I’m sure many of you who have (or have recently had) small children, will be familiar with the work of Julia Donaldson.

You know – The Gruffalo, Stick Man, etc.

Don’t worry if you don’t know these – you’ll still get this.

Tiddler is another good one.

In it, the eponymous Tiddler is a small fish who’s always late and makes up tales as to why.

Like my wife Alex 😉

In the end, he gets caught in a Fisherman’s net and is lost far away.

Until he hears a school of anchovies telling one of his stories.

He asks where they heard it.

And traces the story back home.

“I was lost, I was scared, but a story led me home again” he says on his return.

Even as a fictional fish, olde Tiddles knew the power of a story.

Since the earliest times, we, as a species, have shared information in the form of stories.

It’s hard wired into us.

Something most of the world seems to have forgotten.

Most FitzPros will just send you what are, essentially, lists.

– 7 things to do to burn belly fat.

– 5 top breakfasts.

– 10 benefits to Vitamin D.

– The 3 best HIIT workouts.

And so on.

The thing is though, I bet you know a good amount of that already.

Maybe not all the intricate points.

But I’m sure you’re aware of some methods of losing weight that you’re not doing, some better breakfasts you’re not eating, that Vitman D is a good thing, and you remember something from that programme you saw on interval training.

More knowledge has it’s place, of course.

But for most people, it’s not not knowing enough that’s holding them back.

It’s the not regularly doing what they do know.

Due to their busy, challenging lives.

Due to self limiting beliefs.


Thought processes.


And so on.

When these things get realigned, the actual what of what to do is less of an issue.

And that’s why we keep telling you these stories.

Over two thousand and counting.

To make you think.

To challenge you in places.

To help take the proverbial brakes off rather than just jamming down on the accelerator more.

Much love,

Jon ‘Purple prickles all over his back’ Hall

P.S. I’ve bumped into a few people recently who’ve said “I really enjoy reading your emails”. And they’re not members. If that’s you and you live anywhere near Macc, then why not take that next step and let’s work together to make those changes that you want to. I have an actual Money Back Guarantee that says that you won’t regret it –> www.myrise.co.uk/apply


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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.