Earlier, a really interesting point of discussion came up on StudioArcanis that I'd like to share with you here. The question asked essentially boils down to "why do things sometimes go sideways when practicing magic?", and I think that its a very important thing consider. Consistent successful magical practice has some pretty far-reaching effects for us, and as magically-inclined folks it is something to be aware of. When you're constantly angling to create beneficial change in accordance with will, these shifts in the narrative become a part of life. A necessary part, and enjoyable part, but its a part with some risks attached. We probably should strive to minimize the difficulties attached to these practices.
Everything we do as magicians (or witches, warlocks, spirit workers, cunning men and women, shamans, and so forth) revolves around some manner of result v. displacement. Literally all things we do have some manner of shift to occur alongside them if we're doing things correctly. As a result there are times where things are going to go a bit pear-shaped even though there's no overt indication that we've done wrong.
When we've done everything rightly, there's an aspect of displacement that can occur. This means that the Universe needs to make space in your life to manifest the things you've been looking for. If you enchant for a new car, you might wreck your old one, for instance, as a means of making space for AND affording the new vehicle you're interested in. This is a viable strategy for creating and achieving results, sure, but there's also a whole lot of danger associated with it.
It might not be solid to approach such ventures without some serious thought, as we do need to consider Risk v. Reward.
In recognizing this, I would recommend paying some attention to any perceived conflicts that can occur within your life as a direct result of what you've already got going on attempting to "merge" with what you're looking to create. You know, if you try to get another girlfriend when you've already got one, this just might cause some tension. ;)
Its a bit of a silly suggestion, but it happens. This is a surprisingly common area of work, I've found.
Anyhow, speaking practically, this means that you should focus on creating boons that "agree" with one another when you're working to advance your enjoyment of life. Choose a project to work on and then see it through until the gains associated with it are more or less automated and/or settled-in. When you've reached that point, there's less reason to be concerned about additional manifestations mucking up time and logistic-sensitive developments that way.
Then, you can work on peripherally related components of your life as a means of generating additional increase and improvement.
Simply put, its usually a bad idea to to bite off more than you can chew. Learning to account for these potential conflicts can be incredibly helpful, as any time you don't spend fixing things that go haywire can be spent either on other projects or on enjoying yourself.
Likewise, when difficulties occur, working wisely to minimize their impact can go a long ways towards ensuring that additional frustrations don't occur.
Its a more strategic, careful approach to magical processes. This might seem like its over the top and useless to worry about, but as you start to build a life you enjoy, such care and consideration is important. Otherwise, you do risk losing what you have worked so hard to achieve.
I hope this dialogue gets folks thinking about what they want v. what they have in a more consistent fashion. We should always be striving for improvement, but doing so should not result in the loss of what you already have.
Note: For those who would like to read the thread I am referencing, please click here.