We all have some creativity inside of us, even those who like to claim that they don’t. And when you’re trying to come up with a new, revolutionary idea, you need that creativity to come to the forefront. Unfortunately, many people get stopped in their tracks by their inner critic. That is, they end up being their own worst enemy—telling themselves that they can’t accomplish what they set out to do, either because it’s too difficult or they aren’t smart or creative enough. This is where many people’s dreams die, but it doesn’t have to be that way. At Pivot, we specialize in helping turn ideas into reality, so we thought we’d bring you some of the best ways to turn off your inner critic and let your creativity flow.
- The first thing you need to do is find that voice in your head that’s criticizing and holding you back. Many times we become so used to it that the voice is just a daily part of our lives. Identify it and become aware of what you’re thinking, so that next time you’ll realize when your negative thoughts start to drag you down.
- Stop thinking about past failures. This is important, because pretty much all of us are going to fail at some point or another, and hardly anyone becomes successful on their very first try. If you keep thinking about your past failures, and letting your inner critic tell you that you’ll never get it right, then you’re already digging yourself a hole. Focus on solving the problem in front of you now, and bringing your idea to life.
- Replace those overly critical thoughts with more accurate statements that give you some credit. Maybe your first shot at developing a product failed. Is it actually accurate to say, “I’m a failure and I can’t invent anything?” Of course not. Your thoughts should be focused on the next idea and the next attempt.
- Do some work. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t any good, and it really doesn’t matter whether or not you feel like doing it at that moment. Get something—anything—done, and you have something to be proud of. You’d be amazed at how good you feel even after getting just a little bit of work done on your project. That’s because once you do some of it, you begin to realize that the entire project is doable, one step at a time.
- Remember that you can always get better. Many times our inner critic stops us cold because we do some work or make a design, and we understand that it isn’t very good. Our inner critic says, “See? I told you so.” But each attempt is making you better, and you have to realize that self-improvement is the name of the game. Like we said earlier, almost no one scores big the first time they try something. It takes practice and steady improvement. Instead of “I knew I’d fail,” think, “That just means the next one will be better.”
It’s no easy task silencing your inner critic and trying to achieve your dream, but so many people let the voice in their head stop them from even trying. Give your idea a shot, and if you still need some help, then turn to Pivot. We specialize in providing the assistance you need to turn your creation into reality. Call us today at 1-877-206-5001.