If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.
– Jim Rohn
Last week we explored the first five practices that the most successful magicians employ so that they have consistent, sustainable, and enjoyable outcomes. As a reminder, these are:
1. They have no tolerance for twists of Fate.
2. They are certain of their uncertainty.
3. They take a Renaissance-mind approach to life.
4. They’ve made peace with the outcome long before the end result.
5. They know how to be spellbinding.
This week, we finish up with the remaining four customs magicians eagerly develop and energetically use in order to be victorious in their quests for prosperity.
They are highly successful magicians because . . .
6. They are fanatically specific in how they reveal their intentions to themselves and others.
Magicians are experts at self-talk; that inner dialogue – inner program, if you will – that sets in motion all of their various plans of action and dictates precisely whether they will be personally successful or not. It is with this inner communication that they choose to be happy. Notice I said the word choose. That’s right . . . successful magicians realize that they are the individuals in charge of the excellence of their self-talk and, with that, responsible for the excellence of their lives. It is only natural, then, that magicians are also dogmatic, uncompromising, and passionate about the words they use with others. Unless it serves them well, magicians don’t make people exert a great deal of effort to understand what they mean . . . they make their intentions evident and plain. Diane Setterfield in her book The Thirteenth Tale wrote, There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic. Our sixth practice tells us that this is precisely how a magician transforms reality – by carefully choosing the words that will release their intention not only into the world but into themselves.
7. They have a boundless curiosity.
Magicians know that, in order to get a result they have never had, they may have to do things they’ve never done. And this excites, arouses, and animates them to take action! They know with unshakeable certainty that there are always new opportunities, state-of-the-art techniques, and fresh ideas they can adopt and adapt. They don’t eliminate their current self-worth, but they have mastered the concept that as soon as they let go of their ego (their I-know-it-all attitude) they learn and listen and experience and grow even more. As such, powerful magicians careful tend their interests and inquisitiveness by always intending to return to that same innate emotion they had as children – of always wanting to know more.
8. They use magic everyday.
Magicians who care about dependable skills and predictable outcomes take special care to use their wizardry every single day. They realized long ago that rehearsal is just as consequential as the real thing – in fact, perhaps more so. For them, a future walk-through and present practice are indistinguishable from that moment when an intention is loosed upon the world. Moreover, effective enchanters take every opportunity to bring their willpower, deliberateness, and resolve into play. In this manner, they can model their successes and cross-examine their fiascos. Magicians have an intrinsic apprehension about becoming complacent; they want to control tomorrow and thus they have an intuitive yearning to be better each day. This eighth practice evokes the understanding that we know that the only way to improve is to continue to hold ourselves to a higher standard. And you can gladly hold yourself to a higher standard by comparing what you did today with what you did yesterday and vow to boost that to the next level tomorrow.
9. They are determined to better themselves so that the world around them will be better.
Magicians are mighty influences upon the world around them. It is no wonder then that, as they improve themselves, they improve humankind, too. They understand the synchronicity at play between their spirit and external reality. This ninth and final practice enlightens us to the fact that magicians are resolute in their single-mindedness to surpass where they were yesterday so that everything else transcends the mundane and becomes remarkable.
For those of you familiar with The Vitruvian Square, take each of these 9 habits and plug it into the corresponding Place of Power. Once you have done that, you can naturally mediate upon the customs and practices that will make you more powerful and compelling.
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