Like, is everyone else just doing what is written down or what they’ve written down and mostly hoping it will go right?
I have no idea what I am doing.
Once in a while you will experience the result of the spell occurring in such a way as to tip you off that your actions made a difference.
For example, I did a job spell for the perfect job. I had recently been fired by my last boss because his business partner did not like me. I found some interim temp work with the standard money spell plus using all the job finding tips. I had an landed an interview through traditional application resume process, seemed pretty promising. But then, a man called to ask me for an interview for a job I had not applied for, my last boss (who had fired me!) had recommended me to him and given him my number. It was someone I had thought I might like to work for years before, in fact. I walked in and got the job. It was indeed perfect. I have been there 2 1/2 years now and still like my job most days. That was completely magical, and I knew my spell had a huge hand in it.
Another friend of mine of course was doing all the right things, and did some money job magic too. A temp agency called for a previous resident/wrong number, but asked my friend if they were looking for work, while he was on the line. He was hired by the agency and that led to further well paying work! These are those magical moments.
9 times out of 10 your successes will be less dramatic. But the occasional, blue moon magical result is what makes it all happen.