Thinking Magically™ | The Art of Actively Living

October 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
– Steve Jobs

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We all come to grips with death
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Like everyone, I have had to deal with the death of loved ones. And interfacing with some of the hospice workers involved in those passages has been remarkable. In one instance, a hospice worker said to me: “He’s on a remarkable journey and will be learning lots of things.” I discovered that the journey was really that of everyone involved in the process. And we all learn lots.

Hospice workers have a checklist to determine whether someone moves into the actively dying stage. Relax. It’s not morbid or offensive. It’s a way of tracking the changes that take place as someone moves closer to dying and it is a natural way for them to help ensure that the person in their charge has comfort and dignity.

The dying process begins well before death actually happens. That got me to thinking. How many of us actually think about the process of living? Dale Carnegie once said: “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

It’s time to stop wishing. And start having.

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We do not all come to grips with living
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I’m going to borrow now from the hospice checklist. And I know that hospice usually refers to the care of the terminally ill. And the term hospice also means a lodging for travelers.

Aren’t we all just travelers at any given time? So that seems appropriate to me.

Borrowing from the hospice checklist then, there are two aspects to living — the Preactive Living Phase and the Actively Living Phase.

Preactive Living is that phase of your life where you take action and make an effort to actually participate in your own life, success, and dreams. This is not about living a life of reacting to things. Quite the contrary, this phase of your life is all about predicting your own future and then creating a life in accord with that anticipation, desire, and belief. This is the time when you consciously plan the changes in your life that will take you from a living a life of loss and reaction to living a life of fulfillment and power. Think of this as the design part of your life.

Actively Living is that phase of your life where you change, adopt, and manifest what you have predicted for yourself. It’s as much about actually producing your Now and Then as it is about actively controlling those things within your control. It is about living a life that might have some obstacles and yet you know that these can all be targeted and vanquished. Think of this as the implementation part of your life.

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Signs that you’re ready to finally enter the Preactive Living phase
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You will begin to notice some or all of the following when you are ready to start predicting and taking control of your life:

1.   You are increasing restless, confused, aroused, impatient, unable to stay gratified about things, and feel the need to take a firm stand about something (even if you don’t know what it is, yet)

2.  The social activities that used to interest you don’t excite you anymore

3.  You have less alertness, feel groggy, and feel like you’re walking through mud or water as you make your way thought Life

4.  You lose interest in those things that used to excite you

5.  You start daydreaming and fantasizing about what another life would look like for you

6.  You don’t just feel like you’re ready for a change — you are starting to say that out loud to others

7.  You find yourself getting sick more often than usual

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Signs that you’re ready to finally enter the Actively Living phase
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Once you enter the Preactive Phase, you will sit down and actually chart out the life you want to have instead of the just getting by with the one you’re living now. I’ve outlined in prior articles how to create the life of your dreams in complete detail. You might want to take a look through my blog for various ideas. Here’s one good place to start:

http://scottgrossberg.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/thinking-magically-dont-like-your-life-change-it/

The Actively Living phase is all about doing. As such, you will begin to notice some or all of the following when you are ready to start LIVING:

1.  An inability for others to negatively influence you or deflect you away from your personal success goal and dreams that will fulfill you

2.  You become a crusader for your own dreams, a maverick of your own thoughts, and somewhat of a nonconformist to others

3.  You find that you are actually breathing easier and have an increased confidence in your ability to handle anything that comes your way

4.  You start taking better care of your health, heart, and habits

5. You have little tolerance for stupid people and those who waste your time with their own little dramas

6.  You are so busy with your own life that you begin to notice an “out of sight, out of mind” situation with those things and people you don’t see or encounter frequently

7.  You stop complaining without also having a solution

8.  You stop complaining and simply take charge

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Stop existing. And start living.
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Actively Living is not easy. Everyone would be doing it if it was easy. But it is a simple concept. And it’s simple to put into practice. Just stop wishing. And start living as if you already have what you want.

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Thinking Magically™ | Knights in Shining Armor Are Needed Now More Than Ever

October 19, 2014 Leave a comment

But perhaps the chivalry and enchantments of our day take a different course from that of those in days gone by; and it may be, too, that as I am a new knight in the world, and the first to revive the already forgotten calling of knight-adventurers, they may have newly invented other kinds of enchantments and other modes of carrying off the enchanted. What thinkest thou of the matter, Sancho my son?

- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

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We Are All Knights Errant
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Making your mark in the world is one of the most important and satisfying duties you have. You are called to adventure every day. Many of you ignore that whispered voice inside your head that beckons you to your own glory. There are a few of you reading this, however, who whisper back — who raise your hand to the calling and yearn for something more and pledge to make today something more than yesterday was.

No matter how magnificent you might be in the privacy of your own home, the shine of your majesty and grandness won’t be seen by anyone else unless and until you go on a mighty Quest — one filled with romantic temptation and desire. Because, when you have a vision that is both emotionally satisfying and filled with starry-eyed creativity, you become unstoppable.

And the world is better off for your questing.

Are you up for the adventure?

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Your Most Honorable Quest Begins
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Once upon a time . . . there were stories of high- and marvel-filled adventures. Knights errant went on quests fueled by chivalry, romance, and honor. These wandering heroes searched high and low – literally and figuratively – for wild and exciting and dangerous journey to achieve a worthwhile goal (a person, an object, an outcome, or any combination of those).

Typically, these heroes quested and performed their mighty deeds in the name of a lady. They would conjure up her image and call forth her name before any exploit. Many carried an object from their lady (a locket with her hair, a strip of cloth, a piece of jewelry) as a way of intensifying the magic and purpose of the quest. These purposes and objects performed a mighty task — focusing the intention of the knight errant on a burning desire. Such focus worked a magic all its own. It naturally blocked out that which was extraneous, unsuitable, and pointless to the task at hand.

Indeed, a knight errant’s judgment and ego are very discriminating. Our charm-driven adventurers must be given reasons for giving their valuable attention and action to anything or anyone.

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Your Rules of Chivalry Are Born
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Even the most highly regarded knights errant were challenged to keep their focus and attention and desire centered. Rules of chivalry — outlining the warrior spirit of the day — were developed, sworn to, and followed. This chivalric code (code of conduct) helped our heroes understand the concepts of gallantry, valor, goodness, and honor.

How many of you have ever stopped to formulate, write out, and follow Rules of Chivalry?

My guess is that many of you have not. Because . . .

• You keep telling yourself you’re too busy to do so.
• Other things are vying for your attention and you keep acting like a firefighter for the small dramas in your life.
• You’ve convinced yourself you have all the time in the world.
• You think you “already know all this” so you don’t have to revisit it now.
•  You don’t know where to start.

All of these are obstacles to be overcome. Still, creating and following personal Rules of Chivalry is a lot of work. So, if you’re going to be knight errant, you’ve got to be dedicated and focused.

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Try These 20 Rules of Chivalry On For Size

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The purpose of adopting a warrior code for yourself is to live a life of respect and honor. Here are some “rules” of you to take over, revise, and let serve as triggers for your own creations.

1.  Pay attention to details and to people and to your intent.
2.  Treat others with kindness.
3.  Show respect for those who are worthy.
4.  Say “Please” and “Thank You” and flatter often.
5.  Take nothing for granted.
6.  Defend the honor of those who matter.
7.  Be calm and confident and sexy and enticing in any situation.
8.  Have a sense of humor in any situation.
9.  Treat your lover like you would a beautiful god or goddess.
10.  Honor your faith with conscious purpose.
11.  Protect the frail and vulnerable from aggressors.
12.  Live for honor and glory and keep them secure.
13.  Fight passionately for what you believe in.
14.  Inspire trust by always speaking the truth.
15.  Have your deeds follow your words.
16.  Never start something you aren’t willing to finish.
17.  Never turn your back on an enemy.
18. Open people’s minds by opening your own heart.
19. Do not draw back in the face of power.
20.  Love and long and live well.

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Yes, These Things Work Even Today

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Richelle E. Goodrich (Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year) wrote: “My knight may not wear a coat of shining armor, but his code of glowing honor will never fail to protect us both from evils far worse than any fire-breathing dragon.” I wish for you your own “code of glowing honor” — one that makes you brave, polite, gracious, noble, courteous, polite, cultured, kind, diligent, and confident in the face of any enchantment this modern world might throw in your path.

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Thinking Magically™ | The No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming Invisible

October 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Harry looked down at his body, or rather, what had been his body, for it didn’t look anything like his anymore. It was not invisible; it had simply taken on the exact colour and texture of the kitchen unit behind him. He seemed to have become a human chameleon.

