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Banish Your Inner Critic - Cascade SF


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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 - Cascade SF

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic
  2. Denise R. Jacobs UX Night /Cascade SF  San Francisco, CA  26 August 2015
  3. @denisejacobs @cascadesf / #uxnight #banishyourcritic
  4. Want the slides? Go here:
  5. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  6. Upon a time…
  7. 29 June
  8. I was going to be a writer! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  9. Instead of creativity Photo from
  10. Destructivity
  11. The voices in my head were merciless
  12. I totally freaked out
  13. 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!
  14. 2 days
  15. Worked non-stop
  16. Pushed myself to burn-out
  17. My internal critical voices
  18. Made this happen
  19. Physical evidence of fear
  20. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  21. Internalized criticisms + fears
  22. = The Inner Critic
  23. F.E.A.R. =
  24. Or…
  25. The enemy of creativity
  26. Creative brainwaves
  27. Know your brainwaves
  28. Stress & frustration
  29. Suppress generative impulses in the brain
  30. Dampens creative expression
  31. How to ID your Inner Critic
  32. Listen for internal critical talk
  33. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  34. “I should have done more by now…”
  35. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  36. “I don’t know enough”
  37. (You can be intimidated into this, btw)
  38. vs. “NAILED IT!”
  39. Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  40. You will only experience impostor syndrome when you are competent and skilled. (re-read this as many times as necessary.)
  41. “It needs to be FLAWLESS”
  42. “I’ll do it tomorrow…”
  43. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
  44. “I will do it tomorrow!”
  45. Feed each other
  46. Afflicts ALL of us! (@ 8:15)
  47. “I don’t have what these people want to see – they want to see a funny guy! That’s not me.” - Jerry Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, episode
  48. In order for
  49. You need brain management
  50. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  51. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. “ - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  52. How do we…
  53. Banish the Inner Critic?
  54. Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought”
  55. Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will”
  56. Say NO to Comparisons
  57. (Btw, this your new mantra…)
  58. Ask it questions
  59. Be compassionate
  60. Reassign duty
  61. Remember your successes
  62. (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  63. Cop a Power Pose
  64. “Our bodies change our minds, our minds change our behavior, and our behavior changes our outcomes.” - Amy Cuddy, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are TED talk
  65. Breaking the loop
  66. Perfectionism
  67. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  68. The real problem
  69. Perfectionists focus on the finished product…
  70. Rather than the process
  71. “The Best” vs “The most”
  72. Amen!
  73. Remember egocentricity
  74. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ― Dr. Maya Angelou
  75. Decouple your performance from who you are
  76. Fear of failure
  77. “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
  78. Reframe and embrace failure
  79. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  80. And mistakez
  81. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  82. Humble beginnings Twitter, circa 2006
  83. Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  84. Take steps, #FAIL; Go again!
  85. Satisfice
  86. Be bad/make it ugly
  87. Perfection ≠ Excellence
  88. Procrastination
  89. The trick is not self-identifying…
  90. Nor administering a dose of
  91. Increase the meaning/value
  92. Mind Tricks
  93. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  94. “Structured procrastination”
  95. Time & Space Tricks
  96. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”,
  97. Ignore to focus
  98. Tools Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Aids for digital blocking
  99. Added bonus
  100. Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode
  101. Make it a Sprint
  102. Fill a Quota
  103. Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  104. My story’s end?
  105. February
  106. #FAIL
  107. #WINNING!
  108. I wrote my first book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  109. Which created AMAZING things for me
  110. Bad dreams
  111. “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
  112. “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction
  114. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  115. Show you there is an alternative
  116. “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them ‘grown up’….
  117. …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
  118. By understanding this truth
  119. You’ll look at yourself differently
  120. Your imperfect, amazing ideas
  121. Because, after all…
  122. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  123. Get the slides!
  124. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
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  128. Thank you!