Thursday, March 15, 2012

Believe in yourself



“One thing I’ve learned from the past is to never give up, no matter how bad your result is. Don’t let it stop you from achieving your dreams.”


In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.

It’s 9.03 in the morning and it’s raining here in Brisbane, Australia. The weather influences me to dance my fingers on the keyboard. May Allah ease and open my mind, let the words and ideas flow through for this post. Firstly, I’d like to dedicate this post to all of you who’ll be taking their SPM result next week. This one is especially for you, love.


I was touched when some of you came to me for advices. MashaAllah. I, humbly say, at times I don’t feel myself competent to give you advices because I, myself, still struggling to achieve my dreams too. But I remind myself that I have nothing to lose if I share this to all of you. The best feeling in the world is when you become a part of one’s success, when you become an inspiration to someone.

Here is something that I can share that can help you to motivate yourself. InshaAllah.

I remember those days when I was struggling to calm myself down. Those days were the days when I lost my appetite to eat and lose the interest to have fun with my friends. Those were the days when I spent my day working and the rest of it at home, completing Sudoku. Funny isn’t it? I was so scared, terribly scared, exactly the way you feel right now. But at the end of the day, I said to myself, I have to face it no matter what. Whether it is good or bad, I have to accept it and be grateful to Allah for it. Because Allah knows what’s best for me. My result wasn’t like what I expected, but Alhamdulillah, I managed to get all credits for 13 subjects with a small number of As, Bs and Cs. I am being completely honest; I’m just an ordinary student. But I believe in myself that I can go far beyond my imagination, beyond my expectation. And so do you. Yes you can. I believe that the only thing limiting you is your thoughts. Only you have the power to change your thoughts. Look forward and dream of what is possible for your life. With actions, anything in life is possible. You can, yes you can.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

I love the quote. I’ve been keeping it in my heart and mind ever since I read it in Dato’ Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s book. Life has thrown some rocks in my stream and each and one of it has helped me to become stronger, to become who I am today. Sometimes challenges and struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Challenges and struggles are the nature of life which has helped me to grow up to become more mature. One thing I’ve learned from the past is to never give up, no matter how bad your result is. Don’t let it stop you from achieving your dreams. Believe in yourself.

A few years ago, I was that girl sitting in her room imagining her dreams, putting her best effort to achieve her dreams. Alhamdulillah, with patient and faith that I have in Allah, I’ve achieved a part of my dreams. The key is faith. Have faith in Allah and have faith in yourself. Take a good care of your relationship with Allah. Never neglect your five daily prayers because that is the most important thing and the best communication we have with Allah, which is also the only way you can convince Him that you really want this. Trust me. If you have Allah, you have everything.

I look forward for adventures in my life. Now that I’m here, pursuing another dreams of mine, setting goals and resolutions. I’ve been planning to do an exchange-study program to UK, inshaAllah. In order to achieve this, I have to meet the requirements and to do that I have to work hard and be persistent. Please pray for my success in this world and Hereafter, to become the best Muslim Psychologist, InshaAllahu Taala.

To those of you who’ll be taking your SPM result soon, your result will show you the hard work you’ve put on for the past few years. It shows you how much effort you’ve put on. By the meaning of “effort”, it’s not just about burning the midnight oil. Also, it shows how earnestly you've prayed to Allah before. If you've failed to achieve your target, it is not the end of everything. Bear in mind that Allah knows what’s best for you. Failing doesn’t mean you are a loser. In fact, failure is the best teacher. The reason why Allah makes it a bit harder for you is to make you a fighter. He wants you to feel and appreciate the feeling of victory and success. Set your aims and goals, and try harder next time. I believe you can. This time around, the only things you can do is pray and have faith in Allah for He knows what’s best for you. InshaAllah. Next week, if you pass it with flying colours, then Alhamdulillah, say Alhamdulillah. All your hard work paid off. Remember, nothing great was ever achieved without Allah’s help. Last but not least, I wish you the best of luck.

Love,
Ieka Ahmad.