Every magician, sorcerer, and witch could do much worse than read ConjureMan Ali’s blog article, linked to below. His emphasis on self-knowledge, really knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses, and on frequent reality checks (my term for it) — we should all be practicing these things. (Sorry for the anacolouthon, I haven’t had enough coffee yet.)
Self-delusion is so easy a trap for us practitioners to fall into. We may do a spell or perform a ritual and obtain the desired results. But how often after our first measure of success do we check that results are actually obtained? Probably not often enough. We may succeed at a divination or two, but after that do we reality check our work? Far too seldom. ConjureMan Ali addresses these points and much more besides and does so far more eloquently than I’m able to.
A most highly recommended article.