When Loyalty Goes Wrong

life Feb 18, 2019

I believe in loyalty. It’s very important to me.

I believe in sticking with people no matter what — through good times and bad times.

However, sometimes I see people say they are loyal when they actually are just stuck in their ways.

In sports, many people are loyal to whatever professional team is the closest to their hometown. I’ve never been that guy. I was born and raised in Michigan and have never been a fan of the Lions. When my family moved to metro Atlanta a little more than a year ago, I immediately became an Atlanta Falcons fan. Lol. Yes #bandwagon!

I talk about my loyalty and my bandwagon switch in this short video below.

Why?

Because I’m loyal to winning, not losing.

Because I’m loyal to people, not programs.

I’m OK if you feel differently about the Lions. But my point is too many people stay loyal to things that they should have gotten rid of a long time ago.

  • Football teams stay loyal to plays that don’t work just because someone thinks it’s a good idea.
  • Parents stay loyal to dysfunctional parenting habits just because it was the way they were raised.
  • Athletes stay loyal to workout regimens that are not helping them reach their goals because the workout is trendy.

And on, and on, and on.

Loyalty to people is great.
Loyalty to dysfunction and ineffectiveness is insanity.

You’ve heard it before. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results.

Here are my questions for you:

  • Are you loyal to something that isn’t working for you?
  • Are you loyal to a way of managing money that isn’t moving you forward financially?
  • Are you loyal to a behavior pattern that’s not strengthening your relationships?
  • Are you loyal to the Lions when you should be loyal to the Falcons? Lol. Just kidding on that one.

Seriously though, don’t use loyalty as an excuse to be stuck in your ways and avoid change. If something isn’t working, move on and move forward.

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