Friday, May 6, 2011

How to Keep Going With Your Ideas After the Excitement is Over

At many points in our life, we are possessed with ideas, we think, we aspire, we plan. And we achieve their transformations as well. We work hard and put all our best efforts in the attainment of our goals, we go to the limits and do all in our power to make them come true and reach our destiny.

Although, it’s not always as it seems, there are phases when we lack the vigour to proceed, when we are disheartened, or nothing seems to work in our favour. In these types of situations we need motivation and inspiration to keep us going, driving us forward with the same intensity of hope, courage, zeal and enthusiasm towards the accomplishment of our ideas.

So let’s take a look at how to overcome our fears and apprehensions and uplift our dampened spirits, by taking into account the positive side of the turn of events, so as to stimulate a progressive energy within us that will channel us towards our goal.

1. Be Realistic in Your Approach – There is a Big Difference Between Aims and Wishes: 
When you plan, involve both your mind and heart. Be realistic about your idea and aims. Plan what you can achieve keeping in mind your capabilities and strengths. A task well planned is a task half done. Keeping your goals within your reach and setting practical deadlines will help you in taking things one by one and to effectively deal with the challenges that come in your way.

2. Imagine the Final Moment of Rapture of the Materialization of Your Idea:
You should never stop dreaming! Visualize the moment when you will fulfil the potential in your idea and turn it into reality. Imagine the sense of euphoria, the utter joy and pride you’ll feel at that particular moment. The sensation will give you a lot of motivation and positive energy that will always steer you towards your destiny and the realization of your dream with fresh dedication and passion.

3. Set Reminders Where You Will be Able to See Them Regularly:
Human nature is prone to laziness. In order to remind yourself that you have a goal to reach, keep physical and tangible reminders, other than your deadlines or milestones. For example you dream to be a famous painter someday and recreate a special place or scenery. Keep a photograph of that place where you can see it daily or from time to time, it will keep you focused on your idea.

4. Spare Time Reading:
Utilize your spare time in reading stuff and knowing more about the idea that you are planning. Staying well informed about the idea will increase your interest and will keep you well prepared.

5. Self Confidence:
Seek your ideas with a true and devoted heart. Always hope for the best and have complete faith in your abilities. Self confidence and a positive attitude are your firm support on the ladder to success. When you can dream it, you can achieve it!

6. Remember the Past as its Remembrance Gives You Joy:
Everything happens for a reason, the hardships and unfruitful attempts come in your way to strengthen, prepare and polish you. So don’t be discouraged or abandon your ideas. Gather along your experiences, either good or bad, learn from them and cherish them. The toils you take in bearing your failures lead you to success.

As related by Abu Huraira RA, “Allah’s Apostle (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials’." 
[Translation of Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 70, Number 548]

7. Treat Yourself at Every Step You Climb Towards Success:
Every step towards your goal counts. Enjoy each and every successful attempt towards the fulfilment of your idea, truly and wholly. These moments of joy will act as stimulant when you are low and will drive you forward.

8. Seek Help and Guidance from Allah:
Allah is our best hope and guide. Put your trust in Allah, be grateful to Him and ask from Him for His favour and help. Praying consistently for success will keep you determined. You have to do your best with complete faith in Allah; He listens to our prayers and has power over all things.

When you have taken a decision trust in Allah. Verily Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). If Allah helps you none can overpower you, if He forsakes you who is there, after that who can help you. And upon Allah let the believers rely. 
Al Quran [3:159,160] 

In the end let me share with you two thoughts I found very motivating and encouraging.

The question was once asked of a highly successful businessman: “How have you done so much in your lifetime?”
He replied, “I have dreamed. I have turned my mind loose to imagine what I wanted to do. Then I have gone to bed and thought about my dreams. In the night I dreamt about my dreams. And when I awoke in the morning, I saw the way to make my dreams real. While other people were saying, ‘You can’t do that, it isn’t possible,’ I was well on my way to achieving what I wanted.”

As Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the U.S., said: “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nourish them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”

Be a Productive Muslim, keep working towards your goals with zeal and have faith in yourself. Don’t let any obstacle in your path divert you from realizing your idea! Insha’Allah success will be yours.

Good Luck!


  1. Excellent piece of writing :). Each point is very well written and thought out (Y).

    Keep it up!!

  2. Truly Motivational and well written(Y) .. wonderfully said..

    Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nourish them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine..

    Have a dream, don't let it die .. and Keep Faith :)