Your Mind is the Genesis of Your Destiny
An Introduction to the Power of the Thought
Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
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Table of Content
The Law of Cause & Effect
The Idle Mind — An Unattended Garden
The Inextricable Bond between Thought and Character
Order vs Chaos
Psychosomatics: The Effect of Thoughts On Your Health
How Your Thoughts Impact Your Achievement
Why We Need Visions and Dreams
Creating an Optimal Future for Yourself
The Reticular Activating System
The Power of Intent to Change Your Life
About the Author
Other Books & Titles by the Author
Programs & Courses
Connect with Dr. Rick Wallace
Your Mind is the Genesis of Your Condition
We have all heard, is some form or another, that as a man thinks in his mind, so is he. Gaining a
lucid perspicacity of this truth is the beginning of the development of the infinite power
necessary to control your destiny and so much more. Not only does your mind influence the
internal mechanism of your character, but it directly impacts the external reality of your
circumstances. In fact, a person’s circumstance cannot be divorced from the pattern of their
thought, because the circumstances are the fruit of their thinking.
You should see your thoughts as seeds that function in the same manner as physical seeds. You
can only return and harvest what you have planted. The problem is that most people sow the seed
of their thoughts in ignorance of the power these thoughts possess to shape their realities and
solidify their destinies.
Even when we consider the idea of a person’s thoughts impacting their life, we fail to fully grasp
the magnitude of the force of thought --- understanding that it literally transcends the influence
of self-being, comprehensively invading the complete circumference of the person’s
circumstances and condition in life. In simple, you are where you are as a result of your thought
patterns and the habits and actions they inevitably produce. So, you will never be able to change
your condition without first changing the way you think.
The power that your mind possesses is infinite in its capacity to completely shift the course of
your life. Your predominant thoughts are constantly shaping your current reality through a
number of different influential components and mechanisms.
“Your Thoughts are the architects of your destiny.” ~ David O. McKay
Your thoughts are the seeds — the genesis — of your future realities, circumstances and
conditions. I often tell my clients, “you don’t get what you want, you get who you are, and you
will always be the sum total of your thoughts.” This is an inescapable reality. As James Allen
said, “we are the makers of ourselves.”
When you make your thoughts analogous to the act of sowing for the purpose of harvesting, you
can see that there first is a blossoming of the seed, which is not the fruit, but a sign of what is to
come. When it comes to thought, the actions produced by them can be seen as the blossom, now
whether the fruit that will be produced will be suffering or elation will depend directly on what
was planted by way of thought. The blossom, or action taken, will be in direct correspondence to
your predominant thoughts, and it is those actions that work inexorably through multitudinous
processes to form and usher in circumstances that will be indicative of your current condition.
Allow me to elucidate my point. No matter how much a person may say they want different
results, if they never change their thinking, subsequently changing their behavior and the manner
in which they interpret their circumstances, they will continue to get the same results. You must
understand that, contrary to popular belief, your circumstances do not shape your life, they
simply reveal your current condition and character.
When you change your thought patterns and see your circumstances for what they really are — a
looking glass into the inner recesses of your personal axiology — revealing the foundation of
your character and value system from which it operates. When circumstances are unfavorable, it
is an opportunity for you to evaluate where you are and to adjust your thinking in areas directly
associated with the negative circumstance. This is why people will often find themselves
encountering the same negative situation — over and over again. Until you shift your thinking in
a specific area, you will continue to produce the results of your current thought patterns. This
must be understood as a universal law, because the reality of its force is immutable.
Cause & Effect
As it is in the physical realm of third-dimensional occurrences, the law of cause and effect is an
undeviating, unequivocal force that controls reality. For every effect (insert result) there is a
corresponding cause. When you want a new effect or result, you must adjust causality. You
cannot change the effect without changing the cause. If you want to stop breaking your toe, stop
kicking the wall when you get angry.
There is something else that you must understand, and that is that character is not bequeathed
through some mystical form of appropriation upon the deserving or undeserving — by chance or
by some form of favor. It is earned by the force of consistent thought. Your character is a direct
reflection of your thinking. It is when a person is able to effectively form their thoughts with an
intelligence of how the world around them works — keeping guard against negative ideations
and impure intent — that their thoughts will produce the fruit of elation, success and peaceful
The Idle Mind
There is an old aphorism that has been often quoted for years; it says, “an idle mind is the devil’s
workshop.” This adage points to a poignant truth, which is that an unmanaged thought process
does not remain stagnant and unfruitful, but the fruit it produces will not serve its host well at all.
