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…
  4. 29 June
  5. Instead of creativity Photo from
  6. Destructivity
  7. The voices in my head were merciless
  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
  11. Pushed myself to burn-out
  12. Worked non-stop
  13. My internal critical voices
  14. That happened.
  15. Physical evidence of fear
  16. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  17. Internalized fears & criticisms
  18. The Inner Critic
  19. Troll under the bridge
  20. F.E.A.R. =
  21. (Also, F.E.A.R. = F*ck Everything And Run)
  22. The enemy of creativity
  23. Creative brainwaves
  24. Know your Brainwaves
  25. Stress & frustration
  26. Suppress generative impulses in the brain
  27. Dampens creative expression
  28. How to ID your Inner Critic
  29. Not that hard, right?
  30. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  31. “I should have done more by now…”
  32. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  33. “I don’t know enough”
  34. (vs. Dunning-Kruger effect)
  35. Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  36. “It needs to be PERFECT”
  37. psst: Perfectionists focus on the finished product…
  38. Instead of the process
  39. “I’ll do it tomorrow…”
  40. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
  41. “I will do it tomorrow!”
  42. Feed each other
  43. In order for
  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…
  47. Banish the Inner Critic?
  48. Eliminate Should/Must/Ought
  49. Say NO to Comparisons
  50. Ask it questions
  51. Be compassionate
  52. Reassign duty
  53. Remember your successes
  54. (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  55. Maintain perspective
  56. *WHATEVER*
  57. Cop a Power Pose
  58. Breaking the loop
  59. Perfectionism
  60. The real problem
  61. Remember egocentricity
  62. Decouple your performance from who you are
  63. Fear of failure
  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
  66. And mistakes
  67. (maybe even embrace them)
  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
  71. Do it again
  72. Satisfice
  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
  76. The trick is not determining which you are…
  77. Nor administering a dose of
  78. Increase the meaning/value
  79. Mind Tricks
  80. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  81. “Structured procrastination”
  82. Time & Space Tricks
  83. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”,
  84. Tools Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Digital Aides
  85. Airplane mode
  86. Make it a Sprint or Quota
  87. Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  88. My story’s end?
  89. February
  90. #FAIL
  91. #WINNING!
  92. I wrote a book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  93. 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
  99. You’ll look at yourself differently
  100. Let yourself create those imperfect, yet amazing ideas
  101. Because, after all…
  102. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  103. Articles for further reading four-secrets-enhancing- creative-productivity-9126098 reigniting-your-creative-spark/ banishing-your-inner-critic/
  104. Breaking the Perfectionism- Procrastination Infinite Loop On Web Standards Sherpa:
  105.  Sign up on my mailing list here! How to find me Photo used with permission:
  106. Thank you!