“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
— Roald Dahl (author of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)
Ya gotta believe in magic. The happiest, most positive people I know believe in magic. I’m not talking about witchcraft, sorcery, or the force here. I’m talking about finding those moments in each day that are really amazing and special and paying attention to those moments.
As crazy as this world is, if we choose to pay attention to all the negative mojo that we’re bombarded with every day we’ll all eventually hide in our basements with five thousand cans of tuna. That might be good for Starkist, but not so good for our lives and businesses.
To believe in magic, you have to suspend your skepticism, push aside negativity, open your mind, and let the magic do its thing.
Have you ever been around somebody who watches a magic show and talks about how it’s all trickery and “smoke & mirrors”? Those people drive me nuts! Their skepticism ruins the show for everyone around them.
I know that magic shows aren’t supernatural, but I watch them in amazement because I like to be surprised and delighted by a truly talented magician. The real magic is not in the tricks, it’s in our ability to enjoy the moment and scratch our heads wondering “how’d he DO that?“
I worked recently with my friend, Jon Petz. Jon and I teamed up to deliver a 2-day service and positivity session for a client. Jon is the most amazing magician I’ve ever known. Ok, in all fairness, Jon is the only magician I’ve ever known, but that in no way diminishes the fact that he’s a brilliant performer.
I love to watch Jon perform. I also love to watch people watching Jon perform. The ones who open their minds and “believe” the magic are the ones who enjoy the performance (and life in general) the most. BE one of those people!
The ones who sit back, arms folded, skeptical scowl on their faces? Well, it’s pretty obvious how much they’re getting out of life. DON’T be one of those people. I wish those people would understand how much they affect those around them, don’t you?
Life, business, customer service, teamwork — if you jump in with both feet and open yourself up to the possibility of magic, you’ll notice more magical things will start to happen.
Need a jumpstart? Watch this video of Jon in action. It may be just what you needed to believe in magic again.