6. Ask yourself if you’re looking at yourself through your own eyes or someone else’s.
If you grew up with critical parents or people who made you feel unimportant in general, you may have grown accustomed to seeing who you are through their own toxic lenses. Be aware that they only have as much power as you give them. Understand that their own reality isn’t the ultimate truth, and that you are more than the ways in which they’ve put you down. It may be hard to find that on your own, so find a good support system to lean on and people who do believe in your potential. They exist, I promise.