Banish Your Inner Critic - Web Design Day 2015

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Your inner critic is an unconscious deterrent that stands between the seeds of great ideas and the fruits of achievement, keeping you stuck by telling you you’re just faking it, that others have more talent, that you’ll never achieve the success you seek. Let's discover how to anatomize this pernicious inner force, and then learn techniques to banish this critic so that you can have the mental space and energy to let your true talents emerge -- and help you be a badass with your work.

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Banish Your Inner Critic - Web Design Day 2015

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic Denise R. Jacobs Web Design Day | Pittsburgh, PA 12 June 2015
  2. @denisejacobs @WebDesignDay #banishyourcritic
  3. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  4. Upon a time… http://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365
  5. 29 June http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/3154255478/
  6. Instead of creativity Photo from Flickr.com
  7. Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
  8. The voices in my head were merciless http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  9. I totally freaked out
  10. I shouldn't be writing this I misrepresented myself I don't know enough This should be someone else’s book I’m going to look stupid Everyone will see that I’m a fake What if it's not good enough? What if I'm not good enough? No…really!
  11. 2 days http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiery-phoenix/8428079916/
  12. Worked non-stop https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/
  13. Pushed myself to burn-out http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/
  14. My internal critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  15. Made this happen https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
  16. Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  17. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  18. Internalized criticisms + fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
  19. = The Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lance_mountain/2849396572/
  20. aka “The Troll Under the Bridge”
  21. F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
  22. Or… https://twitter.com/Phishtitz/status/474661495935365120
  23. The enemy of creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/
  24. Creative brainwaves http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  25. Know your brainwaves
  26. Stress & frustration https://www.flickr.com/photos/corneveaux/3248566797/
  27. Suppress generative impulses in the brain https://www.flickr.com/photos/birthintobeing/11841180046
  28. Dampens creative expression http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  29. How to ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  30. Not that hard, right? http://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/
  31. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  32. “I should have done more by now…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
  33. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  34. “I don’t know enough” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg
  35. (or tricked into thinking this)
  36. vs. “NAILED IT!” https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897
  37. Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  38. “It needs to be FLAWLESS” http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  39. “I’ll do it tomorrow…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  40. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  41. “I will do it tomorrow!” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  42. Feed each other
  43. In order for http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  44. You need brain management
  45. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  46. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. “ - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  47. How do we… http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  48. Banish the Inner Critic? https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/
  49. Eliminate Should/Must/Ought/Have to http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
  50. Say NO to Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
  51. Ask it questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/
  52. Be compassionate http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  53. Reassign duty http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/
  54. Remember your successes http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  55. (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  56. Maintain perspective http://www.flickr.com/photos/daikrieg/1294053038/
  57. *WHATEVER* http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/1-23-2013/quhKj3.gif
  58. Cop a Power Pose
  59. Breaking the loop
  60. Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  61. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  62. The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
  63. Perfectionists focus on the finished product… https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
  64. Rather than the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  65. “The Best” vs “The most” https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326
  66. Wise words
  67. Amen! https://twitter.com/dickelippe/status/581204005013078016/photo/1
  68. Remember egocentricity
  69. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ― Dr. Maya Angelou
  70. Decouple your performance from who you are https://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878
  71. Fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  72. “Fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” - character of Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith), After Earth
  73. Reframe failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717326642/
  74. And mistakez https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/
  75. (maybe even embrace them) http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielagama_fotografando/4029208908/
  76. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  77. Humble beginnings Twitter, circa 2006
  78. Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  79. Take steps http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/
  80. #Fail http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/
  81. Go again http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/
  82. Satisfice https://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepyvalley/3650673328
  83. Be bad/make it ugly https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684
  84. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  85. Perfection ≠ Excellence https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaldoche/4771465356
  86. Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  87. The trick is not determining which you are… http://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procrastinators/
  88. Nor administering a dose of https://www.flickr.com/photos/116357579@N08/13178367583
  89. Increase the meaning/value http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeliam/2460475510/
  90. Mind Tricks https://www.flickr.com/photos/32135758@N02/5325454434/
  91. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  92. “Structured procrastination” https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
  93. Time & Space Tricks http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
  94. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXDpfhehb6I
  95. Ignore to focus
  96. Tools RescueTime.com GetConcentrating.com HeyFocus.com Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Aids for digital blocking
  97. Added bonus HeyFocus.com
  98. Airplane mode http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
  99. Make it a Sprint http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
  100. Fill a Quota https://www.flickr.com/photos/teosaurio/3392883329/
  101. Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  102. My story’s end? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonialuna/2942020058/
  103. February http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/3709856898/
  104. #FAIL https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
  105. #WINNING! http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
  106. I wrote a book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  107. https://www.flickr.com/photos/thatconference/9532425040/ Which created AMAZING things for me
  108. Bad dreams https://www.flickr.com/photos/agroffman/4613265988
  109. “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday—but never jam to-day.” “It MUST come sometimes to ‘jam to-day’,” Alice objected. “No, it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every OTHER day: to-day isn’t any OTHER day, you know.” — from Through the Looking Glass & What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll
  110. “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction https://www.flickr.com/photos/macati/2180421766
  111. YOU NEVER GET JAM http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alicepic/through-the-looking-glass/2book42.jpg
  112. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  113. Show you there is an alternative https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
  114. “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them “grown up”….
  115. “…The creative adult is the child who survived the blandness of schooling, the unhelpful words of bad teachers, and the nay-saying ways of the world. ” – Ursula K. L Guin
  116. By understanding this
  117. You’ll look at yourself differently https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/3460562429
  118. Let yourself create those imperfect, yet amazing ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
  119. Because, after all… https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoberg/9652158212
  120. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  121. Get the slides! creativedo.se/wdd-ic
  122. Four Secrets to Enhancing Creative Productivity www.creativebloq.com/inspiration/four-secrets-enhancing-creative-productivity-9126098 Banishing Your Inner Critic alistapart.com/articles/banishing-your-inner-critic/ Reigniting Your Creative Spark alistapart.com/articles/reigniting-your-creative-spark/ Breaking the Perfectionism-Procrastination Infinite Loop webstandardssherpa.com/reviews/breaking-the-perfectionism-procrastination-infinite-loop/ My articles for further reading
  123. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  124. THE CREATIVE DOSE A Creativity + Innovation Collective Work Better. Create More. Create Betterness. Creative Thinking & Problem-solving Applying an Innovation Mindset Creative Collaboration Team Communication & Cohesion TheCreativeDose.com @thecreativedose
  125. DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/ Connect, Chat, and Collaborate!
  126. Thank you! http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3302110152/

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