Your personal style, behaviors, and interactions reflect active values that you wear on your sleeve for all to see. Far more than positive words alone, your consistency of kindness and cheerfulness will add to the efforts of “getting it right”—that is, of feeling good that others may well experience your politeness and civility, as recognizably respectful.
What I love about the word etiquette-ful, is that it is accomplished in an intentionally self-selecting spirit. Being an etiquette-ful person means that the individual chooses to be that person. It is not an imposed state. My Etiquette Blog is meant entirely to offer ideas and suggestions. It is not to talk about etiquette or politeness in absolute terms. One can only imagine what it is like to live in someone else’s skin.
The words respect and consideration alone don’t necessarily inspire action. How do you want people to feel about you or your organization? Most likely you want to be seen as actively living the things that you value. You want your active values to be apparent.
Have you ever written a personal mission statement for your life? The company you own or work for is no doubt mission driven. Mission-driven organizations are values-oriented. How about persons? Do the values you hold reflect daily in all that you do?
For fun, I took a look at Etiquette for the Business of Life’s Mission and Values Statement written some time ago. I wanted to see if I was living the vision and values of my company, personally and professionally. My mission and values are:
Now it’s your turn.
Defining our beliefs, priorities, and what we value in living our days can only be demonstrated through our decisions and behavior. And only you can be you. We live and learn together and can, indeed strive to make it a better world.