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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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Worked non-stop[email protected]/5827849044/
  • Pushed myself to burn-out[email protected]/4052943367/
  • My internal critical voices
  • Made this happen[email protected]/8230432077
  • Physical evidence of fear
  • A different kind of fear Photo: Denise Jacobs
  • Internalized criticisms + fears
  • = The Inner Critic
  • The 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. NAILED IT!
  • Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  • It needs to be PERFECT
  • 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/Have to
  • 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
  • Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order. Anne Wilson Schaef
  • The real problem
  • Remember finished product
  • vs. process?...
  • The Best vs The most
  • Remember egocentricity
  • You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. Dr. Maya Angelou
  • 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)