This life is yours.
Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well.
Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly.
Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature.
Take the power to control your own life.
No one else can do it for you.
Take the power to make your life happy.
– Susan Polis Shutz
Last week I started a conversation with you about magic being a power, not a gift. The fact that magic is not acquired without paying for it. And that magic always costs something. That, alone, tends to scare off most non-magicians.
That leaves the rest of you. Those who know that there’s more to Life than simply living out someone else’s dreams. Those who know that Life is meant to be lived to the fullest not simply endured.
The Seven Excellences of any magician
Those who come to know their own power as a magician master the following Seven Excellences:
1. They know their place in the world.
2. They know who their fans and friends are.
3. They know that prosperity and abundance are an obligation.
4. They know what they can and cannot do.
5. They know the tools they need to achieve success.
6. They know how to communicate and negotiate.
7. They know who they are and how they got where they are.
Most importantly, those who wield magical power to achieve consistent, effective and efficient results know that they MUST make the Seven Excellences a habit. And they understand that it requires great self-discipline to make all this happen.
Sometimes the world is too much with us
It was William Wordsworth who wrote:
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
One of the biggest challenges we face when we don’t have our own personal magic to rely upon is that we lose our self-control when the world is too much with us. It is then that we make poor decisions, become ineffective, and feel exhausted.
That is why I’m such a proponent of making success a habit. When something’s a habit, it becomes an automatic response. That means you can create a magical, successful mindset and a worldview that, when practiced long enough, becomes so embedded in your way of thinking and doing that it doesn’t require a conscious decision on your part to bring to bear on any situation.
You create this habit of magic very simply — by consciously and intentionally and premeditatedly creating a series of rules of conduct and methods of behavior for yourself. You then repeat your chosen mindset and worldview again and again until it becomes second-nature.
Everyone wants to achieve more
Every person I coach wants to achieve more (or better) in their life. Some have very long lists of the things they want.
Most aren’t very good at turning those wishes into reality at the start.
The most fun I have is watching people finally “get” that magic is about saying AND doing. And it’s about DOING A LOT. All the time. Over and over. And about planning to do it over and over and over and over again.
Still, most of us aren’t very good at setting a goal and sticking to it. A new year is fast approaching and many “resolutions” will be set. Most will fail miserably. And yet all could be massively successful if only they did one thing . . .
Using the power
Acquiring magic as a solid power for everyday use is simple. In fact, it’s so downright intriguing that everyone wants to know the secret. The challenge is that it’s also so simple that most of you will dismiss what I’m about to tip to you because . . . it’s so simple.
Just get started with anything that moves you closer to your desired goal. And do it everyday. That must be your priority. No excuses. No whining. No concessions.
Successful magicians practice their magic every day. And they pay immense attention to the details — the minutia — that comprise their overall magical goal or effect.
What does this mean?
As an example, this year I decided I wanted to participate in a marathon. I didn’t just show up for the marathon. I had to commit to train for that event. It was ridiculous at first. All the time. All the distance. All the pain. All the self-reflection that went into this. Every day. I created a training schedule. And I dedicated myself to sticking to it because I knew that I was creating a new daily custom that would bring me my overall goal.
It was not the proverbial “walk in the park.” It was scary and uncomfortable and there were times when I wondered what the hell I was doing. But I struck with it with a vengeance and a firmness of purpose.
The marathon has come and gone. I was there. Most importantly, I have continued the custom I created in the process. It has become second nature for me. It’s not hard anymore. And the beauty of all this is — the Law of Physics is true when it tell us: A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force. I actually don’t like it when I’m not training.
Imagine what that same type of habit will do for you in the context of any chosen dream you might have!
Once you do just one thing to create a habit and discover how well it works, you become a fanatic about creating, designing, acquiring AND using your magical powers.
Again, you must use your magical powers daily. Here are some ideas to keep you motivated. Go ahead and walk off with these and put them into play in your own life:
• Start using SoundGecko (http://soundgecko.com). Then go to my blog (https://scottgrossberg.wordpress.com) and have SoundGecko transform my articles into audio clips that you can listen to on the go, in the car, on a walk, etc.
• Take some time and slow down so you can listen to your own thoughts. There are some great meditation apps out there. (Relax Lite, Buddhify 2, Omvana, and Inception as examples)
• Find one source book that you can return to over and over again for inspiration.
• Keep a journal of your dreams, goals, achievements, and magical practices.
• Get off your ass and exercise.
• Participate in a mastermind group.
• Invest in yourself and get a coach.
I can’t wait to read about your success in making magic your own super power. Post your comments or create a new conversation on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn and together we can create even more magic in the world.
Remember, though, it all begins with an inner transformation and dedication to making magic a habit.