Yes Brandon I now what you're talking about. I didn't learn how to internalize my own weight training ambitions until I was in my early 30s.
I now see anything I move in relation to the last thing I moved.
For example, I'm doing Squat jerk recoveries from a pin set about nose high in a power cage. I set a PR on Monday - not a great deal of weight in the grand scale of things, but a PR for me; so I'm very happy.
It is sooooooo much funner without the supportive gear. let's you know it's all you. That said, I love my straps and as long as I'm lifting on beat up crappy bars, I'm going to use the darn things.
All the best,