10 Tips for Rebuilding Your Reputation

October 7, 2012 by Allen Teal  
Published in Friendship

This article discusses ways to repair damage to your reputation or to change a bad reputation.

Reputation (Photo credit: krossbow)

Bad reputations can be hard to shake and good ones can be easy to lose. Once your reputation is bruised, it will not repair itself by accident. It is a choice that you must make to rebuild a good reputation. The steps to get there are relatively simple to outline, but somewhat harder to accomplish. The trick is to get started today and decide how you want to be viewed and regarded by those around you.

Make new friends.

Good friends are hardly plentiful. Because of this, many people will hold onto a toxic friendship rather than risk having no friends. This is generally a bad plan. You are known by the company that you keep. You know—it is the birds of a feather flock together thing. One of the first steps to rebuilding a reputation is to reevaluate your friendships. Be honest. Your friends will either be a help in the process or a hindrance. Weed out the bad ones even if it is painful.

Change your habits.

Most reputations are lost because someone behaves badly more than once. It is the wrong type of habits that can lead to the development of a poor reputation. Even if you have your weaknesses well-concealed, they will affect your public behavior at times. The only way to be sure that you are on the right track is to purposefully choose to leave bad habits behind and build new ones. It can take weeks or months to achieve this, but the end result is worth the effort.

Give it plenty of time.

It will take you quite a while to establish positive changes and even longer for people to learn to believe that you have actually changed. It has taken you a lifetime to get to where you are. It will take a little while to get to where you want to be. Do not be in a rush. Be patient and keep pushing forward. The results will come if you keep at it.

Repay your debts, especially to your friends.

Building trust among your peers is critical to restore your reputation or to build a new one. Repaying debts as promised is one big way to establish this trust. You may need to swallow a little pride and change how you spend your money to get it done. You do not have to announce your intentions. You just need to do it.

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