My Goals for 2017

My Goals for 2017

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As the writer’s block seemed to have set it, I was given some time away from the busy pre-2017 preparations to set some goals for 2017. Setting goals seemed to be an assumed ritual for everyone at the start of every year, well at least for me. Honestly, 2017 marks another year of adventure for me but perhaps not the typical kind of adventure because for the first time in my life I am really working in a school.

Thankfully, I started work in November 2016 which gave me a good two months to get used to the school and spend some time planning for 2017. Oh, interestingly, I am not working in a typical school but a madrasah in Singapore. I have never imagined myself working in one but I guess it came as a calling.

Back to setting goals for 2017, a few events have indirectly inspired me to come to this article, amongst others: starting to work in a Madrasah and Ustadz Nouman Ali Khan‘s Youtube video.

First of all, I asked this question:

Why do we set goals?

Perhaps the answer is very simple – it is so that we have the end in mind!

So I asked myself: What is the end in mind then? To answer that may not be as easy as sounds. I thought about faith, family, wealth, health and career. After listening to Ustaz Nouman’s lecture, where he reminded about the do’a (or prayer) by Prophet Sulaiman (King Solomon), I concluded that the big end goal to set for is God’s Forgiveness.

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Why should I set that as my goal? This is because I realise that all my works and efforts will come to waste if I do not attain God’s Forgiveness. It is like winning a race only to realise that you made some faults at the starting line. Or perhaps, like winning a sailing race but not doing your penalty turns. Would you want all your efforts to come to a waste?

So, the next question to ask will be: how do we achieve this grand goal? Prophet Sulaiman’s do’a gave a perfect hint – by using your God-Given abilities to do good and benefit others. Using his ability in governance, Prophet Sulaiman asked for a kingdom that has never been bestowed on anyone. In other words, he asked for God to maximise his talent of running a country so that he could do as much good as possible.

How do we achieve this grand goal?

Prophet Sulaiman’s do’a gave a perfect hint – by using your God-Given abilities to do good and benefit others.

[Quran, Surah as-Saad, 38: 35] He said, “My Lord, forgive me, and grant me a kingdom never to be attained by anyone after me. You are the Giver.”

Using his ability in governance, Prophet Sulaiman asked for a kingdom that has never been bestowed on anyone. In other words, he asked for God to maximise his talent of running a country so that he could do as much good as possible.

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Prophet Sulaiman’s do’a gave a perfect hint – by using your God-Given abilities to do good and benefit others. Using his ability in governance, Prophet Sulaiman asked for a kingdom that has never been bestowed on anyone. In other words, he asked for God to maximise his talent of running a country so that he could do as much good as possible.

So back to ‘mere mortals’ like us, if we look within, we will definitely realise that every single one of us have some special talents and abilities. Imagine if we leverage on that to do benefit others, will we score high marks in our quest to attain His Forgiveness?

As for myself, I took some time to reflect on what skills I have been blessed with (Alhamdulillah):

  • I know that I can sit down to read and write thankfully through Him allowing me to embark on my MSc programme.
  • Outdoor leadership skills and experience. I spent a good 6 years with Outward Bound Singpore before pursuing my MSc. Upon returning from Scotland and using my outdoor leadership experience, I taught people climbing and other outdoor activities.
  • On top of that, although I spent a year plus looking into internet marketing and not making much bucks, I learnt how to set up websites, create simple videos, podcasts and illustrations and publish ebooks – skills which I never imagined having.
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So, I hope to maximise and leverage on those God-Given skills to do as much good as I could for 2017. Sounds vague? I may deliberate more if time permits. InsyaAllah (God Willing).

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