1.0 EFFORT TO IMPROVE
You can not improve yourself without effort. You must make the intention to be a better person and take action to achieve
your goals. Life is not chance. Everything that occurs is pre-destined. You however do not know your predestination. You have
to work hard, search for it, use your will power and choice that Allah gave you. Accept personal responsibility for mistakes.
Do not blame others for your problems. Learn from your past experiences, positive and negative. Good manners or experiences
should be reinforced while bad ones should be avoided.
Happiness is not an objective in life. Pursuing happiness can be running after an illusion since happiness is not definable.
The realistic objective is contentment and satisfaction with yourself and what you have. However contentment should not be
understood in a negative sense of refusing to take active steps to improve some of the negative things in your character and
2.2 NEEDS VS WANTS
Learn to distinguish between what you want and what you need. Wants are emotional; needs are rational. Always choose
needs over wants. Be realistic. Do not live in a dream world. Dreaming is good in motivating you and developing your creative
thinking. Dreaming has limits if it obscures correct perception of reality. Never entertain illusions about your strengths
and weaknesses. Never deceive yourself. Never allow others to deceive you by praising you and giving you attributes you lack.
Such persons are your true enemies. Confront your weaknesses and do not deny them. Do something about correcting them
You can not succeed on your own; this is a world of interdependence. You must learn to net-work and collaborate with
others in synergistic relations. Good manners and behavior are necessary for positive and meaningful interaction with people.
You need to learn to respect and protect the rights of others so that your rights may also be respected. Every action, behavior,
or habit has consequences. Always consider and think about the long-term consequences before you speak or act.
4.0 POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Develop a positive attitude. Be optimistic and develop positive behavior. The world is essentially good and the hereafter
much better. There is more good than evil. You can always succeed in the long-run if you do not become pessimistic and give
up. Look at problems of life in perspective. What may look big may not be so in the long run. You may hate today what turns
out to be good tomorrow. See and emphasize the positive in any problem.
5.0 FUTURISTIC OUTLOOK
should consider yourself as living in the future. Life on earth is just a transition. Always prepare for the future (both
what remains of your life on earth and life in the hereafter). A futuristic outlook will enable you to deal with setbacks
of life. You should always know that the future could always be better.