Of course, that’s a massive oversimplification, but it’s likely one of the major factors.
“The Secret” or the idea of manifesting your goals by focusing on them and doing basic spells like reciting affirmations, vision boards and more is based in something I like we call “Authority Magick” in Dragon Tradition. Authority Magick is the ability to impress our will upon people, plants, animals or reality itself.
One of the biggest factors for building authority magick is having understanding and relationships. The more one understands and has a relationship with reality, themselves, different parts of the world around them, history, stories, and current events the more likely they will have the ability to use all of that personal authority to influence the paths of things.
There are two ways of doing magick. There is even debate as to whether there is only one way and the other is telling a good enough story to make it looks like the other happened.
The one CONFIDENT way we can manifest: We can draw ourselves into a reality where we get what we want. In this theory we don’t really change reality as much as we change our definition of self to where we shift into the reality we choose.
The other way that may just be a really good story hiding the first: Is that we influence what happens by our will and actions so that the result is we end up with the reality we choose.
Either way, the ability to influence the reality we experience requires that we either live a narrative where the natural consequence obviously result in the life we choose OR we have to push for the reality we want and let the story of “how” write itself.
This second thing is what people call Magick or “Intentional Manifestation.”
Authority Magick is the hardest nuance of magick to understand, sense and utilize for most people. Most people can accidentally use it in times of passion or desperation. Every once in a while a gifted person can intentionally use their Authority without training.
I usually recommend people start training magick through “Natural Magick.” Even if someone already has trained psychic abilities, works with spirits, or can intentionally manifest, Natural magick involves exploring the interactions between the psychical world, natural law, psychic abilities and spirits all at the same time. It creates incredible opportunities to learn each aspect of magick and manifestation and in the doing so builds personal authority to get to where you can do the things that “The Secret” promises and more.