A Greater Purpose

June 1, 2017 Edgar Chang
Joseph resolved to solve his issue on his own accord. He was a respectable man and was very conscious of the feelings of others. When his predicament became unavoidable, he made a plan to take care of it on his own. He chose a path that would be quiet and would avoid as much pain as possible for those involved.
He soon realized through his mentor’s assessment of the problem that he, however, had missed the big picture. He hadn’t taken into account the long term plan. He hadn’t taken into account his greater purpose.
As we live our day to day lives, it is all too easy to become narrowly focused on the issues that present themselves each day. We put out fires here and there. We chase solutions to problems that pop up. As time passes, we get lost in the business of life and we lose sight of the big picture.
What is the big picture? Why is it important? What does it do for you?
The big picture is what should be driving every decision you make. It is the picture of your entire life that you see when you look back from the standpoint of your deathbed. When you are 80+ years old and have nearly completing living your life, what picture do you see as you look back on your life? This picture is something that you get to determine. Yes, some of the details may not be exactly planned or executed by you, but the overall picture, you have the power to create.
This big picture is in essence your “greater purpose”. Your greater purpose is important because it directs you and guides you in every situation. All of your decisions can be based on it and it is trustworthy because it is based upon a long-term view of life. Your decisions are not guided by what will happen in the next few years, but rather the ramifications of your decisions¬† over the time of your entire life.
Additionally, if your greater purpose, your big picture, is clear enough, you can withstand any difficulty or any hardship. When you hit any sort of bottom, you assess where you stand in relation to the direction you want to be headed and you adjust accordingly. Therefore, in any circumstance, you always have hope. Hope in your future will strengthen you and enable you to do much more than if you only focused on the short-term future. Your greater purpose is what makes this possible.
Spend some time reflecting on your big picture. What does it look like? What will you have accomplished? What do you want to be known for? What sort of story do you want to be told? What is most important to you?

This will become your Greater Purpose.

Once you begin to establish a clearer picture (it will take time), follow the next steps to ensure your success.

1) When facing any decision, seek the root of the problem.
2) Use your Greater Purpose as a measuring stick to understand the extent of the problem.
3) Based upon your assessment, seek advice from a trustworthy individual (mentor, friend, family, anyone you believe) that understands you and your purpose, for their thoughts.
4) Create a plan of action based upon your purpose.
5) Act accordingly.
6) Always have faith in the long term.
Have hope, friend. When you see the bigger picture of your existence and understand the vast implications of your person, you will realize the power that you currently have in the present. Let your dreams grow, and let your potential flow, you exist for a greater purpose!

Stay faithful to the principles

May 7, 2017 Edgar Chang
In our lives, whether personal or professional, at home or in the office, we always face a multitude of decisions. We make decisions each and every day that have some sort of effect on our lives and on the lives of others. Make a good decisions and enjoy the benefits, but make a bad decision and you will have to deal with the unfortunate circumstance that results.
How do we make the right decision? What is the “right” decision? Does it even exist? Is there only a relatively right decision?
The best decision will always be the decision that has a net positive effect for everyone. Of course, this cannot be measured by a single human’s standards, as each person’s standard varies. This is the inherent problem to answering the questions. Human standards are imperfect. This is why we have been tossed into the endless trap of increased tolerance.
Tolerance is not the answer to our problems, it only magnifies them by making it “okay”. Supreme standards should be established on principles that everyone in the world does, in face, agree on.
We can all agree that honesty and integrity are necessary. We can also agree that hard-work and passion are importance. I am also confident that we understand that an efficient and effective use of time is critical in all that we do. In addition, compassion, patience, forgiveness, love, kindness, mercy, grace, caring, confidence, devotion, determination, open-minded, and many other universally good traits are the perfect place to base our standard on.
Then our decision should rest upon the determination of whether the action meets the ultimate standard. Will what I am about to do enforce all of these positive ideas, or will it detract from them? Will my actions promote these positive traits in myself and others, or will it push us into the wrong direction?
We must stick to strong, foundational principles. Without basing your life and your decisions on sound principles, you cannot build anything upon it.
1. Recognize the core principles by which you should live.
2. Reflect upon your current position in relation to these principles.
3. Use these principles to guide your decisions.
4. Reflect often.

Do you care?

