Today’s article is about how to actually live in the present moment. 

One of the biggest challenges that we know is that we’re always dwelling in the past or living in the future.

Getting stuck in some state of mind or situation in our lives. Be it your relationships, be it your work. You want to progress but you don’t feel it.

You feel like you’re undervalued or things aren’t really happening for you. 

If you’re struggling with any of these things, I  want you to know that one of the greatest things that Allah (swt) teaches us through the Quran, or through Revelation, all of it, is that you have a power beyond the power that you’re using in your life.

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One of the prerequisites to tap into that power is obviously I’lm; knowledge. Actually attaining the knowledge that opens the doorway.

That knowledge opens the doorway and the greatest door of your life is the door of your mind. 

In the Science of the Nafs, as I take my students, coaches, therapists, and all of you folk through this journey with me, one of the main things that we focus on is getting our minds ready for an amazing life.

A lot of us struggle with the concept of an amazing life because we’ve been stuck for so long. 

You’ve worked so hard in your life. You’ve gone to University, or you’ve done various training, and you’re actually working hard to create the life that you want.  

And things still seem so difficult. 

You’re wondering why after all of this time of working so hard to get to where you’ve got to, you feel like you’re not actually progressing.

You feel undervalued or that you’re constantly in this recurring, emotional turbulence that actually throws you off and sabotages you.

Why does that happen?

But we don’t want to get into why that happens. Instead, we want to shift our focus. 

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I want to focus on the crucial next step, which is actual transformation. 

Transforming the state of your mind, emotions, life, outcomes, results, and everything that you want in your life. And the greatest outcome that you could get is that you win in the Dunya, and win in the Akhira. 

In the Science of the Nafs, one of the things I teach is that there are three things that you’ve got to succeed at, in order to have a life you’re happy with, and where you don’t feel as though you’re hard done by.

And you’re not really hard done by unless you just give in to the wind and you just go with the wind, wherever it blows you.

What you’ve got to do is take ownership of your life. 

That’s what we’re talking about here. 

Allah (swt) tells us categorically, that He will change the condition of the people.

He will change all of that for us if we fulfill one condition, and that one condition is something that we all have the power to change. 

It’s to take what’s within our power, our sphere of influence and control, and actually do something about it. 

That’s the biggest thing we’ve got to focus on. 

In fact, if you focused on only that, it would impact your entire life. 

It would impact your family, your relationships, your health, your wealth, your career, your prospects, your business.

It would impact every area of your life and the greatest of links that you would nurture within that, is the connection to the source of all Rizq, all mercy, all love. 

You would connect with Allah (swt) and that connection would secure you in the most powerful way. It would give you everything you need, the stability and strength to create all the things you want in your life.

This feels like a bit of a rant but not really because I want you to understand that you have the power of change. 


You have the power of change. 

The primary ingredient that you and I need to nurture is that connection with the Divine Source of all mercy, and forgiveness, the One; Azzawajal, who is actually taking care of all your affairs. 

You’ve got to nurture that because very often we find ourselves in situations where we feel like we’re not being supported. We feel like we’re not getting what we want.

We have these self-sabotaging thoughts like, why is my Dua not being answered? 

These thoughts sabotage us because they make us feel as though we’re disconnected.

Then, as a result, you feel unsupported, and it throws you into emotional turmoil.

But what we want to do is get unstuck. 

We want to shape our lives and shape the results in our lives. 


If you want to get the best result in your life, there’s one thing you need to take total control of.

Your mind. 

It’s the number one thing in your life. You’ve got to take control of your mind, nurture it, and shape it.

You’ve got to feed it and grow it and you truly can.

It’s like growing something that’s going to bear fruits, and the fruits are going to be in your life.

They’re going to be physical, you’re going to see it, you’ll be able to touch it. You’re going to actually create a life that you love. 

But you don’t have to wait until the Akhira because Allah (swt) taught us the Dua,

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ ‎

“Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.”

Oh Allah give us in the Dunya and then give it to us in the Akhira. Allah taught us this eternal Dua for a reason. 

Because you’re always connecting back to the One that gives you all.

So you’re always connecting back to the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate, the Most Generous.

At the same time, you’re focused on the Dunya and you’re focused on the Akhira. You don’t lose in either one.

So your mind has to be nurtured on that connection and at the same time, your state of mind is within your power. 


Allah (swt) gave you the ability to manage yourself and your life. 

To become empowered and to create the lives we want, we’ve got to focus on that. 

That’s what’s going to give you consistent results. Consistency comes from nurturing your mind. 

If you nurture your mind, you’ll flourish spiritually, psychologically, and physically. You’ll actually flourish because your mind controls everything.

It impacts your whole life. So it’s really important that we focus on that. 

Now I want you to focus and decide on something. What are the results that you’re going to create this year?

Decide today. You can’t wait until tomorrow or next week or next month, or next year. 

Because none of that is guaranteed. What’s guaranteed is what we have right now. 

You have to decide what result you’re going to create. And you’re going to create that result by changing yourself. Becoming more, becoming the person that you were created to be. 

That doesn’t mean you need to be unhappy with who you are now. If you don’t like something about the way your life is right now, it doesn’t matter.

You can change it.


Everything’s up for grabs if you’re willing to do the work. This is what we do in the Science of the Nafs. 

If you’re willing to do the work on yourself, on your life, on your relationships, and on your material world, then you can change everything. 

And it’s the mental work. If you’re willing to do that, you can change everything. 

But one of the problems that we have is negative thoughts and expectations and they keep us away from the things that we want, and the results that we want. 

As I’m communicating with many of you and I’m getting your messages, I know that many of you have been stuck for a long time. 

