Behavior as a Mirror of Self


“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Behaviors, unlike thoughts, are observable to other people. Although a witness will often not understand the reasons why someone acted a certain way, they will know how someone conducted their affairs. Your behavior is measurable and can be compared and contrasted in the following ways:

  1. What you said you would do (consider the saying ‘actions speak louder than words’)?
  2. What your peers or competitors are doing?
  3. What others have done in similar situations in the past?

Bottom Line: External acts are the main way others judge our qualities as a human being. The summation of what we do, both small and grand, becomes the public record of our life.