Imagine the mind as a garden, which can either be effectively and intelligently cultivated by
planting specific seeds that will bear fruit, producing what is needed, or by neglecting the garden
and leaving it to its own devices. What you will find is the cultivated garden will produce exactly
what is planted and cultivated, without deviation, while the neglected garden will not stay barren,
instead bringing forth useless weeds and poisonous plants that will drain the land. The mind is
the same way, when unattended, and the proper seeds are not planted with consistency and care,
wayward thoughts, influenced by external forces, will become the seeds of promise — seeds that
can only produce poor conditions and suffering.
The Inextricable Bond between Thought and Character
Rarely is a person’s character directly affiliated with their thinking, but that does not change the
fact that their character is actually a direct result of their thinking. In fact, it is impossible for
character to manifest itself, at a point of discovery, outside of the environment of circumstance,
which should be understood as the outward conditions of a person’s inner state. Therefore, when
a person’s character is examined, it will always be discovered to be harmonious with their inner
state of being — their thoughts.
When working with my clients, one of the greatest challenges I face is convincing them that their
negative circumstances are not actually a part of an external force moving against them, but the
fruit of their thoughts coming back to challenge them to elevate their thinking. Life is not
happening to you, it’s responding to you.
Your thoughts are literally a creative force of infinite power through you which you have the
capacity to form the ideas (seeds) that will be cultivated and nourished, until they create the
condition that is reflective of their origin. Positive circumstances can be birthed from negative
thoughts and negative circumstances can never rise from the purity of good thoughts. The
thoughts you entertain most will have the greatest impact on your external reality.
It is true that you are the master of your fate, because you are the guarder of your thought.
Unfortunately, very few people guard their thoughts with any form of diligence and concern for
the influences that move against it. Many people have certain feelings toward specific situations
without the slightest idea of why. They have completely missed the fact that those intellectual
stimuli and image impressions that they consistently expose their subconscious to have
influenced their thinking, subsequently influencing the totality of their existence.
Your thoughts are an inner reflection of your character — the values that drive your desires —
and only desires that are in direct harmony with your inner character can survive the entire
process of manifestation. So, your circumstances are simply the means through which the human
soul receives its innermost yearnings. Our thoughts move beyond the reach of our superficial
outward expressions that supposedly identify what we want out of life — delving beyond the
depths of the human psyche to pierce the spirit — the place of true passion and yearnings. We
can proclaim the desire to be honest, upright, successful and more, but our circumstances and
consistent realities will quickly reveal the inner-workings of our heart — our thought patterns.
As I stated earlier, circumstance is simply the Revealer of character that shows up as an
instructor to fuel both, change and growth. Circumstances can produce both, suffering and
elation, with one positively reinforcing a current thought pattern, and the other using discomfort
to prompt change in an existing mindset.
Not until you accept the fact that the force that shapes your life is within, will you experience the
desired changes that you are looking for.
From both, academic study and experiential observation, I have learned that it is a person’s mind
that will either liberate them or create boundaries that imprison them. This is where many
religious people fail miserably, based on the fact that they believe their artificially manufactured
faith, accompanied by prayer, will produce the desires of their hearts. But, a person does not get
what they want out of life, they invariably get who they are. You cannot get what you are not. In
order to elevate what you are getting, you must first elevate your thinking. Ironically, this is why
the Bible places such great emphasis on thinking (guard your hearts and minds, bringing every
thought into captivity, etc.).
While many people will revolt against the reality of their current negative circumstances, they
will produce no efficacious results. Remember the law of cause and effect is in play here, and
your circumstances are simply the effect or result of something else — your thoughts. In order to
change the effect, you must be willing to change the cause. It is the cause that constantly
interferes with and retards efforts focused on change. Another way to view this is through the
concept of putting the horse before the carriage. While having a desire to change unfavorable
circumstances is a natural reaction to the discomfort it creates, it cannot be the first step in the
grand order of change. No matter how hard you strive to improve your negative circumstances,
your efforts will consistently be thwarted until you become equally committed to improving
yourself as well, for it is the self (by way of thought) that produces the circumstances.
I have people come to me who are immensely frustrated. They have set these remarkable goals to
do something extraordinary and exceptional, by all standards, but their efforts and progress are
being frustrated perpetually. The reason is that their goals, and the behavior associated with
them, are not in harmony with their character (value system).
