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You're listening to the productive Muslim podcast, season two, Episode Seven

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Assalamu alaikum. Everyone, welcome back to the productive Muslim podcast. I'm your host me from arrows. And we are on day seven of the pre Ramadan boot camp. So by now I hope you've picked your three challenges that we spoke about yesterday. So challenge to improve productivity socially, physically and spiritually. Alright, so now let's move on to today's episode. I'm going to speak to you about habits, behavioral changes, why do people change? What makes people change? Now, there's a theory by the Stanford professor, his name is BJ Fogg, you can google up his name, he has a lot of work on this particular area. And he went on to describe three reasons why people change their

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habit. And the first reason is that a person has an epiphany, meaning something hits them that completely changed their perception and forces them to change their behavior. So this can be a, say, a death of a close person in their family, that kind of makes them realize where they're going in life, and that they need to change certain things. It can also be something like a person has got results from a doctor and it said that they're diabetic. And now they have to change their diet. So that the second reason why people change is because a change of environment, your environment around you changes, so then it forces you to change your behavior as well. For example, you may have moved

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to a new town or city, or you may have changed jobs. So as a result, you have a different set of friends who have different habits and norms that affect your behavior. So that's the second reason why people change their habit. Now the third reason why people change their habit is because they make small changes towards their desired behavior. For example, you cut out dessert from your dinner and then after a while, you stop eating dessert at all during the day and eventually you avoid sugary foods. So this is an example of a small step and then it keeps going on to your desired behavior comes so these are three reasons why people change their habit.

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Now, here's the interesting part. When we look at the reasons why people change, and then we see the power of Ramadan, we noticed that Ramadan actually activates all of the above three reasons to change our behavior. For example, the first one that epiphany, Ramadan and epiphany. So what happens during Ramadan he said, There is so much emphasis in spirituality so many people go through epiphanies, moments when they realize who Allah is and how far they are from him. And then these epiphany is caused drastic changes in people's behavior. I mean, you may have heard of stories in which people have been making Toba they make repentance during Ramadan and then completely change

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their behaviors for the better. Now the other thing with the change of environment and Ramadan, we have a change of environment. We change our meals, our mealtime changes, we spend more time at the masjid now before Ramadan what might have happened is that we hung around with our friends are cafes and restaurants and now with Ramadan we end up meeting them in the masjid and we pray that Are we together before Ramadan what would have happened is that we had lunch on our own but now after Ramadan we all sit down as a family and have our meal together. So what happens is that Ramadan takes away the routine that we're used to and false is a new routine. Thus it changes our

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environment. So that's another opportunity for change. Finally when it comes to baby steps and Ramadan now this is an area that unfortunately is not made use of in Ramadan because what happens is that many people just jump into Ramadan with full force they recite so much Quran and this is in comparison to not reading Quran at all and in their prey so much and then by the middle and at the end of Ramadan. They just end up getting burnt out and they find it hard to keep up so so in Ramadan, the ability to take baby steps and work towards a desired change is so much easier. Which brings me to ask you the key message for today is thinking about how do we build the baby steps in

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our lives in our spiritual areas. Physical

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areas and social areas so that we can have a productive Ramadan. Now I want you to think about that, how can you use Ramadan to take these small steps? Now the great thing about this is that you are not waiting for Ramadan at the moment, you are actually using the time now in order to change your behavior by taking part in the weekly challenges. Which brings me to ask you the question, did you do your three challenges? Now I want you to let us know if you have done these challenges by heading over to our Show Notes for this episode. So that's productive Muslim podcast.com slash s to E seven. So let me know if you've done your spiritual challenge, your physical challenge and your social

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challenge. And I look forward to reading your comments and engaging with you there. Until then remember, be sincere and work hard.