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH YOU
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Being passionately driven and acting like a heat-seeking missile all the time is naturally going to draw a lot of attention. Most of the times, others just aren’t that enthusiastic or driven. That can make you the “next shiny thing” all the time. There may be times, however, when being an attraction isn’t going to serve you well. In fact, every good magician will tell you that there has to be sometime when, out of the spotlight, you can take care of the mundane things that will enable the magic to work.

In fact, today’s discussion is all about the arcane power of being unseeable and undetectable.

Don’t believe that there’s power in that?

Well, consider this: when people are asked what magical power they would like to have, one of the top contenders is “being invisible.”

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WHEN YOU’RE INVISIBLE, YOU CAN ACT AT WILL
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There’s an amazing poem by William Wordsworth called “The World is Too Much With Us.” And it begins like this:

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Take a moment and think back to a time when there was so much attention focused on you that, quite simply, you were “wasting your powers.” You know those times. Your magnetic personality stood in the way of actually getting the real work done. Your bold accomplishments made you a target for naysayers and competitors. Your status attracted too much publicity that you became the story rather than the outcome of what you desired being the story.

There’s an even bigger downside to the attention you draw — when you are bolstering, nourishing, and feeding the attention of others, there is precious little time for you to take a step back from it all and judge what’s working and what isn’t from the perspective of your desired outcome. The world isn’t just too much with you, the world just becomes too much.

Being a successful magician (being consistent and effective in manifesting your goals) has much to do with attending to your intending. When you have the tools of cover, silence, and disguise, you really can do as you please. Even in the midst of others.

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BEING INVISIBLE IS ABOUT GETTING THINGS DONE
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Some of you must be wondering: “Scott, you always talk about living Life to its fullest and living big and living large. Now you want us to be invisible. What’s up with that?

I’m not suggesting that you “be invisible” forever. Not even for an extended period of time. I want you to understand that — to accomplish your intentions — you may also need to be less conspicuous, less “out there,” less identifiable, at times.

Here’s the interesting thing . . . we are a society that moves so fast, has such instant access to information, and is so impulse drive that, for the most part, we are an “out of sight, out of mind” culture. That means all you need to do to be invisible is just be a little low-key for a short time. Trust me . . . people will move on to the next shiny thing until you appear, again, at just the right time.

So, how do we turn invisible at will (rather than being relegated to invisibility by others)?

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THE “OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND” SYSTEM
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Being invisible is about choosing a response to a given situation, not about a reactive, knee-jerk backlash. This means you need to practice these steps so that they become a mighty tool available for you whenever and wherever you determine. This will allow you the breathing room to make certain you are on track and the inattention necessary to circumvent or surmount challenges.

STEP ONE. DECIDE WHY YOU WANT TO BE INVISIBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Magicians have always been afforded a place of formal power in society. They accomplish things. They are compelling. And they are generally influential. Effective magicians, though, have also learned that informal power — being able to manifest goals without formal recognition —has its place. Think of Merlyn as he guided King Arthur to greatness (or any other king-maker in history). You don’t have to be the center of attention all the time. Take a moment to consider whether a goal would be achieved faster and more competently by you being the power behind the throne for a short while.

STEP TWO. MAKE IT ABOUT SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ELSE.
Once you decide that being temporarily invisible will serve you well, it’s time to divert attention off of you and onto someone or something else. This means you need to step outside yourself for a moment and figure out where you want to direction to. If you want to move attention to someone else, figure out what’s important for that person and then do all you can — in words and deeds — to further that other person’s needs and wants. If you want to divert attention to some “thing,” then take the time needed to figure out why others should care about this other “thing.” Then — again, in words and deeds — start promoting this other “thing” so that people can jump on the bandwagon.

STEP THREE. KEEP YOUR INVISIBILITY UNTIL IT NO LONGER SERVES YOU.
Once you achieve invisibility, you will, at once, start seeing how selfish the rest of the world really is (they’ll all deny it, of course — no one likes to think they’re selfish). The interesting thing about being invisible is that you also start to see the opportunists and backstabbers and polarity responders suddenly have the spotlight shifted to themselves. Their real intentions will become transparent and, generally, won’t be able to survive the “heat.” This is your chance to then reappear at just the right time and in just the right place.

