Loyalty is something you have to earn. You can’t demand and realistically expect loyalty.
Who are you loyal to?
Of the three listed above, I’ll bet your family would be a group you feel loyal to. The others are not as likely unless they have done something in particular to earn your trust and loyalty. Family is around you most of the time and get the time to earn your loyalty but, even they have to earn it.
Why are you loyal?
Loyalty is the result of a trust being met.
Your parents make sure you are safe, fed and educated. They are always there for you, even when you make mistakes. Yes, they will sometimes be a little tough on you but can always count on them when it truly matters.
When you meet someone who is loyal to their mechanic, it’s usually because they can always rely on them to fix their car in a timely manner, only fixing what is required and charging fair prices. The same applies to most people who provide you with products and services.
Will you inspire loyalty?
What will you do that inspires loyalty from the people around you?
- Clear the neighbours driveway after a snow storm.
- Make a point to be at the kids’ games and events.
- Surprise your spouse with dinner and flowers for no reason.
- Call your client to express regrets for a loss, and mean it!
Take the time to understand what the people around you need, whether friends, family or clients. Then take action to do what you can to meet those needs. The trick is, don’t expect anything in return.
Yes, you will have some disappointment but they will eventually be outweighed by the rewards.
Watch Simon Sinek’s discussion on Loyalty. There are parts where you need to fast forward through a minute that was built in for a group.
Make it a great day!
P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m thankful for the great teachers who come into my life. I’m thankful every opportunity to serve others.
What are you thankful for today?