How to Thrive in Your Small World

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We all want to make it!  But we don’t always know how to.  We think we need a ton of resources, money, or connections. But all you really need is a solid reputation.

If you’re in your line of work long enough, people will come to know who you are and what you stand for. You will earn a reputation, good or bad, and that reputation is more valuable than your work performance, box office receipts, or financial bottom line.

If you have a good reputation, you can get money. If you have a good reputation, you can get jobs.  Your reputation is currency and is the one currency that never loses value.

When you are aware of this, you can take control over what that reputation will be and as a result, you can thrive.

Here are a few tips to help you thrive in your small world:

1.Take notes

Keep track of the people in your world—what they’re doing, where they’re working, what they did for you, or what you did for them, anything that helps you follow relationships as they change over time.

Whether it’s a written journal or an online dossier, don’t leave this to chance or memory.

2.Express gratitude 

This is such a basic skill that many people overlook it. When someone does something for you, thank them in a meaningful way. That does not mean sending them an email; anybody can do that.

Express your gratitude in ways that mean something to the other person and take a little commitment on your part. Do the same when you fall short or offend somebody. Remember, my connection with Oprah (which has changed my life) came because I sent someone a book as a way of apologizing for my mistake.

3.Under-promise and over-deliver 

Quite often, people who are new to a company or a field will promise the moon, hoping to impress their superiors, then struggle to deliver. That’s a recipe for a poor reputation.

Instead, do the opposite. Make moderate promises and then work tirelessly to exceed them. That way, you’re creating expectations and then exceeding them, which will help you build a reputation as someone who always gets the job done.

4.When in doubt, pay attention to your spirit 

You know what you stand for. You know what’s ethical. The Holy Spirit is your moral, ethical compass at all times.

When you’re unsure about whether something you want to do (or have been asked to do) is in line with the person God wants you to be, trust your spirit. It won’t steer you wrong.

Now that you have tips on how to thrive in your small world, it’s time to take action! In the comments below, let me know which tip you are going to apply TODAY!

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