1stqtr07 266An air or quality that elicits belief, respect, believability, trust

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

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

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

Having credibility is very desirable. If we make a good impression and are credible, people will believe us. They may even look up to us. If we have no credibility, people will not likely believe us at all.  Being a person lacking any credibility is a sad state of affairs. Once we lose credibility we may never get it back. It is something we should protect and maintain at great sacrifice. We should never take it lightly. We can likely think of someone who has lost credibility with us. What would it take for them to reestablish their credibility again?

It is difficult to be successful without others helping us to gain our success. It is hard to go through life and be accomplished without others encouraging, supporting, and believing in us. “Credibility” means that when we interact with others or have dealings with them they believe what we say and believe what we stand for. They trust us. Credibility is a very necessary “good people skill” in nearly all careers and professions. It often requires large numbers of people to help us before we can get where we 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. A “used car salesmen” is the classic stereotype of a person who lacks credibility. Doctors, lawyers and clergy typically evoke credibility.

Being friendly, courteous, kind, a good listener, smiling and dressing well; helps in making good impressions and help our credibility. How we engage 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 our continuous interactions with others either supports our 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. Talk with those with whom you may have had some conflict or difficulty. This may provide 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 you best 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; Proverbs 3:5

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

Having credibility becomes less and less an issue with those who are growing closer to God. 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 our shortcomings and weaknesses and then help us to grow stronger, more reliable and more credible. We will become more righteous as well.

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


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