McConaughey’s Motivation – The Red Carpet To Success

A closer look at Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar Speech.

No matter what your chosen direction in life, there is always a marker by which you can judge your success. In the world of acting, nothing is more representative of one’s success than receiving an Oscar.

For anyone who’s seen Matthew McConaughey’s performance in Dallas Buyers Club, discovering he won the Oscar for best actor is far from a surprise. Yet, think back to the early days of McConaughey’s career, when he was seen as little more than a smiling torso built for the lead of any old romantic comedy. A few years ago, any talk of Oscar buzz would have been readily dismissed.

So how has McConaughey made the leap from a pin-up punch line to acting Powerhouse?

During his acceptance speech (see below) we heard clear indication of Mcconaughey’s motivation and how he reaches his goals in life. In his words there are three things you need “one of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to and another is someone to chase.” And who does Mr McConaughey chase?

“And to my hero – that’s who I chase. When I was 15 years old I had a very important person in my life come to me and say: ‘Who’s your hero?’

“I said I don’t know, ‘I’ve got to think about that, give me a couple of weeks.’

“I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says: ‘Who’s your hero?’

“I said, ‘I’ve thought about it – it’s me in 10 years!’

This idea of striving to catch up with your future-self is nothing new, particularly to us clinical hypnotherapists and psychotherapists. In fact, viewing your future more clearly is central to solution focused therapy.

The power in looking toward the future can be found in, what author John D. Mayer calls ‘Personal Intelligence’. In his article in Scientific American , “Personal intelligence is the capacity to draw out, and reason with, information about the personality. We use it to deduce how to behave with others, how others will behave toward us, to better understand our own needs and to map out our future plans.” Basically, once we have a clear, detailed and reasonable idea of where we wish to be in the future, then we can start motivating ourselves to get there.

If you would like to discover your best self then please, feel free to contact me to arrange an initial consultation. And remember always consult your GP before you pursue any other form of therapy.