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Banish Your Inner Critic to Unleash Creativity – edUi Conference 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 Unleash Creativity – edUi Conference 2015

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic to Unleash Creativity
  2. Denise R. Jacobs edUI Conference w Charlottesville, VA w 9 November 2015
  3. @denisejacobs #edUiConf @eduiconf #banishyourcritic
  4. Want the slides? Go here: Creativedo.se/eduiconf-ic
  5. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  6. Founder + CEO, The Creative Dose http://TheCreativeDose.com/
  7. Upon a time… http://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365
  8. 29 June http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/3154255478/
  9. I was going to be a writer! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  10. Instead of creativity Photo from Flickr.com
  11. Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
  12. The voices in my head were merciless http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiery-phoenix/8428079916/
  16. Worked non-stop https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/
  17. Pushed myself to burn-out http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/
  18. My internal critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  19. Made this happen https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
  20. Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  21. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  22. Internalized criticisms + fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
  23. = The Inner Critic https://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484093889/
  24. F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
  25. Or… https://twitter.com/Phishtitz/status/474661495935365120
  26. YES! (…and…) https://www.flickr.com/photos/willsan/3780293130
  27. The enemy of creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/
  28. Stress & frustration https://www.flickr.com/photos/corneveaux/3248566797/
  29. Suppress generative impulses in the brain https://www.flickr.com/photos/birthintobeing/11841180046
  30. Thoughts = h ps://www.flickr.com/photos/57375589@N05/9046508025/
  31. Electrical impulses = http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neuron-matrix.png
  32. = Brainwaves! http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  33. Know your brainwaves
  34. Blocks creative expression http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  35. “The parts of your brain that are responsible for self-monitoring are literally turned off during creative endeavors….Creative people have mastered the art of turning off [the inhibitive] part of their brains to let their ideas flow more smoothly, unleashing their imagination.” - Tina Seelig, InGenius
  36. How to ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  37. Listen for internal critical talk http://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/
  38. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  39. “I should have done more by now…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
  40. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  41. vs. “NAILED IT!” https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897
  42. “I don’t know enough” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg
  43. “It needs to be FLAWLESS” http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  44. “I’ll do it tomorrow…” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  45. “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  46. “I will do it tomorrow!” http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  47. Feed each other
  48. Afflicts ALL of us! http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/jimmy-fallon-the-unsinkable-legend-part-2 (@ 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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/97477873@N00/13016287284/
  50. *Everyone* has these thoughts https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/5788826472/
  51. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhinson/1290445055/ Instructions: 1) Write down one fear around your creativity 2) Crumple paper into ball Then…
  52. 3) Throw across the room! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b1-baSAE8ZI/VDM3BbuiaFI/AAAAAAAABKk/l91FBGvSgkA/s1600/IMAGE_437.jpg
  53. Sound familiar? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  54. You’re not the only one https://www.flickr.com/photos/17843347@N05/4610644207/
  55. In order to unleash http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  56. We need brain management https://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica/13994747444
  57. 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
  58. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  59. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. “ - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  60. How do we… http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  61. Banish the Inner Critic? https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/
  62. You can’t outrun the voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/wester/504925076/
  63. Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought” http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
  64. Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will” https://www.flickr.com/photos/mstry-2525-gst/3312199285/
  65. Say NO to Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
  66. You & what you produce is unique
  67. “You cannot compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.”
  68. Establish boundaries https://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisawakeupcall/5595296868/
  69. (Btw, this your new mantra…) http://www.spunkysapphire.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/photo-1-e1406074730116.jpg
  70. Beat Impostor Syndrome
  71. Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  72. You will only experience impostor syndrome when you are competent and skilled. (re-read this as many times as necessary.)
  73. Ask it questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/
  74. Be compassionate http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/
  75. Reassign duty http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/
  76. Cop a Power Pose
  77. “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
  78. Breaking the loop
  79. Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  80. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  81. The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
  82. Perfectionists focus on the finished product… https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
  83. Rather than the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  84. “The Best” vs “The most” https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326
  85. Clear the pipes: Morning Pages https://www.flickr.com/photos/juliejordanscott/4970674253//
  86. Be bad/make it ugly https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684
  87. Embrace the “SFD” Twitter, circa 2006
  88. Satisfice https://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepyvalley/3650673328
  89. Amen! https://twitter.com/dickelippe/status/581204005013078016/photo/1
  90. Fear of being judged? https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/12825451433/
  91. Remember egocentricity
  92. Reframe fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  93. 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
  94. Embrace failure and mistakez https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/
  95. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  96. Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  97. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/ Take steps, #FAIL; Go again!
  98. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  99. Decouple performance from identity https://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878
  100. Perfection ≠ Excellence https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaldoche/4771465356
  101. “Don’t let perfect become the enemy of good.” – Voltaire
  102. Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  103. The trick is not self-identifying… http://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procrastinators/
  104. Nor administering a dose of https://www.flickr.com/photos/116357579@N08/13178367583
  105. Procrastinators are NOT lazy https://www.flickr.com/photos/code_martial/4145914957
  106. The unknown can be paralyzing http://hub.salford.ac.uk/energymonitoring/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/01/known-knowns1.jpg
  107. Pro tip: Reframe the unknown http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonmelsa/3000222387/
  108. Increase the meaning/value http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeliam/2460475510/
  109. Mind Tricks https://www.flickr.com/photos/32135758@N02/5325454434/
  110. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  111. “Structured procrastination” https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
  112. Time & Space Tricks http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
  113. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXDpfhehb6I
  114. Ignore to focus
  115. Browser Extensions Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Tools RescueTime.com HeyFocus.com Aids for digital blocking
  116. Added bonus HeyFocus.com
  117. Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
  118. Make it a Sprint http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
  119. Fill a Quota https://www.flickr.com/photos/teosaurio/3392883329/
  120. Remember this Photo: Denise Jacobs
  121. My story’s end? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonialuna/2942020058/
  122. February http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/3709856898/
  123. #FAIL https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
  124. #WINNING! http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/6297835482/
  125. I wrote my first book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  126. https://www.flickr.com/photos/thatconference/9532425040/ Which created AMAZING things for me
  127. Disturbing dreams https://www.flickr.com/photos/agroffman/4613265988
  128. My own inner creative child Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  129. Always reaching for perfection Photo: Denise Jacobs
  130. “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
  131. “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction https://www.flickr.com/photos/macati/2180421766
  132. YOU NEVER GET JAM http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alicepic/through-the-looking-glass/2book42.jpg
  133. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  134. Show you there is an alternative https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
  135. 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’….
  136. …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/
  137. By understanding this truth
  138. You’ll look at yourself differently https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/3460562429
  139. Unleash your creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
  140. Because, after all… https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoberg/9652158212
  141. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  142. 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.com @thecreativedose
  143. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  144. Want the slides? Go here: Creativedo.se/eduiconf-ic
  145. DeniseJacobs.com à Sign up on my mailing list! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Connect! + Collaborate! Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  146. And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/

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