WOOP for Success with the Team at Unlimited Management Group
- Wish: Many of us make the mistake of fantasizing about our goals as if we’ve already achieved them, but such daydreams are actually counterproductive. The emotional part of our brains – the part responsible for motivation – cannot distinguish between fact and fantasy, and is content to believe in our fantasies as if they were reality.
- Outcome: Rather than indulging in fantasies, imagine the specific outcome of achieving your goals. For example, if your goal is to have more money, imagine yourself getting a promotion at work.
- Obstacles: Then, think through the potential obstacles you will face in achieving your desired outcome. By doing so, one of two things will happen: you will either find yourself more motivated, or you will realize that your goal is unworkable.
- Plan: Now that you’ve considered all the ways that achieving your goal can go wrong, and if it’s still a worthwhile and possible goal, plan a way to make it happen. Develop if-then responses to the obstacles you’ve already thought through, so that when you encounter them in real life, you know what you will do.