Many magicians wish to do spectacular routines that make them unique or stand out from the crowd. The search for the “perfect” trick. That has that extra amount of positive things in them. Often in life, the lack of negative things is more important than the presence of an endless list of positive things.
An example would be how to be a better friend. Instead of thinking of all the things that would be positive attributes to a better friend, how about listing all the things you would hate other people to do to you, and then focus on avoiding these. This would be a different approach, but the results could be easier to achieve.
In magic, this kind of thinking and tackling problems can be helpful. This is an interesting approach when constructing a routine and searching for the right techniques. Instead of focusing on the positive attributes a trick or routine has, focus on what the negatives are, and then try your best to avoid these.
This approach changes a lot of things and leads you to a different perspective. Sure, the routine might not look as flashy, novel or spectacular as the one where the focus is on the positive features, but then, as there are no negative things present, you will have an almost flawless routine (that will give you less trouble, as well).
You decide which approach is better or feels more comfortable for you. I prefer routines where the negative things (=flaws) are non-existent (if possible at all), rather than dealing with something beautiful, novel or spectacular, but with a lot of potential flaws embedded, waiting to crawl out in performance.
It is an unusual approach that can save you lots of trouble in performance and headaches in preparation. Sometimes, a simple shift in perspective makes all the differences how we see and build a routine.
Seek to avoid what you don’t want.