Martin Bateman, National Director Ambassadors Football GB talks about reputation ahead of the new sporting season.
It is the height of summer. Rain is falling. England are playing cricket. Of course – the football season has begun.
Has your team brought in anyone new over the summer?
How do you think they will do?
In the first few days after Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Turin, Juventus gained millions of new followers on social media. Black and white number 7 shirts are selling out – not just in Newcastle. With all the moves over the summer one thing goes ahead of the people involved – their reputation.
- Ronaldo – guaranteed goals.
- Neymar – he will never track back.
- Courtois – great with the ball at his feet.
- Emery – will try to get Petr Cech to pass the ball first time.
What reputation do some of your team’s players have?
What is your reputation?
The trouble is we all have a reputation. It can be good or bad. And with different people it can mean different things. With your family, your work colleagues, with your team mates.
Do you have a different reputation with different people?
Proverbs 22:1 says:
“A good reputation and respect are worth much more than silver and gold.”
But how do you create a good reputation? It’s take time, commitment and consistency to get a good reputation at football. The same is true in life. At times I have let people down – caused hurt by my words and actions, especially to those close to me. I wish I could turn back time – but I can’t. I have to rebuild trust, confidence in myself and also my reputation.
Do you need to rebuild yours? How do you keep a good reputation?
But there is more to life than a good reputation. Your reputation is what’s seen on the outside – but how are you on the inside? Are you building on a good foundation? We all know people who had great reputations…but actually their foundation was unstable. Tiger Woods & Boris Becker are just a couple whose lifestyles were different from the reputation they wanted to convey. Your character is that foundation.
Something I remember is John Wooden’s quote:
“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.” Read it twice more. It is a profound truth.
How is your character? Can you work on that this season?
Tiger Woods, Boris Becker, Cristiano Ronaldo. Whatever their reputation, good or bad, their character will be what gives them confidence to work and live their lives every day. Rely on that in your life more than your reputation and you won’t go wrong this season. Don’t just concentrate on the outside, but on the inside.
Matthew 23: 25,26 “Woe to you…hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.”