Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaykh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) said:
Two things are always to be done actively in every endeavor.
Firstly take the initiative and start working and secondly beseech Allah for its successful completion.
These two things are to be done for all things during your whole life and inshaAllah, you will succeed.
My Shaykh (Arifbillah Dr. Abdul Hayy Arifi ra) used to tell us, “Talk to Allah”.
Tell Him, “O Allah! I was involved in all these bad deeds, now I have taken the step to reform. Some of the sins I gave up but giving up the rest of them is becoming difficult for me due to the overpowering by my lower-self (nafs), shaytan, environment and my circumstances.
You alone can remove these overwhelming factors. It is not within my capability to do so. O Allah! Please, remove these crushing obstacles or else do not reprimand me in hereafter regarding them.”
Talk to Allah like this. Then you will find out how things work up for the best and how you are saved from the sins by Allah.
(Help comes after initiating the action: Islahi Khutbat 139-141/volume 11)