Some years ago I attended a presentation by Jim Hayhurst Sr on the importance of climbing the "right" mountain (Jim was part of the Canadian expedition to Mt Everest in 1988). Covey uses a similar metaphor when he refers to a ladder leaning against the wrong wall: every step we take gets us to the wrong place faster. I'm interested in what he writes about all things being created twice:
"Begin with the end in mind" is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation for all things.He goes on to give examples about planning a trip first and then taking the trip second, or planning how to plant a garden first in your mind or on paper, and then physically designing and planting the garden. Covey writes that if we do not become responsible for our first creations then we empower other people:
We are either the second creation of our own proactive design, or we are the second creation of other people's agendas.I definitely agree with this - and this is something that we also need to teach our students that they need to start thinking and dreaming and creating their own futures.