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  1. Great advice. I’m going to print this off and tape it to my arm.

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  2. thanks for this brilliant article. it was by far the best I’ve read in a while and a true eye-opener!

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  3. “shoulds and comparing” - check!
    “pursuit of perfection” - check!
    “impostor syndrome” - check!

    I have some banishing to do… Thanks for a great article!

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  4. I SHOULD be able to write an article like this, but it probably would not be that good :( . And what’s wrong with Hot Pink??
    Seriously though, very insightful, and absolutely un-disputable for those of us in this field. Articles like this are why I subscribe to this feed.

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  5. Denise,

    This is transparently beautiful and inspiring!  I felt like we were just talking on the phone as I read this.

    Thank you for squashing your inner critic and sending out an email to share your success with me.  I read this twice just so I could enjoy the journey.  I would love to see you continue on your path of helping others embrace their creativity and this is an excellent start.  You made it very real by using examples from your own life.

    Time to do some troll squashing here!

    Congrats!

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  6. This is just what I needed. I was discussing this problem with a coworker today, but we just couldn’t put a finger on it. Your article just did. I’m going to try some of your ‘workarounds’ and see if it brings some more peace of mind.

    Thanks again!

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  7. Hello Denise and thanks for this great article.

    It’s now a year since I overcame my personal inner critic (oh lord, how have we fought and argued and… well, you possibly know) and as I read through your text I nodded intensely at several occasions.

    What I like most about it is the fact, that almost anyone, whatever profession he oder she is working in, can relate to the topic and learn from your article. =)

    Cheers and thanks again,
    Marco.

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  8. Such a great article, but I fear it may have been written too late for me.  I’ve been somewhat peacefully coexisting w/ my troll for so long now that we are almost old friends.  I’m going to print out your article and see if I can practice some of your ideas.  It’s harder than it sounds.  Wish me luck!

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  9. ^^ Not only am I stuck in a procrastination loop, my xbox is broken and my ass hurts… Thank you ALA ;)

    But seriously, good stuff on the tips and tricks to wrongfoot your inner troll; there’s a lot of photo work I’ve passed on recently due to low self-work esteem (or conversely on occasion, low esteem for clients who will accept low quality work from other ‘professionals’)... A bit of spirited inner dialogue should help here :)

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  10. “Butcher the example image with comic sans, canned Photoshop filters, and hot pink.”—-oh but thats what I do anyway….

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  11. This is a really great article!  It mirrors a lot of the concepts from the book “Self-Esteem” by McKay and Fanning.  I found it really helpful with trying to deal with this stuff :)

    I’d like to see more stuff like this - if anyone knows any related posts or books I’d love to see them.

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  12. Very well thought out and extremely well written article!

    I definitely identified with some of the different incarnations of the inner critic, and now that I’m able to identify them I will be able to work on silencing it, or at least making it wait its turn :)

    Thank you for the time and effort put into writing this, I have no doubt it will aid lots of people, including myself in dealing with their inner critic, which is something I am personally plagued with!

    Thank you! :)

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  13. This was a fantastic article and I will share it with everyone I know! It was most encouraging to me to think of my inner critic as actually looking out for my best interest in a weird way. It makes it easier to actually empathize with that voice but not have to take it seriously.

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  14. It’s now a year since I overcame my personal inner critic (oh lord, how have we fought and argued and”¦ well, you possibly know) and as I read through your text I nodded intensely at several occasions.

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  15. Fantastic article and very true.  For those wishing to explore this and other creative blocks further, I would like to suggest The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.  Although directed at artists (particularly writers), it is a fantastic resource for anybody desiring to tap into their inner creative self.

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  16. I am guilty of not following my own advice, but I find one can spend _n_ months trying to decide how to do something, or spend _n_ months trying to do it. The difference is that at the _n_ month mark the latter method has yielded nothing less than _n_ months of experience.

    The moral of the story: Just Do It.

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  17. I love this technique….but it never really occurred to me that I could consciously use it to banish my inner critic.  Prior to reading this, I had used it almost exclusively for entertainment purposes.  I’ve found that by being very, very bad in the past, I’ve been able to to make myself laugh…therefore side stepping ye olde critic by indirectly mocking him (me) and refusing to take him (myself) too seriously. 

    Thanks Denise!

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  18. Denise, this article is the perfect mix of big picture and actionable how-to info.

    Readers familiar with Ekhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” will recognize some common ground. He promotes the idea in a slightly different way—that you are not your thoughts—that you are the witnessing presence for thoughts that pass through your mind. When you witness your thoughts, you can assess whether they’re valid or not (mostly not, in the inner critic context).

    Incidentally, I tried the Be Bad, Very Bad tip for a writing burst, choosing ridiculous font and everything, and it worked like magic. Thank you!

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  19. Thought I would post this here. My friend forwarded the article to me. Thanks Denise for a timely read.

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    Nate, thanks for passing this along. I subscribe to their feed but as with the more important stuff, a worthy article like this just sits on the sideline.

    I really good article and it hits very close to home. For years now I’ve felt trapped by myself. The majority of my life has been creating. There was a time where I just did, and explored and learned all kinds of stuff. It was like I had a greater fire in me that pushed me to chase my passions. It wasn’t affected by what other people thought. And my inner critic wasn’t even given the time of day because he/she didn’t exist in my world. But somewhere along the way that changed”¦

    Maybe as the article said it’s because I had achieved a certain amount of success and/or “mastery”. Now my inner critic was awakened. Funny how life works. Just when you think proficiency should be the wind behind the sails, it jumps in front of the ship and causes you to reflect *too much**; very much obstructing your progress. At times it’s even paralyzing.

    The first paragraph very much sums up the nuances of navigating life: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing

    It’s time I turn off my thinking cap and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. Got to get out there and just do it”¦again.

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  20. Denise, I enjoyed reading this so much. Really struck a lot of chords with me. I feel reading this has given me a different perspective on how I interactive with my work, a beneficial one too.

    thanks again.

    Cheers,

    Ian

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  21. /\ /\ /\

    PS. Sorry I said ‘Thanks again’ but I hadn’t thanked you the first time.

    Ian

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  22. Breathtakingly honest and very timely for me.  I appreciate your openness about a not oft talked about topic.  Definitely bookmarked for future emergencies!

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  23. Some deep and thought provoking ideas here. Think I still have a long way to go (in a positive way) as I’m about the journey as much as the destination.

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  24. Very sound advise, this article reminds me of Seth Godin’s book Linchpin

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  25. Brilliant. Thank you!

    I was working on some logo designs yesterday. Each idea I had, I thought would be no good. When I allowed myself to put the “bad” ideas on paper, I was able to come up with some pretty decent work.
    It does take a bit of negotiation with your inner critic to get creative done. Thank you for the fantastic articulation.

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  26. I really needed to read this.

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  27. I’ve just realised I probably spend more time listening to my inner critic than I do my wife and kids. I suppose any advice for getting on well should be appreciated. Nice article Denise.

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  28. At a lost for words as my inner critic has officially taken a backseat.

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  29. Great Article. Really plesant read and so very true. Your examples felt bang on and I took away some great tips aswell as knowing that other creatives feel exactly the same.

    Thank you!

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