“People need motivation to do anything. I don’t think human beings learn anything without desperation.” ~ Jim Carrey
Yesterday someone shared on Facebook, a snippet of Jim Carey’s interview with Oprah, though I’ve watched it several times over the years in its entirety, each time I view it there are bits and pieces that register with me that didn’t before. The only thing I had grasped over the years watching this was him speaking about family and him writing himself a cheque for 10 million dollars, which he later received for doing the “Dumb and Dumber” movie. Before yesterday, my focus was the money and his success. This time around it registered that he placed himself in a position to succeed not only by writing himself that cheque, but also by placing himself in the position to receive it, when he parked his car on Mulholland Drive each night and visualised directors being interested in his work and people he admired, admiring him and complimenting him on performances.
There are many lessons to be learned here, but the two I’m going to write about are growth and intent. The years may be fleeting by on us, we are maturing, but the learning process never ends. Each day we learn something new either through our experiences or from someone or something else. Getting older doesn’t necessarily make you wiser, what makes you wise is understanding what life is trying to teach you. What I learned yesterday from that snippet is our focus determines our level of understanding. If you’re listening in on Les Brown, Bob Proctor or any other motivational speaker, whatever your intentions are will be your focus.
If your intentions are to build or expand your business, that is all you will take away from it. This is where most people went wrong after reading the book or watching the movie “The Secret.” Their intents were to become successful, to visualise wealth and it appeared. They missed that part that says you are responsible for your life, the way you think, the choices you make and that must also work to get to that position of success. Rhonda Byrne, Les Brown, Bob Proctor were all broke and in debt when they started their journey, but that side of the story is often missed because people only see the end product.
But as you grow and your mind expands wisdom kicks in, you will find there’s more to take to take away from their story. Just as yesterday that 10 Million Dollar Cheque that Carey wrote to himself was a side note. What registered for me was the act of placing himself in a position to make bring that 10 Million come into fruition. He not only visualised it, he worked hard to get it. He aligned himself to receive it. This is personal growth because now I can say I’ve grown a little and count myself as having more wisdom than I did a few days ago. I’ve learned to not focus on just one thing, but keep an open mind to the entire picture. Absorbing the entire conversation, allowing all of it to stimulate my senses.
Don’t just grow in age, grow in wisdom and intent!
~ Happy Tuesday!
©Etta D. Richards