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Are you acting ‘on purpose’?

An Important question for individuals, teams and organisations

Does what you do support

  • Who you want to be?

  • Who you think you are?

  • Your vision/mission/purpose?

  • You in getting the results you want?

Or not?

And if not, what needs to change?

What could you do to be even better? Act and live more ‘on purpose’, get better results, make more of an impact?

As with all change, the first step is self-awareness.

How am I creating my current situation, my current results?

Armed with that knowledge, you can start to figure out

  • What needs to change to get a different result, more of what you want.

  • What is it that is working? What do you need to carry on doing, or do more of?

And I find logical levels useful in helping me figure things out and see how it all fits together so perhaps you’ll find it useful too.

Logical levels

This comes from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and can be applied to individuals, teams and organisations.

And the easiest way to explain how it works is with a diagram and some examples, so here goes:

The diagram shows the logical levels and how they flow. Each one supports and drives the next – in both directions.

I’ll explain how it works and then give you a couple of examples to bring it to life – for teams/organisations and for us as individuals.


  • This is the first level and is at the core of everything we do.

  • Our key driver.

  • What is it that we are here to do?


  • Our purpose influences our identity / culture

  • “If that’s what I’m here to do, that means I am/we are/the organisation is ….”

  • “Who do I/we have to be to deliver my/our vision/mission/purpose?

Values & Beliefs

  • In order to support that identity/culture or be that person/organisation, that means

  • ‘This’ is important to me/us (value)

  • I/We believe ‘this’ to be true (belief)


  • To be able to uphold those values and beliefs, we need to develop certain capabilities.

  • Skills and strengths that help us fulfil our values and beliefs.


  • What we do will be driven by what we CAN do (our capabilities), what’s important to us (values) and what we believe to be true (beliefs).


  • How we behave will determine what happens around us.

  • The impact we have on the people and things around us.

  • And the results we get.

Everything happens ‘on purpose’ when the layers are aligned