A Little Magic Goes a Long Way by Lauren Handel Zander

We have all experienced the inexplicable. You know, the lucky, possibly spooky, coincidences in our lives. Perhaps you’ve bumped into an old friend you were just thinking about in a remote location, or were randomly offered tickets to a long-coveted, sold-out concert.

I like to refer to these supernatural events, or mysteries, as “magic.” As something that happens not just by chance, but by a unique ability that we all have within us to cause things to happen in our lives.

Now, many of you may be rolling your eyes at me and I get it. But just humor me … and read on.

This blog may just inspire you to look at your life in a whole new way and truly see what you are capable of. I mean we all love when our lives flow and everything just seems to go our way. It’s a powerful (and highly useful) feeling when you are searching for a parking spot on a crowded city street and think, “the next spot is mine” and within 30-seconds you find a spot right in front of your building.

Did you make that happen or was it just luck? There are two ways to look at it:

1) You are at your life’s helm, making magic happen


2) Great things happen to you for no apparent reason

One is active. One is passive. Which one empowers you more? Which one makes you believe that anything is possible?

You so know the answer.

When you are at the source of magic in your life, it’s like you are your own superhero. It’s more fun to look at your life that way than to think you’re just lucky. Right?

So, let’s find your area of expertise — I believe each person has his or her own brand of magic. The problem is most people aren’t aware of all the magic that happens around them. They pass it off as luck and don’t think twice about it. I believe if people paid more attention to the magical events in their life – they’d experience even more magic!

In order to determine your unique brand of magic, think about it. Where are you most magical? Do you having timing magic? Are you always in the right place at the right time? Are you lucky with bargains? Like every time you go shopping, everything you want is on sale. Are you a wish-maker? You wish for things and often some version of the wish comes true.

Can you now see how some of the wild and recurring ‘coincidences’ in your life might actually be magic? Now, ask yourself the following three questions to learn how to make magic happen, as simply as if you gave a wave of a wand.


1) Define your magic – Look at your life and see what type of magic you create. Write out your brand of magic in 1-2 sentences.

2) Name your magic – Call your magic something fun that captures what it is. I have a friend who calls her magic, “gypsy magic.” Often, she is given random gifts for no reason. For example, she gets vacation homes to stay in all the time. And not just any homes, really nice ones. A few years ago, she was even given a classic, used Porsche as a gift from a family member when she moved to NY and needed a car.

3) Wield your magic – There are ways to make your magic happen, you just have to figure out what it is. Look back at the last several times you made your brand of magic happen: What were you doing? What were you thinking? What do you think made it happen? See if there’s a correlation. My friend with the “gypsy magic” saw that if she speaks her truth and keeps all of her promises, her “gypsy magic” magically (wink, wink) happens.

So, get out there and make your magic happen!

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Lauren Handel ZanderAbout the Author: Lauren HANDEL ZANDER, Monthly Mentor, is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology, The Handel Method®, is taught in over 35 universities and institutes of learning around the world, including MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU, and the New York City Public School System. Lauren is also the author of Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life (Published by Hachette Book Group, April 2017). Lauren has been a featured expert in The New York Times, BBC, Forbes, Women’s Health, Dr. Oz, and Marie Claire and she is a regular contributor to Businessweek and the Huffington Post. Read More…

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