Banish Your Inner Critic, Port80

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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 take a look at ways to banish your inner critic to give you the mental space and energy to let your true talents emerge.

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Banish Your Inner Critic, Port80

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic Denise R. Jacobs Port80 Conference Newport, Wales 16 May 2014
  2. O hai! Photo: Derek Kearney
  3. Upon a time… http://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365
  4. 29 June http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/3154255478/
  5. Instead of creativity Photo from Flickr.com
  6. Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
  7. The voices in my head were merciless http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  8. I totally freaked out
  9. 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!
  10. 2 days http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiery-phoenix/8428079916/
  11. Pushed myself to burn-out http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/
  12. Worked non-stop https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/
  13. My internal critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  14. That happened. https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
  15. Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  16. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  17. Internalized fears & criticisms https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
  18. The Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lance_mountain/2849396572/
  19. Troll under the bridge
  20. F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
  21. (Also, F.E.A.R. = F*ck Everything And Run)
  22. The enemy of creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/
  23. Creative brainwaves http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  24. Know your Brainwaves
  25. Stress & frustration https://www.flickr.com/photos/corneveaux/3248566797/
  26. Suppress generative impulses in the brain https://www.flickr.com/photos/birthintobeing/11841180046
  27. Dampens creative expression http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  28. How to ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  29. Not that hard, right? http://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/
  30. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  31. “I should have done more by now…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
  32. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  33. “I don’t know enough” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg
  34. (vs. Dunning-Kruger effect) https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897
  35. Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  36. “It needs to be PERFECT” http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  37. psst: Perfectionists focus on the finished product… https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
  38. Instead of the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  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. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  45. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. “ - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  46. How do we… http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  47. Banish the Inner Critic? https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/
  48. Eliminate Should/Must/Ought http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
  49. Say NO to Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
  50. Ask it questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/
  51. Be compassionate http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  52. Reassign duty http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/
  53. Remember your successes http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  54. (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  55. Maintain perspective http://www.flickr.com/photos/daikrieg/1294053038/
  56. *WHATEVER* http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/1-23-2013/quhKj3.gif
  57. Cop a Power Pose
  58. Breaking the loop
  59. Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  60. The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
  61. Remember egocentricity
  62. Decouple your performance from who you are https://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878
  63. Fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  64. “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
  65. Reframe failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717326642/
  66. And mistakes https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/
  67. (maybe even embrace them) http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielagama_fotografando/4029208908/
  68. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  69. Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  70. Fail in private http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/
  71. Do it again http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/
  72. Satisfice https://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepyvalley/3650673328
  73. Remember humble beginnings Twitter, circa 2006
  74. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  75. Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  76. The trick is not determining which you are… http://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procrastinators/
  77. Nor administering a dose of https://www.flickr.com/photos/116357579@N08/13178367583
  78. Increase the meaning/value http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeliam/2460475510/
  79. Mind Tricks https://www.flickr.com/photos/32135758@N02/5325454434/
  80. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  81. “Structured procrastination” https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
  82. Time & Space Tricks http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
  83. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXDpfhehb6I
  84. Tools RescueTime.com GetConcentrating.com HeyFocus.com Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Digital Aides
  85. Airplane mode http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
  86. Make it a Sprint or Quota http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
  87. Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  88. My story’s end? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonialuna/2942020058/
  89. February http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/3709856898/
  90. #FAIL http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliseporter/2315794956/
  91. #WINNING! http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
  92. I wrote a book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  93. http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=brainwaves&order=9&offset=120#/dqc6w7 And created something AMAZING
  94. Bad dreams
  95. “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
  96. You never get Jam
  97. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  98. Show you there is an alternative https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
  99. You’ll look at yourself differently https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/3460562429
  100. Let yourself create those imperfect, yet amazing ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
  101. Because, after all… https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoberg/9652158212
  102. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  103. Articles for further reading creativebloq.com/inspiration/ four-secrets-enhancing- creative-productivity-9126098 alistapart.com/articles/ reigniting-your-creative-spark/ alistapart.com/articles/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
  104. Breaking the Perfectionism- Procrastination Infinite Loop On Web Standards Sherpa: http://webstandardssherpa.com/
  105. DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs How to find me Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  106. Thank you! http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3302110152/

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