How to achieve goals scientifically
Achieve Your Goals With This Scientific Plan
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a super-reliable, super-easy-to-remember plan of action for kicking butt in life? Well, now you do: WOOP. And no, not as in “whoomp there it is,” but as in, an acronym that’s literally going to change your life.
Yes, WOOP is the real deal. It’s a simple method for taking those thoughts of world domination and putting them into legitimate actions, as explained by NYU psychologist Gabriele Oettingen, author of the new book Researching Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation, through her years of research on how people own at life.
Basically, for decades, people have been told that positive thoughts create a positive world. While that’s not exactly fictitious, it’s not the whole equation either—it’s only the start. Enter WOOP, the four-step scientific to get sh*t done. Here’s the breakdown:
WISH. “Think about a wish that is dear to you,” Oettingen explains, according to The Science of Us. “What is it you really want? I do it every morning for the next day.” This might be getting a raise or promotion, or spending more time with your friends and family. Big or small, doesn’t matter.
OUTCOME. Now, employ that positive thinking now. “Very often, it is a feeling,” Oettingen says. “You define that outcome, and you imagine that outcome. And once you’ve imagined the outcome, really immerse yourself in these daydreams.” So yeah, go ahead and daydream. Score.
So most people are pretty good at steps one and two—before they stop, and don’t achieve their goal. This step is about miring your mind back in reality after you spend time dreamin’. “You say, ‘What is it in me that holds me back from experiencing that wish, that outcome? ” says Oettingen. “Very often it’s an emotion, it’s those same old habits… And you imagine that obstacle.” Can you visualize your own “obstacle” in your head? Just try for a sec.
Now’s the time to employ an “if/then” plan for conquering the aforementioned challenges. If the “obstacle” is your “if,” this step establishes a “then” course of action to beat it. “Once you’ve imagined that obstacle,” Oettingen explains, “you’ll understand what you need to do to overcome it.” Easy, WOOP, done, right?