• An apology? Or an Explanation?

  • August 05, 2019

  • Today’s post is a bit different from what I usually do. I like to try and find a question that I have either asked other magicians or have been asked myself and answer it in a way that I hope is informative and interesting, without giving too much away.

    I have spent today struggling with what to write though. There was no inspirational moment, no sudden light bulb getting switched on, nothing. However, just over a week ago, I promised myself I would write one article per day. That includes today, as today is a day after I started, so I must continue.

    I apologise that this is little more than a fluff piece, but hopefully, you enjoy my honesty? Who knows, if you’ve read this far, there must be a reason. Even if it is just to mock me, I thank you for coming along on this little journey. So, in honour of that, I think I should tell you about what it is I’m doing.

    A few weeks ago, I saw something that shocked my world a lot harder than I thought it would. I won’t provide too much information about it since it was rather personal to my family, and I don’t think it is fair to air their dirty laundry. This shock made me decide to clean up my act and take the advice I had heard people like Gary Vee and other motivational speakers spew forth on TikTok.  It started with the concept that it takes 66 days to build a habit.

    So what would the habits I build during lockdown be? (This all happened during the Coronavirus Pandemic). One of the main focuses was going to be writing this blog. I would need to produce regular content to climb the ranks of Google, which would mean lots of articles. So, I committed to writing one article a day. What else, though?

    I committed myself to wake up earlier than I needed to, go for a run, have a cold shower and take part (at least for the first 30 days) in Bryant Chamber’s 30-day challenge. I am currently on day 9.

    I promise I will try to focus on more posts being relevant to what insights I can provide on the world of magic, but I would like to become my own advocate.

    The waking early and going for a run has meant that I am now doing five-plus kilometres a day, so I feel fitter.

    The cold showers shock me awake and force me to confront a fear first thing in the morning. I am eating the frog if you will, making the rest of the day a hell of a lot easier by comparison!

    Bryant Chamber’s group (if you haven’t checked him out, I highly recommend it!) helped keep me accountable and get me to complete one daily task that would help improve me as a person.

    Then there is writing the articles. Something I know I suck at, but like everything we want to get better at, it takes repetition. So one article per day.

    Now, if I completed any of those tasks on a given day, I would allow myself to fill in that day with a black marker on my wall calendar. If I completed all of the tasks, then I could place a little green circle over the permanent marker. I have completed all tasks every day so far, and this article is the last thing for today, so I’m afraid that is why today’s contribution to the internet is such a load of nonsense. If nothing else, it does show the effectiveness of Jerry Seinfeld’s procrastination killing technique.

    Hopefully, tomorrow will be better, and maybe by then, I will have figured out how to write a proper ending to an article!

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