Since I wrote about not confusing goal setting with accomplishments, I thought I might follow up with a similar though. Unless the stated goal of your working is the production of a paranormal event, do not mistake magical effects for accomplishments.
Amazing things can happen when you do magic. I have seen spirits materialize visably in smoke, and even in the air itself. We may clairvoyant sight, beatific visions, or moments of sheer ecstasis. I have witnessed phyisical levitations and movement of objects, the spontanous breaking of glass, strange electrical phenomina, even the momentary posession of passers by. If your ritual has a specific practical real world outcome, you must not mistake a magical or paranormal phenomina for a sign of success. Often these things happen because your magic is NOT aimed properly with a clear path for success! Your feeling of euphoria or the visable appearance of King Ghob does not have direct bearing on job finding, weight loss, seduction, romance, muscle building, or increase of income.