Let me give you a real life example. I had a client come to me for one-on-one marriage
counseling. He swore that he wanted to save his marriage, which was floundering and sinking
fast. After spending some time with him, I identified the behavior behind the troubled marriage.
He was a sole provider for his family, and he had a value system that rewarded him for his hard
work by justifying his hanging out with his male buddies up to three times a week after work,
and on weekends. Well, obviously, this put a strain on his marriage, because his buddies are
taking priority of his wife and family — which is not a very good look for any marriage.
So, I told him that he was going to have to cut his interactions with his “boys” down to once per
month. He said that he would do it. Six months later, he comes back to me, and he is fuming. He
says, “I did exactly what you told me, and it has actually gotten worse.” So, if he did what I told
him, why weren’t things any better? His actions were not in alignment with his belief system and
personal values. He still believed that the fact that he was the sole provider meant he should be
able to hang out with his buddies whenever he wanted, so he did what I asked him to do, but he
did it begrudgingly. His wife was able to sense his resentment and animosity, and so she
responded with resentment of her own. I worked with him for weeks to change is views, and
when he changed his views, spending time with his wife was no longer viewed as a sacrifice, but
an honor and a pleasure. His marriage recovered, and they are doing better than ever.
It is not simply the effort and actions that matter, but the alignment of those efforts with who you
really are. You will have to change you before you can change your negative situation. In fact,
that is the primary purpose of a negative situation — to give you a look inside at your character
and to demand that you change it.
It is not until a person ceases from their campaign to blame others for their condition that they
begin the process of seizing greatness. It is when you recognize that there is a regulatory force at
work in your life that is more powerful than any other — your thoughts. Whining and
complaining can produce no true results associated with positive change, but the adjustment of
wayward thinking will produce consistent progress.
Order Over Chaos
It is immensely important to understand that the universe is one of order, not chaos. The order of
the universe is governed by a set of mutable and immutable laws that produce uniform results.
When a person begins to alter how they view themselves, others and life in general, they will
begin to see positive changes in their outward condition. If you are looking for an accelerated
transformation in your life, then you must be committed to a radical shift in your thinking. There
is no other way.
So, you can see that the common misconception that one can hide their thoughts from plain view
is blown away when the power of the mind is placed underneath the microscope. Thoughts are
not simply invisible ideas, but rather the seedlings of materialized habits that produce
corresponding circumstances and realities.
Psychosomatics: The Effect of Thoughts on Your Health
For years, scientists have understood and studied the impact of thoughts on physical health. The
body is, in essence, a tool of the mind, and it is bound by the idea and concepts conceived within
the mind. One of the most powerful representations of this truth is the famous four-minute mile.
Before 1954, is was believed that no one would ever break the four-minute mark in the mile. The
belief was that it was simply humanly impossible, and it was that belief that corralled thousands
of those who ran the mile. But, in 1954, things changed. What changed exactly? Roger Banister
came along and he made up in his mind that he was going to run the mile in under four minutes.
The first place that he began to move against this barrier was in his mind. He had to mentally
convince himself that he could do it.
Once he was mentally convinced, he was able to change his workouts to accommodate a faster
pace per quarter mile. You see, because people did not believe it was possible they did not even
train for the possibility. Roger Banister trained with a purpose of breaking the barrier, and he did
just that. While that was considered miraculous in and of itself, what was even more miraculous
is that in the next three years, more than 1,000 people would run the mile in under four minutes,
and since then, more than 20,000 have done it — with some being high school athletes. You see,
the mind is far more powerful than the body. The body always follows the cues given by the
mind. The problem for most people is that they send the body poor cues.
When there is the presence of worry, anxiety or stress, the body will release the hormone
cortisol, which is actually designed to help the body manage temporary stressful situations.
Cortisol is what triggers the flight or fight response, which also includes the hormone adrenaline.
The problem is that when the mind constantly entertains thoughts that produce stress, you begin
to suffer what is known as chronic stress, which can result in cardiovascular disease,
neurological disorders, organ damage, chemical imbalances and much more. This chronic
condition is a slow killer, slow but sure.
Psychosomatics is how you explain, one spouse dying within hours or mere days after the other.
