“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport.
You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism.
Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.”
– Willie Mays
In my new book, The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life, I ask you to make a choice:
To live a life filled with Magic . . . or not.
Naturally, most of you reading this will have already decided you want to be a Magician.
I find it fascinating, however, that our parents, our schools, our religious institutions, and usually even our mentors didn’t prepare us to make, let alone live out, that choice with any substance or sustainability. Think back over your life – all the things that have defined you, currently set who you are, brought you to where you are right now – and notice you have been (sometimes intentionally) raised to live with an uncertain view of yourself.
Let me put it another way.
Who are the consistently successful and happy Magicians in your life that you have been able to model? I’m willing to bet there have been precious few, if any, when you revisit your past.
Don’t get me wrong.
We’ve all had extraordinary people in our lives.
We’ve all had heroes.
We’ve all had people from whom we’ve received sage advice.
But were they amazing Magicians that we can model?
The fact is . . . you’ve been badly prepared to live a life of Magic.
What can we do, then, to help define what this magical life we claim to want really is?
We’ve never seen anyone else living such a life. The life we want to live has all been revealed to us through our imagination, our books, and our movies.
Instead, in the “real” world, we’ve had the ignorant and the uninspired and the thoughtless amongst us tell us that the Magic we want to believe in isn’t real . . . because they’re afraid it might be real.
They tell us that believing in Magic isn’t for grown-ups . . . because they’ve forgotten how to play.
And they tell us that, if we’d just get a “real job” and understand how the “real world” works, we could actually make a “really decent living” for a change . . . because they need people like that to work for them and to further their limited vision.
So, if we’ve been so badly prepared for the amazing life we want to live, what can be done to infuse us with what we need to be a Magician?
Consider adopting and adapting these 7 steps . . .
STEP 1. Accept that you don’t need a prior wizardly role model to live a life of Magic. Oh, you will have those people who help to shape and mold what you are becoming. But Magic is very personal and shows itself through you in rather one-of-a-kind ways.
STEP 2. Understand that, in choosing a life of Magic, you are really accepting your own personal power, effectiveness, and ambitions.
STEP 3. Declare your personal power, effectiveness, and ambition. Then, learn to listen to them. They will speak to you with a precision and a path forward.
STEP 4. Discover the signs and portents and omens that life lays out for you each day. Start treating the world as your own personal and giant Rorschach test. Your Magic is waiting for you to uncover your true self.
STEP 5. Start taking care of yourself better. If you are going to savor a magical life, you have to be in shape to recognize and enjoy such pleasure and fun and delight. Get out and move.
STEP 6. Learn to believe in and trust yourself more. What if you were your own role model? Think about that one for a moment. What if everything you need to become the greatest Magician ever is already inside you just waiting to emerge?
STEP 7. Take action. Magic is just wishful thinking unless you’re actually doing something to make your dreams come true.
Albert Einstein said: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Perhaps now is the time to put your past behind you and start living your life as though everything is filled with Magic. In fact, now is the time for you to promise yourself that you will only live a life filled with Magic and start putting aside everything that does not further that intent.
Yes, you’ve been badly prepared to be a Magician. There have been times when you can’t imagine that living a life of Magic is anything other than your selfish imagination playing tricks on you. You’ve hit a wall on the path of being a Magician and wondered if the “others” are right . . . you should get “real.
Still, something keeps nagging at you and propelling you forward into a world of delight, fun, and enchantment. I say that’s the real Magic. . . the ability to choose that delight and fun and enchantment. And you can start living that way right now . . . you’ve actually been prepared for it from the moment your were born.
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