Recipe for Success

Shaykh ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz Ad-Dabbagh r.a. mentioned that ‘amal can be classifed into two types. First is personal amal like solat, dhikr, done for the sake of Allah. Second is amal which benefits others like charity. 
The first type has effects in this world like increasing your faith, knowledge of Allah, and removing doubts. All of these benefits and strengthens the soul. Its benefit in the akhirah is increase in vision of Allah Exalted is He.
The second type has effects in this world such as increase in sustenance and warding off calamities. Thus it has a bodily benefit. The effects in akhirah consists of food, partners & beautiful sights in paradise etc.
The first is likened to honey which gives strength and healing but not mass. The second is likened to butter which gives mass. This is part of the interpretation of the dream which Abu Bakar As-Siddiq r.a. tried to explain.