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Success is personal and everyone has their own definition of it. And that’s cool.

Some would define success as academic achievements, some as moving up the career ladder or promotion, some as being the best parent/child/spouse, some as been able to pray every night and read a few pages of Qur’an every single day, and some would define it as a combination of all.

Again, that’s cool because each one of us is different and each one of us has different dreams and hopes and wishes to achieve.

All successful people – in whatever they are successful in – have daily routines and habits that they have established.

The western personal development gurus swear by them and are always teaching and drilling these routines and habits into their students.

Obviously they got it from Islam! :D

For instance we are taught by Rasool Allah (peace be upon him) that he would make the following du’a:

He said: “O Allah, bless my Ummah in its early hours.”

The early hours are the best. Praying night prayer in the last third of the night. Then praying Fajr and then reading some Qur’an. It’s also one of the best times to read Qur’an as it’s witnessed and recorded by the angels. And then follow this with quiet contemplation or in other words dhikr-Allah. Recite some tasbee, focus on the meaning. It will help quieten the mind of useless chatter and help us focus better.

There’s a reason why many meditate and do yoga in the early hours and that’s one of the reasons they can have laser focus and achieve so much!

So, we need to develop some positive habits and routines.

If you haven’t already then master the morning prayer routine and then add your mantras to it.

What are these mantras?

They are like statements – positive statements – repeated often which get us into a positive mindset and help us focus on the task at hand or our long term goals.

What is YOUR mantra?

Would you like to succeed and continuously have that ‘energy switch’ which gets you onto top form, as and when you need it? Then it’s time to create YOUR ‘Unique Success Mantra’ (if you haven’t already).

Read it, memorize it, and switch into ‘Excel-Mode’ as and when you need to.

But before we begin – we need to clear the clutter and have a soulful therapy moment.

We need to get rid of the trash from our soul and know that ‘things will happen’ – yes they will; that’s the nature of our lives. Even if you’re the happiest care-free soul, it doesn’t mean you won’t be put into compromising situations. Even if issues are not to do with you directly, but rather a loved one, friends, or colleagues – sometimes intimate and close relations – how do you deal with their issue(s) successfully, help them through, and then switch back into your own ‘Excel Mode’, back on track?

It’s about recognising and appreciating the importance of ‘each’ moment, which ties into the core of your existence – your life – which is limited and being time-bound, we have to get the best and enough done in the ‘time’ we have and so that means working on our ‘focus’.

We need to keep in mind the above and work on a step by step method for regaining our focus.

Well, how do we do that?

Here’s how:

a) Appreciate your life as ‘Limited, Time-Bound and Precious’.

b) Your goals and ambitions are all time-bound – we have to achieve them in a specific time.

c) What is precious is cared for and looked after (like a small child/animal). So what is precious to you? Is your life precious?

d) Know that there is someone who you call on 24/7, 365 days without an appointment and without waiting in a queue and who will help you. Who? Allah.

e) Supplicate (make du’a) to Him and ask Him to help you.

f) Know that you’re a means by which Allah wants goodness for your loved one. He put you there to help them – He gives you the strength to help them.

g) Know that you can only help those who want to be helped – in the end it’s between them and God.

h) Be polite, assertive, direct, and confident when helping your loved ones – because you need to get back to your work/life/study – and there’s only so much you can do for someone.

i) Always leave them in a happy, positive state – leave them with du’as, ayahs, and hadiths – leave them hopeful, and insha’Allah they will soon see the light.

j) After you’ve helped them go back to your ‘Success Mantra’ (which we will create in a minute) and point #a above.

k) Eat healthy food, fruit, and vegetables; drink plenty of water; maintain light exercise daily; walk daily; be in nature (parks, trees, flowers); and listen to some Qur’an. Take a tech-break – no phones, TV, net, social media etc.

l) If the issues are seriously intense then do the above point #k at least three times (different things from the list insha’Allah to add variety); read your ‘Success Mantra’ again; read point #a above again – and you’ll soon be back on track and you’ll have regained your focus insha’Allah!

As I pointed out above, we need to fix the issues of our soul first and you know things will creep up but you have to create awareness and be ready to deal with them.

“Richness does not lie in the abundance of (worldly) goods but richness is the richness of the soul.” Sahih Muslim Book 5, Hadith 2287

So now we have regained our focus – it’s time to create our ‘Success Mantra’ insha’Allah.

I’m going to share mine with you. Use it as a template or be inspired to jot your own down. In fact, mine is not even a one word statement or one line sentence. It’s a whole paragraph and was inspired by a personal development book I read. Its pretty personal to me as I add the things that apply directly to me so you can add your own and personalise it insha’Allah.

It’s helped me to create laser focus and to get things done – alhamdulilah. And I read it daily!


***From this moment on I will do what I need to do in order to excel in my deen, my ibaadah, my spirituality, my studies, my work, my businesses, my health, my wealth, my relationships and my life! I will operate in ’150% EXCEL MODE turBo flow’ from now on in every aspect of my life and be the best. I’m tired of being second best. I will Excel. I choose to be Extremely Successful insha’Allah, ameen!*** :)

So, there you have it. My success mantra.

By the way success is allowed in Islam – when how we deal with it and how we use it is allowed.

Remember we have ‘One Life and One Chance’ to do good and right things. We should all have that ‘One Vision’: Jannah al-Firdaus. And to get there we have to pass the tests from this life. And Allah (SWT) grants success to whom He wills – in this world and the next!

{Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.}

The Qur’an, Surah An-Nahl (chapter of the bee) 16:97

Are you ready to write YOUR ‘Success Mantra?’

Just before you create yours and read it I want you to do a quick exercise. This involves you getting into a peak state. Think of a time when you were really happy with your achievement (whatever it is). I want you to feel that moment throughout your body. I want you to smell all the smells associated with it. What things were going through your mind at that time? What were you feeling? Feel it. Use all your five senses. Increase the feeling. Make it very bright and visual. Make it into 3D. And when you’re at that peak state (or a halal happy high) write your mantra and start repeating it.

Say Bismillah and just go do it!

Hope that helped y’all! :)

Nadia Leona Yunis is a mentor and coach of Islamic personal and spiritual development for her organisation We Be Inspired and this article was first published on her We Be Inspired blog. She is also the Islamic Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine.

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