I was browsing through Pinterest the other day, looking for tutorials on how to make something when I realized that hey! I not only know how how to do that, but I actually taught myself that technique years ago. . . .meaning, I figured it out on my own. Then, I took a step back, looked at my own efforts and then compared them to the one on-line, and I actually fared better than I thought I would.
I think we all have a tendency to compare ourselves to others, usually unfavorably. Ok, so some people think they are all that, but for the most part, people are looking for validation of their worth, and hoping we measure up to the “competition” (if you will). Psychologists will tell you this is unhealthy, and to stop doing that!! Personally I think it is instinctual to compare yourself to others, but unfortunately we usually sell ourselves short. I see the following on the internet all the time:
Here is another one:
This is our (unfortunate) expectation of our efforts. We look at what we can do, create or whatever, and come up selling ourselves short. Trick is to see yourself in a more positive light. Realize that we’re better than we thought we were, and to give ourselves a little credit.