You have two options in life: strive to achieve your dreams, or keep dreaming them. The WOOP method is a practical system to help you turn wishful thinking into reality. Here’s how it works.
Typically the things you really want in life are achievable. The hard part is figuring out how to achieve them. The WOOP method, which stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan, helps you pave the way to making your dreams a reality. One of the best things about it is that it forces you to contingency plan and prepare for your obstacles. Author and Psychology Professor Gabriele Oettingen explains how it works at Harvard Business Review:
Name a wish that is attainable or realistic for you — say, landing a new client. Then imagine for a few minutes what would happen if that wish came true, letting the images flow freely through your mind. Then change things up. Identify the main obstacle inside you that stands in the way, and imagine it for a few minutes. Now on to your plan: If faced with obstacle X, then you will take effective action Y in response.
Next time you have a goal, wish, or dream you want to accomplish, try the WOOP method. Write down your wish, outcome, obstacle and plan to make it concrete, and put it somewhere to remind you of how you’re going to make that wish come true.
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