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Banish Your Inner Critic - 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 - 2016

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic Oslo, Norway 22 September 2016 Denise Jacobs
  2. @denisejacobs #makingweb #banishyourcritic
  3. Want the slides? Go here: makingweb-ic
  4. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  5. Founder + CEO, The Creative Dose
  6. Upon a time…
  7. 29 June
  8. I was going to be an author! 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 & burned out
  16. My internal critical voices
  17. Made this happen
  18. Physical evidence of fear
  19. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  20. Fears + Internalized criticisms
  21. = The Inner Critic
  22. F.E.A.R. =
  23. Or…
  24. YES! (…and…)
  25. The enemy of creativity
  26. Stress & frustration
  27. Suppress generative impulses in the brain
  28. Thoughts =
  29. Electrical impulses =
  30. = Brainwaves!
  31. Know your brainwaves
  32. Blocks creative expression
  33. “Self-rebuke will stall your creative efforts.” - Shelly Carson, Your Creative Brain
  34. How to ID your Inner Critic
  35. Listen for internal critical talk
  36. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  37. “I should have done more by now…”
  38. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  39. vs. “NAILED IT!”
  40. “It needs to be FLAWLESS”
  41. “I’ll do it tomorrow…”
  42. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
  43. “I will do it tomorrow!”
  44. Meet your inner critic
  45. 1) Write down one fear around your creativity
  46. 2) Crumple paper into ball Then…
  47. 3) On 3, throw it!
  48. Anthing sound familiar? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  49. You’re in good company
  50. Afflicts ALL of us! (@ 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
  52. We need to unleash
  53. We need brain management
  54. “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…
  56. Banish the Inner Critic?
  57. You can’t outrun the voices
  58. Imposition Mentality
  59. Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought”
  60. Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will”
  61. Comparison Syndrome
  62. “You cannot compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.”
  63. Say NO to Comparisons
  64. You & what you produce is unique
  65. Establish boundaries
  66. (Btw, this your new mantra…)
  67. Beat Impostor Syndrome
  68. Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  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”
  71. Ask it questions
  72. Be compassionate
  73. Reassign duty
  74. Reframe fear of failure
  75. “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
  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. Take steps, #FAIL; Go again!
  80. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  81. Judgment Dread
  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
  88. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  89. The real problem
  90. Perfectionists focus on the finished product…
  91. Rather than the process
  92. “The Best” vs “The most”
  93. Be bad/make it ugly
  94. Embrace the “SFD” Twitter, circa 2006
  95. Satisfice
  96. Remember:
  97. Perfection ≠ Excellence
  98. “Don’t let perfect become the enemy of good.” – Voltaire
  99. Procrastination
  100. The trick is not self-identifying…
  101. Nor administering a dose of
  102. Procrastinators are NOT lazy
  103. The unknown can be paralyzing
  104. Pro tip: Reframe the unknown
  105. Increase the meaning/value
  106. Mind Tricks
  107. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  108. “Structured procrastination”
  109. Time & Space Tricks
  110. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”,
  111. Ignore to focus
  112. Browser Extensions (Firefox) LeechBlock Idderall Browser Extensions (Chrome) Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Tools Aids for digital blocking
  113. Added bonus
  114. Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode
  115. Make it a Sprint
  116. Fill a Quota
  117. Remember this Photo: Denise Jacobs
  118. My story’s end?
  119. February
  120. #FAIL
  121. #WINNING!
  122. I wrote my first book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  123. Which created AMAZING things for me
  124. Disturbing dreams
  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
  130. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  131. Show you there is an alternative
  132. “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
  134. By understanding this truth
  135. You’ll look at yourself differently
  136. Let out all of your ideas
  137. Because, after all…
  138. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  139. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic Get on the list! 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
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  143. And finally…
  144. Clear the pipes: Morning Pages
  145. Decouple performance from identity
  146. So go and disrupt something!
  147. Pushed myself to burn-out