Key to Relationships and Happiness
Loyalty can be expressed in many forms, to a brand, company, family or person.
We hear people professing their loyalty to products or brands, “I only shop at Saks” or “I’m hooked on Apple” etc. but the most important expression of loyalty is the type shown to other people.
Being loyal to others is a fundamental ingredient to having integrity. You simply cannot have integrity by acting in self interest.
Often times we profess our loyalty but abandon others whenever that loyalty comes with a cost to ourselves. People make promises and commitments to others but break them.
This evidences a total lack of loyalty. At times legitimate issues prevent us from honoring a committment. Thats ok as long as we take the time to explain the reason we can’t live up to our commitments. We all know people who always have ready excuses but anyone who contiually disappoints another lacks loyalty and integrity.
We need to be loyal to our friends and families who need and rely on us, if only for support or company.
Even when some other opportunity presents itself we must keep our commitment. That is the ultimate expression of loyalty, putting yourself behind the needs or expectation of someone else.
Its central to your integrity and connected directly to unselfishness.
Believe it or not it is personally rewarding to honor your commitments!
Loyal to a Fault
As with most things there can be a downside to loyalty when we remain blindly loyal to someone to their detriment. Protecting some one under the guise of loyalty when their behavior is destructive is unacceptable.
In that case true loyalty and love would demand that we stop enabling and approving of the behavior and help them seek the help they need.
Don’t Break the Trust
Can you be trusted with loyalty? Can you be counted on?
Loyalty – the elixir for healthy relationships!