Contracts can be complex and very often involve legal representatives pouring over the details, highlighting specifics and correcting verbiage to finalize a document or agreement between 2 or more parties.

A quick search on Google and you’ll find these statements:

  • The 7 essential elements of a contract are the offer, acceptance, meeting of the minds, consideration, capacity, legality, and sometimes a written document.
  • The types of contracts you’ll come across in the business world are classified as simple contracts. These can be made:
  • In writing
  • Verbally
  • With action
  • Bilateral contracts are one of the basics where both parties act to uphold the agreement.
  • Unilateral contracts are agreements where one party promises something in return for the action of the other

….Blah, Blah, Blah…


Before making it big, Jim Carrey (comedian), once wrote a check to himself for $10 Million for “acting services rendered”. He signed it and dated it for 10 years in the future. In its simplest form, this was a contract with all the essential elements. He carried this check in his wallet and, low and behold, 10 years later he was able to cash it when he landed the role in Dumb & Dumber. How did he make it happen and how can you do the same?


  1. Identify Exactly What You Want

Be specific in your dreams and aspirations. Vagueness creates fogginess! Pick a date, location, details, etc. for exactly what you wish to achieve. The more defined your goal, the easier it’ll be to find the tools and the directions of how to get there.

  • Put It On Paper

Write down every bit of detail that’ll complete your goal. With penmanship comes clarity in the vision and the strengthening of the will. Do not leave the goal as a thought or hope! Writing it down encompasses other senses and reinforces the determination.

  • Sign The Paper

Something unique happens when you sign your name to a document; you’ve just created a CONTRACT WITH YOURSELF! YOU are now accountable to YOU. You are now in control of your destiny and have the power to achieve your goals. Don’t let yourself down!


Some suggest it’s best to share your goal with your friends and family to create a support community. Others might prefer to keep the contract only between the parties (YOU!). The choice is yours; however, like Jim Carrey, keep the contract in sight or within reach. If not in your wallet or pocket, then the bathroom mirror or bedroom wall is a great place to post it. It’ll be the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night.

Creating a contract with yourself and interacting with it on a daily basis keeps you moving in the right direction; keeps you focused on your goals; and will help to push you through difficult times or challenges. After all, you’ve just created an agreement with the most important person in the world!

Author: Adam Benett
Adam Bennett is DNA Sports’ hockey advisor, coach & mentor for aspiring players. Visit for more information.