Separating events from thoughts
and their consequences sounds very complex. The Activating Event, Thoughts and
Consequences model is an approved Army resilience training skill.
The purpose of this skill is
to be able to identify your thoughts about an event and the consequences of
those thoughts. Understanding that you have control over your thoughts provides
greater control over the emotions and reactions we experience.
The ATC model begins with
an activating event. These are the facts regarding a situation -- the who, what,
when and where of a situation. It could be a larger challenge or adversity,
such as being notified of orders to a new duty station, or small, like
receiving an email from a co-worker. Activating events trigger heat of the
moment thoughts. These thoughts are raw and uncensored, and are what we say to
ourselves immediately following an activating event.
These thoughts drive immediate
emotions and reactions, what we feel and do, and can lead to productive or counterproductive
It can seem as though these
emotions and reactions are fueled by the situations we encounter on a daily
basis, but as the ATC model shows, it is really the thoughts we have about the
events that drive our consequences.
How productively might you
handle these events?
• Balancing personal and professional
• Conflicts with family members
• Letting down people on your
• Hectic schedule
• Getting chewed out
• Receiving a promotion
• Success or failures
Separating thoughts we have
in the heat of the moment regarding these situations allows us to gain more self-awareness
and understand the way we view the world.
If we can learn more about how
we think, we can adjust our thinking to become more productive and resilient.
Family members and Army
Civilians, the CSF2 Training Center will be hosting open training for this skill
at 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 1 at the Victory
Call today to reserve your seats at 785-239-8835.