What are five things that you hope to achieve by the end of…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
You thought I was going to say “Ramadan”, didn’t you?
Why did I say Shawwal? Well, because many of us stop functioning after Ramadan because we make the mistake of only thinking of the goals that we want to achieve by the end of this month.
And then our iman (faith) takes a dive in Shawwal.
So, in order to avoid that, I thought it might be better if we included Shabaan and Shawwal in the picture.
Okay, let’s take this step by step:
1) Think about what five goals you HAVE to achieve by the end of Shawwal.
- Why make goals? If you don’t, the days will pass you by with you getting absolutely nowhere.
- Why five? Well, more than that would make your head spin. [You could do more if you wish.]
- Please don’t reply to this post and tell me (and the rest of the world) what your goals are. I think too often we share our personal goals with the whole wide world. Sometimes, that can rob us of our sincerity.
- Think of the hereafter consequences of what would happen if you don’t achieve those goals.
2) Be sure to WRITE down the goals.
Please don’t use your iPad for this purpose.
Take a pen and paper and do it the old fashioned way. It feels so much better.
3) Please be precise when you write down the goals.
For example, don’t say “I wanna be a good Muslim.” You could say: I will memorise the last two juz of the Quran, for example. Or I will start dawah project X and set up a website for it.
4) Write down the steps that you need to take to get to those goals.
For example, if you want to memorise the last 2 juz of the Quran, you have about 80 days left so how many ayaat (verses) do you need to study per day?
Do you have a Quran teacher? If not, can you join a class?
What time of the day will you do your memorisation?
How much will you achieve by the end of Shabaan and by the end of Ramadan?
5) Start right away.
Many people just groan when I say these things to them and wail “Oh we’re too busy for this” or “We can’t be this organised.”
Just a question for these types of people: Have you achieved any of your goals in the past 3 years? If not, then don’t you think you need to change the way that you do things?
6) Look at this paper (the one where your goals are written) as much as you can.
You know, subhan Allah, I read this on a kaafir website and I was like “Huh?”
And then I realised that all my goals were on my dua list, and whenever I looked at my dua list, I would get REALLY motivated. So I realised that while we may know our goals, we sometimes tend to put them at the back of our mind.
Being reminded of them will motivate us to reach them.
7) Keep checking your progress.
You know, 5 and 7 are the toughest ones to do but they’re the ones that we HAVE to do.
8) Ask Allah for His help.
We can’t do anything without His help and guidance.
So what are we all waiting for? Let’s get started!