Face your FUDS!
Nothing is more harmful to a positive creative attitude than fears, uncertainties, and doubts – FUDS. Far better to learn to control your FUDS, and transform them into positivity. But how? Use the Tick-Tock exercise to confront your FUDS face on. This is based on the work of Prescott Lecky, a pioneer in self-image psychology.
To use TICK-TOCK:
- Zero in on and write down the negative thoughts that are preventing you from realising your goal. Write them under the heading “TICK”
- Sit quietly and examine the negatives. Learn how you are irrationally twisting things and blowing them out of proportion.
- Substitute an objective, positive though for each subjective, negative one. Write these under “TOCK”
TICK: I’ll never be able to get started
TOCK: Just do a bit at a time and get started. There’s no reason I have to do it all on crash schedule.
TICK: My last idea failed miserably and Jane’s didn’t/ I’m afraid to take another chance.
TOCK: I exaggerate the importance of things (my failure and jane’s success). Thomas Edison once said that the only road to success was through failure. The only crime in life is never having tried. Instead of trying not to be wrong, try to be right.
At first the figures above look strange and meaningless. Because you are mentally conditioned to look at black shapes first. However if you focus on the white shapes you can see the words “FLY” and “WIN”. The white shapes become dominant and the black ones less important.
In Tick-Tock, your negative thoughts will recede like the black shapes as your positive thoughts become more dominant.
Once you get in the habit of using Tick-Tock you will find yourself automatically replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
~ Creative Clinic 13