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:
- What you said you would do (consider the saying ‘actions speak louder than words’)?
- What your peers or competitors are doing?
- 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.