Are You Asking the Right Questions to Achieve Your Goals?

Are You Asking the Right Questions to Achieve Your Goals?

When it comes to achieving your dreams and goals, there are different types of questions you can ask.

Most people fall into the trap of asking question number one.

I encourage you to avoid that trap and begin asking yourself question number two or three.

Here are the Three Questions:

Question 1: “What do I want and how can I get it?”

Question 2: “What or Who do I have to become so that it’s normal to have what I want?”

Or, even better:

Question 3: “What or Who do I have to become so that I can make the greatest positive contribution possible to this planet while I’m here?”

Ask the right questions and you’ll get the right answers — the answers you need to start leading your best life.

Until next time.

Your friend,
James Melouney

Would You Take the Road Less Travelled?

Would You Take the Road Less Travelled?

One day, if we’re lucky, we will be old and grey and falling apart.

And we will think back on the life we lived.

We will think back on the adventures we had, the adventures we missed, the path we walked, the risks we took.

Did we live our life well? we might ask ourselves.

Did we live our life boldly enough?

When two roads diverged in a yellow wood, did we take the one less traveled by? and did that make all the difference?

Until next time.

Your friend,
James Melouney

Where’s the Perfection in Disability? – The Story of Shaya

Where’s the Perfection in Disability? – The Story of Shaya

Today I want to share with you one of the most beautiful true stories you will ever hear.

It’s called The Shaya Story and it goes like this:

(Read below or watch Wayne Dyer share the story on YouTube here.)

In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to learning disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school career, while others can be mainstreamed into conventional schools.

At a Chush fund-raising dinner, the father of a Chush child delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried out, “Where is the perfection in my son Shaya?

“Everything God does is done with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures as other children do. Where is God’s perfection here?”

The audience was shocked by the question, pained by the father’s anguish, stilled by the piercing query.

“I believe,” the father answered, “that when God brings a child like this into the world, the perfection that he seeks is in the way people react to this child.”

He then told the following story about his son Shaya:

One afternoon Shaya and his father walked past a park where some boys Shaya knew were playing baseball.

Shaya asked, “Do you think they will let me play?”

Shaya’s father knew that his son was not at all athletic and that most boys would not want him on their team.

But Shaya’s father understood that if his son was chosen to play it would give him a comfortable sense of belonging.

Shaya’s father approached one of the boys in the field and asked if Shaya could play.

The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said “We are losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning.”

Shaya’s father was ecstatic as Shaya smiled broadly. Shaya was told to put on a glove and go out to play short center field.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shaya’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shaya’s team scored again and now with two outs and the bases loaded with the potential winning run on base, Shaya was scheduled to be up.

Would the team actually let Shaya bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shaya was given the bat.

Everyone knew that it was all but impossible because Shaya didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it.

However as Shaya stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps forward to lob the ball in softly so Shaya should at least be able to make contact.

The first pitch came in and Shaya swung clumsily and missed.

One of Shaya’s teammates came up to Shaya and together the held the bat and faced the pitcher waiting for the next pitch.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shaya.

As the pitch came in, Shaya and his teammate swung at the bat and together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shaya would have been out and that would have ended the game.

Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman.

Everyone started yelling, “Shaya, run to first. Run to first.”

Never in his life had Shaya run to first. He scampered down the baseline wide-eyed and startled.

By the time he reached first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman who would tag out Shaya, who was still running.

But the right fielder understood what the pitcher’s intentions were, so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman’s head.

Everyone yelled, “Run to second, run to second.”

Shaya ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home.

As Shaya reached second base, the opposing short stop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, “Run to third.”

As Shaya rounded third, the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, “Shaya run home.”

Shaya ran home, stepped on home plate and all 18 boys lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero, as he had just hit a “grand slam” and won the game for his team.

“That day,” said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, “those 18 boys reached their level of God’s perfection.”

Isn’t that a beautiful story?

Until next time.

Your friend,
James Melouney

Five Daily Practices for Success

Five Daily Practices for Success

Things we are ignorant about often appear simple.

As we deepen our understanding, we realize what we thought was simple is in fact quite complex.

After patiently sifting through that complexity, what was temporarily complex once again becomes simple.

This is referred to as the Two Sides to Complexity.

And a corollary of this mental model relates to wisdom about life and success: The most profound life truths are always the most commonsensical and simple.

And so…. 5 Daily Practices for Success:

Today, be brave.

Why? Because it inspires the weak.

Today, be generous.

Why? Because the world is starved for leaders who are playing a bigger game than just for themselves.

Today, get uncomfortable.

Why? Because that’s where your growth begins.

Today, choose to play a BIG game with your life.

Why? Because you’re not called here to play a small one.

Today, do something positive for somebody but do it in the knowing they could never repay you, and watch how fulfilled your life becomes.

Until next time.

Your friend,
James Melouney

Four Questions to Live Intelligently

Four Questions to Live Intelligently

I’ve been in Bali for the past few days and when my Balinese hotel driver dropped me at my resort I learned that he earns $160 per month.

This was a happy guy, a good guy, and a damn hard worker.

The unfortunate reality for him is that his earning potential is inherently limited by his job: No matter how much harder he works, his income can’t go up by much as long as he continues doing what he currently does.

Another similar problem people face in life is that their income can go up, it just won’t go up as quickly as they would like it to!

Chances are you already know money isn’t everything and that after a certain income threshold is reached — around $75,000 per year — studies show that earning more money does little to increase our happiness.

That said, if you’re interested in an intelligent and conscious life, wouldn’t you agree that such a life requires you to understand:

1. The type of lifestyle you desire;

2. How much income is required to support that lifestyle;

3. How long it will take your current income producing activity/activities to reach that income level;

and

4. Whether you are content with that time-frame?

In other words, how many years are you away from earning the income required for you to live the type of lifestyle you desire and are you happy with that time-frame?

This is the exact same question I asked myself one day while commuting to work back in 2015.

I worked out that I’d have to climb the corporate ladder for at least another 10 years to have a chance at earning the type of income I wanted to earn.

10 years wasn’t the main issue for me — it was 10 years of doing something that I didn’t find fulfilling that made me really reconsider the path that I was currently walking down, which led me to eventually leave my job and stumble into the world of entrepreneurship through the training and education provided by Six Figure Mentors.

Wherever you happen to be in your life right now, I encourage you to ask yourself those four questions:

1. What type of lifestyle do you desire?

2. How much income do you need to support that lifestyle?

3. With your current income producing activity/activities, how long will it take for you to earn that income?

4. Are you happy with that time-frame?

Asking ourselves these types of questions can be confronting at times, but always remember that ignorance is bliss only until it catches up with you!

Until next time.

Your friend,
James Melouney

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