My meaning simply is,
that whatever I have tried to do in life,
I have tried with all my heart to do well;
that whatever I have devoted myself to,
I have devoted myself to completely;
that in great aims and in small,
I have always been thoroughly in earnest.
—Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)
Successful magicians—those who habitually know what they want and get it—all possess one thing in common. They have a wonderfully magical mindset that includes an amazingly high level of dedication to what they see as their purpose. To put it another way, they’re not part-time magicians who dabble in prosperity. To achieve at a high level, you have to be totally occupied by the magic that you do, how you do it, and what you want to create with it.
Think of it this way: Magic is a matter of priorities. It is a determination of what’s important in your life and what is not.
It is a choice of what comes first.
Magicians who get what they want, when they want it, and as they want it, have a knowledge about themselves that transcends mere belief. A belief is really more of a vague understanding. It’s a mental construct that something might be true. But knowledge—well that’s a different matter. In 1910, J. Krishnamurti in his book, At the Feet of the Master, wrote: In all the world there are only two kinds of people—those who know, and those who do not know; and this knowledge is the thing which matters.
Knowledge is a tangible, palpable, and perceptible realization that . . . something is true.
This knowing ultimately gives magicians that sense of confidence you see in them. They know that they can handle anything that comes their way. They can puzzle through the game of life. They can take our pliable world and make things out of it.
So, what can you do right now to create a wonderfully magical mindset of your own? Here are 6 suggestions. Use one or all of them to your advantage.
1. Figure out what you want. I’m currently finishing my new book, The Most Magical Secret—4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life. Part of the book is designed to help readers understand, once and for all, what they really want to do. To realize what they want to accomplish. Why would I spend so much time and energy on that? Because I learned long ago that when a magician has a purpose they are on fire. The challenge with most people is not that they don’t want to be successful; it’s that they haven’t taken the time to define what success means for them in the first place and what it will look like when they get it.
2. Be a leader. Magicians and their magic change the world. If you want to really step into your own, just accept that you are a someone who inspires others. Take the time to figure out what differentiates you from everyone else. Then take the time to refine that uniqueness into someone who brings good magic into the world.
3. Always be a student. Yes, I’ve said that you have to be confident and be a leader. Remember, though, that you are also always learning. By being in that learning mode, you will constantly have new things to keep your interest, inspire your creativeness, and allow you to bring value to everything and everyone around you.
4. Take some risks and don’t be afraid to be ridiculed. Magicians take risks that others won’t take. Their creativity takes them places others won’t go. Their need to manifest results keeps them cutting-edge and ahead of the pack. Magicians are often ridiculed. They are the geeks. The unusual ones. The oddballs and the eccentrics. So what? Take to heart what William Purkey wrote:
You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
5. Love your magic. Love it so much that there isn’t anything else you’d rather do. Part of being a successful magician is being happy—not just bringing happiness to others. Take the time to cherish and nurture and have a romance with your magic. Take the time to remember when you first discovered magic. Remember the wonder that filled you up, excited you to the core, and urged you forward to discover more.
6. Take a stand. Successful magicians stand for something. And they stand against something. Have you ever taken the time to define what you stand for and against? Going through such an exercise really brings clarity and focus to your worldview and gives you a purpose like never before.
As a magician, you are going to touch people’s lives—even if they don’t realize it. It’s time you started paying more attention to your own mindset so that you’re fully prepared for the responsibility of changing the world. I want nothing less than for you to go out and inspire others and build a better place for us all. Your wonderfully magical mindset is going to let you do just that.
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