Credibility

An air or quality that elicits belief, respect, believability

The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have. Brian Koslow

 Credibility is something you build and earn or lose and destroy based on how you interact with others. Randall Burkhalter

 It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant. Don Herold

    Credibility is a very desirable quality. If you have made a good impression and are credible, people will tend to believe you. They may even look up to you. If you have no credibility, people will not likely believe you.

  Being a person lacking credibility is a sad state of affairs. Once we lose our credibility we may never get it back. Our credibility is something we should protect and maintain at great sacrifice. It is not something we should take lightly. Think of someone who has lost their credibility with you. What would they have to do to have credibility again?  

    It is difficult to be successful without others helping you to gain your success. It is hard to go through life and be accomplished without others encouraging, supporting, and believing in you. “Credibility” means that when you interact with others or have dealings with them they believe what you say and believe what you stand for. They trust you. Credibility is a very necessary “good people skill” in nearly all careers and professions. It often requires large numbers of people to help you get where you want to go in life. Those that run for political office must deal with credibility issues as a precursor to run for office. “Credibility issues” prevents many “would be candidates” from ever seeking office. Politicians facing credibility issues are vulnerable to attacks from the media and from their opponents. The “used car salesman” is the classic stereotyped image of a person lacking credibility. Doctors, lawyers and clergy typically evoke credibility.

    Being friendly, courteous, kind, a good listener, smiling and dressing well; are things that make good impressions and help our credibility. When we engage in conversation, how we talk, what we talk about, whether we are confrontational or not, encouraging or not, the language we use; all impact credibility. The cumulative effect of continuous interactions with others either supports having credibility or takes away from it. How we follow through on our commitments, such as a phone calls; whether we lie or keep promises; such things add to or takes away from credibility. If we do not live up to other’s expectations of us, we lose credibility.

    Consistency, dependability, honesty, integrity, all contributes to credibility. People want to deal with people who they consider to be credible. It is an extremely important asset. We should give it a very high priority.

Challenge: How do others perceive your credibility? You may want to take a poll. Ask others about your credibility. Ask those with whom you may have had some conflict or difficulty. This may be some highly valuable feedback. What is damaging your credibility? What can you do to improve it? What can you do to rebuild lost credibility? Maintaining and improving your credibility is very worth of your efforts.  

Wisdom: Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect. Stephen R. Covey

Spiritual: (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5, 6

 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. Proverbs 16:8

 Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. Leviticus 19:11

 Credibility becomes less and less an issue with those that walk with the Lord. The more we seek his will and seek to have a right relationship with him, the more credible we become. In our own strength and without him, we will struggle with many issues. God’s Holy Spirit will reveal shortcomings and weaknesses and then help us to grow stronger and more reliable. He will help us to become more righteous in the process.

 Prayer:  Help me to be a person of credibility. Help me to become a better witness and example to others.

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