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  • Banish Your Inner Critic

    to Unleash Creativity

  • Denise R. JacobsedUI Conference w Charlottesville, VA w 9 November 2015

  • @denisejacobs#edUiConf @eduiconf

    #banishyourcritic

  • Want the slides? Go here:

    Creativedo.se/eduiconf-ic

  • Photo by Derek Kearney

    WaitWhat?!

  • Founder + CEO, The Creative Dosehttp://TheCreativeDose.com/

  • Upon a timehttp://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365

  • 29 Junehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/3154255478/

  • I was going to be a writer!Photo: Denise Jacobs

  • Instead of creativityPhoto from Flickr.com

  • Destructivityhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/

  • The voices in my head were mercilesshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/

  • I totally freaked out

  • I shouldn't be writing thisI misrepresented myself

    I don't know enoughThis should be someone elses book

    Im going to look stupidEveryone will see that Im a fakeWhat if it's not good enough?What if I'm not good enough?

    Noreally!

  • 2 dayshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/fiery-phoenix/8428079916/

  • Worked non-stophttps://www.flickr.com/photos/53611153@N00/5827849044/

  • Pushed myself to burn-outhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4052943367/

  • My internal critical voiceshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/

  • Made this happen

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077

  • Physical evidence of fearhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/

  • A different kind of fearPhoto: Denise Jacobs

  • Internalized criticisms + fears

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682

  • = The Inner Critichttps://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484093889/

  • F.E.A.R. =

    http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg

  • Or

    https://twitter.com/Phishtitz/status/474661495935365120

  • YES! (and)https://www.flickr.com/photos/willsan/3780293130

  • The enemy of creativity

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardwinchell/130344669/

  • Stress & frustration

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/corneveaux/3248566797/

  • Suppress generative impulses in the brain

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/birthintobeing/11841180046

  • Thoughts =h!ps://www.flickr.com/photos/57375589@N05/9046508025/

  • Electrical impulses =http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neuron-matrix.png

  • = Brainwaves!http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg

  • Know your brainwaves

  • Blocks creative expressionhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/

  • The parts of your brain that are responsible for self-monitoring are literally turned off during creative endeavors.Creative people have mastered the art of turning off [the inhibitive] part of their brains to let their ideas flow more smoothly, unleashing their imagination.- Tina Seelig, InGenius

  • How to ID your Inner Critichttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/

  • Listen for internal critical talkhttp://brenebrown.com/2014/04/08/daring-interview-series-meet-gavin-aung/

  • OMG, Im SO busy!

  • I should have done more by nowhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/

  • Theyll find out Im a fraud

  • vs. NAILED IT!https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-drummond/3946893897

  • I dont know enough

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer.jpg

  • It needs to be FLAWLESShttp://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

  • Afflicts ALL of us!

    http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/jimmy-fallon-the-unsinkable-legend-part-2 (@ 8:15)

  • I dont have what these people want to see they want to see a funny guy! Thats not me. - Jerry Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/97477873@N00/13016287284/

  • *Everyone* has these thoughts

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/5788826472/

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhinson/1290445055/

    Instructions: 1) Write down one fear around your creativity 2) Crumple paper into ball Then

  • 3) Throw across the room!http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b1-baSAE8ZI/VDM3BbuiaFI/AAAAAAAABKk/l91FBGvSgkA/s1600/IMAGE_437.jpg

  • Sound familiar?Photo: Denise Jacobs

  • Youre not the only onehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/17843347@N05/4610644207/

  • In order to unleashhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/

  • We need brain managementhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica/13994747444

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/nrbelex/2247397943/

    You must be unintimidated by your own thoughts because if you [try to create] with someone looking over your shoulder, you'll never [create]. Nikki Giovanni

  • 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/

  • You cant outrun the voiceshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/wester/504925076/

  • Eliminate Have to/Should/Must/Ought

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/

  • Replace with I choose/ I decide/ I willhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/mstry-2525-gst/3312199285/

  • Say NO to Comparisonshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/

  • You & what you produce is unique

  • You cannot compare your insides to someone elses outsides.

  • Establish boundarieshttps://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisawakeupcall/5595296868/

  • (Btw, this your new mantra)http://www.spunkysapphire.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/photo-1-e1406074730116.jpg

  • Beat Impostor Syndrome

  • Impostor Syndrome Paradox

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/

  • You will onlyexperience impostor syndrome whenyou are competent and skilled.

    (re-readthis as many times asnecessary.)

  • Ask it questionshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749432145/

  • Be compassionatehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/wrote/2646295354/

  • Reassign duty

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shavawnmarie/1326123397/

  • Cop a Power Pose

  • 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

  • Breaking the loop

  • Perfectionismhttp://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

  • Perfectionists focus on the finished product

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/

  • Rather than the processhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/

  • The Best vs The mosthttps://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326

  • Clear the pipes: Morning Pageshttps://www.flickr.com/photos/juliejordanscott/4970674253//

  • Be bad/make it uglyhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684

  • Embrace the SFDTwitter, circa 2006

  • Satisficehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepyvalley/3650673328

  • Amen!https://twitter.com/dickelippe/status/581204005013078016/photo/1

  • Fear of being judged?https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/12825451433/

  • Remember egocentricity

  • Reframe fear of failurehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/

  • http://culturecatch.com/files/images/after-earth.jpg

    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, After Earth

  • Embrace failure and mistakezhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/

  • Being right keeps us in place. Being wrong forces us to explore. Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From

  • Copy the #fail mastersPhoto: Denise Jacobs

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/

    Take steps, #FAIL; Go again!

  • Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.- Henry Ford

  • Decouple performance from identityhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/krissen/6824608878

  • Perfection Excellence

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaldoche/4771465356

  • Dont let perfect become the enemy of good. Voltaire

  • Procrastination

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/

  • The trick is not self-identifyinghttp://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procras