Published on October 20th, 2014 | by djprophetic0
3 Ways to Build a Great Reputation
We live in a hyper-paced society where everyone is striving to build their resumes, build their income, build their education and knowledge, but how many are consciously trying to build their reputation? A good reputation will open more doors than resumes, education, and wealth combined. I have learned that a good reputation is one of the most valuable assets we have, and in order to achieve the greatness you have and I have been called to, we must build a great reputation.
- Keep Your Word to Yourself
The foundation of building a great reputation doesn’t actually start with the perception of others, it starts with the perception you have of yourself. You spend more time with yourself than anybody else and in order to build a rapport with others, you must first prove that you can keep your word to yourself. When you say you are going to do something, even if it is just for you, do you do it? Do you set goals each day, week, and year without fulfilling them? Without keeping your world to yourself, you are subconsciously teaching yourself to not keep your word to others. In learning to keep commitments, you’ll build confidence and trust in yourself. Hebrews 6:13 it says, “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself.” This shows that God knows that He will do what He said so much that he promised to himself because there was no higher standard. That is the ultimate example of a great reputation.
- Keep Your Word to Others
Once you have built confidence by keeping your word to yourself, it makes it easier to keep your word to others. The key to this is not keeping your word depending on what people say or how they treat you; you keep your word based on the principle that your reputation is too valuable not to keep your word. Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Your reputation is the key that unlocks the door. For example, in my DJ-business, I have never had to do any traditional marketing to get wedding gigs, events, or concerts. I go from gig to gig because of someone who referred me based on my reputation for doing a good job. The same is for my online marketing business; I tried prospecting, but realized, it was more fruitful for me to do great work for my clients. Therefore, build your reputation and your income will be built; don’t try to build your income before your reputation. It’s not always easy keeping your word to others, but as Proverbs 15:4b says we must keep our promises even when it hurts.
- If you fall just get back up
One of my favorite scriptures of all time says, “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…” Proverbs 24:16a
We are human, and we mess up over and over again. Of course this doesn’t give us the right to settle and lower our standards, but we must allow room to make mistakes and learn from them. We may forget to keep our word or do something that damages our reputation and after our blunders we should ask God for forgiveness, forgive ourselves, and then forgive those involved. Great reputations aren’t made because we do everything flawlessly; great reputations are made through trust and trust is built by admitting when you are wrong and doing what it takes to earn trust again.