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10 Massive Benefits of Goal Setting

10 Massive Benefits of Goal Setting

It’s no secret!

The reason behind the entire life of a believer is to worship Allah (swt) and submit to Him through Islam. This is captured in the following verse:

”So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah . That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.” (Ar-Rum, 30; 30)

In trying to fulfill this purpose, we face many choices, challenges, opportunities, dreams and countless ideas.

Turning BIG dreams into reality

How many times have you played around with the dreams and ideas in your head?

Yet, those dreams have not seen the light of the day. Either because your fears have crippled you or you are too busy with multiple analysis or paralysed by a negative mindset that stops you from moving ahead and taking positive action.

Take a minute or two to think.

What is your biggest and brightest dream right now?

Is it to perform Hajj, run a marathon for charity, memorise juz Tabarak, publish a book or launch a business?

The cheapest and most effective route you have to bring those dreams into reality is through goal setting. When you set clear, concise and purposeful goals, you are building a solid foundation and kick starting the momentum for positive change in your life.

Its impact is seen in much the same way as with a ripple-like effect.

Route to double success

We all desire success. Or don’t you?

For the Muslim, it is double success in both worlds as articulated in this supplication in the Qur’an.” (Al Baqarah 2: 201)

“Our Lord! grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire.”

The journey to success begins with the simple act of goal setting.

There’s sound data from various fields of study (from social sciences to finance) on the positive impact of goal setting on life. And the outcomes and transformations are so many, from financial to psychological.

Understanding the why and how of goal setting is the next best thing you can learn. Because setting pure and sincere goals is a precursor to achieving great things in your life. It allows you to strive towards attaining victory on your burning dreams and help turn your ideas and thoughts into reality.

Here are some massive benefits you can gain from when you set goals in your life.

10 Goal Setting Benefits

1. First step towards success. It sets you up for that difficult first step away from procrastination and into the realm of productivity.

The Prophet (saw) said, “Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin(Muslim).

When you set goals, you are taking responsibility for your mind, body and soul and the activities you will engage them in. Your choice will be directed towards fulfilling your goals and leading away from ruining your opportunity for success.

2. Focus. When you set goals, you have a target to focus on mentally and visually.

This drives up your level of productivity as you take more steps ahead. If you are focused on a marathon happening in 6 months time, the pain or discomfort of daily practice is negligible compared that victory you are set on achieving by completing the marathon.

Your destination is clear and you have a map to help with the directions.

3. From chunky to do-able. If you set a goal right now of making pilgrimage to Hajj next year, your friends or family may laugh at you and call you a joker.

But if its your brightest burning goal at the moment and you are set on achieving victory with it in sha Allah, then nothing stops you from sitting down right now to set a Hajj goal.

You may not be able to achieve it by next year, but you could in 5 or 10 years time. But that’s if and only if, you are intentional about it.

This chunky Hajj goal could be broken down into monthly and weekly milestones; to include writing CVs, increasing your freelance charges, saving a certain amount monthly, launching your new business etc. This will make the goal more manageable and your daily actions do-able.

4. Right attitude. Once you set a goal, your attitude becomes – ”I have no room for failure”.

When you tell yourself, ”I’m going for this”, you give yourself no room for intentional failure and no room either for unnecessary excuses. You are well grounded to make the best of your onward steps. A book publishing goal will make you write a fixed number of words daily or for a fixed amount of time e.g. 30 minutes daily.

Without a set goal in the past, I failed several times on my writing effort but currently make the 250 words (minimum)daily count with zeal and commitment because i do not see failure as an option with my writing goals and bright publishing dream.

My attitude is that of ‘I can’, ‘I will’, ‘I must’, in sha Allah.

5. Du’a articulation. When you set a goal, it is easier for you to remember to ask for blessings in achieveing that goal because it becomes more real.

You now have a craving for it and can visulise, smell or even taste your outcome. With your marathon, you can visualise a stronger body, mind, will and discipline as well as fundraising success.

You can envision your trainers moving you from point to point. You can taste cool water refreshing your throat. This makes your supplication more on point and better articulted at every step towards your BIG goal.

When you feel the urgency, you beg Allah (swt) like a needy servant that you are.

6. Increased motivation. A set goal is like a shiny prize. You know the prize is yours if you make it to the finish line. It is big, bright and in your face.

You can’t get it out of your conscious and subconscious mind until it becomes a normal part of your thinking.

Your thoughts motivate you. Your thoughts drive your daily habits which increase the motivation. So at every step, you feel that inner push once you have set your goal and keep reminding yourself about it.

7. Builds momentum. Repeating the do-able actions builds momentum. And this leads to developing positive, productive & rewarding habits with ease.

Setting myself a do-able daily goal of reading for 5 minutes a day has led to a cumulative reading of many hours weekly. Those 5 minutes usually extend to 10,15 and sometimes even 60 minutes of reading.

I now look forward to my daily reading – because i have conditioned myself that its only 5 minutes away from other important life activities.

Without effort, i now read guilt-free daily whenever an opportunity pops up and they are many e.g., while waiting for an appointment or waiting for food to cook or warm up.

