Sometimes we confuse the two, especially during a conflict. Shirts could make it easier to keep track, and not confuse our interactions between these two distinct set of people in our lives.
When we are interacting with people who are not on our team, we have to play defense to protect ourselves. We also play offense to get ahead or gain the upper hand. Both are designed to “win” against the other person. Over time, our playbook is filled with these strategies.
Unfortunately, our playbook can become our default method for all of our interactions, even our interactions with people close to us…with people who are actually on our team. The team shirt could serve as a reminder.
“Look at my shirt! I am on YOUR Team!”
I need this reminder. It helps me to switch gears and let go of my strategies. When I remember who is on my team, I remember they are here to help.