What is the Difference Between a Goal and a Purpose?

Look at it this way: The road is Purpose, leading towards a Goal.

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As L. Ron Hubbard points out, a Goal is “the prime intention”, and a Purpose is “the survival route chosen by an individual, a species, or a unit of matter or energy in the accomplishment of its goal.”

Purpose is how you have chosen to accomplish the goal. The goal is the ultimate destination, with the purpose being the road you have taken to accomplish the arrival.

For instance, some have the goal of “Improving the health of people so that they experience a better quality of life”, and there are many methods and “roads” to accomplish this: Nutritionist, Chiropractor, Counselor, etc.

When determining a purpose or goal with a client, I will often ask, “So, if that is accomplished or done, what do you then have?” If I can go no further without getting into the ludicrous or way far out, I know that I have a goal in hand.

If you take the above as an example, a step up from “Improving the health of people so that they experience a higher or better quality of life”, would lead us to nowhere. But, if the goal had been stated as “Providing effective nutrition data to clients”, it would easily yield to the next step up: “Better quality of life”.

This, therefore, indicates that “Providing effective nutrition data to clients” is not a goal, but a purpose, leading to a higher purpose, so to speak.

Happy Trails.

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

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A Note from Joy Gendusa, Award-Winning Marketing Executive

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Joy Gendusa, Founder/CEO, Postcardmania

“This book is phenomenal!  I hate to brag…but I have such a wonderful life and it is ALIGNED!  And the data in your book IS the data I applied to have the great life I have–in my business, my marriage, as a parent and just as me–having time to do what I enjoy.  I know this is rough for folks–juggling all the different aspects of life and making it all work, so I hope a ton of people buy, read and apply what you have written in The Natural Laws of Management: The Admin Scale.”

 

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

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What Are “The Natural Laws of Management”?

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Chapter 2 “NATURAL LAW” – Page 9

“Basic administrative truths exist. We could call such truths ‘natural laws’. If one knows the laws, one has an advantage. The ancient samurai warrior believed that by knowing one thing, you could know many things. The one thing to know is the law.

“If you find that there is a non-optimum business or life situation, then there must be a violation of some law. So what do you do? You look up the law, you review the law and then you apply the correct solution and handle the situation, standardly.

“IF ONE KNOWS THE TECH OF HOW TO DO SOMETHING AND CAN DO IT, AND USES IT, HE CANNOT BE THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF IT.”1

Arte Maren, International Speaker, Writer and Business Consultant

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L. Ron Hubbard, “Your Post and Life”, Policy Letter of 30 January 1983, Organization Executive Course

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