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Banish Your Inner Critic
Denise R. Jacobs
Design/Content  Vancouver, BC  7 August 2015
@denisejacobs
@dcontentconf / #dcc15
#banishyourcritic
Want the slides? Go here: 
creativedo.se/dcc15-ic
Photo by Derek Kearney
Wait…What?!
Upon a time…
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365
29 June
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/3154255478/
I was going to be a writer!
Photo: Denise Jacobs
Instead of creativity
Photo from Flickr.com
Destructivity
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
The voices in my head were merciless
http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
I totally freaked out
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 lo...
2 days
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiery-phoenix/8428079916/
Worked non-stop
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/
Pushed myself to burn-out
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/
My internal critical voices
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
Made this happen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
Physical evidence of fear
http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
A different kind of fear
Photo: Denise Jacobs
Internalized criticisms + fears
https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
= The Inner Critic
https://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484093889/
F.E.A.R. =
http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
Or…
https://twitter.com/Phishtitz/status/474661495935365120
The enemy of creativity
http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/
Creative brainwaves
http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
Know your brainwaves
Stress & frustration
https://www.flickr.com/photos/corneveaux/3248566797/
Suppress generative impulses in the brain
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birthintobeing/11841180046
Dampens creative expression
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
How to ID your Inner Critic
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
Not that hard, right?
http://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/
“OMG, I’m SO busy!”
“I should have done more by now…”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
“They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
“I don’t know enough”
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg
(or intimidated into this)
vs. “NAILED IT!”
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897
Impostor Syndrome Paradox
http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
You will only experience impostor
syndrome when you are
competent and skilled.
(re-read this as many times as necessary.)
“It needs to be FLAWLESS”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
“I’ll do it tomorrow…”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
“Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
“I will do it tomorrow!”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
Feed each other
In order for
http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
You need brain management
“The goal is to manage
anxiety so that our energies
are used for the productive
and satisfying art of
creating…
…rather than the destructive
and debilitating art of self-
torture. “
- Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
How do we…
http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
Banish the Inner Critic?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/
Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will”
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mstry-2525-gst/3312199285/
Say NO to Comparisons
http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
Ask it questions
http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/
Be compassionate
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
Reassign duty
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/
Remember your successes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
(My personal version)
Photo: Denise Jacobs
Maintain perspective
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daikrieg/1294053038/
*WHATEVER*
http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/1-23-2013/quhKj3.gif
Cop a Power Pose
“Our bodies change our minds,
our minds change our behavior,
and our behavior changes our
outcomes.”	
- Amy Cuddy, Your Bo...
Breaking the loop
Perfectionism
http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
“Perfectionism is self-abuse
of the highest order.”	
― Anne Wilson Schaef
The real problem
http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
Perfectionists focus on the finished
product…
https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
Rather than the process
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
“The Best” vs “The most”
https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326
Wise words
Amen!
https://twitter.com/dickelippe/status/581204005013078016/photo/1
Remember egocentricity
“You alone are enough. You have
nothing to prove to anybody.” 
― Dr. Maya Angelou
Decouple your performance from who
you are
https://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878
Fear of failure
http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
“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...
Reframe failure
http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717326642/
And mistakez
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/
(maybe even embrace them)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielagama_fotografando/4029208908/
“Failure is only the
opportunity to begin again
more intelligently.”
- Henry Ford
Humble beginnings
Twitter, circa 2006
Copy the #fail masters
Photo: Denise Jacobs
Take steps
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/
#Fail
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/
Go again
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/
Satisfice
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepyvalley/3650673328
Be bad/make it ugly
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684
“Being right keeps us in
place. Being wrong forces us
to explore.” 
– Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
Perfection ≠ Excellence
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaldoche/4771465356
Procrastination
http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
The trick is not determining which you
are…
http://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procrastinators/
Nor administering a dose of
https://www.flickr.com/photos/116357579@N08/13178367583
Increase the meaning/value
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeliam/2460475510/
Mind Tricks
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32135758@N02/5325454434/
Don’t do it, just get ready to
Photo: Denise Jacobs
“Structured procrastination”
https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
Time & Space Tricks
http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
Eliminate distractions
From “Shit Black Girls Say”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXDpfhehb6I
Ignore to focus
Tools
RescueTime.com
GetConcentrating.com
HeyFocus.com
Browser Extensions
Firefox:
LeechBlock
Idderall
Google Chrome:
Stri...
Added bonus
HeyFocus.com
Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
Make it a Sprint
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
Fill a Quota
https://www.flickr.com/photos/teosaurio/3392883329/
Remember this:
Photo: Denise Jacobs
My story’s end?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonialuna/2942020058/
February
http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/3709856898/
#FAIL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
#WINNING!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
I wrote a book!
Photo: Denise Jacobs
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thatconference/9532425040/
Which created AMAZING
things for me
Bad dreams
https://www.flickr.com/photos/agroffman/4613265988
“The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday—but
never jam to-day.”
“It MUST come sometimes to ‘jam to-day’,” Alice
objec...
“Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction
https://www.flickr.com/photos/macati/2180421766
YOU NEVER GET JAM
http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alicepic/through-the-looking-glass/2book42.jpg
By sharing my experience
Photo: Deloria Jacobs
Show you there is an alternative
https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
“The creative
adult is the
child who
survived after
the world tried
killing them,
making them
‘grown up’….
…The creative adult is the child who survived the
blandness of schooling, the unhelpful words of bad
teachers, and the nay...
