I am sure all of us are familiar with people who seemly had everything going for them in life only to lose it all because of character flaws. I am talking about people who were well liked and highly respected among their peers but because of poor choices have been fired, forced to resign, or even shamed out of public life.
In fact, the lack of character over the years has caused numerous talented people to lose the trust of their colleagues and constituents. These same character defects have caused others to lose the confidence of their families and their followers. All because, the character flaws in their private life became a public spectacle. So today, I want to share with you three destructive habits that will kill your character.
1. Failing to do what you say you will do! The number one way to lose your personal credibility is to fail to deliver the promises or commitments you have made to people. Once you have made a commitment to complete a task, you should carry out your promise, even if it becomes inconvenient to do so.
2. Constantly showing up late! I have found out over the years that professionals value time. Your tardiness often irritates the person waiting and can often negatively affect the tone of your meeting. It is bad enough to show up late to meet friends and family but in corporate America tardiness can be a death sentence.
3. Speaking first and thinking second! Always do your research before you commit to something. Take the time to find out how much time, effort, finances, and manpower it will take to get the job done.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying, "Let me think about it and I will get back with you."
It is not always the major character flaws or the big sins that kill our credibility, such as embezzlement or infidelity. More often, it is the little inconsistencies in our character that go unchecked on a daily basis that create our downfall. The bible says it best in Proverbs 22:1, "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold." Today is a good time to begin to work on your character flaws.
(Pastor E.C. Maltbia is the senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org)