How to Mirror Behaviors You Admire While Still Being Yourself


May 20,2024

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When we’re kids, we look up to our role models. We try whatever we can to be like them — whether that be dressing like our favorite pop stars, repeating jokes from the kids a grade above us, or taking on the admirable qualities of our parents. Whether we realize it or not, this is a behavior that continues as we progress through adulthood. Taking on characteristics we admire is healthy, but only if we do it while staying true to ourselves. The best way to take on new behaviors or habits is to use them to enhance our current selves. This distinction can be tricky, which is why, in this article, we offer some tips on mirroring behaviors you admire without losing your sense of self. Let’s dive into some helpful and healthy reminders.

It’s never too late to change.

No matter how young or old you are, it’s never too late to improve yourself, whether that be in your health, career, personal relationships, hobbies, outlook on life, or something else entirely. There’s a motivating feeling of starting fresh that’s often experienced when making a big transition in life, such as moving from middle school into high school, high school into college, or college into the workforce. But this feeling of resetting or restarting can be harnessed at any point in your life. There’s always room for growth and change.


Take some time to look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What do I want to change or improve, and why?” As you think about the behaviors you’re currently mirroring or would like to mirror moving forward, consider whether they contribute to this vision for yourself. This brings us to our next tip…

Choose new habits and behaviors thoughtfully.

When you’re choosing which behaviors to mirror, give it thoughtful reflection. Focus on behaviors that resonate with you on a deeper level. Consider whether the traits or behaviors you’re mirroring are superficial or meaningful to you. Habits that benefit other people and your community, not just you or your self-image, tend to be more rewarding and sustainable long term, and behaviors that align with your personality, morals, and preferences will last much longer than behaviors that seek to keep up with superficial trends or social pressures.

Intention is more important than behavior.

It’s common to mirror a behavior, but what ultimately makes a lasting and more meaningful change is mirroring a mindset and adapting the specific behavior to suit your personality and preferences. For example, perhaps a TikTok influencer you follow volunteers at a tree-planting organization. You’d like to mirror this altruistic behavior, but you don’t enjoy gardening or being out in the sun for extended periods of time. Rather than forcing yourself to take on that exact responsibility, consider what type of volunteer work would feel rewarding and enjoyable for you. Perhaps you love animals and would really enjoy working at an animal shelter. In this situation, mirroring the intention of giving back is more impactful than mirroring the exact behavior.

Remember that the world needs you.

On your journey to self-improvement, remember that you bring something unique to the table. You might have a friend who is absolutely hilarious, and your instinct might be to copy that style of humor so you can “keep up” in conversation or draw laughs from a crowd like your friend does. But what can often be overlooked is that people need variety, not carbon copies of the same person. While you might think your friend is the gold standard for entertainment in your group of friends, family, or coworkers, you’re probably overlooking the fact that you provide something different to the group. The show Friends didn’t need six Chandler characters, and your friend group probably doesn’t either. Remember to celebrate the unique qualities you bring to the table.


Working to improve oneself is a noble lifelong journey, and mirroring behaviors is a natural approach to introducing new behaviors. But remember that the people in your life love you for who you are. As you mirror certain habits of others in your effort to become the best version of yourself, don’t lose sight of who you are, because that person is likely more appreciated and valued than you realize.


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