Banish Your Inner Critic, Port80
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 Port80 Conference Newport, Wales 16 May 2014 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/ Pushed myself to burn-out http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/ Worked non-stop https://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/ My internal critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/ That happened. 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 fears & criticisms https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682 The Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lance_mountain/2849396572/ 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. Dunning-Kruger effect) 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/ psst: Perfectionists focus on the finished product https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/ Instead of the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/ 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 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/ The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg Remember egocentricity 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.com/photos/danielagama_fotografando/4029208908/ Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford Copy the #fail masters Photo: Denise Jacobs Fail in private http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/ Do it a