It was Sun Tzu in “The Art of War” who said: “O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible, and hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands.” Here’s to you learning to hold your own Fate in your own hands!

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Thinking Magically™ | 10 Ways Guaranteed To Make Prosperity Harder

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
– C. S. Lewis

Each of has our own way of being and doing and thinking and accepting. Many times, we be, do, think, and accept in ways that are self-destructive or designed to undermine a desired outcome.
Lack of obtaining the success that you envision is usually a direct result of the way you behave and believe . . . not just a matter of chance.
I’ve found that there are 10 main ways you can behave and believe (usually choosing to react rather than respond to Life’s challenges) that are less than empowering and certainly not magical.

Take a look and ask yourself if you’ve fallen prey to any of these:

1. Your close circle of friends is not made up of people who empower you. I’ve said this before: take a look at your closest friends and find the one who is the weakest link. More likely than not, the entire circle is making allowances and excuses and giving pardon to that weakness. That makes all of you less potent and you begin to take on those disadvantages.

2.  You believe what people tell you without asking, “Is that true? It’s so easy to commiserate and share in Life’s frustrations with others, isn’t it? Other than an immediate gratification of seeing who claims to be “worse off” than the other, what does this type of pity party actually accomplish? More importantly, how often are you listening to the drama of others and then adopting that way of thinking, believing, and doing yourself? It’s time to stop simply accepting what others say and start asking, “is that true?

3.  You think you’re a mindreader. Very few of you are actual mindreaders. You don’t know what someone else is thinking. You don’t know what they are feeling. And you don’t know what their intention is. Even when they give voice to it. What you can rely upon is what they actually do. Start giving more important to what people do — not what they say — and certainly not what you are imagining they are thinking, feeling, and believing.

4.  You keep staring at the Past. You have a Past. Get over it. The Past is where you have learned your lessons. But you need to take those lessons and use them in the Present to create the Future of your dreams. If all you do is live in the Past, then you aren’t living at all. You’re coping and you’re plotting revenge and you’re feeling sorry for yourself. If staring at the Past isn’t serving you well, it’s time to put a nice ribbon on it, put it in a closet, and start unwrapping the gift of the Present.

5.  You take before giving. Those who enjoy consistent, fulfilling, and lavish success all have done the same thing: they have envisioned what they want to achieve. Then they have started acting in accordance with already having that outcome. That necessarily includes filling in the blank to the following statement: “I would give ______________ to have my dream come true.” Once you have the blank filled in, start doing whatever that is right now.

6.  You haven’t voiced specific, articulable goals. If you can’t distinguish one goal from another, you can’t possibly know when true success has been reached. If you have a special or unique goal, then envision it in all its glorious detail. And express it to others. Others need your vision and your voice in order to become raving fans, supportive cheerleaders, and teammates.

7.  You don’t take any risks. Each of us has a different level of risk tolerance. But there are some who won’t take any risks at all. The odds, by the way, are usually better than you feel they are. Beside, it was Helen Keller who said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller overcame incredible odds. If she can do, so can you.

8.  You make decisions based on scarcity. A very close cousin to not taking risks, is the behavior of choosing based on a belief of deficiency. Life is filled to the brim with opportunities, things, people, and events. When you actually take the time to assess your Life with a “get real” attitude, you immediately find that you have abundance. I dare you to start making your decisions “as if” you already had everything you want.

9.  You’re less concerned with being effective than you are with being appealing. You won’t appeal to everyone. You won’t be liked by everyone. You won’t make decisions that everyone will agree with. And, as soon as you do something someone else doesn’t like, you might even be called an asshole. So what? Your obligation is to do what needs to be done to produce the outcome or effect you want to achieve.

10.  You let others pirate your ideas, inventions, and innovations. One of these days you, will stop being a doormat. One of these days, you will get tired of being the prey for others. One of these days, you will place value on your creations. When that day comes, you can then stand up for what’s right and what’s yours and what will actually make your prosperous.

If you’ve read through this list and even said, “Hey, I do that,” once — you’re making your life harder than it has to be. It’s time to get real, realign your thoughts and behaviors, and become an incredible success rocket!

