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Banish Your Inner Critic - Web Design Day 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 - Web Design Day 2015

  1. Banish Your Inner Critic Denise R. Jacobs Web Design Day | Pittsburgh, PA 12 June 2015
  2. @denisejacobs @WebDesignDay #banishyourcritic
  3. Photo by Derek Kearney Wait…What?!
  4. Upon a time…
  5. 29 June
  6. Instead of creativity Photo from
  7. Destructivity
  8. The voices in my head were merciless
  9. I totally freaked out
  10. 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!
  11. 2 days
  12. Worked non-stop
  13. Pushed myself to burn-out
  14. My internal critical voices
  15. Made this happen
  16. Physical evidence of fear
  17. A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  18. Internalized criticisms + fears
  19. = The Inner Critic
  20. aka “The Troll Under the Bridge”
  21. F.E.A.R. =
  22. Or…
  23. The enemy of creativity
  24. Creative brainwaves
  25. Know your brainwaves
  26. Stress & frustration
  27. Suppress generative impulses in the brain
  28. Dampens creative expression
  29. How to ID your Inner Critic
  30. Not that hard, right?
  31. “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  32. “I should have done more by now…”
  33. “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  34. “I don’t know enough”
  35. (or tricked into thinking this)
  36. vs. “NAILED IT!”
  37. Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  38. “It needs to be FLAWLESS”
  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. You need brain management
  45. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  46. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. “ - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  47. How do we…
  48. Banish the Inner Critic?
  49. Eliminate Should/Must/Ought/Have to
  50. Say NO to Comparisons
  51. Ask it questions
  52. Be compassionate
  53. Reassign duty
  54. Remember your successes
  55. (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  56. Maintain perspective
  57. *WHATEVER*
  58. Cop a Power Pose
  59. Breaking the loop
  60. Perfectionism
  61. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  62. The real problem
  63. Perfectionists focus on the finished product…
  64. Rather than the process
  65. “The Best” vs “The most”
  66. Wise words
  67. Amen!
  68. Remember egocentricity
  69. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ― Dr. Maya Angelou
  70. Decouple your performance from who you are
  71. Fear of failure
  72. “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
  73. Reframe failure
  74. And mistakez
  75. (maybe even embrace them)
  76. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  77. Humble beginnings Twitter, circa 2006
  78. Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  79. Take steps
  80. #Fail
  81. Go again
  82. Satisfice
  83. Be bad/make it ugly
  84. “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  85. Perfection ≠ Excellence
  86. Procrastination
  87. The trick is not determining which you are…
  88. Nor administering a dose of
  89. Increase the meaning/value
  90. Mind Tricks
  91. Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  92. “Structured procrastination”
  93. Time & Space Tricks
  94. Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”,
  95. Ignore to focus
  96. Tools Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Website Blocker Aids for digital blocking
  97. Added bonus
  98. Airplane mode
  99. Make it a Sprint
  100. Fill a Quota
  101. Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  102. My story’s end?
  103. February
  104. #FAIL
  105. #WINNING!
  106. I wrote a book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  107. Which created AMAZING things for me
  108. Bad dreams
  109. “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
  110. “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction
  112. By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  113. Show you there is an alternative
  114. “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them “grown up”….
  115. “…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
  116. By understanding this
  117. You’ll look at yourself differently
  118. Let yourself create those imperfect, yet amazing ideas
  119. Because, after all…
  120. The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  121. Get the slides!
  122. Four Secrets to Enhancing Creative Productivity Banishing Your Inner Critic Reigniting Your Creative Spark Breaking the Perfectionism-Procrastination Infinite Loop My articles for further reading
  123. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  124. 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
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  126. Thank you!