The touchstone (kimiya) for islah is determination (himmat).
It is developed by
- Increasing one’s knowledge about the importance of the actions being neglected.
- Being in the company of people who already have determination, the pious (buzurgan e deen).
- Reading about the predecessor pious (akabir and ahl-e-himmat o muhabbat). Book Nuzhatul Basateen is best compilation about this.
- Making dua regularly. Asking Allah for determination everyday.
- Keeping in contact with the Shaykh irrespective of one’s condition (bad or good).