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When I first started at senior school thirty years ago, there were two Mr Smiths.

We cleverly distinguished between them with the nicknames Bog Face and Lippy.

Lippy was the Head.

He moved on at some point when I was at lower site (Years 7 to 9).

Lower site hasn’t existed for nearly twenty years and is a housing estate now.

Lippy was replaced by a Dr Wilkes.

Who quickly received the obvious nickname of Dr Death.

Probably unwarranted – he seemed a nice enough guy.

He came to my Nanna’s funeral 5 years ago (his mum had lived on the same street as her).

And sought me out afterwards to say how impressed he’d been with my delivery of the eulogy.

Which was nice of him.

I do remember one particular interaction with him.

We were at the bottom of the stairs near the main hall.

And some of our group were talking about some mistakes they’d been making.

“You learn from your mistakes” someone said.

“That’s true” Dr Wilkes replied.

“But you can also learn by getting it right first time”

The rest of the group spent the remainder of the day saying what an “idiot” he was as “everyone knows you learn from your mistakes”.

But it stuck with me.

He was right.

Mistakes happen.

And we can learn from them.

But they don’t need to.

We can just get it right first time.

With a bit of thought and planning.

As a species we’re prone to making mistakes.

Bowling into life and the day with little thought.

Things not quite working out as we’d like.

Getting to the end of the day feeling, at best, that it “wasn’t a great day”.

Where taking a minute or two to put some thought into what’s most important for us to achieve (not just most urgent)………..

How we want to feel……….

What resources (time, money, energy, etc) we might need to assign……….

How to set the day up so we stand the best chance of doing those things and feeling that way………..

Will massively increase the chance of that happening.

A couple of minutes setting up our day can mean we get disproportionate benefit from the other thousand odd left.

Or, if we do make mistakes……….

If things don’t quite go according to plan……..

To do actually learn.

To not repeat the same things again and again, Groundhog Day style.

Every morning I fill in the planner section of my journal.

Every evening the review section.

Highlighting the wins.

Assessing what went less well and seeing what I could learn and put in place from that.

That doesn’t need to be anyone else’s way of doing it.

But it’s worth remembering that we can just get it right first time.

And that repeating our mistakes means we aren’t learning from them.

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Much love,

Jon ‘Bog Face was far worse’ 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.