Before he was the lovable, hilarious, mega-successful actor that we know today, Jim Carrey was like most other actors in LA who were struggling to be seen, heard & taken seriously. He came from an extremely modest back ground, even living in a van with his parents at one point.
Would You Like To Know What He Says Put Him On The A-List?
Aside from hard work, dedication, grit & talent, Jim Carrey contributes his wild success to one thing he did consistently that most other actors aren't and weren't willing to do: VISUALIZE.
Jim would drive to the top of Mulholland Dr. every night after work and stare off into the city lights of Los Angeles.
He would visualize himself surrounded by the top actors and directors in the business, all applauding him and asking him to be part of their next project. He would sit up there and allow himself to believe that this was his current reality. He let himself feeeeel what it was like to be in-demand. He imagined all the lights below were his fans. He sat and marinated in the excitement of it.
He did this every night without fail.
After reaching some pretty major success, he took his visualizing to the next level. He wrote himself a $10,000,000 check and dated it for three years later (1995). Jim says he carried that check in his wallet everyday, allowing himself to believe the new level of success was coming. Long story short, 3 years later he received a $10,000,000 check for Dumb & Dumber. And yes, he was even surrounded by actors and directors, begging him to be part of their next projects.
So what do you think!? Does visualizing sound like something that might be worth in incorporating into your daily routine? Many of the major actors, businessmen, athletes & musicians contribute much of their success to visualizing. In fact, entertainment athletes have long been utilizing the power of visualization, while it has yet to be as mainstream in the acting world.
"I visualize what I am going to do that day, walk out to the fight. I'll go over and over it inside my head, so when I actually do it, I've been there 100 times before so it's nothing new." –James te Huna
"I like visualizing a lot, so the night before a competition and right before, I will visualize myself. I'll close my eyes, turn away from everybody, and just see myself doing exactly what I want to accomplish." --Kacy Catanzaro
So how can you begin incorporating the awesome power of visualization into your life so you can have the edge you need to get whatever you want out of your career (even if its a $10 million dollar paycheck)?
Here are 5 simple quick tips to improve your visualization efforts:
- Be Consistent. Visualizing once or twice a month is the same as wearing sunscreen once or twice a month, you have to do it every day to reap the full benefits.
- Do it Right When You Wake Up and/or Right When You Go To Bed. You are least resistant to ideas of change and advancement when you're first waking up or drifting off to sleep.
- Play Music That Evokes Feeling: Listen to music as you visualize that makes you happy, excited and/or whatever feeling you're looking to have. Remember: Visualizing is not just about seeing what you want, it's also about feeling it.
- Visualize Big Picture Stuff & The Small Stuff: Visualize how you want your life to be in a year or two but also visualize your real life day to day activities – your upcoming table read, meeting with your publicist and other small steps you're currently facing that will lead to your big success.
- Visualize Out In The Real World: Next time you're walking down the street, pretend you're the success you want to be. Pretend you just wrapped your own $10 million dollar movie, act like you're heading to a meeting with your agent where you're going to pick which hot script you're going to consider next. Whatever gets you feeeeeling like the rockstar you are. Visualizing in public is insanely powerful.
You Are a Rockstar!
(via Dream Girl Camp)