Secrets to Achieving Your Goals
Have you ever wondered how successful women manage to achieve their goals? It is no coincidence that success stems from hard work and the effort that you put into achieving. Many of us find that time is limited, especially if you have family, kids, a spouse, work, and any additional responsibilities to attend to. There are, however, various strategies you can implement to help you achieve your aspirations, whether at work or at home.
Have a positive mindset.
If you want to achieve a task, you need to first believe that you can do it. Many struggle with thinking that they can’t achieve a goal or task whilst managing life’s myriad responsibilities.
There are many budding entrepreneurs who want to start a business but who are too scared to commit or take risks because they fear failure. Never let fear get the better of you or hinder your progress. Take a step back and reflect on your skills, think positively, and envision the outcome if you were to complete the task or take that step in achieving your goals. Next, imagine yourself at the place of achievement. This technique may help change your mindset from negative into positive.
Some of the most successful women have mastered excellent time management skills. Utilising your time and avoiding procrastination is key in achieving any task. From a simple thing such as cooking the family dinner to getting work or studying done, each task can successfully be completed with effective time management. This is one of the secrets to achieving your goals.
Wake up early.
We all like our sleep, but waking up early can have a profound benefit when it comes to getting more done during the day. The Prophet (s) said: “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings” (i.e., what they do early in the morning) [Ibn Majah]. There are many blessings you can achieve and you can perform well in all aspects of life if you wake up early for Fajr and utilise some of your time afterward to get tasks done.
Nobody in this life achieves any form of success without effort and hard work.
It is important to be consistent in doing small daily actions that will culminate in reaching your goal.
Schedule your day around Salah.
Many of us fail to realise that true success lies with pleasing Allah. This is why it’s important to ensure that Salah is your top priority. You can schedule your day around Salah and aim to get more done, as well as earn blessings from Allah. Al-Aswad bin Yazid narrated: “I asked Aisha (ra) ‘What did the Prophet (s) do at home?’ She said ‘He used to work for his family, and when he heard the adhan (call for the prayer), he would go out.” [Bukhari] Disciplining yourself to perform salah strengthens your ability to live a life that can benefit you for the ultimate destination of the hereafter.
Be consistent and work hard.
Nobody in this life achieves any form of success without effort and hard work. It is important to be consistent in doing small daily actions that will culminate in reaching your goal. For example, if you want to lose weight, you may want to do a 20-minute daily walk for 30 days. At the end of the month, you may find you’ve reached your desired weight. Small, consistent steps are key in achieving, but it is essential to be consistent.
Working hard is also important, and it puts barakah in your life, because you have learned to achieve something. Whether you are investing your time in studying for an exam, making time to prepare for an interview, or even learning how to create a new dish, it will take effort. The more effort you put into something, the more likely you will get better results and a real sense of achievement.
Never underestimate the power of dua—it truly has the ability to change your fate. Relying on Allah and trusting him is a testament to your faith. This does not mean you don’t need to put in effort to achieve, but it does mean that you accept Allah as sustenance. Whatever a person is destined to achieve or obtain in this life, already is written for us in our fate (Qadr), so we should actively make dua to Allah to give us the best of this world and the hereafter. The best times to make dua to ask for success in this world and the next is in the last portion of the night, often known as Qiyam ul layl. You also can supplicate after your daily Salah or keep a fast with the intention of earning blessings for a special need or desire. SW
Tasmin Nazeer is an award-winning freelance journalist and writer who has written for a variety of publications. For more information, visit www.tasnimnazeer.com or follow her on Twitter @tasnimnazeer1.