The mind controls the will to live. During the Korean war, it is reported that once prisoners of
war gave up hope of being rescued, they would simply go lay on a cot, tell everyone to leave
them alone, and within a day or so, they would be dead.
When you expose your mind to negative thoughts, the repercussions of those thoughts will
permeate throughout every orifice of your existence, including your physical existence. When
the mind entertains degradation, the body begins the process of degradation. In the same manner,
when the mind entertains positive and uplifting thoughts, the body can experience healing. When
functioning optimally, we are completely self-contained and self-sustained. The mind remains
the most effective physician in history, but we must simply relearn how to use it.
When a person consistently entertains negative thoughts, such as envy, suspicion, cynicism,
hatred and fear, they confine themselves to a self-imposed prison, from which only they can free
How Your Thoughts Impact Your Achievement
Every achievement in life, and every failure, are a direct result of your thoughts. Your entire
reality exists as the direct fruit of your thinking. So, if you want to improve your capacity to
achieve in life, you must develop a limpid anagnorisis that the capacity of achievement cannot
transcend the condition of the mind and its predominant thought processes. When you
understand that you get what you are, then you understand that you must change who you are to
get more. This demand for a metamorphosis can only be met through the process of radical
thought transformation. One must raise their standards, which includes a lowering of their
tolerance for things associated with failure, such as excuses, blaming, playing the victim, etc.
Additionally, they must also raise their expectations for themselves. The universe will only meet
you at the level of your expectations — no higher.
The place you must start in developing the mental capacity for optimal achievement is in the
acceptance that your reality is all your own. Individual responsibility is an absolute reality that
cannot be circumvented in the quest for greatness. What this means is that your weaknesses and
strengths, imperfections and nobleness, purities and impurities belong to you and no one else.
Understanding this is the beginning of growth and personal achievement.
There is only one way that a person can lift themselves from the current situation to new heights
— by raising the level of their thinking. In the same sense, the only way that they can remain in
the same low state is by refusing to elevate their thinking. Often, people who refuse to elevate
their thinking will tend to respond to negative circumstances through emotional compulsion,
rather than critical thought. They also lack the wherewithal to formulate methodical planning and
strategic order — rendering them ineffective in their quest for achievement.
When it comes to achievement, you are only limited by the thoughts you choose to entertain.
Why We Need Visions and Dreams
One thing that I have learned is that the physical world (third-dimension) is supported by a more
vast and powerful invisible world (fourth & fifth-dimensions). Reality is first manifested in the
invisible realm through thoughts infused with faith. Long before we see the reality of great
accomplishment and the bearing out of visions and dreams, they existed — first in the mind, and
then in the spiritual realm — where they gained momentum, definition and clarity. What this
means is that it is the dreamers of this world that sustain its order, its life and its force. Without
the dreamer, the very breath of humanity would be zapped away in an instance. It is the dream
that feeds the hope of the masses, and provides the idea of possibility. Dreams took men to flight,
streamlined communication mechanisms and made the world just a little bit smaller.
Earlier, I mentioned that this universe is one of order, and in this order there is one truth that has
been upheld since the beginning of time. The person who harbors a vision, refuses to relinquish
it, cherishes and nurtures it as a grand ideal will one day realize it in all its splendid glory. If fact,
if you dare to dream the loftiest of dreams, you will find that your dreams are shaping your
reality. Your dream will become a prophecy of sorts, revealing what you will one day become.
Creating an Optimal Future for Yourself
“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” ~ Ernest Homes
Okay, I believe that I have laid a solid foundation, through reason, for the understanding and
engagement of the fact that our thoughts are the architects of our destiny, but there is more —
much more. What I want is to be explicitly clear in articulating the fact that there is nothing
mystical about the manner in which the mind writes the narrative of one’s life. Unfortunately, it
is the belief of millions that there is some mystical power that determines the direction of
people’s lives, but while our thoughts are immaterial, in and of themselves, they are a part of a
larger system that is mental, biological, emotional and spiritual.
Let’s take a look at the neurological implications associated with the idea of directive thought.
When I developed the Visionetics concept, my goal was to create a comprehensive system of
engagement that would allow me to work with people, no matter where they were currently in
life, in order to get them to perform optimally in every area of their life. I soon learned that my
background in conventional psychology would not be sufficient to create such an ecumenical
system. I was guided through a maze of psychological concepts, theories and philosophies that
required that I anatomize each and every construct to decipher the code that governed human
behavior in the most absolute way. While many had tackled the idea, very few had come close to
bringing all of the components and elements together to present the holistic picture of this
pristine system of universal laws that have been in play since the beginning of mankind.