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Thinking Magically™ | The Top 15 TED Talks For Magicians

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.
– Amy Poehler

Ideas worth spreading.” That’s the tag line for TED – a now-ubiquitous, coveted spotlight, and overly-imitated conference that, since 1984, has offered the world 18-minute “short, powerful talks.” At TED you get to hear from the likes of Dan Pink, Steve Jobs, Sir Ken Robinson, J.J. Abrams, Seth Godin, and Al Gore. Famous people cramming their big lives into a small amount of time. And there are the not-so-famous people expanding their reach will such clarity and passion that you want to know them better.

If you haven’t done so already, you can discover TED Talks here:

http://www.ted.com/

Everyone has their favorite TED Talk(s). The interesting thing is that that choice says more about you than you might otherwise be willing to admit. Because I’m devoted to providing you with resources to turn you into the success you desire for yourself, I thought it might be fun to find what I consider to be the Top 15 TED Talks For Magicians.

You’ll have heard of some of the people I list. But there are those who will be new to you. The idea behind this list is to get you motivated, keep you inspired, provide you with figments of someone else’s imagination that you can capture for your own use, and suggest that there are better, more efficient, and more effective ways for you to reach your success than you might have daydreamed on your own.

So here’s my personally cultivated list of those videos that I know will teach you a little something about the magic that’s needed to be the success you’ve always wanted:

THE TOP 15 TED TALKS FOR MAGICIANS
(in no particular order, at all,
so you’re forced to explore and enjoy)

Derek Sivers – How to Start a Movement

Founder and former president of CD Baby, Derek Sivers (a musician and circus clown) shares with you an amazing video on how to start a movement and what has to happen for it to succeed.

Sir Richard Branson – Life at 30,000 Feet

The founder and CEO of the Virgin Group talks to you about his life running his companies, competing, sustaining your dreams, and what motivates him.

Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability, Courage, Authenticity, and Shame

Scholar, author, and speaker, Brene Brown, and author of “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, More” shares her insights on being vulnerable and how to be transparent in order to be powerful.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

The author of “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last” gives you his model for inspirational leadership and shows you the importance of constantly asking and answering one question: “Why?”

Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do

Arguably the world’s top motivational coach, Tony Robbins talks to you about motivation, passion, and the reasons behind what you do what you do.

Martin Hagger – Sport Psychology – Inside the Mind of Champion Athletes

Professor of Psychology at Curtin University, Martin Hagger, explains what being a champion – meeting success and dealing with failure – means from an internal programming perspective.

Benjamin Zander – The Transformative Power of Classical Music

The author of “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life” and the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra will show you how to be a leader, how to manifest greatness, and how to bring a “shine” to someone else’s eyes.

Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation

Bestselling author, Dan Pink, talks to you about management, engagement, self-direction, and providing employees with autonomy.

J.J. Abrams – The Mystery Box

Massively successful producer, writer, actor, and director, J.J. Abrams, talks about how “mystery” inspires and motivates him. You will want your own “Mystery Box” when he’s done with you.

Elizabeth Gilbert – Success, Failure and The Drive to Keep Creating

The author of “Eat, Prey, Love” becomes transparent and talks to you about moving forward after you obtain success and surviving past and through other people’s expectations.

Seth Godin – How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

Marketing guru, Seth Godin, talks about the importance of spreading the idea of success – not just inventing something successful.

Gary Vaynerchuk – Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape

Entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuk, spoke at the Web 2.0 Expo and passionately talks to you about your users, fans, customers, and doing what you want to do for the rest of your life . . . and monetizing it. Hustle, folks!

Chris Hadfield – What I Learned From Going Blind in Space

What’s the scariest or most dangerous thing you’ve ever done? Col. Chris Hadfield tells you about his career as an astronaut and what he learned about the power of being prepared and dealing with danger, fear, and stress.

Kevin Roberts – The Power of Love

The CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi and author of “Lovemarks” shows you how the power of love drives marketing. You will learn a new role for your business.

Steve Jobs – Stanford Commencement Address – How to Live Before You Die

Not a formal TED Talk, but part of the TED library of offerings. The title speaks for itself.

BONUS VIDEO – The Crazy Ones (actually narrated by Steve Jobs)

If you don’t watch any other video . . . watch this one.

Enjoy!

