Banish Your Inner Critic - NDC Oslo
Aug 11, 2014
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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: Banish Your Inner Critic Denise R. Jacobs The Norwegian Developers Conference Oslo, Norway 3 June 2014 @denisejacobs #ndcoslo #banishyourcritic O hai! Photo: Derek Kearney Upon a time http://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365 29 June http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/3154255478/ Instead of creativity Photo from Flickr.com Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/ The voices in my head were merciless http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/ 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiery-phoenix/8428079916/ Worked non-stop https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/ Pushed myself to burn-out http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/ My internal critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/ Made this happen https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077 Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/ A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs Internalized criticisms + fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682 = The Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lance_mountain/2849396572/ The troll under the bridge F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg (Also, F.E.A.R. = F*ck Everything And Run) The enemy of creativity http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/ Creative brainwaves http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg Know your Brainwaves Stress & frustration https://www.flickr.com/photos/corneveaux/3248566797/ Suppress generative impulses in the brain https://www.flickr.com/photos/birthintobeing/11841180046 Dampens creative expression http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/ How to ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/ Not that hard, right? http://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/ OMG, Im SO busy! I should have done more by now http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/ Theyll find out Im a fraud I dont know enough http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg vs. NAILED IT! https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897 Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/ It needs to be PERFECT http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/ Ill do it tomorrow http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/ Really, Ill do it tomorrow. http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/ I will do it tomorrow! http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/ Feed each other In order for http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/ 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/ Banish the Inner Critic? https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/ Eliminate Should/Must/Ought/Have to http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/ Say NO to Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/ Ask it questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/ Be compassionate http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/ Reassign duty http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/ Remember your successes http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/ (My personal version) Photo: Denise Jacobs Maintain perspective http://www.flickr.com/photos/daikrieg/1294053038/ *WHATEVER* http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/1-23-2013/quhKj3.gif Cop a Power Pose Breaking the loop Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/ Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order. Anne Wilson Schaef The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg Remember finished product https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/ vs. process?... http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/ The Best vs The most https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326 Remember egocentricity You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. Dr. Maya Angelou Decouple your performance from who you are https://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878 Fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/ 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717326642/ And mistakes https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/ (maybe even embrace them) http://www.flickr.co