Getting into “the zone” and doing your best work is something to strive for, yet all too often, you can be blocked from being able to do your best work. In this video, Denise Jacobs explores how different being blocked feels from being in the zone, and where your mental blocks come from. Learn the first step to accessing your personal power and creativity.
- So, I have a question for you. What does it feel like when you're totally in the zone? I mean, totally in creative flow, when ideas are just flowing to you and flowing through you, what does it feel like physically, mentally, emotionally? Take a moment, take a moment. From the thousands of people in the audiences I've spoken to and consulted with, here are many of the words that they've shared: happiness, effortless, freedom, energy, flying, focused, powerful, magic. Time morphs, right? It feels expansive, and you totally lose track of it as the minutes, and then the hours, just fly by. You forget to eat, you forget that you need to sleep. You feel passionate, and you even feel a bit consumed by what you're doing. In fact, you're a little in love with it. In stark contrast, what does it feel like when you're creatively blocked? It feel totally different, right? It's like hitting our heads against the wall. It's like slogging through the mud. It's like trying to squeeze blood from a stone. But what do you think it is that blocks us from finding flow, and thus being at our creative best? Is it your processes? Is it your tools? It it your teammates? Is it your managers? Is it the ever-moving deadlines? What if, what if our biggest block to doing our best work isn't anything outside of ourselves? What if, instead, the biggest block to doing our best work is in our heads? Think about it. When you spend a lot of time thinking things like, somebody's going to judge me, or what if somebody laughs at what I do, or I'm not talented enough, I'm not creative enough, or even, everybody else on my team is so much more talented than I am, or when you have an internal voice that says things like, you're not good enough, you're a loser, you suck, our biggest blocks to creativity and doing our best work are not external. Let's go back to flow for a moment. One of the great things about flow is that you're so focused on what you're doing and so clear that you are completely oblivious to what's absent in the moment. Being in flow is the complete absence of mental friction and resistance. You know what else is absent when you're in the flow? The voice of self-doubt. It's this voice, this one here, this internal entity that stands in the way of us fully accessing our brilliance and doing our best work. It poisons our mental dialogue, it hijacks our decision making. That voice is the inner critic. Sometimes this voice of the inner critic is an insistent nagging over your shoulder, small. Sometimes the voice is loud and booming and demands all of your attention. And sometimes it shows up as a committee of hypercritical voices weighing in on every perceived misstep at the same time. Maybe for you it's none of those things. Maybe for you it's just the small, recurrent voice of negativity that invariably shows up How can we show up in our power? How can we let our brilliance shine through? The answer is, we can't. Think about it. When your good ideas seem to just elude your grasp, right, seems to be the loudest and the most scathing? A coincidence? we stick to safe solutions and average ideas. and expand our expertise or expand our experience. We don't push our thinking or the thinking of our team. We don't innovate or encourage others to do so. The inner critic is the pernicious force behind our creative blocks. The inner critic keeps us from accessing our ideas and our brilliance and letting them out into the world. those voices in the background just being gone. Imagine what you would be able to accomplish Imagine what ideas would come forth and what you would be able to do with them. And then, because you probably work in a team with their inner critic silent. to have with people who are also letting out all of their brilliant ideas. Being creative is one of the fastest and most easily reproducible ways to get into a flow state. We access our true creative self when we enter that state. When we bring forward our creative self, we access our personal power. And I believe it's in these moments that we are the most who we truly are, our most grand, our most magnificent, and our most visionary. We need to remove the creative block that is the inner critic, so that we can get to our powerful creative selves and all of the brilliance and genius that that part of us holds, so that we can start doing our best work more easily and more consistently.
- Removing creative blocks
- Silencing the negative voice in your head
- Breaking the cycle of self-doubt
- Unlocking idea flow
- Kick-starting idea generation
- Conquering the fear of judgment
- Transforming self-talk
- Stopping the comparison cycle
- Acknowledging your achievements
- Sharing your brilliance with the world