JimCarrey, famous actor and comedian, known for his energetic performances, three years before becoming a household name, hewas at little detourwhen hewas driving home,where the biggest Hollywood stars live. To make himself feel better, he then used to imagine living there and “things coming to himthat hewanted”. At about the same time, he decided towrite himself a cheque for 10million dollars, and promised himself he would actually cash it three years later. The cheque gradually deteriorated in his wallet, but three years later, he found out he was going to make that sum for his first Box Office hit, Dumb & Dumber.
So is it enough to write yourself a cheque for 10 million in order then to earn it? Definitely not, and this narrative takes nothing away from the work and the talent of Jim Carrey. But it
does give us a superb demonstration of the art of visualisation.
To succeed somewhere, we need to start by convincing ourselves that it is possible, and then focus all our efforts so that others believe it too. By writing and then handling the cheque,
Jim Carrey started to make his dream palpable. He could then spend all of his energy in a single direction, until the impossible became possible.
In order to achieve an ambitious goal, you have to start by imagining your success in your thoughts. This technique, known as “positive visualisation”, not onlymakes it possible to set
a course and stay on it, but also to put yourself in condition for enabling your dream to become reality.