We are all born lucky, lucky to be alive.
But we also create our own luck in life and this is a valuable lesson to pass onto our children.
Last Friday, I won a once in a lifetime Writing Competition with Notebook Publishing https://notebookpublishing.co/ in their #IndieApril competition. The prize was a premium, very exclusive publication solution, meaning my book would be professionally designed and published, and made available across the world!
It was you could say; lucky I was chosen?
Only, I don’t believe in luck. I was poised and prepared already. Now I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would actually win, because, not believing in luck, I knew there was an element of chance, that I would be picked. But I had been chosen from the near hundred different entries because, I had practised what I call ‘The Four P’S in a Pod’
To explain what I mean by this, let me share with you a true story.
PATIENCE BRINGS GOOD LUCK
One day, when my daughter was younger, she was having a particularly successful day. Not only had she received a Certificate and a sticker for being ‘Star Pupil of the Week’ at School, (meaning she had the privilege of bringing the Class Teddy home for the weekend) but she also won some stationary in the School Prize Draw.
Later that afternoon, she then went on to receive her next level, Gymnastics Badge and Certificate at the Leisure Centre.
All in all, she was having a really good, successful day!
Then on the way home from Gymnastics she said to me;
‘Mum, I was losing at everything and not doing so well for a couple of weeks, but now I’m doing good at everything, all in one day!’
I explained to her, that it did indeed seem to be happening all in one day, but really, when she felt as though she was not doing so well, and ‘Losing at everything’ She was in fact, doing better than she thought.
Taking those necessary steps on all those days leading up to today, and not giving up, even when it looked like she was losing, had led her to successfully winning so much today, through her practise, patience and persistence.
If she had lost her patience and quit Gymnastics, when she wasn’t doing so good, or gave up trying so hard at School, when she felt like she was losing, then she would never have succeeded in getting better.
Understanding the concept of the four P’s and how they had worked for her, helped her to realise that, even though it looks as if she’s not doing well at times, or doing really well at other times, it’s all in fact, a result of her succeeding.
It was clear for her to see that, it was her patience, practise, persistence and positivity in the past, that had created her successful day, not just a lucky day.
This realisation and knowing how important these Four P’S are, in succeeding to learn, will help our children to persist in their learning endeavours. Whatever they maybe?
THE 4 P’S IN A POD – POSITIVITY, PRACTICE, PATIENCE & PERSISTENCE
It’s important our children know that, practise is key to acquiring new skills and learning, not just their ability, socioeconomic background or luck.
They need to understand that, it’s those who keep trying that are the most successful in their endeavours, not just the gifted or fortunate.
Whether it’s learning to tie their shoe laces or becoming a world class chess champion, in any endeavour, no matter how difficult a task may seem, following the four P’s creates results.
When it comes to learning anything, these are like four magic peas in a pod. When these -four -combine, there’s no such thing as failure, and success is just part and parcel of the process!
There is a fifth P for us Parents too,