Hey Everyone, Today I want to discuss the topic of reputations. What is a reputation and why is it important to have a good one?
What Is A Reputation?
A Reputation is an opinion or belief on how others view you, like a habit or a characteristic you might have; such as being an honest or dishonest person. Reputation is also a label other people put on you such as whether you are considered a good or a bad guy/gal. Or you have a particular skill in which you are either good/bad at doing.
I am the kind of person who doesn't care what other people's opinions are of me, in particular, and I hate labels in which people place on you. What I care about more is my opinion of myself. But, your reputation always precedes you, and people will always have an opinion whether you like it or not. Just the same as you and I will, about others.
What Is The Importance Of A Good Reputation?
In my opinion, one of the main reasons for having a good reputation is people are going to talk about you whether you like it or not. So, do you want to be known as a liar, bully, thief, a braggart, or a person whom other people look down on, etc. or someone people can believe in, trust and look up too?
Here are a few reasons why it could be important to have a good reputation.
A person is only as good as their word.
It helps you out in life struggles because other people are more willing to help you when you need it.
It just makes life easier!
But, don't create a good reputation for yourself because of what others think of you, though. Do it for yourself because you take pride in who you are as a person.
Benjamin Franklin said, "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."
I Have A Bad Reputation
You might ask. What do I do if I have a bad reputation? How can I change it? Well, the first step is as with anything else in life; it's, knowing that you want or need to change. You have to start being honest with yourself as well as others.
I believe most people are born with a kind and giving heart. The reason they end up with a bad reputation is that they don't know who they are as a person, and are just trying to fit in somewhere. Therefore they end up hanging out with what is considered the wrong crowd and making up stories to try and impress them; just to fit in.
One thing you need to be aware of if you begin the journey in changing your reputation. People whom you thought where your friends start falling by the wayside; or they try and hold you back. Hopefully, some of them will want to join you in your journey.
Also be aware that people who know you, are not going to believe you are changing your ways. It will take some time to earn their trust and possibly forgiveness. But as long as you begin by being honest with them, as well as yourself. They will eventually come around.
How To Tell If Someone Is Trustworthy?
All you have to do to tell if someone is trustworthy and have a good reputation is to listen and observe, their actions; Because actions speak louder than words. A reliable person is not always bragging about what they did or didn't do. They usually are not trying to impress anyone.
If a trustworthy person tells you, he/she is going to do something they do it. By doing what we say were going to do is what gives a person a good reputation and makes us trustworthy. A person is only as good as their word and sometimes your word is all you have.
So, the next time someone asks you for help or wants you to do something for them. Think about it, before you agree to anything. Decide whether or not you can or want too before committing yourself to helping, or doing a task in which either you don't have the time or inclination to do.
If you agree to do something for or with someone without thinking it through, and then you don't do it, your trust and reputation go down the drain. Before you know it, and if you continue to act in this manner; you have a bad reputation and are considered not trustworthy.
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Sincerely Dale (Life Coach)