It’s not the dark haired one from Hear’Say [Read this if you get frustrated with what you’re trying to change]

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Who remembers Popstars the TV Show?

It was only 20 years ago so I’m sure we all do ๐Ÿ˜‰

I remember watching it in the house I lived in for the third year of Uni.

It was the one where the five selected contestants formed the band Hear’Say and the other five start a group called Liberty (later Liberty X).

Wikipedia tells me it was Popstars: The Rivals which created Girls Aloud later that year.

Anyway, back to Hear’Say.

I quite fancied Myleene (the dark haired one, as mentioned in the blog title).

She’s on the radio nowadays I believe.


Not to be confused with ‘myelin’

“an insulating layer, or sheath that forms around nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord. It is made up of protein and fatty substances. This myelin sheath allows electrical impulses to transmit quickly and efficiently along the nerve cells”

As we lay down new neural pathways, learn new skills and knowledge, myelin production in the brain increases.

There are four stages to any learning process.

Unconscious incompetence.

We’re not very good at something but aren’t even particularly aware of that.

Conscious incompetence

We start doing something and realise we’re not very good.

Conscious competence

We’ve got pretty good at something but it still takes conscious thought

Unconscious competence

We’re good at it without any real effort.

The conscious incompetence phase is the one we struggle the most with.

We start doing something and quickly get dispirited.

It’s harder than we thought.


Annoying at times.

We might not consciously choose to stop…….

But that’s often what happens.

We find ourselves doing other things that we find easier and / or we’re telling ourselves are more important.

You know the feeling?

We start a new exercise and / or healthy eating approach.

It’s all exciting and shiny and new to start with.

Soon becomes a bit of a pain.


Hard work.

We have two choices then.


And then probably try again at some point in the future.

Or keep going.

Through that challenging bit.

The only way to get to that easier bit.

That conscious competence.

And, maybe, onto unconscious competence.

The good news?

There’s research that shows that the hardest bit……..

When it’s the most frustrating…….

Our “head is melting”………

It’s at it’s most annoying……..

Is when myelin production can be up to 10 times its normal level.

The brain is literally remodelling itself.

Preparing it for that next level.

We can choose to see that frustrating phase as a bad thing………

Or we can recognise that it’s the best thing.

It comes right before that breakthrough.


Only if we keep going.

Much love,

Jon ‘Ashton’ll always be me ‘ome’ Hall

P.S. Only three people in the world will get that middle name ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 - 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.