The Seven Army Values - They’re not just for the military

Written by Joseph Yakel

The Army defines seven values that soldiers should strive to emulate in their daily lives. These core values establish a standard of conduct; they formrepparttar foundation of personal behavior that definesrepparttar 139522 person, as well asrepparttar 139523 expectations soldiers have of one another. These values are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.

Here'srepparttar 139524 thing. The Army didn’t inventrepparttar 139525 values. There are many more than seven values that identify desirable human conduct and behavior (and plenty that define undesirable behavior as well), and they've been around for a long time. So, that said, it should come as no surprise thatrepparttar 139526 seven Army values are not just forrepparttar 139527 military - they apply to each and every citizen…this makes perfect sense, as all soldiers are citizens first.

We all have positions in life…stations, if you will…and it matters not what your station in life happens to be…some or all of these seven values are tested as a matter of course, each day of one’s life. The values are as applicable torepparttar 139528 student as they are torepparttar 139529 professor; as important torepparttar 139530 patient as they are torepparttar 139531 doctor; as challenging torepparttar 139532 child as they are torepparttar 139533 adult; and as attainable byrepparttar 139534 penniless as they are byrepparttar 139535 millionaire. In short,repparttar 139536 seven values are for everyone. What arerepparttar 139537 values, and how are they applicable to everyone?

Loyalty - Bear true faith and allegiance torepparttar 139538 U.S. constitution,repparttar 139539 Army, and other soldiers. Be loyal torepparttar 139540 nation and its heritage.

Forrepparttar 139541 citizen, this means showing your faith in our nation, your elected and appointed leaders and your fellow citizens. People want to know they can trust you. And you wantrepparttar 139542 same reassurances from others.

Duty - Fulfill your obligations. Accept responsibility for your actions and those entrusted to your care. Find opportunities to improve oneself forrepparttar 139543 good ofrepparttar 139544 unit.

Forrepparttar 139545 citizen, you’ve got a job to do and people depend on you to get it done. If someone needs help, give it to them. If you need help, seek it from your peers. Be consistent in action and deed.

Respect - Treat people as they should be treated. How we consider others reflects upon each of us, both personally and as a professional organization.

Act courteously toward friends, acquaintances and strangers alike. If you disagree with an opinion or point of view, challengerepparttar 139546 position, but avoidrepparttar 139547 personal attack. Remember that your actions speak volumes about yourself and your business or organization.

Playing it Safe

Written by Lynn Cutts

Do you play it safe with your creativity, be it expressed through dancing, music, writing, painting, acting . . . ? Do you find yourself working withrepparttar same old, comfortable people, places, and situations? Where do you hold back, or fear to tread at all? The truth is, we all play it safe: in our art, our work, and our lives. We've been taught to do so from birth. First our parents protected us from danger, then schools, society, and various government agencies took over. Now it's become a deeply ingrained, limiting habit.

Perhaps you play it safe withrepparttar 139384 kind of things you create, sticking to one topic, outlet or style. Maybe you avoid uncomfortable issues in your work, situations that get just a little too real, or a character that's a little too like you. Or you have this fantastic idea that you're waiting to do because, "You're just not good enough yet." Maybe you limit yourself to local venues, or don't charge enough for your work. Or perhaps, you couldn't bring yourself to call that agent, that potential backer, that gallery, and pitch your work.

Wherever you play it safe in your creativity is also where you play it safe in life. Can't make your characters get confrontational? Well then, ask yourself, how well do you handle confrontation? Follow allrepparttar 139385 rules in your painting? Where else do you blindly toerepparttar 139386 line? Can't send that demo tape intorepparttar 139387 radio station? Where else do you lack confidence? There's nothing intrinsically wrong in playing it safe. We all do it in order to survive–or so we've been taught–but as we move through life, we outgrow our safety nets, just as we've outgrown our playpens and car seats. Some of us consistently chooserepparttar 139388 known overrepparttar 139389 unknown,repparttar 139390 small but sure return overrepparttar 139391 risky investment. Others play it safe by avoidingrepparttar 139392 chance of rejection, exposure, or disappointment. Sometimes we play it safe in one area of our lives so we can waltz onrepparttar 139393 precipice's edge in another. But playing it safe is really takingrepparttar 139394 biggest risk of all:repparttar 139395 risk that we will never learn or grow in that particular area. And those arerepparttar 139396 areas where life's most precious and important lessons await.

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