How can we transform our negative thoughts? If you’ve ever felt you’re not good enough or something you want isn’t for you, this activity is for you. But don’t worry! You’re not alone. These negative thoughts or self limiting beliefs happen to most people at some point – including the most successful entrepreneurs and creatives. And it doesn’t need to define us. This simple but powerful exercise we shared in our recent Community MeetUp helps transform your negative thoughts into something new and exciting.
What You Need
Paper and pen (or a device if you prefer typing*)
A glue stick
A blank sheet of paper
Coloured paper, magazines or images
Step 1: Acknowledge Your Feelings
Write down all the negative thoughts, comments and limiting beliefs that you’re struggling with. This can be challenging, but it’s a crucial part of the process. It’s about recognising and confronting these feelings. To prepare yourself, imagine these thoughts as balloons — gently touching them and bouncing them away as you write them down — rather than letting them settle. *If you’re typing your thoughts, print what you’ve written.
Step 2: Cut It Up
Once you’ve written down all these thoughts, take your scissors and cut them or tear them up. Take your time and really listen to the sounds of your scissors on paper or tearing. This is one of the pure joys of collaging! Destruction! There’s also a lot of symbolism here as you’re letting go of these limiting beliefs. A gentle reminder though: remember it’s not about erasing these thoughts, or feeling bad about having them as it’s normal, but transforming them into something new.
Step 3: Make It New
Now, take the cut or torn up pieces of paper and rearrange them on your blank paper or canvas. Glue them down to create a collage. You can also add new words and images, your own or from a magazine. The layout and how it looks is entirely up to you!
Step 4: Reflect
Take a moment to look at your artwork. It’s a tangible representation of your feelings transformed. This collage is a reminder that even from negativity, something beautiful and positive can emerge.
What are the benefits of this exercise?
Creativity: It sparks your creativity, proven to reduce stress and boost mood.
Mindfulness: The act of acknowledging, writing, cutting, and rearranging encourages you to stay present and mindful.
Turning negative thoughts into a collage is more than just an art project. It’s a way of connecting with our inner selves, acknowledging what is holding us back and finding our own path. Exercises like this are one of the ways that Common Exception fuses mindfulness and strategy, creating a more joyful and mindful approach to work. Let’s cut up the negativity and make something new together!