Woah! Every once in a while I have one of those “life moments” that takes me completely off-guard; part or parts of my life I suddenly see in a completely new way. I’ll admit that I certainly have an unconventional lifestyle as a professional magician. It’s worlds away from the 9-to-5, and every job is different from the last. I’ll also say that my income is directly related to how much elbow grease I am willing to apply at any given moment. In a way it is a kind of seven day work week, because there is always something to do – a lead to follow up on, some new promotional material to edit, and of course creation and rehearsal of new magic and new routines. But I’m saying all this because I just had a little eye-opening exchange with a friend… and it took me completely by surprise.
So here I was complaining about some scheduling challenges I was having, and how 50 things were simultaneously pulling me in 50 different directions, and it just seems like it’s been going on this way for quite awhile, and I really wanted it to be different. So after a moment of silence, he just looked at me and said, “Change takes change.”
Okay. Intriguing, witty saying. Ha ha… very clever. And then it started to sink in a little. My mind considered it. How long have I been complaining about things in my life that I wished to be different – but not doing a single action differently than I had been before? It was kind of cosmic, actually; so many things I want to change, but I haven’t been actually looking at life patterns and considering what I could do differently.
Now before I come off as a total idiot, I should explain that I try to be an engaged, aware guy. I create pretty detailed schedules for my work day, and I plan fairly meticulously the time I’m going to devote to projects. And I even save some time to “brainstorm” for new ideas and challenges. But I guess maybe I was missing a little bit of the big picture. Kind of the overview of the whole pie. Change takes change. Why should I expect anything to be different if I’m not changing the way I do anything? How can I truly do things differently? It’s not about working harder, or faster, or even more clever or creative. It’s about approaching it differently.
One thing I certainly complain about is not having enough free time. I mean, time to relax, do some of that fun stuff I’ve been meaning to do, etcetera. I’m always uttering the classic line, “Well, ran out of time today. I’ll do it tomorrow.” But – you guessed it – I have a LOT of repeats of that cycle! But the brilliant simplicity of this saying – change takes change – is making me reconsider my basic approach to these situations. How can I do it different? What can I change this time to make this so it won’t be like every other time?
Ha… I’m reading over these words now, and I’m a little embarrassed because it all seems so damn simple. But I want to leave you with this: truly reflect on these three words. Give it some deep thought, and think about what you can do differently in a few – or a lot – of categories of your life. Sometimes brilliance is very basic. Change takes change.