Be better, be great: 3 tips to help you achieve your goals

I remember clearly the day that I listened to Ustaz Saif-ur-rahman of Alchemy of Hippie-ness. He told us how Adam AS was created. I won’t tell you the whole story. However, I will pick out parts that especially astounded me.

“Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: ‘I am about to create man from clay. When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him.’ So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together.” Later, when Adam AS and Hawa both ate off the tree, Allah did not punish them. He “chose him, and turned to him with forgiveness and gave him guidance.” (Quran 20:122)

Ma Shaa Allah. We are not brought into existence to bear the burden of Adam AS’s and Hawa’s mistake. Instead, we are all born in a pure state of fitrah, free from sin. What’s more mind-boggling is that Allah gently put Adam AS and Hawa on earth to be His vicegerents. Instead of punishing us, we are chosen to be a khalifah on earth. We are personally picked to be Allah’s representatives. Think about about it – Allah breathed his own spirit into Adam AS and then ordered the angels to prostrate to him.That’s how much honour was accorded to Adam. That’s how much respect is being given to human beings. Allah brought us to the earth with such grace and dignity… What is stopping us from being great? My fellow seekers, don’t be afraid to succeed. Yes, you heard me right. We are so used to others telling us to stop fearing failure. Has it ever crossed your mind that we may be terrified of succeeding? Who are we to even desire to accomplish more? Who are we to want to achieve triumphs? So what do we do? We simply accept what we think we deserve.

The next time doubt creeps craftily into your mind… Stop, drop and roll. I am seriously laughing while typing this but it’s true! Stop fidgeting, drop doubt like it’s hot and show ’em how you roll. You may be asking, how do I start? Here’s how:

1) Think about what your legacy is

Ask yourself ‘How would I like to be remembered when I die?’ Suss out what your real strengths are and use them to do excellent things. Be confident. Be humble. It may seem contradictory but I know you get it. Don’t worry too much. Your legacy should not be static; it’s ever-evolving. You’ll spend your whole life figuring this out.

2) Don’t overwhelm yourself

Remember, “[t]he best actions are those that are small and consistent” [Bukhari and Muslim]. Don’t burden yourself with grand tasks just to end up feeling stressed and then just dumping everything. Keep a timeline with achievable goals. Once you’ve gotten the hang of things, you can always add more actions to your list.

3) Keep a journal

Write it all down; it’s sunnah! Make a habit to self-reflect every night. Ask yourself questions and be completely honest. Consult your close family and friends. When you face problems, don’t be sad. Evaluate, priotise and move on. Reading your journal will make you realise how far you’ve come.

Written by Alia Abdullah

Alia Abdullah

Alia Abdullah graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Singapore Management University. She writes at www.aliaabdullah.com. The most popular section of the blog is ‘Ordinarily Extraordinary’ where she interviews seemingly ordinary people who are extraordinary in their own special way. Through her blog, she aims to inspire others to dream, to learn and to take action.