By understanding this
You’ll look at yourself differently
https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/3460562429
Let yourself create those imperfect,
yet amazing ideas
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
Because, after all…
https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoberg/9652158212
The End
Photo: Denise Jacobs
Get the slides! 
creativedo.se/dcc15-ic
My upcoming book!
Banish Your Inner
Critic
DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic
26 Effective Techniques for
Unleashing Productive
...
Please take the Creative Blocks Survey
Creativedo.se/creative-blocks-survey
THE CREATIVE DOSE
A Creativity + Innovation Collective
Work Better. Create More. Create Betterness.
Creative Thinking & Pr...
DeniseJacobs.com
 Sign up on my mailing list here!
denise@denisejacobs.com
twitter.com/denisejacobs
facebook.com/deniseja...
Thank you!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3302110152/
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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 - Design & Content 2015

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic
  2. Denise R. Jacobs Design/Content  Vancouver, BC  7 August 2015
  3. @denisejacobs @dcontentconf / #dcc15 #banishyourcritic
  4. Want the slides? Go here: creativedo.se/dcc15-ic
  5. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  6. Upon a time… http://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365
  7. 29 June http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/3154255478/
  8. I was going to be a writer! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  9. Instead of creativity Photo from Flickr.com
  10. Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
  11. The voices in my head were merciless http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiery-phoenix/8428079916/
  15. Worked non-stop https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/
  16. Pushed myself to burn-out http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/
  17. My internal critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  18. Made this happen https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
  19. Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  20. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  21. Internalized criticisms + fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
  22. = The Inner Critic https://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484093889/
  23. F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
  24. Or… https://twitter.com/Phishtitz/status/474661495935365120
  25. The enemy of creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/
  26. Creative brainwaves http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  27. Know your brainwaves
  28. Stress & frustration https://www.flickr.com/photos/corneveaux/3248566797/
  29. Suppress generative impulses in the brain https://www.flickr.com/photos/birthintobeing/11841180046
  30. Dampens creative expression http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  31. How to ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  32. Not that hard, right? http://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/
  33. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  34. “I should have done more by now…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
  35. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  36. “I don’t know enough” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg
  37. (or intimidated into this)
  38. vs. “NAILED IT!” https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897
  39. Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  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” http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  42. “I’ll do it tomorrow…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  43. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  44. “I will do it tomorrow!” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  45. Feed each other
  46. In order for http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  47. You need brain management
  48. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  49. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. “ - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  50. How do we… http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  51. Banish the Inner Critic? https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/
  52. Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought” http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
  53. Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will” https://www.flickr.com/photos/mstry-2525-gst/3312199285/
  54. Say NO to Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
  55. Ask it questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/
  56. Be compassionate http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  57. Reassign duty http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/
  58. Remember your successes http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  59. (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  60. Maintain perspective http://www.flickr.com/photos/daikrieg/1294053038/
  61. *WHATEVER* http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/1-23-2013/quhKj3.gif
  62. Cop a Power Pose
  63. “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
  64. Breaking the loop
  65. Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  66. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  67. The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
  68. Perfectionists focus on the finished product… https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
  69. Rather than the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  70. “The Best” vs “The most” https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326
  71. Wise words
  72. Amen! https://twitter.com/dickelippe/status/581204005013078016/photo/1
  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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878
  76. Fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  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 failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717326642/
  79. And mistakez https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/
  80. (maybe even embrace them) http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielagama_fotografando/4029208908/
  81. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  82. Humble beginnings Twitter, circa 2006
  83. Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  84. Take steps http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/
  85. #Fail http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/
  86. Go again http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/
  87. Satisfice https://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepyvalley/3650673328
  88. Be bad/make it ugly https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684
  89. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  90. Perfection ≠ Excellence https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaldoche/4771465356
  91. Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  92. The trick is not determining which you are… http://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procrastinators/
  93. Nor administering a dose of https://www.flickr.com/photos/116357579@N08/13178367583
  94. Increase the meaning/value http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeliam/2460475510/
  95. Mind Tricks https://www.flickr.com/photos/32135758@N02/5325454434/
  96. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  97. “Structured procrastination” https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
  98. Time & Space Tricks http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
  99. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXDpfhehb6I
  100. Ignore to focus
  101. Tools RescueTime.com GetConcentrating.com HeyFocus.com Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Aids for digital blocking
  102. Added bonus HeyFocus.com
  103. Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
  104. Make it a Sprint http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
  105. Fill a Quota https://www.flickr.com/photos/teosaurio/3392883329/
  106. Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  107. My story’s end? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonialuna/2942020058/
  108. February http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/3709856898/
  109. #FAIL https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
  110. #WINNING! http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
  111. I wrote a book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  112. https://www.flickr.com/photos/thatconference/9532425040/ Which created AMAZING things for me
  113. Bad dreams https://www.flickr.com/photos/agroffman/4613265988
  114. “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
  115. “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction https://www.flickr.com/photos/macati/2180421766
  116. YOU NEVER GET JAM http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alicepic/through-the-looking-glass/2book42.jpg
  117. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  118. Show you there is an alternative https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
  119. “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them ‘grown up’….
  120. …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
  121. By understanding this
  122. You’ll look at yourself differently https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/3460562429
  123. Let yourself create those imperfect, yet amazing ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
  124. Because, after all… https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoberg/9652158212
  125. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  126. Get the slides! creativedo.se/dcc15-ic
  127. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  128. Please take the Creative Blocks Survey Creativedo.se/creative-blocks-survey
  129. 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
  130. 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 and Collaborate!
  131. Thank you! http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3302110152/

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