Scripting my video shoot was quickly becoming even more painful. I was being assaulted by subconscious voices. The inner critic had me pinned to the mat and I didn’t even know it. All I was aware of was a growing sense of futility. Who was I to think my content would help anyone anyhow? With that blatant inference, the critic exposed himself.
I thought about what defines the leaders of any tribe – the people online who have been able to attract and build a devoted following around an idea. Before we produce anything valuable we Become by Believing. To a normal person this sounds obvious. For many of us who have tolerated the inner voice of criticism too long, the concept is revolutionary.
Think about it – it makes perfect sense. Our output will never be good enough to publish unless we start with great confidence in the impact we will make. When we focus on what our goal is – and reinforce our qualifications – we can take those important first steps to creating engaging content.
Envisioning your content impacting someone’s life is essential to the creative process.
So I called the inner critic on the carpet. I devised a way to expose and retaliate in a tangible way, at the exact moment that I am “slimed” by him. It’s a lot of fun to take revenge on this guy.
- Download and print this sheet
- Have it in front of you as you create.
- Write in the lie that your subconscious critic is harassing you with.
As you continue creating your content -
- Put a tick mark every time you hear that lie, or a new one.
- Slash through the image of the critic also to pay him back for his meddling.
Here are a couple lies the critic might tell you:
- “Your stuff isn’t good enough”
- “You’re not an authority in this field and have no right to teach anyone else!”
- “Why would anyone read this?”
In my case it was:
“You don’t have any references yet. To prove your points you must have footnotes everywhere to prove your impeccable scholarship to your readers. No one wants to hear your silly baseless theories about online learning”.
Once I used this form, I noticed that my critic was a wuss. I only marked a couple recurring instances of his harassments before moving back to an uninterrupted flow of creativity.
If you are also being held back by your critic, go ahead – print out this sheet and expose the unbelief! Create something that adds value to the rest of us!
Is your critic tougher than mine? Or did he shut up after just a few slashes? How will this impact your creativity?