When times get tough, keep pushing through and remain positive. Everything will work out in time. Insha Allah.
The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
To cultivate inner stillness is to remain at peace even while all else falls apart. To be able to breathe, centre yourself, and have faith that the pieces around you will be picked up again in time. Life is a cycle through many ups and downs, so have patience. Don’t let that offset your stillness.
The key to success and productivity isn't to try to maximize every single minute in the day, but to spend at least a portion of the day focusing on the things that are most important.