May 24, 2008

Silencing the Voices of Self-Defeat

"For some it is a frequent visitor, always lurking in the background. For others it is an infrequent, but no less inhospitable guest, one that always seems to arrive at the most inopportune moments. And few, if any, are completely immune to falling prey to the siren call of the little voice in your head that says, “No you can’t.” And just like that, the little engine that could, our own belief and confidence, loses steam and the train of innovation and creativity stalls on the track.

"Call it what you will — stage fright, self-censorship or performance anxiety — but we all occasionally fall prey to the “I’m Not Worthy” syndrome. Turning off the voice in our heads that keeps us from breaking barriers, expressing ourselves more freely, taking more risks, and experimenting without guaranteed success is critical in a world where innovation is required (and rewarded). Fortunately, this is not a new challenge and we can glean valuable insights and ideas from those in the performing arts, who struggle daily with creating."
Read more of this two-page article (PDF) recently published in FORUM, the member magazine of the Association Forum of Chicagoland or watch a short YouTube video of me being interviewed after presenting a half-day workshop on this topic for Forum members.

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