If I were to be asked who has come closest in examining the work of my contemporaries, I
would have to say Tony Robbins. His understanding of the multiple components at play, and the
multitudinous levels at which the human existence plays out is quite impressive. This is to take
nothing from people like Les Brown, Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Bob Proctor and many of the other
great minds, like Matthew Martz, Napoleon Hill, Wallace D. Wattles, Earl Nightingale and the
list goes on. I believe that Tony has simply gleaned from his experiences and exposure to all of
these individuals to merge the idea of a holistic existence.
When looking to expand my understanding of human behavior and performance in life, I was
forced to leave the comfort of my expertise in the field of cognitive psychology and traumarelated
psychology to examine the biological components of the exceptional system of thought
dynamics. Welcome to the merging of psychology and neurology.
In dealing with my clients who has suffered from some form of trauma, especially PTSD and
Complex Trauma, I understood that while their psychotic episodes may have been triggered by a
memory, thought or submersed cognition, there were also physiological implications. Remember
the mind and the body are a part of the same system, and therefore, they do not operate
independently of one another. Enter the world of neuroscience.
The Reticular Activating System
As we have discussed throughout this work, we are consistently creating our future. We do this
through what we think about consistently, which impacts our beliefs, feelings, values, actions,
goals, visions and dreams. This is being done despite your level of consciousness. Ultimately, it
is the programming of your subconscious mind that dictates the course of your life.
In my book Renewing Your Mind: The Dynamics of Transformation, I point out how the
conscious mind works with the subconscious to develop beliefs that serve to form paradigms that
will be used to decipher and interpret every occurrence and event in our lives. While the primary
audience for this book were Christians, the book is written in context, so that anyone who wanted
to learn the power of thought and how it works in their lives could do so.
So, where do psychology and neurology meet and merge? We understand that our subconscious
is the catalyst that prompts activity, reaction and responses to the external stimuli associated with
everyday life, but how does the conscious mind and the subconscious mind work together? The
conscious mind is the perspective lobe of the soul. It is through the conscious mind that
information is perceived, evaluated and given a level of relevance.
While most people give more gravity to their conscious mind and the thoughts it produces, the
average human can have as many as 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts in a single day, with the vast
majority of these thoughts originated in the subconscious.
While everyone who reads this will not be religious, most will be familiar with certain verbiage
used in the Bible. I want to use these familiar terms to explain how the mind works, and maybe
in the process, add context to many familiar quotes that have been extracted from religious
writings without possessing a lucid understanding of its implications.
Consistently, the Bible uses the terms “heart” and “mind” as if they were synonymous. In
essence, there are very closely related. In the Bible, the Greek word “kardia,” translated “heart,”
refers to the right lobe of the soul, or as we refer to it now, the subconscious. The Greek word
“nous,” refers to the conscious mind, the perceptive lobe of the soul — the part of the mind
through which most information enters and is analyzed, evaluated and given a level of relevance.
Once information enters the conscious it is filtered down into the subconscious through a
biological process by way of the Reticular Activating System or RAS. The RAS serves as a filter
that identifies what is important to the conscious mind and relays that to the subconscious, which
in turn places a certain priority on it.
Have you ever seen a car or a shirt for the first time, and you said to yourself that you had to
have it, then all of a sudden every time you looked up you saw it? Well, that was your RAS at
work. The moment you associate significance and intent with an idea, the RAS informs your
subconscious to be on the lookout for it, highlighting it and creating a path to it. What I should
warn against here is the idea that the only way to apply significance to an idea or thought is
through the conscious mind’s assessment. The subconscious also assesses volume. Anything you
expose your mind to on a regular basis will automatically be considered relevant, whether you
consciously assess it as such or not. This is why you are warned to guard your gates, or as the
Bible says, guard your heart and mind.
The subconscious does not even recognize negative and positive assessments in a manner in
which you might think it would. What I mean by this is that the subconscious mind does not care
that you don’t want to lose your job, it only notices that you continuously focus your thoughts on
losing your job, so it begins to produce behavior, such as anxiety, worry, stress, a suspicious
nature and more —subsequently leading to you losing your job. This is why I teach my clients
not to focus on what they don’t want, but what they do want. If what you want is diametrically
opposed to what you do not want, you do not have to entertain the thoughts of what you do not
want; focusing on what you want will automatically produce the desired results on both sides.