8. Curbs weapons of mass distraction. Goal setting overturns the false illusion of abundant energy, resources and time. This illusion comes when we procrastinate and get distracted while pretending all is OK.

Our health and free time are two of such important resources that we have been warned about.

There are two blessings which many people do not make the most of and thus lose out: good health and free time.” (Bukhari)

It is easy to get distracted nowadays with the tech. tools, Internet, social media and much more. With a goal in mind, you are ale to make better choices and decisions – regarding your health, time, skills and other resources.

9. Positivity and feel-good emotions. There’s no denying the good feelings that emanate when you set goals and start anticipating your steps, journey and outcomes.

The overall positivity is contagious and will impact your countenance and personality in every way. From your speech, tone, body language to confidence and energy level. You will not be the only one experiencing the overdose of positive emotions. Everyone around you will get a liberal dose too.

Your positive state will also help in overcoming obstacles and negative events when they happen – and they will.

10. Self empowerment. When you set a goal, you are holding yourself accountable for achieving great success. You are consciously thinking ‘change.’

Yes… that bright dream is in sight. And you are the one making it happen.

You are taking positive action, making lifestyle changes as well as building habits to help you on that success journey. This is true self commitment when you hold yourself responsible for your actions and inaction. You are not waiting for someone to push you, you are your own police set on achieving victory with your goals.

Set a goal today

Whether it is a one aimed at developing your spirituality, personality or creativity. After all, it can be worship with the right intention.

There is so much to benefit and nothing to lose. Even the act of brainstorming and self reflecting on your dreams and top goals will set you on track for greater things.

Change begins with Y.O.U.

Make that change today.

Turn that BIG bright dream into reality by setting a clear goal.

”…Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (Ar-Ra’d 13: 11)

Remember that we all possess an equal tendency towards positive change as described in the following verse;

{And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it, and inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness. He has succeeded who purifies it, and he has failed who instills it [with corruption].} (Qur’an 91: 7-10)

It’s no secret!

In old age, people regret the things they never tried or took action on; NOT the goals they set and took positive steps on. Utilise your youth and life today by setting purposeful goals for success in this dunya and akhirah.

Purify your intention first then set your goal(s).

What is that BIG bright dream you want to bring into reality through goal setting? If you have set such a goal already, which of the above goal setting benefits have you experienced?  Please share below…

Comments

  1. Good information. Lucky me I recently found your site by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have saved it for later!

  2. Really well written and informative post! I will be sharing it in my Facebook page Insha’Allah
    So many people can benefit from it Insha’Allah
    I love point #4, failure is not an option!

  3. Thank you, This article is very motivating 🙂

  4. Excellent article…there are so many things I want to do and dreams but I don’t sit down and do anything about them. Must start setting goals to achieve them.

  5. Great post and its perfectly timed as I have lots of plans but not very organised. will definitely be using these ideas.

  6. What a timely post, I often fly around doing so many things all at once that it really prevents me from actually focusing and getting things done. I think by making one ‘chunky’ goal and breaking that into bite sized pieces will really help me achieve my goals and yearn for the bigger picture. In preparing to launch a successful business, managing Me Muslima, being a mother and adding in my other tasks I just simply do not have time to waste on an unclear direction. Most importantly, your post has reminded me of my number one priority, which is to be a better and stronger Muslimah.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Spot on sister Vanessa.

      You must begin from your BIG vision and purpose in life. I pray you are able to get there – by becoming a strong Muslimah.

  7. This is the 3rd post I read this week about setting a goal. I think it’s a sign that I should get things organized now.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Absolutely… and you will be thankful you did. If done right, your productivity will sky rocket and you will soon be smiling your way to some victory with your important goals.

  8. I need consistency in my goal setting, but this is a great place to start to set some new goals inshaa allaah. TODAY!

  9. Thank you for this post! Goals are so important. We can never reach a goal if we never set it in the first place. 🙂

    • Amina Edota says:

      Thank you for your comment. True words indeed.

      From where does a person take off for a journey when there’s no set destination in the first place?

  10. Completely agree with you 🙂 Ahhh I love setting goals. It’s just soo much fun, right? (don’t know if that’s the weirdo in me).
    Setting goals and having aspirations is such a great way to feel excited about your life and actually wake up with a sense of meaning and direction. Although with goals, i really love and admire finding people to look up too – it’s soooo inspiring to see other women ahead of you do amazing things. It gives hope!

  11. Thank you really great topic. I am wrestling with my procrastination also, so I set my first goal today, to fight that… Have to figure out the steps how to do it, tough… 🙂

    • Amina Edota says:

      That ‘P’ word always rears it head especially for creative minds. Its great you’ve taken the first step towards positive change. Its just the beginning…

      Watch out, there’s coming on this topic especially on the right steps to take in sha Allah. Let me know how it goes.

  12. Very inspirational. Now I’m in the mood for goal setting.

  13. Such a motivating post! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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  14. Definitely the first step is beating procrastination. Once you can get over this hurdle then it gets easier IA

  15. Such a good step by step mA. I’ve noticed if I tell people my goal it actually leads me to be less lazy in accomplishing them as well 😀

  16. Self motivation and having the right mindset can mean having goals lead to your goals!

  17. I want to set a goal now! Great post.

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