I was having a chat with one of our ninjas yesterday.


He’s a made a couple of suggestions recently as to things he’d like to see at RISE.


The first we’re in the process of doing already, so that’s cool.


The second, we considered and decided against.


“You should listen to your members” he said.




As we always say, we’re always open to suggestions, feedback, etc.


We want everyone to feel comfortable to say whatever they like.


And ¬†some things we’ll act on.




Acting on every suggestion is the surest way for things to fall apart.


If we’d acted on every suggestion we’d ever had, then:


  • Matt and I would do all the sessions ourselves
  • We’d offer loads more sessions times (doubling or tripling our workload)
  • We’d charge half as much (the budget is tight every month as it is, so we’d not only not get paid, but we’d make a fairly heavy loss every month)
  • We’d do extra sessions of Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, etc
  • Sessions would be both shorter and longer
  • And harder and easier
  • There’d be more and less equipment
  • We’d stop these daily emails (lots of suggestions for this despite people not seeing the stats as to how well they work)
  • More and less support, direction, etc
  • And too many other things to mention


It’s quite obvious that acting on every bit of advice would have sent us both crazy and bankrupt a long time ago.


And people wouldn’t have bought into it.


What we do is our ‘pure vision’ of what is right to do.


If people like it and want to be involved, then that’s awesome.


If they don’t like it, that’s cool too – they don’t have to do it.


BTW: If you do and haven’t checked it out yet, the find-out-more meeting is only a couple of weeks away – myrise.co.uk/briefing-meeting.


But following every bit of advice leads to a ‘vanilla’ mish-mash that no one really cares about.


And don’t ‘buy into’.


And that doesn’t benefit anyone.




Tis the same with your life, of course (you knew there was a parallel coming, didn’t you?).


When people are too concerned about what other people say and think……….


Then their life becomes a ‘vanilla mish-mash’.


They stop living it in-line with their ‘pure vision’ of what is right to do.


No one benefits.


You know what I’m talking about.


The ‘well meaning’ partners / family members / friends / colleagues who offer ‘advice’.


“What you should be doing is …….”


About how to eat, exercise, work and just generally live your life.


As we said above, advice and feedback is cool if it fits into the way you want to do things.


The way you want to live your life.


If it doesn’t?


Listen to it.


Acknowledge that it’s been heard.


But you don’t have to act on it.


Tis your life my friend.


Live it how you see fit!



Much love,


Jon ‘Pure and simple’ Hall and Matt ‘Just a little’ Nicholson

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.