I learn every day even from activities I rate as “not that important”. Summary of potty training my 2+ year old daughter:
Morning of Day 1: Few minutes after she woke up, we went to the “ladies” and I encouraged her to sit on her potty. After about 15 minutes, she managed to do number 2 business. Same result on days 2 to 4. I made a decision – “I will persist, I choose not to be frustrated”.
Morning of Day 5: We followed same routine, result was a successful number 1 business. Hooray! But we had to wait an extra 10 minutes before the show. And it was hard to resist the temptation of telling an innocent child to hurry up, but I persevered. Same results for next many days.
Morning of Day 12: She woke up and said, “Potty” and she did her Nos 1 & 2 businesses. This has carried on for many days afterwards. It became her habit. Unprompted, she indicates her need to use the potty – goal achieved/intended outcome.
My persistence, patience & consistency levels were challenged yet again and the exercise further reinforced the truths below.
“If I do something repeatedly and continuously, it becomes an habit.
“If I could exercise a little bit of more patience, I will realise the intended results”.
“Success is end result of a long series of little things, done consistently over time” ( Jeff Olson)
#be consistent to a cause.