Banish Your Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work

Banish Your Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work

by Denise Jacobs


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Banish Your Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work by Denise Jacobs

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Are you ready to boost your personal productivity — minus the fear and loathing? Are you ready to Banish Your Inner Critic and unleash the creative ideas and personal productivity within you? Help is on the way!

Blocking your great creative ideas: Everybody has one, an inner critic that tells you that others have more talent, you’re just faking it, and that you’ll never have those great creative ideas that seem just out of reach. This inner critic is a subconscious deterrent that stands between the seeds of great creative ideas and the fruits of achievement. It afflicts us with a mental block as deadlines approach, makes us so afraid of being judged that we hold ourselves back and don’t share our expertise, forces us to question our ability to learn ideas and technologies quickly; and makes us doubt, discount, and kill our ideas before they see the light of day.

Open up a world of creative ideas: Denise Jacobs is a Speaker, Author and Creativity Evangelist who speaks at web conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide. As the Founder and Chief Creativity Evangelist of "The Creative Dose", she teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid, methods for making work environments more conducive to personal productivity, and practices for sparking innovation. Now, in her book, Banish Your Inner Critic , Denise Jacobs shows you how to defeat those barriers that are holding you back and achieve success through a positive mental attitude.

Banish Your Inner Critic shows you how to move beyond that mental block to your creative ideas, realize instant relief and lasting insight, and:

  • Identify and quiet the voice of self doubt in your head
  • Master 3 powerful practices that will transform how you relate to yourself and your creativity forever
  • Overcome the fear of not knowing enough or not being original enough
  • Free yourself from comparisons, overwhelm, high self criticism and self sabotage
  • Transform your self talk into a tool for success
  • Generate more creative ideas than ever before
  • Embrace your expertise and share your brilliance with the world

Banish your Inner Critic to start doing your best work, achieving excellence, and contributing meaningfully to the world!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633534711
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 512,522
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Denise Jacobs is a speaker, author and Creativity Evangelist who keynotes conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide. As the Founder and CEO of The Creative Dose, she teaches game-changing techniques for busting through creative blocks, cultivating collaboration, and up-leveling creative productivity. She leads workshops and trainings that unlock creativity in individuals, teams, and workplaces.

