When you’re looking at creating meaningful change in your life, understand that you have to start by looking at your purpose first. In this episode, you will learn how to define your purpose, how to set meaningful goals, and why you need strategies and habits to make them happen.
The difference between purpose and goals
How to find out what type of personality you are more of (goal-setter or purpose-driven person?)
To focus better and set less (!) goals
The 5 areas you should set goals in
How to set both personal & professional goals
Building your personal brand
Make sure you understand the difference between purpose or visions and goals!
Are you a rather purpose-driven person or a goal setter? Before you set your new goals, you should understand what kind of personality you hold. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, but you should find a good balance for yourself!
New goals mean you want to grow. Self-awareness is the first step in self-growth.
5 STEPS TO SETTING MEANINGFUL GOALS WITH PURPOSE
- DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE
Understand that there is a difference between a purpose and a goal!
Purpose-driven people: when they get stuck they can remember the bigger picture, focus on whats the next step and what has to be done to move ahead.Goal-setters: they are driven by logic and find the direction they have to go to fulfil their purpose. They are result-oriented.A hint: did you find yourself being desperate or freaking out a little when you didn’t achieve a goal the way or in the time you wanted? (You’re more of a goal-setter).Or were you able to remember your purpose, the dream, your bigger picture when time got tough? (Then you’re likely an advanced purpose-driven visionary!)
Goal-setters when they get stuck often misses the bigger picture. Purpose-driven people can remember their dream and move on from failure. The other way around purpose-driven people needs to get goal-setters around them to get direction and strategy to move onto the next level.
What % are you more of?
Remember: this is not black or white it’s a spectrum we all move on!
One of my goals this year is putting out more content and that means I have to live with the lack of perfection (which doesn’t exist anyways) and just give you the good stuff however it comes.
- CHOOSE THE AREAS TO SET GOALS IN
Figure out in which areas you want to set goals in.My recommendation:1. Health: What can you do to improve your (mental & physical) health? What goal do you have for your health, do you want to learn a new type of sport & compete in it? Do you want to gain or lose X amount? Want to meditate? Do you want to become vegan? Want to do get into advanced yoga poses?2. Mind: Anything that has to do with developing your personality. Do you want to learn a new skill, language, read more etc.3. Spirit: What can you do to develop spiritually? Is it praying on time? What do you want to learn about the deen, what kind of conventions do you want to be part of, what Surahs do you want to memorise?4. Relationships: To whom and how do you want to improve your relationships? Who do you cut off and who do you want to invest more time & attention in?
5. Personal Brand: How are you going to use your skills, strengths & passions to build your brand this year? How are you going to start taking the uniqueness that Allah has given you to build something bigger? A legacy that fulfils your purpose?
Want to start a YouTube channel? Create a profitable business? Launch your podcast? Write a book? Host events? Collaborate more & cross-brand? Start your career in this field? Create a product?
Define which areas are most important to you.
- SET YOUR GOALS
Now set 1 (max. 2) goals per area. Make sure they are specific and are result-oriented. They should inform your purpose in some way and play into the future version of yourself you’re aiming to be!
- FIGURE OUT YOUR STRATEGIES
Usually, we set ourselves too many goals. Now instead of that, pick only strategies that support your goals. E.g. you want to become advanced in yoga poses – a strategy is to hit the gym for weight training. That in itself is not a goal, but one strategy to achieve your goal. And guess what, if this one strategy doesn’t work for you, get rid of it and try another one! Make sure to regularly evaluate which strategies work for you and which don’t!
- COMMIT TO HABITS
Your habits are the things that will lead you to actually ACT upon your goals. They are the activities that go directly in your calendar (literally, put them into your Google Calendar!). They could be weekly, monthly, quarterly. Whatever you choose to set for yourself.