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2017, Islam and Me: Bitesize Ways to Better Yourself

In case you missed it, it’s now 2017. Cities around the world celebrated by trying to outdo each other with ever-increasing amounts of fireworks launched from their world famous landmarks. People marked the occasion by gathering in squares and riverside areas to ring in the next twelve months. Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017.

Whether we partied or prayed as the midnight bells rang, the dawn of a new year is generally a time of both reflection and forward thinking. We consider the year gone by and optimistically imagine the one ahead.

‘New Year, New Me.’

For many of us, it’s a time to contemplate ways to better ourselves, and this inevitably involves resolutions around our faith.

We know that resolutions are hard to stick to. What seems doable in January is often forgotten or failed by February. The experts say that it’s often because we tend to make countless resolutions that aren’t realistic. We become overwhelmed by the amount of changes we want to make to our day-to-day lives, which can involve changing our entire routine. Or in effect, rewiring our brain.

The key is to achieve things in bite-size chunks; in easily digestible parts.

If we want to become, for want of a better phrase, ‘better Muslims’, we can first identify which areas we want to improve upon.

For instance, if we want to learn more about what the Quran teaches, we can set aside some time each day to read a passage. Resolutions work if we set specific times or deadlines – the vaguer we are about them, the more likely we are to fail. So if we say we’ll set an alarm 20 minutes earlier each morning to read the Quran, it’s more likely to happen. And the more it happens, the faster a habit forms.

If you feel like a morning prayer will set you up for the day, set that specific time aside too.

It’s important to consider a few things when making these changes, such as: what do we want to achieve from them? What impact do we want them to have on our lives? How will we feel when they’ve been achieved?

Understanding why we want to make these changes and visualising them actually happening is key to achieving our goals.

Whatever positive changes you want to achieve in 2017, we wish you all the success in the world from Ummahsonic Towers. But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t achieve them straight away – as the old saying goes: ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’

Happy 2017!

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