Table of Contents

Introduction 17

Are You Doing Your Best Work? 17

Triumphing Over My Own Inner Critic 19

It's Time for You to Triumph Too 24

How to Use This Book 26

The Content 26

Exercises: Creative Doses 27

Creative Dose Structure 28

Online Companions 29

Guidelines for Success 30

Choose Your Path 30

Write It Out 30

Dude, Where's the Writing Space? 31

Give Yourself Time to Process 31

Read and Revisit 32

The Origin of the Inner Thoughts 32

Disclaimers 33

Chapter 1 Why Banish the Inner Critic? 35

Our Intrinsic Creativity 36

Your Brain on Creativity 38

Creativity, Interrupted 40

Meet the Inner Critic 41

Creativity vs. The Inner Critic 43

Reclaiming Creativity 45

Chapter 2 Take Back Your Creative Power 49

To Reclaim, We Must Rebuild 52

Recognize the Power of Thinking Differently 54

Take Advantage of the Brain's Plasticity 54

Rehabilitate Your Thoughts 56

Build A Whole New Mind Frame 58

Give Yourself a Creative Dose 60

Become Full of Mind 63

CREATIVE DOSE: Mindful Thought Acceptance 65

Awaken Your Compassionate Self 68

Creative Dose: Self-Esteem vs. Self-Indulgence vs. Self-Compassion 71

Creative Dose: The Voice of Support 72

Glean Your Inner Critic Afflictions 75

Recognize Your Inner Critical Voice 76

Creative Dose: The Critical Voices in Your Head 77

Give it A Name 78

Creative Dose: Identify It and Name It 79

Learn the Guises of the Inner Critic 81

Creative Dose: The Many Faces of The Inner Critic 82

Know Thy Inner Critic 83

Creative Dose: Identify Your inner Critic Achilles' Heel 84

It All Begins With the First Step 88

Chapter 3 "People Will Think My Work Is Dumb" - Judgment Dread 91

Are They Judging Me? They're Judging Me, Aren't They? 94

Dreading Judgment 95

Understand the Weed to Belong 97

Know Negativity Bias and the Nature of Fear 99

Creative Dose: F.E.A.R. 101

Reconcile the Fear of Rejection 103

Creative Dose: A Face of Approval 106

See Reality More Clearly 108

Recognize Cognitive Distortions 109

Know Your Cognitive Distortions 110

Creative Dose: Surprise Journal 113

Seek Positive Confirmation 115

Creative Dose: Swipe File of Support 118

Stop Awfulizing 119

Creative Dose: "And then…" 120

Practice Radical Ratification 122

Stop Hiding in Plain Sight 123

Creative Dose: Your Uniqueness Advantage 124

Accept Who You Are 126

Creative Dose: Embrace Your Shake 128

Live Better Through Criticism 130

Creative Dose: Curious and Open 132

Stay True to Yourself 134

Creative Dose: More Clear, More Empowered 135

Choose to Contribute 136

Creative Dose: Focus on the Work 138

We've Only Just Begun 139

Chapter 4 "Nothing I Do Is Any Good" - High Self-Criticism 143

Put the Hammer Down 146

Self-Criticism Constrains 147

Attend To Your Self-Talk 149

Release Outdated Expectations and Shake Off Shame 151

Creative Dose: Get At the Source 156

Come To Your Own Defense 158

Creative Dose: Compassion for the Selves 162

Stay In the Present 164

Creative Dose: The Anti-Rumination Hand Squeeze 167

Creative Dose: S.H.I.F.T. to Three+3 168

Get Perspective and Gain Control 172

Create A Healthy Mental Distance 173

Creative Dose: Self-Talk Reboot 175

Break On Through To the Other Side 178

Creative Dose: Inner Critic Undoing 179

Change Your Mind By Hand 180

Creative Dose: Swipe Left 182

Cease Self-Censoring 183

Question and Challenge 185

Creative Dose: Get Up, Stand Up 187

Tune In to Tune Out 189

Creative Dose: Turn Down Da Noise, Turn Down Da Funk 191

Reassign Duty 193

Creative Dose: The Inner Critic As An Intern 194

Walking Away From the Hammer 196

Chapter 5 "I'm Not Good Enough"- Deficiency Anxieties 199

Enough is Enough 201

Use Your Brainpower For Good 202

Think Like a Scientist 203

Creative Dose: Emotion and Thought Inquiry 203

Shift to Ample 206

You Are Enough 206

Creative Dose: Take Inventory 207

Readjust to Trust 210

Creative Dose: The Parallel Trust Universe 212

Be A Friend Indeed 213

Creative Dose: Quantum Companionship 214

Learn, Expand, and Mix It Up 218

Believe That You Can Be Informed and Able 219

Know the Four Stages of Competence 220

Creative Dose: Quick Learnin' 221

Build Skills With Intention 223

Creative Dose: Practice Deliberately 224

Amp Up Your Ability to Listen 225

Creative Dose: Take In, Reflect Back 226

Raise A Barn 227

Creative Dose: Join Forces and Plus It 228

Steal Like An Artist to Remix 229

Creative Dose: Be a Mixmastar 230

Beyond Enough 231

Chapter 6 "I'm Not As Creative As Everyone Else" - Comparison Syndrome 233

Comparison Syndrome Takes Deficiency Anxiety to Eleven 235

Unenviable Envy 236

Break the Compulsion to Compare 237

Arrest: Stop the Triggers 238

Creative Dose: Trigger-free and Happy 239

Assess: Become Self-Referential 243

Creative Dose: Apples to Apples 244

Creative Dose: Keep Your "But" Out of It 246

Attune: Embrace Your "Onlyness" 247

Creative Dose: Determining Distinctiveness 248

Move From Stagnation to Action 249

Ascertain: Learn from Envy 250

Creative Dose: What Lies Beneath Your Envy 251

Admire: Transform Envy 252

Creative Dose: A Comparison Syndrome Intervention 254

Creative Dose: To Admiration and Beyond 254

Acknowledge: Recognize Effort and Reward Success 258

Creative Dose: A Celebration of Effort and Achievement 261

Act: Start Your Own Adventures 264

Creative Dose: Take Action 264

Leveling Up 267

Chapter 7 "I'm Not Creative" - Creativity Denial 269

What State Are You in? 271

Confirm Your Creativity 273

Acknowledge Your Abilities 274

Creative Dose: "Yes, I Am" 275

Use Your Imagination for Good 275

Creative Dose: What's in the Box? 276

Bestow Upon Yourself 277

Creative Dose: "I dub thee…" 279

Overcome Overwhelm 280

Transform Imposition into Opportunity 280

Creative Dose: Word Choice 281

Reclaim Time, Create Mental Space 283

Creative Dose: To Don't List 284

Hack Your Body-Mind 286

Creative Dose: Cop a Power Pose 288

Dispel Creativity Misgivings 289

Intend Inspiration 290

Creative Dose: Inspiration-Hunting 291

Become an Idea Machine 292

Creative Dose: 10 Ideas a Day 292

A Change of State 293

Chapter 8 Step Into Your Creative Power 297

The Road Home 298

Be More Of Yourself 299

Become Self-full to Become Self-less 300

Creative Dose: Refilling the Cup 301

Use Your Creativity for Good 304

Creative Dose: Where Experience, Skill, and Need Meet 305

Shine Your Light 307

Be Your Brilliance 307

Creative Dose: Tune In To Your Strengths 308

Share Your Brilliance 310

Creative Dose: Share Your Expertise 311

Be Stronger Together 313

Have (At Least) Two Heads 314

Creative Dose: The Buddy System 315

Give Validation, Get Validation 315

Creative Dose: Give What You Didn't Get 316

Welcome Home 318

Afterword 320

Realizing Dreams 321

What's Next? 322

Take the Work Further 323

Work With Me 323

Connect With Me 323

Connect with me online 324

Share the Love 325

Acknowledgments 326

About the Author 334

Notes 336

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