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[Part 1] Ten Self Development Challenges: Do A Self Assessment


[Part 1] Ten Self Development Challenges: Do A Self Assessment


And the challenge begins!

It’s time to do a self assessment.

Read the ‘Ten self development challenges’ intro. post here.

do a self assessment poster on ten self development post on youthlyhub.com

It’s time to transform yourself through the self development challenges;

>to boost your faith and life ultimately;

>to jumpstart and reinvigorate your mind, body and soul;

All without breaking the bank of course.

Have you read about the car adventure from the introduction post?

Well, the adventure continues…

Whether you feel excited, nervous, or maybe even scared about being on the road, you need to perform an audit on your car and yourself from time to time as long as you are a road user.

And as long as you want to get the best out of your car and make your time on the road beneficial. Because nothing in the life of a believer is done without purpose. Its not enough to learn how to drive, own a car or earn a license. You need to check yourself and your car in order to stay safe.

You may call it taking an inventory or doing a review. But basically, you need to check yourself and your car.

Allah (SWT) tells us:

”O you who have believed, fear Allah . And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah . Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” (Al-Hashr 59:18)

You need to ask yourself sincerely:

1. What’s your driving style? Is it responsible enough, sooo cool or just as dangerous as it can get?


Because you are responsible for yourself and you will face the negative consequences alone.

2. Do you know the road rules and do you abide by them or shun them (as you think most people do)?


Because your safety matters and you have no business being like everyone else.

3. What state is your car in? How is your car knowledge? Can you care for your car in the most basic way so you don’t get stranded in a simple situation?


Because it is yours to enjoy – and you can only get the best out of it when its in a top condition and running smoothly. So, take routine maintenance as top priority and avoid unnecessary and embarrassing breakdowns.

In much the same way as you do with your car which is an important part of your life; you need to check your own self from time to time. Scholars recommend frequent self search to be able to develop our closeness to Allah (SWT).

Umar Ibn al-Khattab (RA) used to say:

Review, evaluate and assess yourself before you are assessed. Weigh your deeds before they are weighed against you, and prepare yourself for the day where you will be fully exposed.” (Ahmad)

Don’t wait to run out of fuel on your way to an important appointment because you chose to drive around with an almost-empty tank.

Pay attention to things like checking and changing oil; knowing when your tire pressure is low and air needs to be added; knowing where the jack, spare tire and the other bits are and how to use them.

Car emergencies do happen as tests come to us in life. Life is after all a test after test after test.

The important thing is to be prepared for such situations with the right knowledge, resources, tools and skills.

Next steps…

1. Always evaluate your actions and deeds regularly, so you don’t become complacent.

2. Have an assessment schedule; whether its nightly, weekly or monthly, and keep track of it.

3. When you note any important fault(s), get working on it immediately; don’t ignore it or pretend it isn’t there ~ it won’t go away. 

Keep practicing and commit to better driving while striving wholeheartedly with sincerity.

For now, keep driving safe and watch out for part 2 of your challenge.

To more awesome road adventures and positive changes ahead.

How do you assess and maintain your life? Please share some of your personal tips below.


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  1. afreen October 6, 2016

    Regular checks arw good for us..

  2. Ayeina October 4, 2016

    I keep my car in top shape by filling a gratitude journal haha. I mean, no kidding. Positive vibes are important to flourish!
    Waiting for the part 2 ❤

  3. Iman October 3, 2016

    Amina this analogy is excellent! I’ am so excited to share it with some young men that I think will really benefit from it. I learnt loads for myself too! We must constantly look at ways to better ourself and check ourselves – a little like an MOT except not annually but more often!

    1. Amina Edota October 6, 2016

      Sure Iman, please go ahead and share.

      And you are so spot on! Regular checks are good for us too, definitely not yearly

  4. Shahira October 3, 2016

    I have been feeling disconnected from deen ever since I became a mom. Probably due to exhaustion and busy. I really need to revaluate my self especially because in they way of deen is how I want my baby to grow up!

    1. Amina Edota October 6, 2016

      Yes, its natural to feel that way. Take things one day at a time, enjoy motherhood while trying to use it to connect yourself to Allah (SWT). I pray your little one grows to be among the honourable ones in our Ummah. Definitely try doing some self evaluation – that will help shine some light on your current state insha Allah.

  5. Ayesha Farhad October 3, 2016

    This is such a handy article! I am in the midst of learning how to drive and these tips are great!!

  6. Raya October 3, 2016

    Ma sha Allah what a great analogy! We definitely don’t take a lot of time to look into ourselves and review. Sub han Allah

  7. Umme Hafsa October 3, 2016

    I love this concept of assessing yourself regularly and taking account of your actions. For me having a schedule (point number 2) is key… that way you can keep on top of it. Great advice mashaAllah 🙂

    1. Amina Edota October 6, 2016

      You are right, it needs to be scheduled otherwise it may never get done. It will just be another thing on the to-do-list or a dream to be fulfilled ONE DAY 🙂

  8. Lubna October 3, 2016

    Self assessment is the best thing you can do it to yourself….thank you for the pointers….

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