The lazy ways to get closer to Allah.
It was narrated by al-Haakim in his Mustadrak and al-Tabaraani in his Mu’jam with a saheeh isnaad that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Faith wears out in your heart as clothes wear out, so ask Allaah to renew the faith in your hearts. https://islamqa.info/en/34306
Reflect on your deeds.
Take a few minutes a day to sit and think about your deeds. What were good about your actions? What were the not so good deed you did? It isn’t just about thinking about your actiond but reflecting deeply on them. What situation makes you do good? Which situation makes you do not so good? What can you do to avoid situations that make you 'do not so good'? What can you do to increase the situations that encourage you to do good deeds? Taking a few minutes to think about your deeds doesn't only reflect give you an idea of actions you do, it also gives you a sense of responsibility because it creates awareness.
After reflecting on your deeds, make it a habit to seek forgiveness from God and whomever you may have wronged. If the deed is one that requires repentance then repent from it action and be determined never to do it again. Now if you go back to it, don't beat yourself to it, there are six stages of changes. Be sure to acknowledge the problem, repent again, and be resolute not to go back to it.
Now about asking people to forgive you, it might just be a simple apology like 'hey I'm sorry about what I said to you earlier'. It does not have to go like 'hey forgive me for what I said earlier'. It's a bit difficult admitting to someone that you were wrong and you might even feel embarrassed about it but trust me it's the right thing to do.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever has wronged his brother with regard to his honour or anything else, let him seek his forgiveness today, before there will be no dinar and no dirham, and if he has any good deeds to his credit they will be taken from him in a manner commensurate with the wrong he did, and if he has no good deeds, then some of his counterpart’s bad deeds will be taken and added to his burden.” [al-Bukhaari]. https://islamqa.info/en/23328
Would you not like it if someone did something wrong to you and apologized? It give a good impression and shows responsibility. Constantly asking for forgiveness makes you more aware of your actions and increases sincerity because when you ask for forgiveness you admit you are wrong and you want to make things right/fix things.
The last but not least is to remember death. The prophet Muhammend (peace and blessing be upon him) said "Frequently remember the destroyer of pleasure-death" .If you think about it when we think about death we are suddenly brought back to the reality that we sometimes chose to ignore. Nothing last forever...not even us!
Questions start to pop up. Have I prepared for my death right now? Do I want to die doing this? What have I lived for? What will people remember me for? Did I live a good life?
Well......... what are you waiting for?
The hadith was gotten from islamqa.info
Culled from sherijourney.blogspot.com