...To live a successful, productive, powerful, energetic, fulfilled and spiritual life you have to 'Be Your Authentic Self.'
***What does this mean?***
It means being who you were created to be.
It means your soul being happy in your body.
It means accepting your flaws and shortcomings and working to better yourself.
It means celebrating your strengths and achievements.
It means having an 'Attitude of Gratitude' - thanking Allah (swt) at every point and really truly appreciating from within - from the soul.
And when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks , I will give you more, but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” [Surah Ibrahim 14:7 - partial]
***But what if the 'Authentic Me' is not so good?***
Simple - you work on yourself, daily!
Everyday we work on ourselves to make ourselves better - there is no such thing as perfect but YOU are the perfect YOU and there is only one of you - so nurture the YOU.
'You say that you are just a body but inside of you is something greater than the universe!' Imaan Shafi
You were put in this world as a unique being so celebrate that and allow yourself to grow, learn, develop, mature and enjoy the one life you have in this world.
If you spend a life time of trying to be like someone else then you are only harming yourself as you will never be happy or fulfilled in any area of your life.
Don't compare your life to anyone else - as each one of us has a unique journey and we are all travelling upon different roads.
When you are not the authentic you then you are being one way to one person and another way to someone else - a bit like lying - and we know that lying ultimately hurts only us.
So go ahead, make a vow today to start being the authentic you and working on your daily self-development - at least 30 minutes each day.
When you are being your authentic self then all the doors of opportunities will open up to you, you will make a greater impact in the world and you will be the complete person that you were created to be.
Today's Tips & Action Points:
1. Grab your pen and notebook/journal and write down who you are, who you have been up until now and who you want to be from this moment onward.
2. Schedule in at least 30 minutes a day (to start with) to read up on personal development material (or go through our previous blog posts) and start to put those teachings into practice.
3. What is your unique purpose in this world and what will you do to make this world a better place? Now go work it! :)
I think this following dua is beautiful.
On the coming of dawn the The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) used to say in his prayers:
"O Allah (God), illuminate my heart with light, and my eyes with light and my ears with light and let there be light on my right and light on my left. Let there be light above me and light below me, let there be light in front of me and light behind me. O Allah, make me a light"
Leave me a comment below and let me know what message you took away from this post and let's become an active community here who help to inspire and motivate each other towards goodness insha'Allah! :)
Nadia Leona Yunis