Hope the end of the year treated you well, as 2016 was a doozy. Now that we've moved on to 2017, we're presented with another opportunity to set ourselves up for success. Alongside New Year's celebrations, invariably folks want to talk about goals and resolutions, but how does that fit into a magical context? How do we go about setting & achieving those goals rather than slacking off and failing by default?
Well, I've got some suggestions for you!
Goals can either be soft or fixed points, depending on what you're looking to achieve. While mundane goals work really well when you've set something specific like "I will lose 20 pounds by August 1, 2017" , they don't work all that well with magic.
If that's your stated goal, magically speaking, success would mean getting there, not staying there. So you echant for it, your metabolism kicks in, your exercise is a bit more meaningful, and you eventually lose those 20 pounds. It doesn't carry forward past that point, energetically, so then your continued success relies on you having developed the skills and drive necessary to keep it up. In essence, you've reached your stop and that's that.
Then, you have to do the work all over again to achieve another incrimentalized goal, and that's a pain in the arse. If you're spending all of this time at the gym, the last thing any of us really want to do is have to start all over again, even if its only magical work we're doing.
So if, at the get-go, you shift your focus slightly and endeavor to "become a healthier, more fit person than I was in 2016" or "become slimmer & trimmer in 2017 than I was in 2016", your goal 'floats'. If its not a set number of pounds lost or a fixed achievement, its much more fluid and responsive...instead of a drop-off point, the juju continues to flow even after you've achieved your goal.
You can continually piggyback upon that original rite and add additional subgoals or stiipulations meant to help you achieve it more readily. And its all doable without the "Wizard-Drop" down the road.
Likewise, the same sort of focus can be done when working with spirits, albeit usually when forming a pact. That's a subject for another time. ;)