To gain a more detailed perspicacity of the left and right lobes of the soul (conscious and
subconscious mind), read Renewing Your Mind: The Dynamics of Transformation.
The RAS is a biological mechanism, meaning that unlike the conscious and subconscious mind,
it is natural and organic, existing at the core of the brain stem. This filtering system ensures that
the thoughts you consciously entertain will be filtered down into the subconscious in the order of
importance you ascribe to them, only to manifest themselves in habits, actions and values at a
The Power of Intent to Change Your Life
Now, let’s take a look at how a person has the power to take even greater control over how their
thoughts will form the focus of their subconscious in order to create an even greater sense of
purpose and direction in their life. While it is great to focus on the positive, and to avoid negative
stimuli, we are still leaving our subconscious to perform an enormous amount of work in the area
of deciphering, translating and interpreting the information that it receives. So, how do we
become more specific with the information we feed it? One word — intent!
Establishing your intent is vital to turning your subconscious mind into a catalyst for change and
progression through the attainment of specified goals. Establishing intent changes your
perception of a specific reality, and it also changes your expectation as to your relationship to
that reality and dream. Before moving forward, it is wise that we establish a clear definition of
what is meant by the term intent. According to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, the
word “intent” is a derivative of “intend,” which carries the meaning of directing the mind to take
a specified course toward the achievement of a particular goal. Don’t allow the term “goal” to
confuse you. Anytime that you make a decision to take a specific action to accomplish anything,
the end result is the ultimate “goal.” If you decide to go to the kitchen to get a glass of water, you
have set your intent on the goal of having a glass of water, and you have instructed your mind to
order the activity necessary for that to happen. The word “intend,” from which the word “intent”
is derived originates from the Latin word “intendere,” which means “to stretch towards.”
Allow me to explain how this works, further elucidating the fact that your thoughts are the
driving force in the creation of your reality.
The moment you establish your intent, you are giving specific instructions to your RAS to place
great emphasis on stretching toward that specific goal or future aspiration. Here is something that
is also beneficial in the process that is paramount to optimizing the life experience. Our minds
are inherently geared to allow us not only to enjoy and celebrate the reaching of the goals and
realities that we create, but to enjoy the journey and the process of getting there. In fact, it is the
journey and process that carries the greatest sense of enjoyment and progress. Think about it for
a moment. Life is a journey through which you are a progressing from one stage to another, but
reaching a goal or new stage is simply an event in time. Once you reach one goal, you celebrate
the accomplishment and you set another, and you begin the process of progressing toward that
When we understand this dynamic, it is easy for us to see that we spend way more time in the
process of progression than we do in the actual achievement of a specific goal. The progress is a
part of the journey, and the goal is simply an event that signifies reaching a milestone.
Fortunately, we are designed to enjoy the process. One of the most invigorating and encouraging
things we experience in life is progress. Progress is what defines success. When you understand
this, you will be able to find a reason to celebrate and enjoy every day of your life — not just
those moments in which you reach a certain goal.
To gain an understanding of how powerful the force of intent is in setting the course of your life,
or creating new realities, read each of the following sentences out loud.
I hope that I have fun on my date tonight. (It is important that you take notice of how your mind
is literally forming images of what you are reading as you read. These images may be
accompanied by voices and even feelings. It is amazing that a thought created by nine simple
words can stir so much within the mind.)
I want to have fun on my date tonight. (Notice that the images, voices and feelings produced in
this instance are different from the ones produced by the first sentence.)
I intend to have fun on my date tonight. (Again, the images, voices and feelings produced by
reading this sentence is different than those produced by reading the first two sentences.)
What you have just experienced is a crash course in the power of your words to form thoughts
that impact how you experience life. Words change direction, focus, perception, engagement and
more. In the average person, reading the first sentence would produce a significant amount of
uncertainty. While there is an expression of hope, there is very little in the way of participation
and direct engagement. This sentence leaves far too much to external mechanisms. The first
sentence presents images of multiple possibilities of how the date could go, with having fun only
being one of them.
