You Have To Wait For The Magic

The magic will happen but sometimes you have to wait for it. In any endeavor, progress is rarely linear. There are good days and bad days, and there are days where you are two steps back form the previous three steps forward.

Have you ever been working towards something, consistently over time, and the progress just seemed to be glacially slow? Then unexpectedly you are propelled further than what you thought was possible? That is the magic happening.

As a runner, one of my favorite books is Once a Runner by John L. Parker. In the book, a Bruce Denton explains to Quinton Cassidy his theory on conditioning:

“People conceptualize conditioning in different ways. Some think it is a ladder straight up. Others see plateaus, blockages, ceilings. I see it as a geometric spiraling upward, with each spin of the circle taking you a different distance upward. Some spins may even take you downward, just gathering momentum for the next upswing. Sometimes you will work your fanny off and see very little gain; other times you will amaze yourself and not really know why.”

That spiral model is how I see progress happening in anything that we do, and it is that last sentence that exemplifies the magic happening. Sometimes you see little gain, and then other times you are astounded by what you have done.

But what makes up the magic?

Call it the constant application of attention, energy, focus, and action over time. If you believe in the Law of Attraction, which says what we focus on we experience, that might explain it even more.

Sometimes that magical event is a surprise. You get the job that you had wanted for years, or you find the perfect relationship partner that you had been seeking. When that happens there is the tendency to look back (and hopefully see) that you were on the right track the entire time. You just had to be patient and wait for the magic to happen on its own schedule. This is where faith comes into play into the process. You have to have the faith and the courage to live your life as if everything that happens is for a reason.

As an entrepreneur and Life Coach, I have to believe in the magic not only for myself but for my clients as well. In my business, especially the growing phase, there is progress and there are setbacks on a daily basis, with the progress being excruciating slow at times. But everyday I take a moment to look for the magic that has happened, to look for the little wins that tell me something good is in progress.

Then there are days where I see the momentum from the prior days or months taking over. I talk to more prospective clients, I get more visitors to my website, I get a new client… That is the magic; and how it is happening for me now, and it is indeed magical.

If you are struggling and finding it hard to grow, advance, or move forward right now, keep at it. Believe in the magic moment when you see your work and efforts pay off. Have faith that your magic moment is just around the corner. Believe it or not, it probably is!

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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