Before becoming a famous comedian, Jim Carrey worked as a janitor. Eventually he became a prolific stand up comdedian, and went on to become a cast member on In Living Color. Afterwards he found mainstream success through such movies as Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and The Cable Guy. He attributes his success to visualization.
When he was just starting out Carrey wrote himself a check for 1 Million dollars. He believed that with enough hard work he could accomplish this. Whenever he was having a bad day, or was starting to lose faith he would take out the check and look at. Then after making the hit movie Dumb and Dumber, he found himself finally in a position to cash in the check he had wrote himself so many years ago.
So Carrey went from being a janitor with a million dollar check to an actor with a million dollars. He believed he could accomplish his goal, and used the power of vizualization to keep himself focused and faithful. Once his faith was established taking action was easy. So next time you find yourself facing a hard goal, take a minute to visualize youself accomplishing it.
Always Begin with the End in Mind
Posted: January 25, 2021
"It's not the destination, it's the jouney" But what if your journey has no destination? Would the trip still be as fruitful? I would assert that it probably wouldn't. In life we need guidance. Something to give us clarity and focus when we make big decisions. Goals give us that guidance. Without goals, we'd be merely floating through life, never really sure where we'll end up. We have to know where we are going, in order to get there.
This ideal can be applied to all aspects of our life, big or small. If we want to lose weight, we must be specific with how much we want to lose and when. If we want to rock an awesome presentation, decide what reaction we want the audience to have. Whatever the situation, if we decide beforehand what we want to happen then we will always be more successful. So next time you are faced with a task, begin with the end in mind.
Posted: January 18, 2021
Setting goals is an important part of life. It gives us a purpose, something to work hard for and help make us into the person we want to be. However we need to be careful when setting our goals, as setting the wrong when can be potentially harmful. So when setting a new goal it is handy to remeber this acronym - SMART.
The Importance of Questions
Posted: January 11, 2021
The key to change is asking the right questions. It's human nature to ask questions, our curiosity and intellect is what separates us, from the common duck. We ask ourselves questions all the time whether we realize it or not. "Does Jimmy like me?" "Should I eat that muffin?" "How long is this meeting going to take?" Our life is filled with questions like these. The problem arises from when the questions we ask have a negative connotation.
If we ask ourself a negative question, our brain will inevitably reach a negative answer. Our brain is an information collector, a giant supercomputer that needs direction. It can make connections and find evidence for anything that we are filling to believe. If you believe you are the smartest person on earth, your brain will start to record and gather instances of times when you were extremely intelligent. Does this mean your actually the smartest person in the world? Probably not, but if your brain is told that belief then it will find evidence to back it up.
It is here where the average person falls into a trap. If our brain is asked to to find evidence of a negative belief, it will find it. So when we constantly ask ourselves something like "How did I get so lazy?" Our brain will answer that question! And the more we ask it the more examples of being lazy we get! Which is something that might not even be true, but because we ask ourselves that question, our brain will slowly start to believe it.
Exercise for the Brain
Posted: January 04, 2021
What happens to a muscule when the body doesn't use it? It disappears. The brain is just like any other muscule, if we want it to grow and become stronger we must excercise it. Reading is a brilliant excercise for your brain. It not only expands vocabulary but increases our comprehension and just general knowledge. However there is something else we can do to give our brain a good workout.
The best and most fulfilling excrercise for our brain is accomplishing goals. Once we give ourselves the feeling of accomplishment, our brain will naturally seek out that feeling. Not only will achieveing other things become easier, but it will also become something we genuinely want to do. Its a domino effect that many of us want and need to happen. The more we do, the greater the benefits become. The actual goal we are achieving doesn't matter, so long as we actually follow through on it. So make sure you start your year off right and give your brain some well deserved attention.