May 5, 2017 Edgar Chang
The world we live in encourages us to take care of ourselves. It almost encourages us too much. We become so focused on our well-being that many times, we forget about the well-being of others. The question that I asked myself today and the question I wish to pose to everyone else is, “Do you really care?”
The question is purposefully broad. I don’t ask if you care about any particular thing or person. This is because I personally want to, through this question, ponder what it means to care and discover what I truly care about.

You see… our actions show the world what we care about. What we talk about and the actions we take each and every day, show to the world what is most important to us. Are we focused solely on our own careers? Do we take the time to listen to others? Is the development of other people important? Do you consider the full effect of your decisions? Each and every one of us has a corporate responsibility. We are responsible for ourselves and our families. We are responsible for society, as well.

It is easy to get lost in the false message that we are victims of circumstance. As long as we are the victims, we are powerless to make change. When we realize that we are where we are because of the decisions we have made, we return to ourselves the power that enables us to cause positive change.

What decisions do you make every day? What do these decisions say about you and your priorities? What message does your actions send to the world? Does that message align with what you truly believe and what you truly set out to accomplish?
Evaluate. Assess. Align. Execute.
Do what you really believe in. Discover what you truly care about and make sure your actions align. Don’t limit yourself by caring only about yourself. Broaden your scope and see the amazing difference it will make in your life.

 

Time continues..

May 4, 2017 Edgar Chang
Here I am, a month or so after my previous post, still trying to figure out what it is that I want to share with the world. I know for a fact that I want to share information that is beneficial and helpful, but it is important to me that I create the necessary habits to provide good information on a regular basis.
As I consider my current situation I am reminded that everyone faces this same dilemma. Time passes, yet it feels like we haven’t done much to improve. We feel pressured to do something, yet we don’t quite know what to do. As we struggle internally, time continues to pass and as time continues to pass, we feel more and more pressured to do something about it.
As I pause to think about this struggle, I am reminded that “you reap what you sow” and that we only need to focus on what we are reaping now because we will naturally sow later.
Our struggle seems to stem from the desire to see results now. We seek outcomes before we have even put in enough time or effort. It may be that much time and effort has been put in, but it just isn’t yet time to “harvest”. We limit our sight and our vision and fail to see the big picture sometimes.
Stand back and remember the big picture of what you are trying to accomplish. Stand back and appreciate the progress you have made in comparison to where you started. Stand back, take a breath and pause to enjoy the moment that you are in.
Sometimes, you are doing everything right, but time just needs to pass. Time is many times, not your enemy, but your friend. Let your everyday hustle be strengthened and encouraged by the fact that, with time, you will bear great fruits. Hard work never failed anybody. People tend to fail at hard work.

I encourage all of us to remember to live passionately, doing the things you love to do. If you believe what you do and you believe that it is beneficial to yourself and others, time will ensure that you reap the fruits of your labor and that you effect positive change in this world that we live in.

The Beginning of a Long Journey

April 7, 2017 Edgar Chang
It seems everybody has their beginnings. It looks different for everyone and starts at a different time for each individual. However, it seems that no matter its shape, it is the most important moment in our lives.

When does life actually begin? Does it begin when we are born? Does it begin in college once we gain our independence? Does it begin in retirement once we are free from the bondage of work?

When does life actually begin?

I believe it begins the moment we discover our purpose. Here, purpose describes the reason by which you are motivated to action each and every waking moment. Many of us have yet to discover such a purpose, such a reason for living.

We work hard each and every day, toiling away at school, at work, at home, or in any other place in which we are given tasks. We strive to earn a comfortable living in hopes of discovering happiness. We push harder each day, we get up when we are knocked down. We struggle to live. Then the day comes when we look back, and we suddenly realize that we are lost. We don’t know why we have done what we’ve done. Everything seems to have been for nothing. It is in this moment that we need our purpose.

Our personal purpose gives us meaning. It gives us a reason to do everything that we do. It guides us when we are lost. It encourages us when hope is lost. It is the light that guides our feet. How beautiful would it be to know exactly why you exist in this world? How wonderful would it be to have unwavering faith in the work that you do?

Each of us has a beginning. Maybe you don’t know your purpose. Maybe you haven’t been lost yet. Maybe you are somewhere in the middle. No matter where you are, be encouraged. Your beginning can be now. In this moment, decide to begin. Discover your life’s purpose and begin to thrive. Begin to hope. Begin to be encouraged. Begin to live a purpose driven life.