This is an exercise that can help demonstrate the impact of fixed points in life. I recently tried this with a group of 50 and the impact was fantastic.
The exercise helps people to park internal voices to conversations that they may have. You will need 3 flipchart pages and a marker pen.
Introduce the exercise that we all have our own way to deal with the complexity of life. This is born about from experience gained from things that have happened as well as learnings from reading etc.
But, sometimes we need to park these views and feelings to help get breakthrough.
Now, on flipchart 1, draw 3 dots and ask a member of the group to come and draw something on the page. Be really clear to point out the 3 dots.
On flipchart 2, draw 2 dots and ask a member of the group to come and draw something on the page again being clear to point out the 2 dots.
On the 3rd flipchart, leave blank and ask a person to come up and draw anything they want.
What is expected is that the first two people will draw something involving the dots, as you have highlighted this to them. Although you have planted suggestion, this is no different to life.
The 3rd person is likely to have drawn something else. As there are no dots, it is likely to be original and not involve any points. This is a true blank canvas.
So, now ask the group to turn to the person next to them and ask them
1. what their dots are?
2. what would be the impact for them if the dots werent there?
This is one of the many things that we do.
As a coach (in my view), we help to unclutter the dots and help people see the blank canvas.