Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things that you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines,
sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover.
– Mark Twain
Working with people who have chosen to live a magical life has been very interesting and intriguing. You see, there’s one big factor that seems to stop people—dead in their tracks—from really living the life of their dreams. They think they have to “be” different than who they are right now. They believe they have to “act” differently.
So they take up rigorously studying very magical things of one amazing sort or another. And in the course of such intense studying, they also start waiting for wondrous and enchanting things to happen to them. That’s not living a magical life. That’s living a life of hunches and intuition and out-of-the-blue surprises. This latter lifestyle isn’t bad (provided you’re getting good hunches and reliable intuitive messages and profitable surprises). But, it isn’t the lifestyle of consistent success.
Here’s the important thing I’ve learned. You don’t have to “be different” to start living the dream. You just have to “be yourself.”
What you do have to do is to “do” differently. Most people don’t have abundance because they don’t “do” things that will bring them abundance. They think there’s some special and esoteric way of being. Or some just-always-out-of-reach way of looking.
I assure you . . . there’s something much more certain you can do to bring you what you want in life . . .
Creating a pattern of “magical doing.”
You can call it a habit of success.
You can call it a pattern of triumph.
You can call it just about anything you’d like.
It still boils down to the same thing—Doing Magic.
I find that many times people who choose to live a magical life set unreachable standards for themselves. Today, it’s time to relax a little. In fact, here are a few things to consider about your own life. If you find that any of this is happening to you, it’s time to stop studying for awhile, get off your ass, and START DOING!
1. You don’t choose what you want to create each morning when you awake. There are only two things you can do each morning. One is to decide what you want your day to be like. The other is to let the day decide what you are going to be like. Guess which one powerful Magicians choose?
2. You are daydreaming—a lot—about what a life of Magic might be like. I’m all in favor of envisioning your dream life. But if you’re spending your time imagining a life different than the one you’re actually living, it’s time to start putting together an action plan to change things. Stop wishing. Start having.
3. You’re not seeing magical reactions of any sort from others. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—Magic needs to be shared. This isn’t some conjecture on your part or delusional performance. We’ve all seen people who believe they’re magical or have some superpower and, let’s be blunt, their reality is not shared by one other person who sees them. If you’re not getting the reactions and responses you desire, then it’s time to switch things up. The problem isn’t your audience. The challenge is that you’re not communicating clearly or powerfully enough.
4. You think you always have to have big results. Magic is just as much about the little details and small steps as it is about the flashy consequences and powerful outcomes. If you are constantly wishing that things were more dramatic, that’s probably a good indication that you need to slow down a little, reassess what’s not currently working for you, and start DOING small actions that are consistent with the big outcome you desire.
5. You’re winging it through most of your day (and night). Much like #1, if you’re ad-libbing your way through life, it’s time to reevaluate what’s working for you in a positive manner and what’s not. That’s not to say that being a good improvisational artist isn’t part of the craft of being a Magician. However, appearing as if you’re ad-libbing (to others) and really ad-libbing (to yourself) are too different things. Going through life unprepared and in a makeshift fashion isn’t effective or efficient. Many Magicians reach a point in their journey where they feel like frauds—like they’ve risen to their own level of inability. That soon passes. If you’ve been experiencing this feeling for too long, it’s time to change what you’re doing.
6. You don’t have and use a magical system. I want you to wield Magic that brings reproducible, repeatable, and reliable results. That happens most powerfully when you discover potent and straightforward methods and techniques that can be simply applied over and over again. I wrote my book with this entire premise in mind. Consistently successful Magicians are very precise in framing what they want to manifest and meticulous in the techniques they use to get there.
When you stop studying so much and start living more, you will find out how much Magic is just waiting for you!
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