Edited by board administrator 6/4/2016, 2:09 pm
So my action plan had begun on Sunday 31st January 2016 when the beginners workshop ended.
Here's what happened next...
As recommended in the workshop paperwork, i bought a diary and documented my day to day visits to the toilet and used a simple coding system to categorize the different places i had been to the toilet.
It was important to put the workshops ideas into practice and visiting many different toilets was part of the agenda.
Seven weeks on and the date was Friday 18th March 2016 when the beginners follow-up workshop began.
Before i entered the meeting room i tallied up all the times i'd visited the toilet and these were my results...
P.U (Public Urinal): 108 visits, 1 misfire, 3 latent
P.C (Public Cubicle): 35 visits, no misfires
Mate's House: 45 visits, no misfires
Home: No misfires
Total: 188 visits, 1 misfire, 3 latent = 184 successes!
I entered the meeting room to be pleasantly greeted by Ian once again, plus Andrew, new trainee tutor George, and two new A.P counterparts.
Soon after followed four other new A.P counterparts plus one from my beginners workshop and once again we were men of all ages.
It wasn't daunting to meet so many new people with A.P, it was joyful and inspiring, especially as some of them had been to follow-up workshops before and showed you don't have to be afraid to ask for help and it doesn't matter how many times you have been to a workshop, it's okay to try and try again.
That same boat from the previous workshop had arrived again and was about to sail us on a new journey.
The tutors recapped over method's from the first workshop with us so our minds were refreshed and then we started a new schedule.
Over the weekend i went out into the field (as it were) for the first time seeing i had progressed in my hierarchies of challenge.
The previous workshop and the things i had learnt over the previous seven weeks successfully made me confident and not anxious.
We were split up into groups and each group had a tutor with them who took us on a very well planned and steady timetable. Later on we reconvened at the meeting room to discuss how we got on and no-one thought less of you if you didn't do well, they all supported you.
During the weekend you are also given enjoyable chill time and social evenings to chat, laugh, and bond with each other.
I tackled my safety behaviours head-on during this process because i am determined that i am going to defeat A.P, it is not going to defeat me.
My action plan continues...