The second picture produces a different image — an image of what you exactly desire. The
problem with this sentence is that it still does not create a high enough level of certainty that
what is desired can be obtained. Finally, the third sentence establishes intent, which identifies a
specific goal and sets in motion a perception and behavior that is most likely to produce the
desired goal. When you establish intent, you make yourself a participant in your life. It is when
you set intent that you stop believing that life is happening to you, and you gain an understanding
that life is simply responding to your intent or the lack thereof. When you establish intent, your
subconscious promotes and encourages proactive behavior that will produce the desired result.
Intent will also set your expectations which serve to establish the limitations of what can be
achieved. Remember, the universe will only meet you at the level of your expectations.
Establishing intent is an action that subsequently creates an interconnectivity between the
subconscious mind and your conscious will for the purpose of achieving a specific result. In
essence, a message is being sent to the RAS to declare that you expect a certain thing to happen,
which immediately places a high priority and emphasis on achieving that result. From this point
moving forward, your subconscious and your conscious will work in harmony to achieve the
In the most purest of “states,” setting intent through thought and words literally has the power to
heal a person holistically — mind, emotions, body and spirit. This type of powerful and pure
state is achievable, but it requires intent and commitment to the process. There are people who
live in such pure states that they are able to experience life at a level that most people cannot
even fathom, and it is all possible for anyone reading this report.
So, how does changing a simple thought literally end up changing your reality. Well, think of
this idea of thought and mind as a system — a microsystem operating inside of a much larger
system. Now, envision an interconnectivity within and throughout all systems involved, in which
any event within the system will have an impact on the system as a whole. Think of your
computer, which is the combination of hardware, an operating system and software. Should
something happen to either of these primary systems, it will impact the functionality of all three.
This is how our thinking works in our lives.
“When the phenomenon of the universe is seen as linked together by cause and effect and energy
transfer, the resulting picture is of a complexly branching and interconnecting chain of events. In
certain regions of this universe (notably organisms in environments, ecosystems, societies and
computers), these chains of relating events form circuits which are closed, in the sense that
causal interconnection can be traced around the circuit and back through to whatever position we
chose as the starting point of the description. In such a circuit, events at any position within the
circuit may be expected to have an effect on all of the positions at later times.” (Steps to Ecology
of the Mind, Gregory Bateson)
In simple, a shift in thought and intent creates an inevitable shift in future results. When you
establish your intent you are creating the blueprint for a new reality in the future. Setting your
intent is a method that focusing your conscious energy in a manner that identifies a specific goal,
places a particular emphasis and priority on it, and then communicates it to the RAS, which
ensures that then focuses the subconscious on encouraging future thoughts and behavior on
achieving the desired result.
Therefore, reaching a desired goal is not about magic or mysticism, but about the focusing of
spiritual, mental and emotional energy toward a particular goal with specified intent, initiating a
certain cause that will produce a certain effect. It is about operating within a system of
interconnectivity in which your thoughts become the blueprint of your reality. Your thoughts are
the core cause of every effect that presents itself as a part of your reality. You are the granddesigner
of your ultimate destiny. The conscious and subconscious mind are co-existing forces
that exist and function in a much larger system that some define as life or reality. How we
experience life is dependent upon how we use our thoughts to create this life or reality for
ourselves. We will find that the more power we surrender to external forces and circumstance,
the more miserable and unfulfilling life will be.
Our thoughts and behavior have a direct impact on our reality — how we experience life. The
establishing of intent allows us to influence both, our inner and outer reality in a manner that
triggers a chain of events that can completely disrupt the current reality and introduce and sustain
a better and more enjoyable one. Life was never meant to be left to chance, it was meant to be
orchestrated with great specificity, through our thoughts and intents.
Because all systems of reality are interconnected, when you establish the intent to achieve
something positive in the future, you are not only communicating this message to your RAS and
subconscious, but you are also sending a clear message to the greater system as a whole — the
universe — that you will be achieving this reality.
Following are four steps that you can take to begin the process of establishing intent in your life.
Remember, there is nothing too insignificant not to apply this concept to. Everything you think
and do matters.
Identify the event or goal that you wish to set a specific intent for.
Establish the intent that you want in the way of experience during the process, as well as the
ultimate goal. Remember, specificity in what you are focusing on and what you want the end
results to be is important. For instance, if you are focusing on changing your financial situation,
you shouldn’t establish an intent that simply states you want to improve your financial status, or
you want to be financially free; you must attach a specific number or dollar amount to the intent.
It helps with the process of visualization and clarity of intent and purpose.
