At the end of the day all you have to stand on is your reputation.
A few weeks ago, a colleague confided in me that he was fearful that a peer was spreading rumors about him. He felt like his reputation was under attack. Unfortunately, people can be manipulative. It’s a reality of life. That is why it is important to always show your words and actions are in sync. People are more likely to believe in behaviors before accepting words; yours or others.
Don’t wait until something goes wrong to invest in your reputation.