I don’t get to tell people this at the Briefing Meeting anymore [Good reminder if you’ve already heard about it]

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You may or may not be aware that we recently changed the way we bring people on board at RISE.

We’ve changed from the monthly ‘find out more meeting’ to a chat on the phone with people who are potentially interested in what we do.

It’s working really well.

But I realised the other day that there’s a couple of points that I used to make in the briefing meeting that, perhaps, aren’t being made anymore.

So I’m going to make them here.

Today and tomorrow.

Hopefully a useful reminder if you’ve heard it before.

The first one was about a graph I showed.

Often referred to as ‘The Emotional Cycle of Change’.

You can see it above.

It covers how we humans often respond to change in our lives.

It was useful to make people aware that they might be about to go through these stages.

To maximise the chance of them getting what they wanted out of it.

When we first start something new we’re often in what’s called the ‘Uninformed Optimism’ stage.

“I’m not entirely sure what’s going to happen, but it sounds great”.

We mainly see the (potential) positives.

A little while later, we’re liable to move into the ‘Informed Pessimism’ stage.

We’ve realised what it’s going to require us to do.

And it looks hard.

We have two choices then.

The first is what most do.

Maybe what we’ve done before.


Tell ourselves “It’s all too much”.

“This is not for me”.

“I don’t have time for this”.

Only to restart at some point.

Next month.

Next January.

Potentially repeating the cycle indefinitely.

Or we can push through.

On to ‘Informed Optimism’.

“I realise it’s going to take some work.”

“But I’m up to it and I’ll get there over time”.

Then on to completion.

The results we joined for.

We’ll go through this cycle many times in many different areas.

But we always have two choices when we hit ‘Informed Pessimism’:


And start again in the future.

Or keep going.

And, hopefully, reading this and knowing this is a normal thought process……..

Will make it more likely we’ll do the latter 🙂

Much love,

Jon ‘of the dolls’ Hall

About The Author

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.