• Trefor Jones

All things are created twice

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

In ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, Stephen R. Covey in his discussion of beginning with the end in mind, explores the idea that we are creative beings. He affirms that the scripts of our lives (that is the day to day relaity in which we live) are created by us.

“All things are created twice...There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.”

Put simply... for us to be able to do it, we first have to think it or dream it. We are the architects of our own destinys.

“Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us.”

He goes on to say that we must visualize the future that we wish to inhabit in order to achieve it, but that it isn’t often all that simple.

“Because we already live with many scripts that have been handed to us, the process of writing our own script is actually more a process of “re-scripting,” or paradigm shifting - of changing some of the basic paradigms that we already have. As we recognize the ineffective scripts, the incorrect or incomplete paradigms within us, we can proactively begin to re-script ourselves.”

In this we see the purpose of coaching. The job of empowering others to “proactively re-script” their own lives.

“Because I am self-aware, because I have imagination and conscience, I can examine my deepest values. I can realize that the script I’m living is not in harmony with those values, that my life is not the product of my own proactive design, but the result of the first creation I have deferred to circumstances and other people. And I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past. I can become my own first creator.”

The good news is, with the right help and the determination to succeed, we can navigate all within and all around us that is limiting us from reaching our potential, and we can be the creators of our own destiny.

This is put more more succinctly by Edward De Bono when he says:

"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way."

(Edward De Bono (1982). 'Lateral thinking for management: a handbook')

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