Let’s start off this blog with a recommendation from John Wooden:
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are”
Is that powerful or what?
Whilst a great reputation will open doors for you it is based on your past actions. You can certainly capitalize on a great reputation ( maybe even hide behind it , ahem !) but it’s shine & allure will diminish if the character behind it fails to grow.
Leaving ego aside, of course our reputation is important, as we attempt to build our brand especially for those of us in business.
Let’s be very careful how we do that as character confirms reputation – good or bad!
BIG lesson I’ve learned is that my character is sacrosanct.
It is something I cannot sell, transfer or trade yet It is such an intrinsic part of who I am.
As I’m on a continuous journey of self improvement it makes so much sense that I work on improving my character, the real me and that means changing some deep seated habits.
Changing habits requires persistence and here is the kicker: persistence is developed by changing/developing just a few simple yet powerful habits.
Persistence is a HABIT, it is actually a byproduct of 4 small habits:
- a definite purpose backed by a burning desire for it’s fulfillment
- a definite plan, expressed in continuous action
- a mind closed tightly against all negative/discouraging influences ( including negative suggestions of family, friends & acquaintances
- a friendly alliance with one or more persons who encourage you to follow through with plan & purpose.
So now it’s time for new habit creation/affirmation/implementation & onto character creation !!