“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” –Michael Jordan
I know what you’re thinking. What do teamwork and Michael Jordan have to do with relationships? Well, teamwork is a huge part of successful relationships; Michael Jordan, not so much. You’ve probably heard time and time again that there is no “I” in team. Let me also point out that there is no “I” in love either. If you want your relationship to flourish, you have to be willing to love selflessly and consider what’s best for you and your significant other. Here’s an acronym to help your team thrive in love:
It’s important to take time to understand your partner. You may be used to doing things your way, but you must realize that they are not you. Listen to them and get to know who they are and what they desire in the relationship. Compromise.
We all have flaws, and chances are, your mate will have a few that you don’t like. So what if your boyfriend leaves the toilet seat up, or if your girlfriend takes 2 hours to get ready for date night? Learn to overlook the little things that don’t really matter. Don’t let them get in the way of your love.
After you’ve learned to accept each other’s flaws, remember to value what you like most about your partner. Let them know you appreciate all of the things that made you fall in love with them in the first place. They’ll be sure to continually display those characteristics if they know you value them.
It’s the fourth quarter, your team is down by 2 points, and there are 3 seconds left on the clock. You could use a cheerleader in your corner to help you make that game-winning 3 point shot. No, I’m not talking about basketball. I’m talking about life. Sometimes, situations arise that can be very overwhelming. It’s your responsibility to encourage your significant other and give your team the pep talk it needs to not only win the game, but to also win the championship.
Remember, LOVE is a team sport. Until next Wednesday, celebrate #TeamLove!