To succeed in achieving an ambitious goal, all the experts agree that you have to start by imagining your success in your mind. This technique, known as positive visualization, not only helps you set a course and stick to it, but also puts you in the right frame of mind to make your dream a reality. We could go into the details of the process and how the neurons in our brains work, but to fully understand the concept, nothing beats the famous Jim Carrey interview. In 1997, the actor was invited to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s show, and he confided in her how he managed to pocket his first check for $10 million…
Three years before he was discovered by the general public,
says he used to drive home, taking a short detour through Mulholland Drive, the neighborhood of Hollywood’s biggest stars. To make himself feel better, he amused himself by imagining himself living here and “doing cool stuff”… Around the same time, he decided to write himself a check for $10 million, and promised himself he’d cash it for real three years later. The check then gradually deteriorated in his wallet, but three years later, he cashed it for his first Box Office success,
Dumb & Dumber
by the Farelly Brothers.
Would it be enough to write yourself a cheque for 10 million to win them afterwards?
Certainly not, and this anecdote in no way detracts from Jim Carrey’s work and talent. But this is a superb demonstration of the art of visualization.
To get anywhere, you have to start by convincing yourself that it’s possible, and then make every effort to get others to believe it too.
By writing, then handling the check, Jim Carrey began to make his dream a reality. He was then able to deploy all his energy in a single direction, until the impossible became possible. As Oprah says, visualization works if you work hard! We’ll leave him with the final word: “If you can see it and believe it, it’s a lot easier to achieve it.
If you can see it and believe it, it is a lot easier to achieve it
If you can visualize your success and believe in it, it’s much easier to achieve it…