C3 Is The Real Me

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

In the military parlance "C3" is a term often used to describe an information system - "C3" - command, control and communication. This type of process has strategic (longer term) and tactical (short term) applications.




In life (personal and professional) we should absolutely aim to incorporate a C3 mentality into our thinking and to our actions so as to be the best form of ourselves that we can be - today and into the future.

The Victorian era author, James Allen wrote:

“….. Keep you hands firmly upon the helm of thought for in the barque of your soul reclines the commanding master, he does but sleep - wake him. Self control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power……”

What was Allen talking about? He is referring to your sub-conscious mind (soul) as that part of your mind that commands your actions. Most powerfully, however, he was saying that it is our conscious mind that must “wake” the commander and control him. We do this through “right thought” and thought is originated in the conscious mind.




This is empowerment at its best. You are the commander and controller of your life. Should you wish to experience different outcomes in your life you must learn to THINK (strategically and tactically). Control your thoughts.

James Allen also wrote:

“….. and evermore he takes the tool of thought and shaping what he wills……”

In this statement Allen clearly describes one of the most powerful faculties we are gifted with (THOUGHT) as a tool and, like all tools, you need to know when and how to use it.

It is only when we understand how a process works that we can apply it to full effect and this is why so much time and energy goes into training sailors, soldiers and airmen to understand the C3 process. Without this understanding a military unit would be ineffective and dangerous. And so too must we understand this process as it applies to us personally.

I am writing this blog in the depths of the COVID pandemic and I know that many people are struggling to deal with things because they feel like they don’t have control. Whilst it is true that many things are outside our sphere of influence it is not for us to give these things any of our attention. Focus on what you can control and deal with the knowns.

Another thing we must learn is to listen to our language. If you really listen to yourself you will hear whether you are communicating powerfully or “marching to the tune of the masses”.




When we are describing things we can control we communicate with strength and power and generally we will be more calm (“…..calmness is power”). Conversely, if you listen to someone talking about something outside their control they will appear panicked, rash, worried etc….

In order to manage yourself, and those in your sphere of influence, in a balanced and calm manner you must learn the C3 process (command, control, communication) and how it is as applicable to you as it is to a large military unit.

Whilst the C3 term may be a relatively new term the concept has been around for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. Indeed, it can be found documented in various tomes throughout the ages.

Develop a “right understanding” and learn how to incorporate age old lessons into your daily activity so as to achieve control over your actions.





Here's a summary of the C3 process as it applies to you:


Command - Sub-conscious mind (the reclining master)

Control - Conscious mind - thought (one of the most powerful mental faculties)

Communicate - Watch your actions and listen to your language


In the R.O.E course: "Why I Do What I Do" the C3 process is covered in significant detail and trainees gain a greater understanding of themselves and how to utilise their mental faculties to achieve significant advances in their personal and professional lives.


If you would like to learn more about the process of how to enhance your thinking to achieve different outcomes, email David today at: david@roetrainingsolutions.com


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