“If you change the way you think about the environment around you, the environment around you changes. The world isn’t as it is. The world is the way we see it.”

– David Irvine

We have around 50,000 thoughts every day. A thought is intangible. It comes and goes quickly. But the impact that those sometimes seemingly meaningless thoughts have on our lives may be greater than we ever expected.

In The Secret, Rhonda Byrne writes “Thoughts are magnetic, and thoughts have frequency. As you think thoughts, they are sent out into the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source-you.” When I read this, I began considering different periods of my life to test this “theory” and it held true almost every time.

During the times in my life when I found myself thinking negatively, I recognized all my conversations revolved around those negative thoughts. People could sense my negativity and in efforts to sympathize with it, became negative with me. My negative thoughts led to the negative environment I was living in.

The times when I believed in something, it most often happened. My belief was felt by others and helped create environments where what I believed was made possible.

The times I felt sorry for myself, others would feel sorry for me as well.

It became apparent that my thoughts are my reality. I can control my thoughts. Therefore, I can control my reality. It’s much easier said than done, but the realization that this is the case has been an important one for me. I find myself thinking more intentionally with hopes that it will direct my reality, and in many cases it has.



Richard Luck

Richard Luck

Richard’s passion in creating opportunities for individuals to recognize and act on their untapped potential is contagious. He has spent his life pursuing this passion, first with Teach for America and most recently with his own entrepreneurial venture, UnBoundRVA- a nonprofit that helps low-income adults reach their fullest potential through entrepreneurship. After two years of leading UnBoundRVA and successfully transitioning its leadership, he has made the move to Luck Companies, where he is currently an Executive Trainee. As a fourth generation family member at Luck Companies, Richard is able to bring a truly unique perspective on family business and Values Based Leadership.

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