Thinking Magically™ | Banishing Target Fixation

There is a fundamental and powerful aspect of making magic work in a real world setting; namely, the concept of simply being tuned in to what is going on around you! When you really take the time to consider it, all of the positive thinking in the world won’t be nearly as useful as it could be if your encouraging thoughts don’t ever rise above the level of simple, wishful thinking. Wishful thinking, without appreciation of how things are actually going and taking any corrective action that might be needed, is simply a desire that invites disenchantment.

One of the deceptions we play on ourselves comes into being when our doubts take on more importance than needed. This is something that fighter pilots, motorcyclists, and skydivers have long recognized as target fixation. Target fixation is a term that generally describes a situation where you become so focused – in an almost hypnotic fashion – on what you want (your target), that you either lose awareness of or you fail to appreciate the obstacles and challenges that might otherwise need your attention.

This same concept applies to the craft of designing a purpose-filled and magical life.

Lately, I have come across many people who – either in planning for the new year or just working on their own personal attraction theories – seem so self-absorbed in their own conjurings that they have turned a blind eye to the world that is rotating beneath their feet and constantly moving around them. In fact, this usually occurs when we are running away from a supposed bad outcome, rather than running toward a good result. In fact, sometimes we try to avoid something so much, that we end up running smack dab into the very wall we were trying to steer clear of.

Oh, we humans are truly great at justifying our single mindedness with great fervor. But, in some cases the hope of a better future has rendered you unable to see what’s right in front of your eyes – now.

Being intent on an outcome and zeroed in on a goal are easily praiseworthy. But . . . admit it . . . sometimes our goals, dreams, and aspirations need good old fashioned direction, action, and tending. In other words, sometimes our magic needs persistent command and control. This is where the concept of situational awareness comes into play.

Situational awareness is also a military term that generally describes being aware of the world around you so that you can appreciate and understand how that information, the events that are unfolding, and – yes – your actions and decisions are impacting upon your chosen goals and objectives. This is a dynamic situation that takes into account Now and the immediate Future.

To give you an example of what I am talking about, pretend for a moment that a plane is flying from Los Angeles to New York. But for the world continuing to turn (It doesn’t stop for anyone, does it?), the pilot would be easily able to fly the plane in a direct line towards the chosen destination. Because the earth is always spinning, however, the pilot cannot wing his way in a straight line. Rather, he has to relentlessly keep amending his flight path to compensate for the movement and changes around him. (For those of you who want to research this further, it is called the Coriolis Effect.)

Fortunately, banishing target fixation does not have to be baffling nor hard. Likewise, the approach you take to handling the numerous variables around you (your situational awareness) can be easy. Here are some tips I’ve learned:

  1. Find a charismatic and enthralling attraction to your chosen target or goal. Look to where you want to go – not to where you don’t want to go.
  2. Focus intently on your favored target or goal and, most importantly, the positive reasons why you want to achieve it. Bring all of your emotion and imagery to your fantasy. The world may disappear for short time while you do this, and that’s alright. For a short time.
  3. Then wake up! Take a step back and actually live your life. Keep looking far enough down the road so that you can effortlessly envision your goal coming true, but also pay attention to what is right in front of you, as well.
  4. As life continues, keep asking yourself, Do I deserve victory? Are you relentlessly seeking to do the right thing? When reaching your target or goal becomes more important than doing the right thing, it might be time for you to reassess your path. Magic may demand sacrifices, of sorts, but never at the cost of your own integrity.
  5. Be daring enough to change your course when you know, on a gut level, that something is not right. Perhaps what you are looking at needs to be changed so that the direction in which you are traveling changes with you. It is always easy to find negative things. But . . . if magic was easy, everyone would be doing it.
  6. Finally, keep practicing the craft of learning to focus on where you want to go while, at the same time, knowing how to get to a safe place when you need to. You are the pilot in control of this journey – you are not just a passenger. My sensei once taught me to look at nothing in order to see everything. This simple concept is a real eye opener, so to speak.

Just some thoughts. Enjoy.

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