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New Year’s Resolutions: A personal excellence mentor shares tips on goal-setting

by Luqmaan Rawat

As the new year sets in, it’s only natural for us to make New Year resolutions. Most of the time it’s extremely difficult to fulfill these goals because we fail to plan ourselves in the right manner, according to a personal excellence mentor.

Speaking to Salaamedia, CEO of Africa Muslims Agency and personal excellence mentor Imraan Choonara emphasised that writing down a goal is the first step because you will be making a commitment to yourself.


“There’s magic in writing it down with your own hand; with your own handwriting because when you write something down the energy flows through your hand to your brain back and forth. When you’re writing down, you are committing something to paper that you, from your brain, have decided to do from your heart.”


We often lead very busy lives and then we try to throw new goals in that whole schedule, and it just will not work. There has to be new space made to accommodate that new goal, Choonara explained.


“If you want to read more because you want to educate yourself more, you might have to allocate an hour a day which maybe you don’t have currently because you’re so busy, so something has to give because your life is already full.”


Choonara cites this as one of the main reasons people get burnt out and ditch their goals after a few weeks.


“Make space for your action. Too many people don’t make space for the action which means they try for a week. After one week, they’re so burnt out because they did not make space for this new action and so then they give up and go back to what was their comfort zone what they knew before.”


Another reason people fail their goals is because they start the comparison game: “It’s called shiny object syndrome. We look at what that person is doing. You forget that person is on their own journey. When you look at another human being in comparison, that kills most people’s goals and dreams and I promise you we all suffer from this in some way.”


Julie Alli spoke to Imraan Choonara, CEO of Africa Muslims Agency and personal excellence mentor, on News & Views. Listen to the full discussion here:

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