[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.
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.
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.