Thursday, July 10, 2008

Creativity Tips: Just Say Stop

I know, I know. I promised to give you my advice on how to deal with bad wizards, and then I didn't do it.

I forgot.

But here it is: When your brain starts in with that hideous self-talk, telling you how stupid and talentless and useless you are, visualize a stop sign. See it. Say "STOP!" to yourself. (I recommend doing this silently, or people twitch.) Then, force your brain to go to a happy place.

Back in my radio days, I periodically made mistakes on the air. Hard to believe, but true. I would use this technique to stop beating myself up. It took a while, but it finally worked. Now, when the negative self-talk starts, I stop it. Fast.

Never let a bad wizard win.


Bud Simpson said...

...but always let the Wookie win. It's just good sense. :)

Jan said...

I am all for the Wookies. :-)