• What is the point of all this? Why am I doing this?

  • February 24, 2020

  • I know I briefly touched on what the hell I am doing with my life to have thought that posting regular articles about my thoughts and tips as a magician was not only warranted but somehow actually provide value. So I thought I would go into a bit more depth as to what it is I'm trying to achieve and how I'm going about it.


    The big lofty goal

    We all need something to strive for in life, a vast, seemingly unattainable dream. Though, when you watch as many inspirational and motivational videos as I do, some of it starts to seep through into your mind as being a good idea. So I turned my dream into a series of goals and started trying to create a plan.

    A really helpful book with this was called "The One Thing" which is all about how you need to focus on, you guessed it, one thing. We live in a world full of distractions and short term interests. If you want to see significant change and improvement in your life, you need to start focusing on your "One Thing". So I started doing that.

    I realise I'm now talking around my goal without actually talking about what it is, but as you know by now, I quite like dragging things out as long as I possibly can! I'll stop now.

    My goal is, and I'm still refining it as I consider options, but we have to start somewhere, is to create the first true and proper magic school. A combination of The Magic Castle, The Magic Circle, drama and art schools from all over the world. So many other professions have campuses and courses and qualifications dedicated to their craft, be it cooking, dancing, singing, painting and so on. Magic doesn't yet, and I want to change that fact. Sure we have awards and accolades and such, but I want degrees, I want dorms, I want lectures. I may lay out my exact plans in more detail, but for now, I just want to provide an overview, before I start waffling on again.


    How to achieve it

    I always like the saying, "to change the world, start with yourself". So that's what I'm doing. I've managed to get this website up and running, though it is still a work in progress, and I'm trying to get my life together. I recently got engaged, and together, my fiancé and I are on a self-improvement drive. We are eating better, getting up early, and working out every day, drinking more water, less alcohol and so on. We are replacing all of our bad habits with nice and healthy ones with a bit of help from our friends, family and the all-powerful internet.

    I started doing this back towards the end of April and had a decent amount of success. The key is to start slow and improve slowly. In the past, I had always made the mistake of overloading myself with too many goals and daily activities. This time, I started nice and slow, with only a few small goals each day; a run, a cold shower, watch a motivational video and write a blog post. After this became a natural habit, I built on it and added more daily targets.


    Beware the overextension

    This is something I never considered possible. I worked myself into exhaustion. As I had built up my daily routine to more and more lofty levels, I had overextended myself. This became abundantly clear when I started falling asleep at random points throughout the day. It turns out I was doing too much cardio, running up to 10km per day, with push-ups and planks thrown in. This was then followed by a day in front of the computer or studying something I deemed beneficial. The only way I could recover was to take a break, and that break turned into all of June, and the beginning of July.

    That is why some of you smarter cookies noticed the fact that my first blog post was not posted at the end of April. In my defence, I wrote the first forty-five posts before the website was even live. Things never happen quickly, and I'm a stickler for details, wanted the site as perfect as possible before it went live, and there are still things I want to tinker with and improve. Having the website up and running seemed more critical.


    Getting back on the horse

    "When you get a flat tire, you don't go and burst the other three tyres. You repair the broken one and get back on the road."

    I first heard that from my trainer and wonderful friend Alice, who is exceptional at what she does by the way, and it is an excellent piece of advice.  I certainly used to make the mistake of responding to any failure by lashing out in all kinds of wrong ways. If I had a cheat meal, well the whole week was ruined, so why not have cheat meals every day and start again on Monday next week. This makes no sense of course, and I have had to apply it to everything I do. Just because I've missed a workout, or made a mistake, I just remind myself to shake it off and carry on to the next thing in front of me.


    More on this nonsense tomorrow!


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