I was in conversation with an acquaintance recently who I’ve known for almost 20 years because their sons and our sons went to the same school. He is a nice guy, we’re not friends, but we do see each other quite often around our local shopping centres.

About a decade ago Liz and I got a phone call from this guy and his wife about a business opportunity they would like to discuss with us at their home over an early dinner.

Yep, you’ve probably guessed it, they had joined one of the multi-level-marketing businesses and wanted us to join.

Now I need to say I don’t have any problem with legitimate multi-level-marketing businesses that offer quality products, back it up with appropriate service levels, and that offer a real choice of being your own boss with the potential for more flexible work-lifestyle opportunities… in fact I applaud it and know people who have created a wonderful lifestyle and business working in multi-level-marketing. It just doesn’t rock Liz or my world… our own lifestyle-business model allows us to apply our strengths in a different way.

The ‘pitch’ that this guy and his wife did about their business opportunity included what they’d personally learned about motivation, personal well-being, health, fitness, lifestyle and choice… oh and there were of course products that needed to be sold.

As I’ve said, this was about a decade ago, and one of the disconnects that I had with their ‘pitch’ was that what they were saying about lifestyle and how they were living their own lifestyle were miles apart. They talked about their products and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, but they were both rather heavy drinkers, neither exercised, and one was a chain smoker.

Now, I’m not judging here, I’m simply highlighting that these guys were saying one thing, but living another. They were not taking ownership of their reality. A decade on, and nothing has changed much in their lifestyle reality – except they are no longer in the multi-level-marketing business.

The 2nd inescapable truth for a prosperous life in the Intentionomics Blueprint is to Take Stock Of Your Truth. This guy and his wife have not taken stock of their truth, or if they have, they haven’t been courageous enough to take intentional action to make changes that will help them to live a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.

As a male, with all the best of intention, I avoid offering an opinion on specific women-related topics, and this week when Angelina Jolie courageously shared with the world her decision to have a double mastectomy, my comment is not about her decision, nor is it about breast cancer. My comment is how courageous she has been to take stock of her truth, her reality, and to take intentional action.

I realise there are women around the world who have in their own way experienced what Angelina Jolie has experienced, and again I applaud their courageousness, that has on a world scale gone unnoticed, but I’m sure at a personal level with their family, friends and local community, has had a significant and positive impact.

Taking stock of your truth about you, about your reality in your personal and work life, takes courage. When you look at your truth about you in terms of your health, wealth, relationships, work-roles, life-roles, lifestyle choices, habits and other areas of your life, you get the choice to hold a mirror up to yourself and to check in on your reality.

When you do, the big question is do you have the courage to take action on your reality?

Defining your intention for each life role, which is the 3rd inescapable truth for a prosperous life outlined in the Intentionomics Blueprint, is key to having the courage to take action on your reality. What’s your intention for you, for your partner in life, for your family, for your children and for the many relationships you have in your personal and business life roles? When you’re clear on your intention, the tough decisions that may need to be made, to live up to and honour those intentions will become clearer, and will help you find the courage to take the intentional action on your reality.

Finally, your current reality does not always mean your permanent or future reality. But if you do not take stock of what your current reality is and take courageous and appropriate intentional action, it very well could be.