“The brick walls are there for a reason.
The brick walls are not there to keep us out.
The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.
They’re there to stop the other people.”
– Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)
It’s very interesting to hear and see what happens when you tell someone they can live the life of their dreams; that you have the power of a magician to create anything you desire. One of the things that happens is that many people immediately believe that Life will instantly become easier, more palatable, and more carefree. Well, that’s true. But that does not mean you will cease to have challenges. Far from it. In fact, you will likely discover that you have more demands placed on you (by yourself and others) than ever.
I’ve said it before: Magician’s don’t walk through brick walls. They walk through what others think are brick walls.
If a magician thinks there’s a brick wall, then there’s a brick wall. They have to do what anyone else would do — find a way over, through, under, or around it. Of course, a magician might just decide to make the wall disappear (and that’s a topic for another article).
Most of the time, the brick walls that a magician faces are internal barriers; feelings and beliefs that stand as obstacles to an end result that is desired. Let’s use today and explore some of the unique challenges that magicians face.
1. Describing and distinguishing your magical self. If I ask you, “Who are you really?” what will you answer? Who you view yourself to be as a magician has far-reaching implications. Why do you want to be a magician in the first place? What are your obligations as a magician? Are you prepared to be responsible for all that you create? I think you can easily see how describing and defining your magical self can be a daunting task for anyone.
2. Describing and distinguishing your magic. Many times you will be tempted to just let your magic happen or let something or someone happen to you and then relate it back to your magic. It’s far easier to do that than to take the time to figure out precisely what your magic is in the first place and what it does. Additionally, there may be a part of you that keeps whispering, “This magic stuff isn’t real.” You’ll be tempted to put the act of describing your magic on the back burner. I suggest that it’s time to get uncomfortable and figure out, once and for all, what your magic is. If you can’t describe it, you can’t use it fully.
3. Being a hermit and going it alone. When you start to embrace your magic, you may feel alone in the world. Certainly, there are times when you need to have alone-time to get in touch with who and what you are and what you want to accomplish (see Items 1 and 2). It’s easy to get into the habit of going it alone. It’s easy to think that you’re so unique that no one else “gets” you and so you must be a loner. I suggest that being a magician and using your magic to impact the world requires you to get out in it.
4. Feeling emotions like never before. The act of creation is, if nothing else, an emotional act. You have brought all your passion and delight and desire to bear. That means you’re going to have to get used to being flooded with emotions and learn to adjust to and filter them. I suggest, when you start to feel overwhelmed with emotion, that you keep asking yourself, “Is this real?” For example, if you suddenly start to feel afraid, ask yourself if what you’re afraid of is real. If you start to feel agitated, ask yourself if there’s anything real that should cause you to be troubled. Sometimes, you just have to relegate yourself to letting the strong emotions pass. Trust me, they will.
5. Magical project management. Many magicians think that the mere act of “doing” magic is enough. But as you progress in your magical realm, you’re going to find that there are many things you want to accomplish and manifest. Every successful magician that I know also plans their magical projects. Some are more important than others. How funny, though, that most people tend to put most of their attention on those things that are less important. Perhaps it’s because the less important goals are easier to accomplish. Again, get uncomfortable and go for the magic that brings you closer to your desires the fastest or with the most import.
6. The “real” world. John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” As a magician you will reach a point where you just want to create a wonderful life; one with little stress, an overriding calmness, and no obstacles. Then Life will throw you a curve ball. You might feel the need to forget or forego your magical life purpose and just get your hands dirty in order to survive. I’m not suggesting that you ignore the “real” things and people that happen to you. I am suggesting, however, that you come to understand that “real” is such a messy term and that you always remember you have more control over your life than you might otherwise imagine.
You can see that these 6 challenges are ways of thinking that we do to ourselves. Isn’t it amazing how we’ve learned to hinder ourselves and create barriers to success? Just realizing that these 6 supposed brick walls can pop into existence anytime and anywhere is enough to prepare you to walk through them.
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