The ABCs of Personal Power

I was recently reviewing an old concept that I learned years ago called “The ABCs of Personal Power:”

  • A stands for Activating Event. It’s anything that can happen to you. It can be good, it can be bad, or whatever. Things will happen. You get praise, you get a reprimand, you get promoted, you lose a job, your house burns down – you know, whatever. It’s something that happens to you in life.
  • B stands for your Belief system. That’s where you store your beliefs about yourself, about other people, and about life.
  • C is Consequence. What do you do about what happens to you?

We can never control the activating events. Good and bad will happen to you in life. Things show up. The only thing you can control is your belief system—what do you do with what happens? I remember one time when I was a kid, walking with a friend in the woods when a snake came crawling across the path. I’m not a big fan of snakes, so I was about ready to turn around and run. And my friend said, “Don’t run! Snakes are beautiful—look at this thing!” And he bent down and picked up the snake. It was the same activating event from a different belief system. That’s the way it is in life. The same event happening to two different people gets programmed a different way. What do you do when something happens to you? Remember—it’s your belief system that will drive your life. You can’t control what happens to you but you have complete control over what you do about it.

One thought on “The ABCs of Personal Power

  1. Ken:
    Thanks for this wonderful piece. Indeed, one of our biggest enemies in life are our emotions, especially negative ones. Thanks, you have partly explained it now. These emotions stem from our belief systems. And, thanks to your observation, we are the ones fully responsible. I shall sure share these thoughts with my staff. Thanks ones more

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