I truly do believe that excellence is a habit, not something accidental. So much so that I always love finding out the daily habits of successful people that they believe are foundational to their stories.
I asked the question to the panel of speakers at Safinah Talks 24: Success through the Eyes of Mercy, and couldn’t be more heartened at their replies.
Here’s what they shared, and some additional inputs from me! 🙂
In everything that we do, do it to the very best of our abilities. Strive to carry out our responsibilities in such a way that we get to sleep well at night, knowing that nothing more can be done to make it better. It doesn’t matter if we have an audience or not – we owe it to ourselves and to God to always take pride in our work and abilities to give it our best shot. Decide that we should carry out our duties to Allah as if we are seeing Him and even if we cannot see Him, know that truly He sees us. Nobody benefits from mediocrity.
Excellence is aftar all an obligation, not a choice, for the Muslim. We are all imbued with a certain set of blessings and abilities. It is a duty to use all of them mindfully and purposefully to serve – to serve Him, to serve ourselves, and to serve others. We are vessels, filled with His love and mercy, and carry the torch as His khalifahs. There is no pride in remaining mediocre and wasting away everything that has been gifted to us.
Thank you Safinah Institute for inviting me to attend the talk. It was such an imaan booster and a reaffirmation of the things I’ve been holding on dearly since Ilmfest (of which I have yet to write on, yikes).
These reminders were so timely for me, and I hope these serve to help those of you who are seeking as well. I know it’s a challenging time for many, but hey, know that you’re not alone. ️