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  1. The correlation drawn between Living 3,2 and 1in respect to Child, Adolescent and Adult is quite amazing, if we were to add age into the factor and see progression based on time with respect to it, the result would seem to be that with age one matures further and hence increases their level of living from 3 to 1. But that can only be acheived by conscious action coupled with understanding to achieve more and striving for a higher purpose. The predicament is to actually find that goal / higher purpose which not only later defines you but always keeps you getting up after every fall. Becuase the greater the goal the more effort you will put into it, if it truely is your goal. In short working from the inside (your thought process, your vision, your own ability to connect with Allah SWT) to the outside (achieving goals, becoming more productive, becoming more focused)……… JazakAllahu Khairun Kaseera for the article I kinda lost sight of the ball, this is the exact ‘picker upper’ (if there even is such a word) I needed. Waiting for the next article

    • Thank you for sharing your insight, Khurram. You’re exactly right, it is only when we have a clear vision of our purpose that we can rise up after every fall. Otherwise, it’s very challenging because we’ll be very short-sighted and stuck in details.
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      Finding and defining the vision/goal/higher purpose is a process and a journey and needs patience. The key is to start making decisions and setting standards of what’s acceptable for you and the level that you want to play at. And constantly keep taking action, going out of your comfort zone, exploring, expanding, defining and refining who you really want to become and what you really what to contribute to the world; in your own capacity and for your community.
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      I really love the way you put it in a framework; working from the inside out with the examples you gave. Awesome!
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      Another model we can overlay on this child, adolescent, adult model is Stephen Covey’s framework of private victory & public victory. Going from dependent to independent and ultimately, interdependent; taking it out to the macro scale.
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      Only in the interdependent stage that we can work and effectively make changes on a community and the global scale. Doesn’t matter how effective you are individually, to be effective on the ummah level, you’re gonna have to work with other change makers; because we’re all in this together. Being ‘independent’ can only take you so far. But every stage builds on the one below it. That’s the power of ummah with unified vision and common goals. But it has to start with individuals the individual level. I think that’s why God stresses so much on family units and communities. There’s a hadith that says ‘The believers are like a structure, parts of which support other parts’. So, we have to be individually strong, so that we are a strong structure when we come together. Hope that makes sense.
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      And it’s also a process and a journey getting to level 1 and staying at level 1. The key to aim to spend most of your time in 1. Understanding the we’ll not be perfect and be forgiving our ourselves when we fall.
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      A distinction that I would like to make here is the difference between an adult being childish and being childlike. An adult can be child like and still be mature and responsible. Being childlike is just a state of being open, present, creative, curious, judgement free, wanting to have fun and very playful; which is a very important state for adults to be able to access to be creative and live in the present. Being childish, however, is just not cool! Most of us, unfortunately, are stuck at a 6 year old level, emotionally. That’s why learning and becoming more emotionally intelligent is very important. It’s just a skill like any other skills.
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      I trust that make sense. Thanks again for your comment. Jazakallahu khairan.

    • Thanks for your feedback, noodlesndoodles =^o^= ;)
      The hard part is just ‘unfamiliar’. Be gentle with yourself, it takes time and patience. Pick one area of your life and start with that. Focus on building consistency and rituals. Start small and be consistent – one thing at a time. Trust that helps.

  2. Phew I thought I had missed out on the next article… Was looking forward to it and mashallah it certainly was up to the mark! Thank you so much for this series.

  3. Very helpful article i think productive Muslim website helped me 2 or 3 years ago to start being productive , Still some time we go down and leave our self but its up clear for me that i have to be on the right track. Thanks

  4. MashaaAllah… this article and insight is very interesting indeed!

    How I have one question regarding this and it would be great if you can please address this.

    What about the element of Qadr? Or fate? I understand everyone must take responsibility for their actions of course as stated in your article. But I’m just curious about where fate falls in here? You see belief in the divine is fundamental part of Imaan. So how does a productive Muslim come to terms of taking 100% responsibility for their actions and also accept that the outcome was ordained by fate?

    Your valuable insight will be much appreciated

  5. Thank you, Nada. Yes, I agree. ProductiveMuslim.com is a treasure trove of inspiration, motivation, tools and techniques for productivity.

    Saleh Abdullahi. Appreciate your kind words.

  6. May God bless you Thurein. I am really happy I found this article, firstly because it helped me see which level I am in now, which is level 2. So, I can say I am still an adolescent when it comes to productive thinking.
    Secondly, because it warms my heart to see how diverse the international Muslim community is and how people from different cultures, races, colours, communities, etc. can enrich our collective Muslim mind.