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Unleash Productive Creativity by Banishing Your Inner Critic


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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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Unleash Productive Creativity by Banishing Your Inner Critic

  1. INBOUND15 Unleash Productive Creativity by Banishing Your Inner Critic Denise R. Jacobs Founder + CEO, The Creative Dose
  2. INBOUND15 @denisejacobs @Inbound | #Inbound15 #banishyourcritic
  3. INBOUND15 Want the slides? Get them here:
  4. INBOUND15 Once upon a time…
  5. INBOUND15 29 June
  6. INBOUND15 I was going to be a writer! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  7. INBOUND15 Instead of creativity Photo from
  8. INBOUND15 Destructivity
  9. INBOUND15 The voices in my head were merciless
  10. INBOUND15 I totally freaked out
  11. INBOUND15 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!
  12. INBOUND15 2 days
  13. INBOUND15 Worked non-stop
  14. INBOUND15 Pushed myself to burn-out
  15. INBOUND15 My internal critical voices caused
  16. INBOUND15 Physical evidence of fear
  17. INBOUND15 A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  18. INBOUND15 Internalized criticisms + fears
  19. INBOUND15 = The Inner Critic
  20. INBOUND15 F.E.A.R. =
  21. INBOUND15 Or…
  22. INBOUND15 The enemy of creativity
  23. INBOUND15 Creative brainwaves
  24. INBOUND15 Know your brainwaves
  25. INBOUND15 Stress & frustration
  26. INBOUND15 Suppress generative impulses in the brain
  27. INBOUND15 Dampens creative expression
  28. INBOUND15 How to ID your Inner Critic
  29. INBOUND15 Listen for internal critical talk
  30. INBOUND15 “OMG, I’m SO busy!”
  31. INBOUND15 “I should have done more by now…”
  32. INBOUND15 “They’ll find out I’m a fraud”
  33. INBOUND15 “I don’t know enough”
  34. INBOUND15 Or intimidated into it! …intimidated into it!
  35. INBOUND15 vs. “NAILED IT!”
  36. INBOUND15 Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  37. INBOUND15 You will only experience impostor syndrome when you are competent and skilled. (re-read this as many times as necessary.)
  38. INBOUND15 “It needs to be FLAWLESS”
  39. INBOUND15 “I’ll do it tomorrow…”
  40. INBOUND15 “Really, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
  41. INBOUND15 “I will do it tomorrow!”
  42. INBOUND15 Feed each other
  43. INBOUND15 In order for
  44. INBOUND15 You need brain management
  45. INBOUND15 “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  46. INBOUND15 …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self-torture.” - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  47. INBOUND15 How do we…
  48. INBOUND15 Banish the Inner Critic?
  49. INBOUND15 Eliminate “Have to/Should/Must/Ought”
  50. INBOUND15 Replace with “I choose/ I decide/ I will”
  51. INBOUND15 Say NO to comparisons
  52. INBOUND15 (Btw, this your new mantra…)
  53. INBOUND15 Ask it questions
  54. INBOUND15 Be compassionate
  55. INBOUND15 Reassign duty
  56. INBOUND15 Remember your successes
  57. INBOUND15 (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  58. INBOUND15 Cop a Power Pose
  59. INBOUND15 “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
  60. INBOUND15 Breaking the loop
  61. INBOUND15 Perfectionism
  62. INBOUND15 “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  63. INBOUND15 The real problem
  64. INBOUND15 Perfectionists focus on the finished product…
  65. INBOUND15 Rather than the process
  66. INBOUND15 “The Best” vs “The Most”
  67. INBOUND15 Amen!
  68. INBOUND15 Remember egocentricity
  69. INBOUND15 Remember this: “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ― Dr. Maya Angelou
  70. INBOUND15 Decouple performance from identity
  71. INBOUND15 Fear of failure
  72. INBOUND15 “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. INBOUND15 Reframe and embrace failure
  74. INBOUND15 “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  75. INBOUND15 And mistakez
  76. INBOUND15 “Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
  77. INBOUND15 Humble beginnings Twitter, circa 2006
  78. INBOUND15 Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  79. INBOUND15 Take steps, #FAIL; Go again!
  80. INBOUND15 Satisfice
  81. INBOUND15 Be bad/make it ugly
  82. INBOUND15 Perfection ≠ Excellence
  83. INBOUND15 Procrastination
  84. INBOUND15 The trick is not self-identifying…
  85. INBOUND15 Nor administering a dose of
  86. INBOUND15 Increase the meaning/value
  87. INBOUND15 Mind Tricks
  88. INBOUND15 Don’t do it, just get ready to Photo: Denise Jacobs
  89. INBOUND15 “Structured procrastination”
  90. INBOUND15 Time & Space Tricks
  91. INBOUND15 Eliminate distractions From “Shit Black Girls Say”,
  92. INBOUND15 Ignore to focus
  93. INBOUND15 Tools • • • Firefox Browser Extensions: •  LeechBlock •  Idderall Google Chrome Browser Extensions: •  Strict Workflow •  StayFocusd •  Website Blocker Aids for digital blocking
  94. INBOUND15 Added bonus
  95. INBOUND15 Airplane/Do Not Disturb mode
  96. INBOUND15 Make it a Sprint
  97. INBOUND15 Fill a Quota
  98. INBOUND15 Remember this: Photo: Denise Jacobs
  99. INBOUND15 My story’s end?
  100. INBOUND15 February
  101. INBOUND15 #FAIL
  103. INBOUND15 I wrote my first book! Photo: Denise Jacobs
  104. INBOUND15 Which created AMAZING things for me
  105. INBOUND15 Bad dreams
  106. INBOUND15 “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
  107. INBOUND15 “Jam” = Reward / Satisfaction
  109. INBOUND15 By sharing my experience Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  110. INBOUND15 Show you there is an alternative
  111. INBOUND15 The creative adult… “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them ‘grown up’….
  112. INBOUND15 …is the child who survived! …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
  113. INBOUND15 By understanding this truth
  114. INBOUND15 You’ll look at yourself differently
  115. INBOUND15 Your imperfect, yet amazing ideas
  116. INBOUND15 Because, after all…
  117. INBOUND15 The End Photo: Denise Jacobs
  118. INBOUND15 Get the slides!
  119. INBOUND15 My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  120. INBOUND15 Take my Creative Blocks survey
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  123. INBOUND15 Thank You!