Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gives a beautiful lecture on what Allah sees or wants to see in us.
The secret of our striving in this life is to find out what our Rabb wants from us at every moment and stage of our lives and then do it to the best of our ability. Similarly, we should work towards in an identical manner for all people.
The first thing to do is have a proper attitude in the light of Deen and to understand ourselves. Allah created man in the best of forms, pleasing in appearance, and endowed with abilities, qualities, and intellect which indicates that they have been endowed to us with a valid reason and hence, we should use them wisely.
We must also build character which encompasses no lying, no cheating, using polite language, humility, respect for elders, and sensitivity to humans, animals, plants – i.e., all living beings.
Attributes like pride in terms of lineage or the power, position, wealth, status, etc. that the world offers on a platter is definitely not acceptable.
Whoever suffered an affliction, should acknowledge that it occurred by Allah’s wisdom and decree, and then should patiently await Allah’s reward – Allah will guide his heart and will compensate him for his loss in this life by granting him certainty in faith.