Smart goal setting

27 Aug

Can’t find the time and enthusiasm to offer that extra Nafil (optional prayer) you promised this Ramadan. Well we’ve got news for you. You don’t have to feel the way you do right now, anymore. Setting a realistic goal, my friend is the key to your answer. But, realistic approach it should be, please note again!

The main purpose of “goal setting” is to have and then maintain a focus. Focus doesn’t let us deviate from our objective. Channel your all possible efforts to achieve your “set target”, in the form of constant reminders. The idea is to set a goal. Set a goal, WTH! Well the concept is to keep you focused, right? and one way of doing it is to have a goal. Now your target should be realistic, don’t get emotional and over do it. Because you’ll get bored of it as soon as you start it. So, what is the best thing in hand. Well in my oh-so-humble opinion the best thing for you is to set a goal, say

  1. You’ll pray an extra nafil with each obligatory prayer.
  2. Recite one chapter (sipara) from he Holy Quran with urdu translation. Skip the arabic if you feel like it but the main point should be to read what Allah wants from hjus ad that He has provided us through His noble book. So you need not to feel guilty for not reading the arabic portion.
  3. Ask forgiveness from Allah a hundred times, by saying Astag fi rullah or something you please.
  4. Praise Allah a hundred times, some of the options can be,
Subhan Allahi WA bi humdihi, subhan Alahil Azeem.
Surah-e-Ikhlas.
Subhan Allah, Allah ho Akbar well you get the idea, no?
you’ll pray an extra nafil with each obligatory prayer.
Recite one chapter (sipara) from he Holy Quran with urdu translation. Skip the arabic if you feel like it but the main point should be to read what Allah wants from us. His guidance that He has provided us through His noble book. So you need not to feel guilty for not reading the arabic portion.
As we all know that the second ashra of Ramadan is almost coming to an end. None the less, we can still make most of the rest of the month if we didn’t take optional prayers (nafil), special dikr or a special something to please Allah Almighty, that seriously as we should have. Oh well it’s never too late.
Just jot down your goal and paste it on your cupboard, mirror, mobile reminder maybe, a some place where just to  keep yu focused. Tick each day whether you did what you were supposed to, daily. And say if you made a goal for one month, check at the end of the time period whether you achieved your goal or what. Keep in mind that there’s always room for improvement and once you achieve your target, set another goal and then another and then another and another.
Ask for me, my goal this Ramadan is, God willing.
  1. Learn Surah-e-Rahman and Surah-e-Yaseen by heart.
  2. Complete the Quranic translation, by  reading one chapter a day.
  3. Offer 10 optional prayers (nawafil) each day.
See, it’s realistically doable, God willing.
So, what’s yours? If don’t have any, there’s no time to lose, get ready, go…
Be pleased to please Allah Almighty.
Have a Goal!
Jazak Allah khair!
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One Response to “Smart goal setting”

  1. JD August 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM #

    Here is a free simple facebook app that allows you to create SMART Goals and get your friends to monitor your goals and help motivate you: http://www.facebook.com/SMARTGoals.Me

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