Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve come from. Various different versions of this phrase are knocking about but the essence is the same.You have to take stock before you bring in the new.
A great way of acknowledging what you’ve done and what things you could improve on is a massive motivational boost to go bigger and better. But how do you take stock after 12 months on the grind?
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU’RE PROUD OF?
A great way to start is to take note of the things you’ve already done. It’s easy to end the year on a low because you think you haven;t achieved much or anything at all but this simply isn’t true. 12 months, 365 days, 24 hours in each day, there’s no way that you haven’t achieved something that makes you proud of yourself.
This could be as simple as praying Fajr every day,praying tahajjud once a month or getting over a fear or phobia that previously held you back.
WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES?
A year is a long time and something memorable MUST have happened to you in 2016. For me, my most memorable experience was filming with the BBC and showing the UK that not all reverts go rogue. The majority of us just live Islam and continue to enjoy family life.
Writing down your most memorable experience not only makes it tangible, it can help you to visualise what you felt at the time and inshaAllah help you to achieve even better in the year to come.
MISTAKES YOU’VE MADE AND WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM THEM?
No one really likes to admit their mistakes BUT there’s power in owning what you did wrong and growing from it. For myself personally, one of the mistakes I’ve made this year is not trusting my instinct due to my own fear of failure and not trusting myself. This is something I aim to overcome!
If you;re too scarred to admit what you’ve done wrong, how can you ever change. Never a failure, always a lesson!
WHAT AM I WILLING TO LET GO OF?
Everyone likes to spring clean their house and preach “new year, new you” but when was the last time you spring cleaned your life?
You have to be willing to let go of the old so you can bring in the new! Just like a farmer, you have to clear the land before you plant new seeds and as satisfying it is to be petty sometimes, you need to let go of that dead weight so you can fly. This goes for emotions, clothes, old shoes, the whole shabang.
So that’s how you can audit your 2016 before you start setting your goals for 2017! Jazakillahu khayrun/ Thank you for making it to the end of the article. As a treat, I’ve created a how to audit your 2016 worksheet, so you can get rid of the old before you welcome the new.