Motivational Moments #12
by Mufti Ismail Menk
Self-assessment is not something many of us do often. As most of us are not self-aware, we tend to look to others for approval, giving rise to the vicious circle of expectations, entitlement and ego. Many of us do not reflect at the end of the day, why we did what we did. We hardly check our intentions. And that is a dangerous thing because actions are judged by intention. This is why we need to constantly assess ourselves.
In order to be truly honest with ourselves, we have to remove the masks that block us from being able to look in the mirror. Unfortunately, many of us are busy blaming others for most things that happen in our lives. Learn to take ownership of your problem, assess your strength and weakness. Remember not to focus solely on the wrongs as it can become demoralizing. But we need to recognize our faults.
Only by acknowledging our wrongs and weakness can we make true repentance and get back on track.
For serious self-diagnosis to take place, we need honesty, faith and hope. Don’t make excuses for our shortcoming, admit our flaws and pray that the Almighty sees us through it all.
We have to accept that we are human and these shortcomings are part of our nature, yet we can overcome them with help from the Almighty.
It has been a almost a year since Motivational Moments was launched and I have been writing these short notes to you, with the hope that you read them, reflect on them and make the necessary change to your lives.
We started Note 1 with the topic “Change” and now twelve months later we are ending with Note 12 on “Self-Assessment.” I pray it has made a difference.