Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is here, and I am sure, like me, you are looking for ways to make sure that this Ramadan is the Ramadan you will change for the best. In this article, I will share how to start your Ramadan right and have a healthy, prosperous, and empowering Ramadan with a four-step process that is easy and straightforward.
Set your intentions right.
- Who do I want to be at the end of this Ramadan?
- How do I want to be transformed at the end of this holy month and?
- How do I want to show up every single day during this holy month?
Please write down the answer somewhere that you can see and read it as many times as possible, especially when hunger kicks in and you get tired or have a headache. This is a great way to remind yourself why you are doing this.
Set goals or objectives.
To help you use the SMART goals framework. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
Let me give you an example:
One of my biggest goals this month is to learn by heart and understand Surah al-kahf. Surah Al Kahf is a hundred and ten ayahs.
Set a plan because hope is not a strategy, and for me, for the past 15 years, hope was a strategy for Ramadan. Still, you know, everything changed two years ago when I decided to get back to learning my faith, my religion, and getting deeper into my faith. Through my coach training and education, I came across productivity tips and processes that I just took out of these training, and I was like, I am going to implement that for Ramadan.
Every year since then, it got better and better, so set a plan, break down your goals and objectives into weekly and daily feasible actions. Let’s go back to my example of Surat al-kahf and what I did is that I divided 110 by for four weeks I got a number. I divided it by seven, so it gave me a rough number of how many ayahs I should learn and understand every day to ensure that I succeed at the end of the month.
Get an accountability partner.
It is so crucial. Some days your motivation will be a 9 out of 10, and other days it will be a 0 out of ten, so during these days, it’s essential to have someone else, a partner that will be an accountable voice for you to help you during these low motivation days.
You can also exchange your experience, and this year it’s the second time that I have an accountability partner.
Do not judge yourself.
Let’s pause here and remember why you are doing this. You are doing this for you and nobody else. It is crucial to building an internal environment that is positive, kind, and loving. The goal is to become better; you want to become your best self, so you must be positive during the process, and yes, you may not be successful, but you will see the progress. You will be better than day one.
Ramadan is the perfect month for growth.
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