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Banish Your Inner Critic to Unblock Creativity - Adobe Max 2015


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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 to Unblock Creativity - Adobe Max 2015

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic To Unblock Creativity
  2. Denise R. Jacobs Adobe Max 2015  Los Angeles, CA  5 October 2015
  3. @denisejacobs @AdobeMax #AdobeMax #banishyourcritic
  4. Want the slides? Go here:
  5. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  6. Founder + CEO, The Creative Dose
  7. Upon a time…
  8. 29 June
  9. I was going to be a writer! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  10. Instead of creativity Photo from
  11. Destructivity
  12. The voices in my head were merciless
  13. I totally freaked out
  14. 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!
  15. 2 days
  16. Worked non-stop
  17. Pushed myself to burn-out
  18. My internal critical voices
  19. Made this happen
  20. Physical evidence of fear
  21. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  22. Internalized criticisms + fears
  23. = The Inner Critic
  24. F.E.A.R. =
  25. Or…
  26. YES! (…and…)
  27. The enemy of creativity
  28. Creative brainwaves
  29. Know your brainwaves
  30. Stress & frustration
  31. Suppress generative impulses in the brain
  32. Dampens creative expression
  33. How to ID your Inner Critic
  34. Listen for internal critical talk
  35. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  36. “I should have done more by now…”
  37. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  38. “I don’t know enough”
  39. (You can be intimidated into this, btw)
  40. vs. “NAILED IT!”
  41. Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  42. You will only experience impostor syndrome when you are competent and skilled. (re-read this as many times as necessary.)
  43. “It needs to be FLAWLESS”
  44. “I’ll do it tomorrow…”
  45. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
  46. “I will do it tomorrow!”
  47. Feed each other
  48. Afflicts ALL of us! (@ 8:15)
  49. “…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
  50. *Everyone* has these thoughts
  51. Instructions: 1) Write down one fear around your creativity 2) Crumple paper into ball Then…
  52. 3) Throw across the room!
  53. Anything sound familiar?
  54. In order for
  55. You need brain management
  56. “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
  57. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  58. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. “ - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  59. How do we…
  60. Banish the Inner Critic?
  61. Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought”
  62. Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will”
  63. Say NO to Comparisons
  64. Establish boundaries
  65. (Btw, this your new mantra…)
  66. Ask it questions
  67. Be compassionate
  68. Reassign duty
  69. Remember your successes
  70. (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  71. Cop a Power Pose
  72. “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
  73. Breaking the loop
  74. Perfectionism
  75. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  76. The real problem
  77. Perfectionists focus on the finished product…
  78. Rather than the process
  79. “The Best” vs “The most”
  80. Amen!
  81. Fear of being judged
  82. Remember egocentricity
  83. Decouple performance from identity
  84. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ― Dr. Maya Angelou
  85. Fear of failure
  86. “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
  87. Reframe and embrace failure
  88. And mistakez
  89. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  90. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  91. Embrace the “SFD” Twitter, circa 2006
  92. Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  93. Take steps, #FAIL; Go again!
  94. Satisfice
  95. Be bad/make it ugly
  96. Clear the pipes: Morning Pages
  97. Perfection ≠ Excellence
  98. Procrastination
  99. The trick is not self-identifying…
  100. Nor administering a dose of
  101. Increase the meaning/value
  102. Mind Tricks
  103. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  104. “Structured procrastination”
  105. Time & Space Tricks
  106. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”,
  107. Ignore to focus
  108. Tools Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Aids for digital blocking
  109. Added bonus
  110. Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode
  111. Make it a Sprint
  112. Fill a Quota
  113. Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  114. My story’s end?
  115. February
  116. #FAIL
  117. #WINNING!
  118. I wrote my first book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  119. Which created AMAZING things for me
  120. Bad dreams
  121. My own inner creative child
  122. “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
  123. “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction
  125. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  126. Show you there is an alternative
  127. “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them ‘grown up’….
  128. …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
  129. By understanding this truth
  130. You’ll look at yourself differently
  131. Your imperfect, amazing ideas
  132. Because, after all…
  133. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  134. 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
  135. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
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  139. Thank you!