In the instance that there may be other people involved, you must understand that you don’t
control their behavior; however, you do have the ability to control how you engage them, how
you interpret their behavior, and how you respond to it. Determine what you desire to achieve by
engaging the people involved. Will the encounter be casual, professional, mutually beneficial,
etc.? Be as specific as possible in determining exactly what you want to come out of the
relationship with an individual.
Be sure to create imagery. Make it a practice of playing out what you want to happen in your
mind. Allow it to play out like a movie trailer or feature film. This allows you to experience the
reality that you are looking for before actually achieving it — reinforcing your belief that you
will have it — subsequently improving your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional posture
toward the situation. In essence, placing you in the best “state” to receive what you desire.
Make no mistake about it, you are the catalyst of your destiny. Whether you are actively
participating in it or passively observing from the sideline, it is your thoughts that are producing
your reality. The moment that you decide to become actively involved in the orchestration of
your life, you will wake up to an entirely different world — a world that folds into your
expectations instead of overwhelming you with frustration, anxiety and stress. You find that
when you set your intent to have anything or worth, value and positive force, the universe will
literally conspire on your behalf to bring it to you.
I consistently tell my client that the only limits that you have are the ones that you accept with
your mind. You were born with infinite potential coursing through your veins, a capacity to
dream and envision the unimaginable and then bring it into the realm of reality; however, life is
filled with influences that can negatively impact your natural capacity to dream and achieve.
Maybe it is childhood experiences through which you were consistently told that you couldn’t do
anything. Or maybe it was someone you gave a great deal of authority in your life who
established boundaries that limited you. Whatever you have encountered in life that has altered
your course toward achieving the exceptional, the extraordinary and the phenomenal, please
understand that you have the power to reclaim your right and capacity to dream, and that you still
have the innate power to usher those dreams into the realm of reality.
Your thoughts are consistently creating your future reality, I invite you to change your thinking
and subsequently change your future. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
About the Author
Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D. is a leading life strategist and business strategist that works with
people from all backgrounds and walks of life in order to help them experience life at an optimal
level in every area of their existence. Dr. Wallace has written and published more than 18 books,
countless articles and studies on the human experience, personal performance, overcoming
trauma, relationship mastery, business performance and more.
Dr. Wallace is also the founder and director of The Visionetics Institute, which is where he
continues to expand, define and refine his personal performance concept that he calls
Visionetics. The Visionetics concept involves the idea of expanding “individual capacity” by
changing a person’s vision — perceptively and introspectively. What this means is that The
Visionetics Institute helps people change how they see themselves, others, their circumstances,
life (in specific and in general) and the world at large — allowing them to move from victim to
winner, from a person who believes that life is happening to them to one who understands that
life is responding to them.
It is Dr. Wallace’s philosophy that when a person changes their vision, they change everything
associated with it. Thoughts function as a system that operates inside of a larger system that is
interconnected, so that one event within the system, especially at its point of origin, changes
everything within the system. In the Visionetics system, the origin of the system is “thought.”
So, when you change your thinking, you change your life. Basically, when a person changes
their thought patterns, they change their self-image, self-esteem, self-awareness, confidence
level, personal expectations, direction, mentality, temperament, and so much more — it all
begins with thoughts.
Other Titles by Dr. Rick Wallace
The Invisible Father: Reversing the Curse of a Fatherless Generation
When Your House is Not a Home (A book on resolving conflict within the marriage and be
prepared and adequately equipped for marriage before entering it.)
Renewing Your Mind: The Dynamics of Transformation (A great book to help understand how
the conscious and subconscious mind work together to dictate life.)
Living Life at the Next Level: Learning to Live Life at the Level of Your Design
Achieving Optimal Health for Lifelong Success: A Guide to Optimal Health — The Power of
Epigenetics in Psychology: The Genetic Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma in African
Programs & Courses
The Elevation & Empowerment Course is the flagship program for The Visionetics Institute
Dr. Wallace also does 1-on-1 Virtual Life Coaching in a less intensive approach that with the
Elevation & Empowerment Course
Next Level University is a great way for people to enroll in different online and digital courses
created by Dr. Wallace as well as participate in daily and weekly events, including a weekly
video conference with Dr. Wallace and other students & members.
Connect with Dr. Rick Wallace
Visit the official website for The Visionetics Institute at www.rickwallacephd.link
To contact Dr. Wallace, email The Visionetics Institute at LifeChange@rickwallacephd.link