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do you think that if I removed my mask, would there be anything left? He asked.

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I like to imagine a coach as being there to support clients bring more creativity in their day-to-day lives. To me creativity is that spark which drives the client do something because it is interesting, involving, exciting, satisfying, challenging. Creativity has little to do with a particular action or kind of work. But it has everything to do with the attitude, with the quality of the consciousness he/she invests in that particular action. It has everything to do with the way the work is being done.

I therefore believe that the way one feels about what one does very much depends on the mental qualification one gives to his actions. This very quality of creative “re-framing” can be well supported during the coaching process.

Patterns such as negative thinking, overly-criticism towards himself but also in relation with the others can be healed when the client is supported in coming up with creative solutions.  It is therefore important to deliberately “invite” creativity into one’s thinking process.

I particularly like Edward de Bono’s method of “thinking hats” to support the “bringing the spark back” process.

“Think about a specific issue you want to focus on”. De Bono names this step as the white hat.

Relax a moment, take a deep breath and connect to yourself. What’s the gut feeling about the respective challenge?” –this is de Bono’s red hat for intuitive thinking.

 “What is stopping you from achieving that?” ; Where is the mismatch?”- this is the black hat for critical thinking.

 “What will be the benefits of achieving (or not achieving) that?”- this is the yellow hat for positive thinking.

“What can you do about that and by when?” – this is the green hat for creative thinking in order to stimulate seeing things from different perspective). 

This is one of the many methods of bringing more creativity in one’s life. Give it a go. Bring that spark back in everything you’re doing!

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