A few weeks ago I was about to head into RISE to take the evening Sessions.

I was leaving with little time to spare when, all of a sudden I couldn’t get the back door open (the car is in a car port at the back of the house).

The door seemed to be locked and I couldn’t get my key into it.

I assumed my wife had left the key in so I thought I’d go out front, through the side gate, grab that key and head to the car.

The side gate had been locked since I’d left it open earlier.

Now I’m getting tight for time.

Going out the front way and round the corner to the car port only takes a minute or two, but I’ve already wasted a few minutes that I didn’t have.

So I half jog down the front steps to the road.


And start falling out head first into oncoming traffic.

I managed to turn through ninety degrees as I passed through the gate and landed heavily on the pavement.

As a car zoomed past.

I’m pretty confident that, if I hadn’t have turned at the last second, I would be dead right now.

The next day I was coming back towards that gate having walked the dog when I remembered what had happened.

And I did a Facebook post about it.

——- Coincidentally as I was posting, just up the road an old lady is knocked of her bike by a car at the mini roundabout. But that’s a different story for a different time ——–

When talking to people about it since, several have asked similar questions.

“Did your life flash before your eyes?”

“Did you get some great insights into life?”

“Did you have an epiphany?”

The answer, sadly, was “no”.

I was on my feet within seconds and in the car within a minute.

I’d completely forgotten till I saw the gate the next day.

Because I was in a rush.

No time for thinking.

As is often the case.

All day every day we have opportunities for learning.

For insight.

To make changes next time.

But we’re in too much of a rush.

We move quickly on to the next thing.

Often setting ourselves up to make the same mistakes again.

Missing workout after workout.

Not eating in the way we intended too time and time again.

Endlessly telling ourselves that “I know what I need to do, I just need to do it”.

Approaching things in the exact same way we approached it before.

Which didn’t work.

Long term.

That minute or two to take stock can pay for itself many times over.

It’s not a cost of time.

It’s an investment in more time.

In future better use of time, energy and enthusiasm.

Taking a minute or two to read these blogs.

To watch the videos.

To check the Learn tab (if we’re a member) rather than guessing.

To think after each time something doesn’t go to plan, how could we approach it differently?

How could we make certain choices and behaviours more or less likely?

How could we make the things we want to do as easy as possible?

We get it.

We do the same.

Life can feel like one big rush sometimes.


If we don’t learn from our mistakes then we’re destined to repeat them.

A few minutes here and there to take stock and use our time going forward more wisely………….

Isn’t a cost of time…………

It’s an investment in more time (and energy, health, mood and more – check www.myrise.co.uk/apply if you’d like more of them).

Much love,

Jon ‘Jin’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

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.