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The Deck of Shadows | (Guest Post) A Three-Step Reading System Using The Dynamic Spreads Deck

September 21, 2014 Leave a comment

He opened the book at random, or so he believed, but a book is like a sandy path which keeps the indent of footsteps.
― Graham Greene, The Human Factor

Today’s Guest Post is from Bill Reichle — creator of The Dynamic Spreads Deck. Bill is going to share with you a 3-Step Process for realigning and reorienting your own life and giving greater depth to any readings you might do.

Take it away, Bill . . .

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Guest Post by Bill Reichle

Creator of The Dynamic Spreads Deck

Are you feeling stuck and in need of a bit of assistance, or maybe you’re just pondering the ebbs and flows of your life? Tarot or Oracle decks are a great way of shaking things up and giving you a fresh perspective. And to get the most out of those tools, I’ve come to rely on a 3 step process.

1.    Ask good questions

2.    Welcome and receive the advice (let it really sink in)

3.    Act on the advice (assuming, your “gut” agrees!)

Those instructions are certainly simple, but how you carry them out is another matter. The devil is in the details, as usual. The last step, the follow-through on the advice or inspiration, can be a challenge for many (if not most). But you’re in good hands in that regard, as Scott Grossberg is the master of motivation hacks.

Step 2 is about your reflection and interaction with the cards, a tool for seeking answers and wisdom. There are countless books on this subject so I won’t dwell on this point. You can also checkout an instructional video I made on the topic which uses Scott’s Deck of Shadows and art books as an example of a divinatory tools.

Asking the right questions, is the part that’s been intriguing me lately. I even created a spread deck to support this area of interest. If you’ve ever worked with Oracle or Tarot cards, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a “spread” — an imaginary backdrop of questions (positions) for the cards to be laid upon. For example, if you pose a mental question “what do I most need to know today?” and then pulled a Tarot card to answer it, you’re essentially using a one-position spread.

I liken the use of these divination tools to the notion of speaking with the archetypal old wise woman or man. In the movies, they tend to be silent until you ask them something. If you don’t ask the right questions, you won’t receive the information you most dearly need. And this is how I feel it is when we utilize divination tools.

Knowing the right questions is surprisingly more difficult than you might think, and this will be the focus of this post.
Here are a few reasons why it’s important:

•    Saves time by calling attention to important matters. Using the signal to noise ratio as an analogy, a good question focuses on the signal.

•    Changes your perspective: Interesting questions can poetically shift the way you see things.

•    Places a mirror in front of your face. We often look at others for why we are in the situation we are in, or for why we feel a certain way about something.

Sometimes we need to ask how we played a role in it.

My spread deck — Dynamic Spreads Deck, was designed to make it easier to ask the important questions — to see issues from different perspectives, and to shake things up a bit. It’s a set of 105 cards, with 1 or 2 implicit questions per card. Each question is considered a spread position.

To use a spread deck, you need to first choose the questions you want, then choose and lay down your oracle cards

There are two ways you can select cards from a spread deck.

1.    Spreadcrafting: Look through the cards and actively choose which ones you find appropriate for the issues or concerns you or your client has.

2.    Spreadomancy: Passively choose spread cards, where you’re not aware of what you selected until you turn the card over.

Both methods have their place. First, let’s look at how they can improve self-readings.

Self-readings

Both selection methods for choosing spread cards are effective in self-readings. If there is a known area of your life that could benefit from some support or attention, you can consciously craft a spread with a focus on the specific areas you need to work on.

Spreadomancy, however, is a fantastic way to let the universe (collective unconscious or whatever you call it) prompt you into investigating topics or questions you may be overlooking, but it’s important nonetheless. For anyone who stopped doing self-readings, I think you’ll find yourself falling in love with them again, if you use this technique.

Neuroscientist Dr. Michael Merzenich has said that the brain reduces its complexities of its operations as we age. That is, when you seek an answer, you come up with fewer possibilities. Your view and perspective becomes more narrow. However, we know that an exorcised brain can help combat these loses. Surprises and working outside our norm is like health food for our brain. Spreadomancy can produce surprising and interesting combinations that can have you easily expanding your area of focus. It can have you looking into areas that you may have shut down and stopped paying attention to.

Reading for Others

When reading for others, spreadcrafting is fantastic for people who’ve never had a reading before. A new customer, who isn’t sure what questions to ask, can be assisted by working with the reader to co-create a spread that’s right for them. It gets the customer involved in the process, which has them taking more ownership for how to move forward after they leave.

