Every result happens because it was determined by some formula. This is one of those absolutes, like the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, immutable. In this situation, the logic of the formula is so simple as to be considered improbable. But in simplicity lies a certain perfection. Simplicity in the logic says; results come from choices made… based upon decisions influenced by our emotions… which come from feelings backed by our passions and convictions… which are underpinned by our beliefs… which are shaped by our thoughts… which are influenced by our inputs.
Said in reverse, you arrive at the formula for the First Law of Outcomes;
Inputs --> Thoughts --> Beliefs --> Convictions --> Emotions --> Decisions --> Results
Just as the First Law of Thermodynamics simply states that energy can be neither created nor destroyed, the First Law of Outcomes describes that every human interaction can be explained by, or reduced to identifiable root causes. There is not an encounter that you or I have experienced that cannot be mapped to the First Law of Outcomes. Every successful psychological evaluation, every self-help guru, every talk show host, every third grade bully and every Nobel Prize winner can be evaluated and understood by this First Law of Outcomes.
Every conflict in the history of time follows the formula. The Crusades were conducted all in the context of the inputs that a few men in power received, how they thought about that input, how they formulated their beliefs about those thoughts, what convictions they developed based on those beliefs, what emotions drove them forward to the decisions they reached, which led to the results that changed the face of the planet forever.