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Banish Your Inner Critic - MakingWeb.no 2016

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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 - MakingWeb.no 2016

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic MakingWeb.no Oslo, Norway 22 September 2016 Denise Jacobs
  2. @denisejacobs #makingweb #banishyourcritic
  3. Want the slides? Go here: Creativedo.se/ makingweb-ic
  4. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  5. Founder + CEO, The Creative Dose http://TheCreativeDose.com/
  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 an author! 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 & burned out https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/
  16. My internal critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  17. Made this happen https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
  18. Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  19. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  20. Fears + Internalized criticisms https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
  21. = The Inner Critic https://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484093889/
  22. F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
  23. Or… https://twitter.com/Phishtitz/status/474661495935365120
  24. YES! (…and…) https://www.flickr.com/photos/willsan/3780293130
  25. The enemy of creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/
  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. Thoughts = https://www.flickr.com/photos/57375589@N05/9046508025/
  29. Electrical impulses = http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neuron-matrix.png
  30. = Brainwaves! http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  31. Know your brainwaves
  32. Blocks creative expression http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  33. “Self-rebuke will stall your creative efforts.” - Shelly Carson, Your Creative Brain
  34. How to ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  35. Listen for internal critical talk http://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/
  36. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  37. “I should have done more by now…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/automania/126698126/
  38. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  39. vs. “NAILED IT!” https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897
  40. “It needs to be FLAWLESS” http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  41. “I’ll do it tomorrow…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  42. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  43. “I will do it tomorrow!” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  44. Meet your inner critic
  45. 1) Write down one fear around your creativity https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/5788826472/
  46. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhinson/1290445055/ 2) Crumple paper into ball Then…
  47. 3) On 3, throw it! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b1-baSAE8ZI/VDM3BbuiaFI/AAAAAAAABKk/l91FBGvSgkA/s1600/IMAGE_437.jpg
  48. Anthing sound familiar? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  49. You’re in good company https://www.flickr.com/photos/17843347@N05/4610644207/
  50. Afflicts ALL of us! http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/jimmy-fallon-the-unsinkable-legend-part-2 (@ 8:15)
  51. “…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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/97477873@N00/13016287284/
  52. We need to unleash http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  53. We need brain management https://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica/13994747444/
  54. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nrbelex/2247397943/ “You must be unintimidated by your own thoughts because if you [try to create] with someone looking over your shoulder, you'll never [create].” – Nikki Giovanni
  55. How do we… http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  56. Banish the Inner Critic? https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/
  57. You can’t outrun the voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/wester/504925076/
  58. Imposition Mentality https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethscupham/7328405210
  59. Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought” http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
  60. Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will” https://www.flickr.com/photos/mstry-2525-gst/3312199285/
  61. Comparison Syndrome http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
  62. “You cannot compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.”
  63. Say NO to Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
  64. You & what you produce is unique
  65. Establish boundaries https://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisawakeupcall/5595296868/
  66. (Btw, this your new mantra…) http://www.spunkysapphire.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/photo-1-e1406074730116.jpg
  67. Beat Impostor Syndrome
  68. Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  69. You will only experience impostor syndrome when you are competent and skilled. (re-read this as many times as necessary.)
  70. Inner Critic “psychology hacks” https://www.flickr.com/photos/insk/3884826712/
  71. Ask it questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/
  72. Be compassionate http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  73. Reassign duty http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/
  74. Reframe fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  75. http://culturecatch.com/files/images/after-earth.jpg “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, After Earth
  76. Embrace failure and mistakez https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/
  77. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  78. Copy the Fail Masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  79. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/ Take steps, #FAIL; Go again!
  80. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  81. Judgment Dread https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/12825451433/
  82. Remember egocentricity
  83. Cop a Power Pose
  84. “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
  85. Feed each other
  86. Breaking the loop
  87. Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  88. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  89. The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
  90. Perfectionists focus on the finished product… https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
  91. Rather than the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  92. “The Best” vs “The most” https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326
  93. Be bad/make it ugly https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684
  94. Embrace the “SFD” Twitter, circa 2006
  95. Satisfice https://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepyvalley/3650673328
  96. Remember: https://twitter.com/dickelippe/status/581204005013078016/photo/1
  97. Perfection ≠ Excellence https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaldoche/4771465356
  98. “Don’t let perfect become the enemy of good.” – Voltaire
  99. Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  100. The trick is not self-identifying… http://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procrastinators/
  101. Nor administering a dose of https://www.flickr.com/photos/116357579@N08/13178367583
  102. Procrastinators are NOT lazy https://www.flickr.com/photos/code_martial/4145914957
  103. The unknown can be paralyzing http://hub.salford.ac.uk/energymonitoring/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/01/known-knowns1.jpg
  104. Pro tip: Reframe the unknown http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonmelsa/3000222387/
  105. Increase the meaning/value http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeliam/2460475510/
  106. Mind Tricks https://www.flickr.com/photos/32135758@N02/5325454434/
  107. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  108. “Structured procrastination” https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
  109. Time & Space Tricks http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
  110. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXDpfhehb6I
  111. Ignore to focus https://www.flickr.com/photos/massimobarbieri/3998455558/
  112. Browser Extensions (Firefox) LeechBlock Idderall Browser Extensions (Chrome) Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Tools RescueTime.com HeyFocus.com Aids for digital blocking
  113. Added bonus HeyFocus.com
  114. Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
  115. Make it a Sprint http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
  116. Fill a Quota https://www.flickr.com/photos/teosaurio/3392883329/
  117. Remember this Photo: Denise Jacobs
  118. My story’s end? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonialuna/2942020058/
  119. February http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/3709856898/
  120. #FAIL https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
  121. #WINNING! http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
  122. I wrote my first book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  123. https://www.flickr.com/photos/thatconference/9532425040/ Which created AMAZING things for me
  124. Disturbing dreams https://www.flickr.com/photos/agroffman/4613265988
  125. My own inner creative child Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  126. Always reaching for perfection Photo: Denise Jacobs
  127. “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
  128. “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction https://www.flickr.com/photos/macati/2180421766
  129. YOU NEVER GET JAM http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alicepic/through-the-looking-glass/2book42.jpg
  130. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  131. Show you there is an alternative https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
  132. https://www.flickr.com/photos/9422878@N08/9220121158/ “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them ‘grown up’….
  133. …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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/theburiedlife/2167001643/
  134. By understanding this truth
  135. You’ll look at yourself differently https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/3460562429
  136. Let out all of your ideas https://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8115237421/
  137. Because, after all… https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoberg/9652158212
  138. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  139. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic Get on the list! DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic Identify and Eliminate Mental Blocks to Unleash Creativity
  140. THE CREATIVE DOSE A Creativity + Innovation Collective Creative Thinking + Problem-solving Creative Collaboration Team Communication + Cohesion Professional Development + Speaking Coaching TheCreativeDose.com @thecreativedose
  141. Get the slides! Creativedo.se/ makingweb-ic
  142. DeniseJacobs.com à Sign up on my mailing list! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Connect + Collaborate With Me! Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  143. And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/
  144. Clear the pipes: Morning Pages https://www.flickr.com/photos/juliejordanscott/4970674253//
  145. Decouple performance from identity https://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878
  146. So go and disrupt something! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
  147. Pushed myself to burn-out http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/

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