Magick, in most tradition, is to bring a desire (ether) into our world (malkuth), using our mind, in trance, to transform energy into whatever we wish. Many traditions use symbols (real or in the mind’s eyes) to tune in, to use our mind like a transformer, using those specific symbol to use specific energy patterns. I personally enjoy Koetting’s method, a bare-bone method using the most important tool of all : the mind.
I think, in my opinion, a mistake that is usually made is to do a ritual, then once it’s done to instantly doubt of its success. The most important moment, again in my opinion, is the moment when we stop being in trance , in the idea world, and be in our present, beta/conscious world. If you don’t think what you just did is a success, if you doubt, you won’t bring all this energy into our world, thus, you would raise a lot of energy for nothing. Bring that energy to reality.
Everybody doubts, it’s normal, but doubting when you just do something is a fatal flaw. Once you do your ritual, and become conscious/beta again, fake it if you want it, but think to yourself, “I just did this, and it worked”.