Last week Mike wrote an article on results vs mechanics. I agree with his stance that doing magic for results is different from doing magic that is focused on process (or mechanics). A process oriented is focused on tweaking your process in order to improve it, and understand how it works. Nonetheless I also think that results play an integral role in a process oriented approach to magic.
Results are indicators that tell you if your process is working. If you don’t achieve the desired result, it indicates you need to do more tweaking, and if you do obtain the desired result it indicates your process works. Nonetheless it can also tell you if you need to improve that process. I use results to tell me what works in my process and what doesn’t work. Without results, I can work on a process, but I won’t know if its viable until I’ve executed it and gotten a result.
Results matter in your process. So even though my approach to magic is process oriented, I know I need results to measure my process and evaluate where changes need to be made.
Do you think results are relevant to a process or mechanics approach to magic. Why or why not?
Book Review: The Power of Habit (Affiliate Link) by Charles Duhigg
This is a must have book if you are a business owner. The author provides case studies that show the power of habits and how habits can make a difference in your life and business. He also supplies excellent ideas on how to change negative habits. The book is well-written and the core concepts are easy to understand. You’ll come away with a new appreciation for habits as well as tools for how to change them!