When we’re pushing the boundaries of our creativity, negative reinforcement can mean the end of new ideas. Here are fifteen negative phrases that can kill our creativity and limit our growth.

Photo Courtesy of: Linus Bohman
Photo Courtesy of: Linus Bohman

The Importance of Creativity

Breaking out of the pack is something we each long to do. Being separated from the rest gives us something to be proud of, something to aspire toward. Losing your creativity can cause you to sink into depression, lower your goals and settle for less than you deserve.

15 Creativity-Killing Phrases

  1. I don’t like that.
  2. I do it differently.
  3. That’s wrong.
  4. I don’t think this will work.
  5. It’s always done this way.
  6. This isn’t what we hired you to do.
  7. Just do your job.
  8. This conversation doesn’t pertain to you.
  9. Just expect less.
  10. Try something more practical.
  11. I doubt we can try something different.
  12. Why would you try this?
  13. Is this what you’re supposed to be working on?
  14. No one will approve this.-And my least favorite-
  15. Just go with the flow.


Have you heard any of these phrases? Do you think it limited your creativity?


By Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth at www.elizabethadan.com, on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.


2 thoughts on “15 Negative, Creativity-Killing Phrases

  1. People don’t realize how damaging negativity can be. My mother-in-law used to say the (negative) critics are the ones who don’t have the skills (or creativity) themselves. Yesterday a lady left a comment on my blog post (on FB) “This was a flop blog post” with a thumbs down sign! And it was simply a humorous post on a non-serious topic. Some people!

    1. I agree! I think the way you speak to people makes a big difference in the way they view themselves. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been getting negative comments. My friends always say. “they’re haters cause they ain’t us.” =]

      Thanks so much for reading my blog!

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