The Law of Cause
The Law of Cause & Effect states that absolutely everything
happens for a reason. All actions have consequences and produce
specific results, as do all inactions. The choices we make
are causes, whether they are conscious or unconscious, and
will produce corresponding outcomes or effects. The Law works
the same for everyone at all times.
Distilled down to the simplest possible terms, this Law states
that for every outcome or effect in one’s life, there
is a specific cause; poor diet and exercise habits result
in poor health, constant and uncontrolled spending results
in debt and money worries, not putting effort into your key
relationships results in poor relationships and all of the
The law can also be applied in the physical sense through
examination of Sir Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion,
which states that “for every action, there is an equal
and opposite reaction.” If, for example, you were to
hold your hand over a candle’s flame (the cause) the
effect would be that your hand would burn and it would hurt!
While this is an extreme example, it serves to illustrate
the point very well.
Consider another situation which is specific to business.
Imagine that your business is so successful you cannot keep
up with the demand – a nice problem to have! Eventually,
the levels of customer service deteriorate as your staff attempts
to cope with the problem. You receive complaints and employee
morale begins to suffer.
At this point, you have a choice to make – try to muddle
through with the existing situation or hire more people. This
is a difficult decision as there are many unknowns when hiring
– will you get the right person, will he / she be part
of the solution or part of the problem, what will happen to
your cash flow etc.
Whichever decision you make becomes the cause – either
you hire or don’t. The effect is the result of the decision.
If you hired someone, there should be some relief for your
existing staff, and customers should become happier with your
service (providing of course, you hired the right person and
then invested to train them properly). If the decision was
to not hire, the effect would likely be dissatisfied, and
eventually, lost customers and potentially lost employees
as well – unless you can find another solution (cause)
to implement (process re-engineering etc.). This is a recipe
for disaster which could easily see the business fail altogether
– the ultimate effect.
The same holds true with your personal relationships. If you
treat the important people in your life with respect, love,
compassion, dignity and honesty (cause), you will experience
loving, solid relationships – which lead to happiness,
fulfillment and peace of mind (effect).
Making It Work For You:
The truly wonderful thing about this law is that by definition
then, we should be able to manifest that which we truly want
(the effect) simply by exerting the same causes that others
before us have exerted and been successful. Let me explain:
If you have a desire to be a successful and highly paid business
person in your chosen field, then you should be able to look
back and study what made others, before you, successful. What
books did they read, courses did they study, beliefs did they
hold, actions did they take?
If you were to emulate the things they did to be successful,
you would achieve the same results over a period of time.
If, over time, this does not occur, it is likely because there
is something different in what you were doing – some
vital piece of information that is missing.
What You Can Do:
There are three action exercises, which you can put in place
immediately, to help you get more of what you want:
1. Determine the Cause & Effect relationships in the areas
in which you want improvement or success. Identify the specific
things you will need to do in order to get the results that
2. Take action! Make the decision to focus on, and do, the
things that other successful people have done in those areas.
Half the battle is taking action. It is your ability to actually
begin that will set you apart from the majority of the population.
3. Persevere. If you take action and do the things that others
have done, you will eventually get the desired results. Rome
was not built in a day and it has taken you a lifetime to
get into the position in which you now find yourself. Success
takes time, so if it doesn’t seem to be working immediately,
don’t give up! Stay focused, analyze your causes to
ensure you are doing the right things; tweak your approach
if necessary – you will get the desired results!