One of my favorite uses for spreadomancy when reading for others was actually an idea from Scott. After performing a reading using your tried and true techniques, you can conclude the session by randomly pulling a Theme card to see what the Universe wants them to pay attention to. Sometimes the mundane issues your client is focused on is not the same thing as what they should really be looking at.

If you’re interested in learning more about checkout the gallery page on my website.

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Thanks, Bill. I really love your Dynamic Spreads Deck. And so do all the people I’ve shared it with.

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Thinking Magically™ | 40 Signs You Might Be a Magician (Part 2)

September 14, 2014 Leave a comment

 “The study of magic is not a science, it is not an art, and it is not a religion. Magic is a craft. When we do magic, we do not wish and we do not pray. We rely upon our will and our knowledge and our skill to make a specific change to the world.
This is not to say that we understand magic, in the sense that physicists understand what atomic particles do whatever it is that they do. Or perhaps they don’t understand that yet, I can never remember. In any case, we do not and cannot understand what magic is, or where it comes from, any more than a carpenter understands why a tree grows. He doesn’t have to. He works with what he has.

- Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Last week we covered the first 16 signs that you might be a magician. Today, we finish up with the remaining 24.

17.  You’re a puzzle solver. You’re a problem solver. You’re a fixer.

18.  You tire of things and people easily when it’s the same “over and over” again.

19.  You’re dependable and loyal. But you’re also full of initiative. Others can trust that you will be a powerhouse when needed.

20.  You don’t believe that magicians walk through walls. You believe there’s always an explainable and doable way around, through, or over something. That doesn’t mean you’re not above letting someone else think you’ve just done the impossible.

21.  Your imagination generally runs wild with all the possibilities that are presented to you on an hourly basis. Your challenge is choosing the possibility that will yield you the most productive results.

22. You believe that rules apply to everyone else – just not you. “Do as you will so long as you harm none,” is a maxim you would do well to follow.

23.  You’ve learned that networking with other magicians is the surest way to perfect your own craft.

24.  You also learned – long ago – there’s nothing new under the sun. However, you also know that, so long as you’re part of the new mix, unparalleled magic can happen.

25. You can be quite narrow minded when it comes to the result you want to manifest.

26.  Magic is seen by others as uncertain, sporadic, and unforeseeable. You, on the other hand, know that magic is controllable, manageable, and inevitable. You’ve learned how to call on your personal magic so that it responds when, where, and as needed.

27. You understand that one of the essential rewards of magic is seeing its effects on others. Still, you savor your time alone.

28.  When you’re fixed on an outcome you want to manifest, you are resolute and stubborn.

29.  You have a select and well-tended group of close friends – the people who “get you.” After all, you are an acquired taste.

30.  You don’t need as much sleep as everyone else. The world is full of magic and enchantment and things waiting to capture your imagination. You can’t wait to wake up to that.

31.  You understand what others need to see to be entertained and consumed and beguiled. You’ve done your study as to the words and body language you need to show in order to cast your spell.

32.  You don’t waste your time with those who would waste your time.

33.  And you feel like you’re running out of time.

34.  There are those who think you’ve gone “around the bend” at times. Hell, you’re a magician. It’s your job to manifest something from nothing and create wonder in the world. If that’s not a bit loopy, I don’t know what is.

35. You don’t just believe in magic, you believe your magical. It’s a calling. It’s a need. It’s more than just a feeling. It’s part of who you are.

36.  You don’t believe in coincidences. Things happen for a reason. And good things happen to you a lot.

37.  You believe that your instincts are most important than all the book learning in the world.

38.  You know that The Matrix, Inception, and Limitless were really documentaries.

39.  The thoughts and visions in your head would be difficult for most people to keep up with. And you’re passionate about each and every one of them.

40. You live and love to spread the magic! You know that magic needs to be shared. And it needs to be used or it moves on.

So – there you have it. 40 signs that you might be a magician. How’d you do?

The world is full of people who don’t or can’t believe in magic. Theirs is a world of reaction, fear, and making do. There are a few of you, however, who have stepped out into the world, exerted your magical wills, and are shaping this place in your own images. Here’s to your continued magical success!

If you enjoyed any of these articles, I’d be grateful if you click below to share this with others. That’s right, go ahead and help spread this information by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Thank you!

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© 2014 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com
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