We all have friends that are textbook overachievers. They get great
grades, they’re always busy excelling in sports and getting leads in school
plays and running for class president. And then there’s us. Yeah, we’re OK. But
sometimes, when we compare ourselves to our friends, we seem downright inadequate.
And boo, does that feeling stink! It’s time to ditch the blues and embrace what’s
awesome about us.
No, we’re not talking about +1 for Janie’s All-American honors, -1 for
your forgotten homework. We want you to keep a running list of all the things
you accomplish, big and small, for one whole week. Note everything from
improving your total number of push-ups completed to acing a pop quiz to
mastering your front walk-over. Keeping track of all the little things will
realize how accomplished you really are—no need for comparison there.
Sometimes these feelings arise when our own lives and interests are
feeling stagnant. If you’re bored by your extracurricular activities, it might
just be time to add something new to the list, or up the challenge factor. If
you’re artsy, try a class in medium you’ve never worked with. If you’re
musical, sign up for your school’s Battle of the Bands. Giving yourself
something new to focus on will leave you determined to succeed, not worrying
about comparing yourself to other girls’ successes.
Find a cheerleader
If you’re always on the sidelines rooting for your best bud, it’s
normal to feel disappointed when she doesn’t return the favor. Invite her to a
gymnastics practice so she can see you perform your new routine, or a gallery
opening where you’re showcasing some photographs. She probably has no clue you’re
feeling this way, so open up to her and ask for a li’l support. We bet she’ll
be pleased as punch to cheer you on.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN self-esteem, mind/motivation, have the best school year ever, get your act together guide