One of the points made in the book is that a child's whole demeanor often changes after mastering potty training. They feel so proud of themselves that they become more agreeable and willing to try other new things, and every other aspect of their young lives improves immediately. I have absolutely seen this happen with every one of my children, with regard to potty training, learning to read, and a long list of other large and small accomplishments. Ever noticed that this concept works with adults, too?
Okay, so I'm obviously not talking about potty training, anymore, but doesn't learning a new skill make you feel empowered and willing to step out and try other new things? Doesn't it give you a new, brighter outlook on life?
Conversely, a friend once pointed out that when her kids were trying to conquer some new developmental milestone, they were often cranky and difficult to deal with. She often didn't know what new skill they were about to master until after it happened, but it helped her to clue into their grumpy attitude and look forward to something happy, once she noticed the pattern. She said that her child would just be impossible to coexist happily with for days or even weeks, then one day would miraculously walk across the living room for the first time and everything was happy again from that moment. These wise words helped me have a better attitude when my babies/toddlers were a crying mess for no apparent reason, because I could take the position of excitement for what was about to take place, rather than dwelling on my mommy miseries of dealing with a miserable kid.
I think we are like that, too. But we often get to that frustration stage and then just give up in discouragement, instead of pressing through to the really good part. Is there a way we can see that period of struggle as the precursor to something great, rather than deciding we just weren't cut out for whatever it is we're trying to accomplish and giving up?
How can we use the "potty-training principle" to our advantage? Need some empowerment and a rosier outlook on life? Learn a new skill. And it doesn't have to be any huge thing. It could be something fun and creative you've always wanted to try, or an energy medicine technique that will benefit you and your family. I decided to repond to a friend's challenge to join her in doing "planks" and finding out how long we could hold the position. I surprised myself on the very first day, when I discovered I could stay in correct form longer than I had anticipated.
Bogged down in frustration over something you're trying to master and it's just not coming together for you? Realize that you're probably almost there and things are going to get really exciting really soon. Just last week, I was close to the point of wanting to give up on learning how to put this website together, or least tempted to take a vacation from it for a couple weeks! Now, however, I've worked out a few bugs and feeling like maybe I can do this after all.
I think one of the most valuable and empowering skills you can learn is to use energy testing. If there is one thing that benefits everyone equally and is empowering for everyone, that has got to be it. Who doesn't want to cut through their busy brain and get right to their intuition to make the best choices for their health and their life? Don't you feel empowered when you can access all the information you need without having to go to someone else to tell you what to do? It truly opens up a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities.
How can you apply the "potty-training principle" in your life, today?