What matters most is not what your obstacles are but
how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure.
– Ryan Holiday (The Obstacle is the Way)
I get it.
You’re a Magician. [A clap of thunder is heard.]
You create things. [More thunder . . . a little rolling kind this time.]
The world bends to your will. [Dramatic music plays.]
The Universe conspires for your success and happiness. [Big, echoing kettle drum finish.]
Still . . .
Something is standing in your way. You continue to wake up each day or go to bed each night with that nagging feeling that you ought to be more than you are or you should be doing more than you’re doing.
What is standing in your way? And how do you keep this from happening time and time, again?
So, today, let’s discuss how to recognize the first sign of a Magical Challenge.
I’ve said before that Magic is not just what you think about. It is what you DO.
The biggest hinderance that all Magicians face is not their intent. It is not their desire. It isn’t even their ability to imagine a particular outcome.
The biggest challenge we all face is moving from wishing to doing and then on to having. In other words, most people simply won’t commit to the time and energy and deeds it takes to manifest a result. If you are going to be consistently successful and habitually happy, you must place your dreams in the order they deserve.
If you don’t think your dreams deserve a first place setting, then why should they appear for you in the “first place?”
Your desires, passions, dreams, and imaginings have come to you for a specific reason. They fulfill a particular purpose. If you don’t DO what is necessary to bring them to life, they will wither and fade away. I assure you that, if you want particular types of success and happiness, you have to dedicate yourself to making them happen instead of continuing to wait-and-see or living through hunches and reactions.
Let’s try this . . .
Take a moment and find three adjectives that fully describe your relationship with your Magic. Adjectives describe attributes. For example, I have often described my own Magic as:
(In fact, that’s the type of impact I dedicate myself to having with others.)
What are yours?
Still having some difficulty coming up with your adjectives? Do this, instead:
What are three adjectives that do NOT describe your Magic. In other words, who are you not?
Now take those three non-descriptors and write out their positive opposites. Fun stuff, huh? What have you now discovered about yourself and your Magic?
George Bernard Shaw (in Mrs. Warren’s Profession) wrote: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
Given the three adjectives you’ve chosen (or discovered), what are you now willing to do to make your desired future happen?
The first indication that your Magic is “not real” or “out of balance” is that you find yourself inconsistent in your steadfast and resolute actions to bring your imagination to life. When you lack that consistency, you send yourself internal messages that your Magic is false and when you start down that path you begin to feel like an imposter.
When you don’t have distinct and clear lines about what is and is not good for your Magic, your life becomes a blurred mess.
Magic is not a casual activity.
Magic is not about reckless deeds.
Magic is not a passing fancy.
And it will not tolerate sloppy handling.
Can you commit right here and now that you will start being detailed oriented and protective and deliberate in crafting your dreams and narrowing in on what has to HAPPEN to start living an ecstatic life?
“But,” you say, “you don’t understand my particular life. I’ve got real problems right now that need my attention and I can’t play around with the Magic you talk about.”
Many have said the following, but I like this particular version attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’”
I understand and appreciate the challenges that each and every one of us face. Those challenges and problems and obstacles are in our lives for a reason (even though they might not feel so good at the time). Part of getting to know your own Magic is also learning how to rely on and use it as the challenges “pass away.” Too often, we give our Magic lip service during the good times and don’t believe we can rely upon it in the bad times.
Take the time, today, to really start to examine your relationship with your Magic. Get to know it better. I think the two of you will like each other!
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