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 user 2005-03-14 at 9:40:00 am Views: 194
  • #10846


    “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”  -Robert Byrne

    According to success guru Tony Robbins, the three key components to living a
    life of purpose are the goals you set, the actions you take, and an awareness of
    the higher purpose behind everything you do.

    Here are three ways in which I have used Robbins key components to great
    effect in my own life and with my clients.

    1. To-Do Lists: Action, Outcome, Purpose

    We can instantly make our ‘to do’ lists a thousand times more compelling by
    connecting each action on the list to both the specific outcome it is designed
    to achieve and the more general purpose it is moving you towards.

    For example, let’s say my to-do list contains the following three items:

    * File my receipts
    * Prepare for the radio show
    * Workout

    When I expand my list using the three categories, it becomes:

    Action -  File my receipts
    Outcome – Completely up to date
    with tax-info for 2005
    Purpose – To be financially independent within
    the next 5 years

    Action -  Prepare for the radio show
    Outcome – Do a great
    Purpose – To assist people in living the lives of their

    Action -  Workout
    Outcome – To maintain and enhance my
    current fitness levels
    Purpose – To live each day filled with energy
    and vitality

    In the context of their outcome and purpose, each task now has greater
    and is easier to approach with enthusiasm and passion.

    2. Goal Lists: Outcome, Purpose, Action

    Having written goals is often talked about as one of the fundamental keys to
    success in any endeavour.  But if those goals are not connected with purpose and
    action, they will often fail to unlock our full capacity for passion and

    Here are a couple of items on one of my clients’ list of desired

    * Buy a beachfront property somewhere exotic
    * Meet someone I’d like to
    spend the rest of my life with

    Now, here’s what they looked like when we expanded them out using Outcome,
    Purpose, and Action:

    Outcome – Earn 3 million pounds/Euros/dollars in
    Purpose – To live a life of ease
    Action(s) – Work
    between 4 and 6 hours a day on my business, Explore retirement options, Research
    long-term investment opportunities

    Outcome – Meet someone I’d like to spend the rest of my life
    Purpose – To live a life filled with love and create a
    Action(s) – Work on loving myself first, Read ‘Attracting
    Genuine Love’, Get into
    great physical condition.

    By clarifying the purpose behind each goal, my client was able to choose
    actions that were not only going to move them towards the goals but were also
    already aligned with the higher purpose behind those goals.

    3. A Purpose-full Life: Purpose, Action, Outcome

    What if you are already very aware of your purpose in life? 

    Here’s how it works:

    Purpose – To love, to serve, and to give of my abundance

    Action/Outcome – Spend the afternoon with my family/Create a loving

    Action/Outcome – Volunteer at my local church or community centre/To
    become more connected to my community.

    Action/Outcome – donate 10% of my February income to the Tsunami
    relief fund/Experience my abundance more fully.

    By focusing on the actions you can take to manifest your purpose and the
    outcomes you intend for those actions to engender, you translate a worthy
    purpose into a worthwhile life.

    Bonus Tip: The Purpose
    of Asking ‘Why?’

    Why are you reading this tip?

    Take a few moments to really think about your answer before reading on.

    Have you come up with at least one answer yet?

    Chances are, that answer began with either the word “because” or some
    variation of the phrase “in order to”.  Which word or phrase you used is
    actually a key indicator of how on purpose you are in your life at this

    In fact, every time you find yourself faced with the question ‘why?’, there
    are essentially two different directions you can go in…

    1. “Because.”

    Sociologist Robert Cialdini discovered that when his researchers made an
    unreasonable request (for example, asking to cut in front of a long line at the
    bank on a Friday afternoon), people responded far more favourably if the request
    included the word ‘because’ (e.g. “Could I cut in front of you, because I’m
    in a bit of a hurry”

    This is because the word ‘because’ invariably precedes explanations, reasons,
    and justifications.  While that’s a useful thing to remember the next time
    you’re asking for a raise, time off from work, or a second chance in a
    relationship, it’s considerably less useful when you want the experience of
    living your life on purpose.

    If you think that you do anything ‘because’ of anything else, you are making
    that other thing the cause of your action, and putting your action, yourself or
    your life at the effect of that cause.

    For example, if you are reading this tip ‘because you’re bored’, the feeling
    of boredom is the apparent cause and reading the tip is the effect. 

    2. “In order to.”

    When, on the other hand, you answer a ‘why’ question with the words ‘in order
    to’, you have entered into a very different relationship with your subject
    matter.  You are now the cause, and the only question is ‘for what purpose?’

    For example, if you are reading this tip ‘in order to inspire yourself to
    live the life of your dreams’, you are the cause, inspiring yourself and living
    your dreams is your purpose, and reading the tip is a means to that end (and an
    excellent choice, if I may say so. :-)

    Today’s Experiment:

    1. Experiment with each of the 3 patterns in today’s tip.  Notice which one
    makes the most immediate impact to your experience of living ‘on purpose’.

    2. Several times throughout the day, ask yourself why you’re doing what
    you’re doing.  Be sure to begin your answer with a phrase like “in order to”,
    “so that”, or “for the purpose of”.  If you decide that your activity is
    purposeless, stop doing it!

    3. If the activity seems purposeless but you can’t or won’t stop doing it,
    ask yourself why you COULD choose to do it.  When you’ve generated at least
    three possible purposes, choose the one which feels most inspiring to you.

    Have fun (in order to) learn heaps (so that)you can live a life of