And it’s not like you’ve been stuck in your entire life. 

You’ve been progressing in different areas of your life, but something in your life is like a void. 

It impacts the way you grow or don’t grow. 

And if you want to change that, you’ve got to change the ingredients.

The ingredients are all within you. That’s the most powerful stance you could take in your life. 

Empower yourself by taking control of your life.

The Science of the Nafs is a behavioural science, it’s a life science, it’s something that helps us to understand our lives. It reminds us that we aren’t helpless. 


You have the power to take control. It’s just making a decision. 

And you’ve got to make a decision today. You can’t be making decisions next year because next year is unknown.

You don’t know what your thinking is going to be, your feelings, your circumstances, you don’t know any of that stuff. 

What you know is this year, right now, this moment. 

So you need to live in the present. Living in the present means deciding your entire trajectory in the present. But you don’t have to worry about it.

Most people are scared to make that decision because they feel like it’s going to shape their entire life. 

Every moment you live in right now is already shaping your life. 

And you’re thinking, Oh, I don’t want to make a decision because it’s going to shape my life. What if everything goes wrong? 

What if everything goes to pot? 

The reality is what we do now, at this moment will shape the rest of our day. It will impact the rest of your day. 

What you do now, if you’re paying attention, or you’re distracted, will shape the rest of your day because you’ll either take this information in and it will resonate. 

It will sit in your mind and you’ll develop the ideas in your mind and think about your life and you will make decisions in your life. 

Or you’d be so distracted, you would just go from one distraction to another. And the world will constantly give you distraction after distraction.

There are always things going around, always things happening. And if your focus is everywhere, it’s nowhere. 

Remember that. If your focus is everywhere, it’s nowhere. 

If you want your focus to go somewhere, it needs to be in one place right now. If you can do that, then it’s a decision that you made.

What you and I do today will shape the whole day. What we do tomorrow will shape the next day and the next day. And it will have a domino effect.

It will have a ripple effect. 

Whatever you do today will maybe play out in the next week or next month or in the next year or so. 

That’s why it’s really important that we stop choosing frustration and being stuck. And we stop using that as a reason to not make decisions in our lives, or to create the life that we want. 

You can take total ownership of your life. You’ve just got to make choices. 

To make it easy, make a choice about what is right, at this moment. 

What’s right and good, right now, and how can you take that good into the future?

That’s a question you have to ask yourself. And then you have to make choices supporting the answer. Because that will create your life. 

You can do that, no matter what goes on in the world. You can weather any storm that comes your way if you’re willing to choose your life.

You have to choose your life.

As I take many of my clients through a life transformation journey, one of the biggest things that I see is that in the beginning, they always choose to make everything else first priority. 

They don’t choose themselves. 

This is really important. You have to focus on yourself, otherwise, you cannot possibly change anything. Because the power and control that you have is over you. 

When we focus on ourselves, it actually changes everything up.

So what do you need to focus on? 

I’m throwing in a lot of stuff here but you need to focus on the ingredients of your mind.

You need to focus on actually changing the content of your mind, how you go through your life. You need to become very intentional about it.

You decide. 

When you make the decisions about what you’re willing to think and believe and do, then that will shape the trajectory of your life, this year, and every year going forward. 

You have the power to make changes. The only thing that’s stopping you is you’re not choosing to do it.

You’ve got to live right now and make the choices right now. 

You can change those choices every single day if you really want to.

You don’t have to be scared about making choices. Just step up and move forward.

If you do, you’re going to create an amazing life.

Life doesn’t happen unless we choose it.

And if you’re choosing to be stuck, that’s a choice as well. Recognise that. 

One of the greatest things I’ve learned through my journey in life, be it through theology, be it through psychology and the psychology that I teach is through theology, it’s through the Quran and the Sunnah.

This is a science based on the Quran and the Sunnah. 

When we understand it like that, we’re going to be the safest, the most connected, and we’re going to be in the best place. 

So decide today what your results are going to be this year. 

This isn’t about goal-setting folk. 

I know people get hung up on goal setting, and every coaching is about goal setting. 

If you don’t know where you’re headed, then you’re not going to know how to prepare yourself right now to get there. 

So stay focused on the results that you want. And what are you going to need to do today? 

How are you going to need to think and feel and behave today, in order to take you one step closer, just one step?

By making these choices, you’re shaping your mind. 

You’re directing your mind and your focus. And as a result, you’re going to get unstuck. You’re going to stop feeling whatever you’re feeling.

You’re going to stop making excuses, the obstacle in your path. 

Because most of the time, the excuses, the justifications, and the reasons we give ourselves become the obstacles in the path of success in our lives. 

When you can see that and everything else is manageable, then you’re going to change everything. 

The greatest thing about this promise is that Allah (swt) said that He will change everything if you change what’s within your control.

If you do that, then everything changes. That’s amazing. That’s what you call Revelation. 

It is a revelation for many of us because we stay stuck for so long thinking, that we’ve got no power, we can’t do anything, or we’re helpless.

You’re not helpless. You’re strong and powerful. Step into that power. 

That’s what you have to do. 

This subject makes me get a little carried away sometimes.

I get so excited about it because I know the potential that you have, and you just have to know it. 

Then you have to step into it and Insha’Allah the rest, Allah (swt) will take care of, as He has always done and as He will always do.

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About the Author: Abdul Shahid – Master Coach Trainer & Therapist of Professional Life Coaches, pioneering The Science of the Nafs Psychology model for healing, transformation and peak performance. Specialist in Mind health, wealth and mastery using this Quran and sunnah based Spiritual Psychology.