress beyond average.

You and your spouse are on the same team. I know it may not feel like it at times. You may have got off track and started playing for yourself. Selfishness sneaks into to the best football teams and it can occur even in the best marriages. Make the necessary adjustments to win in your marriage.

  1. Stop your selfishness. Attending only to your individual desires will not help your marriage win.

  2. Start playing for each other. Consider what they like. Celebrate the little victories. Spend time together. Go on an adventure together. Focus on their positive characteristics.

Playing for each other in your marriage will transform your connection from average to exceptional.

Like coach said, it sounds simple, but the results speak for themselves.

Helping your marriage move from average to exceptional is the goal of this blog. I share weekly posts encouraging deeper connection in your marriage.

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