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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.

Transcript of Banish Your Inner Critic, Port80

  • Banish Your Inner Critic Denise R. Jacobs Port80 Conference Newport, Wales 16 May 2014
  • O hai! Photo: Derek Kearney
  • Upon a time
  • 29 June
  • Instead of creativity Photo from
  • Destructivity
  • The voices in my head were merciless
  • I totally freaked out
  • I shouldn't be writing this I misrepresented myself I don't know enough This should be someone elses book Im going to look stupid Everyone will see that Im a fake What if it's not good enough? What if I'm not good enough? Noreally!
  • 2 days
  • Pushed myself to burn-out[email protected]/4052943367/
  • Worked non-stop[email protected]/5827849044/
  • My internal critical voices
  • That happened.[email protected]/8230432077
  • Physical evidence of fear
  • A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • Internalized fears & criticisms
  • The Inner Critic
  • Troll under the bridge
  • F.E.A.R. =
  • (Also, F.E.A.R. = F*ck Everything And Run)
  • The enemy of creativity
  • Creative brainwaves
  • Know your Brainwaves
  • Stress & frustration
  • Suppress generative impulses in the brain
  • Dampens creative expression
  • How to ID your Inner Critic
  • Not that hard, right?
  • OMG, Im SO busy!
  • I should have done more by now
  • Theyll find out Im a fraud
  • I dont know enough
  • (vs. Dunning-Kruger effect)
  • Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  • It needs to be PERFECT
  • psst: Perfectionists focus on the finished product
  • Instead of the process
  • Ill do it tomorrow
  • Really, Ill do it tomorrow.
  • I will do it tomorrow!
  • Feed each other
  • In order for
  • The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating
  • rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self- torture. - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  • How do we
  • Banish the Inner Critic?[email protected]/4691019168/
  • Eliminate Should/Must/Ought
  • Say NO to Comparisons
  • Ask it questions
  • Be compassionate
  • Reassign duty
  • Remember your successes
  • (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • Maintain perspective
  • Cop a Power Pose
  • Breaking the loop
  • Perfectionism
  • The real problem
  • Remember egocentricity
  • Decouple your performance from who you are
  • Fear of failure
  • 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
  • Reframe failure
  • And mistakes
  • (maybe even embrace them)
  • Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford
  • Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • Fail in private
  • Do it a