Every month, we host a ProductiveMuslim reader discussion where you can share ideas and tips to help each other become more productive. Last month, readers shared many interesting ideas on restoring ties with family and friends.
The theme for this month’s discussion is achieving your goals against all odds.
We all have a longing to do something we’ve always wanted to but haven’t managed to yet, like: losing weight despite being overweight for years, making time for family or the community while having a demanding career, memorizing the Qur’an, completing education after marriage, getting rid of an addiction, or perfecting a talent or skill.
Sooner or later, many of us give up on our passions and goals because it’s easier to do so than hoping to fulfill them and being disappointed repeatedly because of not having the time, means or ability to achieve them. While giving up may provide a temporary sense of relief; it creates a daily, long-term sense of despair: one that sits at the back of your mind and sounds like “I wish I had.”
What keeps us from achieving our goals against all odds? And how do some people manage to create the circumstances to do what they love; despite having equally or even more demanding lives than ours?
If you’re trying hard to achieve a goal, or have accomplished a goal against all odds:
- discuss what you feel is (or was) making you give up
- what systems you put in place to make time to focus on your goal
- what kept you going when the odds were completely against you
- how you felt when you finally accomplished your goal!
Share your concerns, tips and inspiring stories with other readers; perhaps making that big change in your life or someone else’s is just one comment away!