Posted by: Dawud Israel | April 10, 2008

Gradualism: How to be all you can be!

People wish they could become like the Sahabas (ra) overnight. And the truth is it doesn’t happen like that.

No, the way it happens is MUCH EASIER than they imagine. People just can’t believe that this is indeed how it works and let shaytaan overburden them.

The tradition of the Sahabas (ra) was to learn an ayah or a hadith and then go and implement it as soon as possible. Read that again. They did not learn it all and then profess to be Sahabas (ra) all of a sudden. No, they were who they were because they walked the talk.

The Sahabas (ra) would add one new thing to their daily routine. They would do one new thing all the time and perfect it and then move on to new stuff. And they kept adding to their routine day by day and before you knew it they became The Best Generation.

(Climb that impossible mountain!)

I call this “Gradualism” and this is the thinking I use in all the things I do. I add one new thing everyday or every few days, depending on it’s difficulty.

One new dhikr.

One new project.

One new post.

One new friend.

One new ayah.

And then before you know it you will be something else, Insha Allah!
This is the same philosophy experts use in fitness training, smart kids in school, rich people in their money.

The benefits of this:

1) Adding one new “thing” and perfecting it becomes a habit. It crystallizes after a certain amount of days and becomes unbreakable. A good habit definitely pays out more than a bad habit!

2) Teaches time management because you will focus on improving yourself and learn to manage your time to get the most out of your day without ever knowing it!

3) Build up more and more. If you can do one thing easily than you will realize how easily you can do so many other things you can do.

4) Shift your thinking from all the things you MUST do to the things you CAN do. It’s a big difference.

5) Move towards a successful attitude that really will get noticed. This attitude will affect other things you do and than you’ll realize you are at a totally new different level.

6) When you focus on these new habits that really matter and benefit you–you will find it easy to eliminate those habits which have not benefited you.

Remember two keys:

A) Doing things consistently-never leave these new habits

B) Doing things gradually-never add too much or else it is sudden

Take that first step NOW and before you know it the journey’s progress will explode exponentially!

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


  1. Awesome article, barak allahu feek

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