OUTCOME , PURPOSE , AND ACTION
OUTCOME , PURPOSE , AND ACTION
2005-03-14 at 9:41:00 am #10848
OUTCOME, PURPOSE, AND ACTION
“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
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
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…
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.
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!
< style="color: rgb(255, 0, 255);">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