Goddess Revolution Day 33: Reputation

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The rewards reaped in this Doorway are based on the work you've done in the first 6 Doorways. It does take an investment of energy and time to master your work in the world, and that helps to shape your reputation. If you're not where you'd like to be it just means you need to realign who you are with how you show up in the world.

In Doorway 10, we see what we have made of our lives, what others know of us, and where we meet the world in professional ways. This is the realm of career, reputation, responsibility, public image, ambition, and authority.

Doorway 10 and Doorway 4, its opposite, are the doorways that represent our parents. Traditionally, Doorway 4 shows the relationship to the mother, or nurturing parent, and Doorway 10 shows the relationship to the father, or structuring parent.

The themes of Doorway 10 can richly reward your life, but those rewards typically come as a result of hard work, over many years. This is where we discover our work in the world, not just a job, but a career that allows us to grow in ways that allow us to share our gifts and talents with the world.

Adela's Insights on Reputation

Your reputation is not really within the realm of your control. It's based on the perception of others, which makes it tricky. You can do great work in the world and still there will be people that put you down. I've noticed this with colleagues who've gotten tremendous visibility (and it's happened in my own online events and telesummits), people will say negative things about you when it is nowhere near your actual intention and delivery.

This is more a reflection of the person, than your own ability or performance. These folks are in the minority but it can be hurtful and knock you off your center until you're really solid on your work in the world.

By far most of the feedback I've had on my events has been extraordinary. That lets me know that the effort and work that I put into my events is spot on and well received. One of the greatest pleasures in meeting someone new is when they tell me they've heard nothing but great things about me.

When it comes to your reputation keep your eye on the prize – your own work.  It's the only thing you can truly control or shape. Let the accolades come when they may, and don't focus on the negative nellies. They're probably not the folks you're here to serve.

Jodi's Insights on Reputation

Vocabulary.com says, ‘Your reputation is the general belief or opinion that other people have about you. If you are considered trustworthy and kind, you have a good reputation.’

You rarely know what other people are saying about you. Some people spend a lot of their lives concerned about it. When I was young, one of the phrases I heard a lot was ‘What will people think!’ This usually meant that if you went ahead and did something unconventional or unexpected, people would speak badly of you, and could destroy your reputation.

I remember thinking I really didn’t care in the least what anyone else thought. I was going to make decisions based on what was right for me, not someone else’s possible negative opinion.

Previous generations put a lot of stock in behaving in specific ways. Thank goodness there was no internet in those days! At a certain point, people are going to say what they say. You hope it is positive but there is really nothing you can do about it, other than live well and not worry about the opinions of others.

The Goddess of Now says, if you allow yourself to be controlled by the fear of what anyone else says or does, you have forgotten whose life you are living. If you think of your reputation as an image that others who don’t really know you, have pieced together, it’s easier to put it in perspective. The important thing is to live your life in such a way that what others say has no effect on you.

The Goddess says when you live from the heart, in the Now, decisions about how to live your life become much more clear. About that time, you may find you’ve gained a reputation for always being in the right place at the right time; or being so lucky; or having great instincts; or having a lucky star!

Creative Exploration: Reputation

Before you dive into today's writing take a moment to experience yourself through the eyes of others. Feel yourself standing in the center of a circle, surrounded by those that know you. These are folks that have worked with you and have a good sense of your gifts and talents and their application. It includes bosses, mentors, colleagues, teachers, guides. Take a moment to see yourself through the eyes and hearts of each one. Notice what they say about you. Take it in and let it seep into your being until it is woven into the fabric of what you know of yourself.

Through the Goddess lens of Generosity and Compassion, consider your relationship to reputation. See if there is anything you would like to shift or upgrade.

Pick from the writing prompts below, or create your own. Write for 2 minutes (or more, if you like). Share your writing on The Goddess Revolution Facebook Group.

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