16 September 2019
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl
Last week, people around the world celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday. The creator of the Twits, the BFG and Matilda illuminated so many childhoods, teaching us lessons that still ring true through adulthood. For me, one of his greatest quotes is the one above: “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
I am a huge advocate of belief, particularly self-belief. It has the power to completely change your life.
I have written about belief many times, simply because it is the foundation of success. When you believe you can achieve something your whole manner changes – you approach a challenge with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you can achieve whatever it is you’re doing. However, when you are unsure and let those seeds of doubt grow, you are more cautious, you don’t have as much enthusiasm and you have a more negative mindset. Think about how you approach something that you’ve done a hundred times and know that you are capable of completing the task, compared to when you do something equally as easy or challenging, for the first time.
Quite simply, if you don’t believe something exists, how do you expect to ever find it?
This is summed up perfectly in a quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, either way you’re right.”
Magic in every day
Dahl’s magic quote also reminds me to see the joy in life; the magical moments we all too often take for granted.
When you’re feeling stressed (which is inevitable at times as an entrepreneur), it is natural to only focus on the negatives. You focus on the things that are making you feel bad. However, when you look for and celebrate the little bits of magic in every day, you inevitably start to feel better and build positive momentum. That could be getting out of bed on time, or it could be closing your biggest deal. It could be hitting a business goal or something as simple as Pumpkin Spice Lattes now being back in Starbucks. We often overlook these little, simple things. However, they have the potential to spark a bit of joy and turn your mood around.
I see this walking around the office each day. You might see someone who looks a little slumped – shoulders down, maybe having a tough time or feeling tired. Then a teammate will bring them a cup of tea, or one of the office dogs will walk by, and they completely change their whole demeanour. These simple things bring magic to every single day. Children are brilliant at it! With an inquisitive three-year-old around you, it is impossible not to see the magic in every single thing. From a stick that’s an unusual shape to the hilarity of the door making a funny noise!
We’re all guilty of getting wrapped up in our own heads sometimes, these moments are a healthy reminder of the small joys that surround us.
So this week, you can choose to see that summer is over and the rain is pouring. Or you can choose to see that autumn is here. Choose to see the leaves are beautiful colours, meaning it’s time for the cosy things in life. When you look for the magic, you’ll inevitably see it.