When your reputation needs repair, what do you do?
My reputation is in need of repair.
I knew this before I read this post by Jon Acuff.
It’s a great recap of three things he learned from Zig Ziglar over lunch.
Zig’s fuel for success #2: Your Reputation Is Everything!
“If you tell someone you’re going to be there at 9:00, don’t you dare show up at 9:01.
Do the things you tell people you are going to do.”
I’m a recovering Approval Junkie.
I love to be liked.
One of the problems with this is
sometimes I say things
just so you’ll like me.
I say, ‘let’s have lunch.’
when I know I don’t have time.
I say, ‘let’s Skype,”
But what I really mean is, ‘send me a Tweet.’
What I say is, ‘I’ll email you,’
but by the time I wade through that astroid belt that is my inbox,
the last thing I want to do is send anything.
I write checks, my time can’t cash.
I’ve got some work to do here (Don’t feel alone, Jon),
especially where showing up on time is concerned.
I tend to book things too close together, breaking the Law of Reflection (another post),
and I tend to get interested in things at the precise moment
I need to leave to be somewhere.
The most challenging part is that I allow this dynamic (dys-funk-shun)
to steal time from important things,
like my marriage…
like my children…
time I can’t ever get back.
So, this year, I’m getting under the hood
to work on some reputation repair.
Jesus said, “Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. Anything more than this comes from the evil one [MT 5:37; CEB].” This year I want my Yes to mean Yes, rather than, “Please like me.”
How about you?
Does your reputation need repair?