|Loyalty to Oneself|
|By Carl ToersBijns, former deputy warden, ASPC Eyman, Florence AZ|
There have been many articles written about loyalty and most of them are about commitment to an organization or the organizational leadership. Much can be said about those principles and being completely honest, many have their own merits in the manner loyalty is applied to such conditions of employment. The same word can and should be applied to yourself.
Loyalty can be personal, professional or geographically to a place, location, city or country. The application can be applied to a vast number of things but it always begins at home with yourself. You may love your job, love your workplace or the city where you live and that is reasonable.
However, when it comes to being loyal to yourself it seems you sacrifice for others before you give yourself what you earned, deserve or worked for. This is something that needs to be addressed in order for you to feel complete about who you are and what purpose you have in life.
All your life you have sought self-improvements that would enhance your skills in communication, occupation and used them to receive a check for the services rendered and earned. Basically speaking, it was your trained skills that got you the job and ability to earn that check. Additionally, it was the control you took over your own life, your desires and needs to become a better person that allowed you the opportunities that have been laid out there before you.
During that time you chose different reasons for doing what you needed to do to become a better person. In time you became a confident and competent person in those areas you chose to be interested in and worked hard, even sacrificed, to get what you wanted. Such dedication and commitment should be noted and deserve special recognition of who you are and what you can do.
The value of your own success depends largely on how you feel about yourself. Your confidence is built on who you are, where you have been and how well you did when challenged with difficult decisions in your life. Recognizing you made personal sacrifices is important as those were major issues to consider during your decision making process and should be acknowledged in your value of yourself.
Corrections.com author, Carl ToersBijns, (retired), has worked in corrections for over 25 yrs He held positions of a Correctional Officer I, II, III [Captain] Chief of Security Mental Health Treatment Center – Program Director – Associate Warden - Deputy Warden of Administration & Operations. Carl’s prison philosophy is all about the safety of the public, staff and inmates, "I believe my strongest quality is that I create strategies that are practical, functional and cost effective."
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