Steven Covey described it in his book; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The 2nd habit is “Begin with the End in Mind”.
Think about it.
The Quran massively talks about akhirah, in which God has reminded us to ‘Begin with the end in mind’ – the end is the akhirah.
How do we want to see ourselves in akhirah?
Think about it.
In surah Al-Waqiah, [56: 8,9,10] three kinds of people are mentioned:
[56:8] So those on the Right Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Records in their right hands), Who will be those on the Right Hand? (As a respect for them, because they will enter Paradise).
[56:9] And those on the Left Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Record in their left hands), Who will be those on the Left Hand? (As a disgrace for them, because they will enter Hell).
[56:10] And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds)] will be foremost (in Paradise).
Which one would we prefer to be part of?
While at the gas station the other day, I saw the main news on the newspaper; a statistic shows that most of us spend 4 hours per day on our gadget.
Are we getting smarter by looking at our phone endlessly? Are we getting happier by spending time in front of the television?
Think about it.
As T Harv Eker mentioned in his book,
“We each came to this earth with natural talents, things we’re just naturally good at. These gifts were given to you for a reason: to use and share with others. Research shows that the happiest people are those who use their natural talents to the utmost. Part of your mission in life then must be to share your gifts and value with as many people as possible. That means being willing to play big.”
You could be good in architecture. So you use your talent to design houses, buildings, and many people could live and work in it peacefully.
Maybe you’re good in fixing cars. You open up a workshop, and you help a lot of car owners.
Or you’re good in cooking. You become a chef or open up a restaurant, and feed a lot of people with halal and good food.
Perhaps you’re good in public speaking. You use it to give lectures, motivate people, or even teach a course on cultivating self confidence.
Each of us have different abilities and talents that we could benefit a lot of people.
If we spend our time endlessly checking our phone or flipping the channels on TV, we might never have a chance to ‘pause’ and think about our life thoroughly.
I wrap up my article here by sharing part of  Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan lecture and  a hadith:-
 Nouman Ali Khan’s lecture – Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness
“Allah has not burden us with anything except with your own potential. Did you have the potential to be better?
Could you have done more?
And Allah will hold you accountable with what you could have done. Not the bare minimum, but the maximum.
Allah want you to push yourself and show Him what you are made of.
We should not afford to be satisfied with mediocrity. As a Muslim, we have to push ourselves to better.
This is the time to push yourself, not sit back and play video games. This is not the time to watch movie after movie after movie. You have much bigger things to do. The entire world is waiting for the impact you would have.
You have to be the person of excellence. Because you from now on, thinking about impact. Every single young men and women in this audience should be thinking of what did Allah have given me.
What talent did He give me? What impact would I have on this planet because of it? What am I gonna do with it?
And as you think about that impact, then you realize what you are really working towards. You working towards contentment meeting with Allah. And that is our ultimate truth.
You want to be able to show Allah that you did everything in your potential. That’s what you want to be able to do.
Other people see you, people will say, “I want to be like him. Everything he does is awesome.”
That is what our ummah need. People of excellence. And then these people are going to have impact.
Young people please listen.
What is your life going to mean, if your life is just one video game to the next, if your life is just one episode to the next of the show, what are you pursuing?
You have to think higher than that. Think about the quality of life we are living in. The quality of the day you had.
What time did we wake up for Fajr this morning?
Who did you talk to?
How did you spend your time?
What did you do?
What was the quality of your day?
Fix that, and inshaAllah this ummah has a bright future.
Because once you start thinking about the ultimate truth, about the impact, there are going to be ideas coming out from this room, there are going to be creativity coming out from this room, there are going to be projects coming out from this room, that are going to change the world over.
May Allah make these people, the heroes of this ummah. The people of effort that people next generation come back and say, “Man, we want to beat them.They are the gold standard.”
Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to pay his debt, or to feed his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Medina for a month. Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his faults. Whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could fulfill his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah the Exalted will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.”
[Malay translation] “Manusia paling disukai Allah adalah mereka yang paling bermanfaat untuk manusia yang lain, dan amalan yang paling dicintai Allah adalah kegembiraan yang engkau masukkan ke dalam (hati) seorang muslim, atau engkau hilang kesusahannya, atau engkau bantu melunaskannya dari belenggu hutang, atau engkau hilangkan kelaparannya. Dan kerana seseorang yang berjalan dengan saudaranya untuk membantu memenuhi hajatnya lebih aku sukai daripada beriktikaf di dalam masjid ini, iaitu masjid (Nabawi) di Madinah, selama sebulan. Dan barangsiapa yang menahan kemarahannya maka Allah akan tutupi kekurangannya, dan siapa yg menahan kemarahannya, sedangkan dia sangat ingin meluahkan kemarahannya itu, nescaya Allah akan menenangkan (meredhai) hatinya pada hari kiamat, dan siapa yang berjalan bersama saudaranya sehingga berjaya membantu memenuhi hajatnya, nescaya Allah akan mengukuhkan kakinya di atas sirat pada hari yang banyak kaki-kaki tergelincir daripadanya (sirat).”
Think about it; what kind of work we could do, that enable us to help others?
Nouman Ali Khan – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness