"Begin with the end in mind” ~ Stephen Covey


Those who lead their lives with a clear purpose in mind and a specific action plan are bound to go further than those who only dream.


Dreaming is the origin of all great feats, but alone it will never carry you to where you aspire to be. Your goals need to be clear, and they need to have a plan if you want to see real progress.


Start by asking yourself what is my higher purpose in life? What is it that I live to do? If you can't find the answer, then it is here where you have to begin.


Your goal MUST be clear, so clear that you need not be asked about it, and it is so natural to articulate as your own name.


One of the most effective practices you can implement when setting your goals is to specify a timeframe. For instance, instead of saying "I want more money," you'd say "I want to double my income before next year."


It is a simple change but an effective one, for it forces you to act within a time limit, which will motivate or pressure you to take action sooner than later.


Once you have your definite goals set, you should start dividing your main objective into sub-goals. This will allow you to measure the progress you're making towards your goals, and will give you a chance to monitor your performance in a more accurate way.


If you start your goal with baby steps, and you slowly achieve one sub-goal after another, you are bound to reach your destination. The problem with many of us is that we set goals which are so big that we end up just not doing them.


My challenge to you this week is to come up with a list that entails your definite goal(s). By the way, you can have many definite goals, one for each area of your life. You can write them down in the comments section below, if you want.


Thank you all so much for your time, and I pray for you all to achieve your goals and have the lives you all wish for.


Take care


Ahmed



“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”

~ Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden


No matter how little you may have, you still have more than someone. We are so quick to condemn our fortunes thinking that we're always the victims, the ones with the worst fates, but this is rarely the case.


No matter how bad you're having it, you have to know that there's someone who's having it worse than you. Often, knowing this may not offer you much solace, but if you really contemplate it, it's going to be different this time.


We have many pains, many sufferings, and many worries, but think about it, and you will know that it could have been much worse. For example, having a limb that aches is far better than having none; and having a boss that nags at you, is far better than having no job.


When you're feeling low for not having something, like good health or financial freedom, just stop for a moment and count your blessings, and then ask yourself: could it have been worse?


When you realize that yes it could have been worse, you will immediately feel a sense of relief. In your mind you experience a worse situation and when you stop imagining it, you realize that this is an improvement compared to what could have been.


If you couple this with counting your blessings, it will be very hard for anything to make you upset. When you go to sleep tonight and when you wake up tomorrow, name three things that you are grateful for, like your eyes, your hands, and your mind, the very same things you used to read and understand this post.


We can aspire for greatness and wish for all the riches of the world, but this should not hinder our appreciation of the things we have.


Take care


Ahmed



Updated: Nov 7



“The ordinary are here to fit into the world; the extraordinary are here to create their own worlds.”~ Matshona Dhliwayo


A mundane life is no man's dream. The desire to have, the desire to want is an innate instinct in us all. But it is not more that we want, it is the extraordinary that we seek.


Having many of the mediocre does not carry the value of one extraordinary thing. If you were to make the choice between having one hundred ordinary friends and having one true companion what would you choose?


The answer is clear, the one, the extraordinary is what we all seek. What is the path to the extraordinary then?


The only path to the extraordinary is to become the extraordinary. It has been said time and time again, in different ages, in different nations, and in different tongues— things of the same are attracted to each other.


For instance, if you want a truly magnificent relationship that lifts you up high in the sky and makes you feel like in a dream, be a truly magnificent person and a truly magnificent person like you will come your way.


Don't be like everyone, don't think like everyone, don't love like everyone, or you will have what everyone has. If that's what you’re after, then go for it, but if it is the extraordinary you want, you cannot be the same.


Start by identifying a quality that you love in yourself, and be sure that it is something that affects others positively too, like generosity for example.


Take this trait and ascend it to the next level. Make it something that people identify you with to the extent that they remember your trait before your name.


Remember to choose a noble characteristic, one that is not solely centered on you, and you will see that things will start happening in your life. Rare opportunities will come up your way -opportunities beyond your dreams!


Take care for now, and stay tuned for another post next week. If there is something you would like me to write about in my next post, mention it in the comment section below.


Thank you for your time!


Ahmed