All the cool spiritual folks on Instagram post pictures of their bundled herbs smoldering on an abalone shell, moving the smoke around on the room with a feather. When we are beginning our journey we think "Oh, this must be something I need to do." But if you don't know what you're doing and why you're doing it, you probably won't get the results you want.
It is easy to think that all you need to do is "set your intentions" or pray and visualize our goal for all our dreams to come true. We have to remember that good magic is practical magic. Whatever you do to petition and commune with your divine in order to co-create your experience (I call that magic, you call it whatever you want), it has to be followed up with action.