On the WOOP method – for wishes, preferences, habits

I found out about WOOP via a great online course (“The Science of Well-Being” by Yale University | Coursera).

WOOP is a science-based mental strategy that people can use to find and fulfill their wishes, set preferences, and change their habits. (Home — WOOP my life)

What is the WOOP method?

  • W: Think about your wish;
  • O: The best outcome;
  • O: Potential obstacles;
  • P: Your if/then plan.

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There’s also a book: Gabriele Oettingen, Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation (a nice introduction to the work on using implementation intention and WOOP in your daily life).

And an article: Stop Being So Positive. And another one: WOOP – Science’s #1 Tool For Goal Achievement and Habit Change.

A quote related to the obstacles:

“When is a monster not a monster? Oh, when you love it.” ― Caitlyn Siehl

Some thoughts:

  • It reminds me of a video in which Horia-Roman Patapievici talks about the present moment » (it starts at around 32:54).
  • It matters a lot if I want to change something in myself, to imagine the process. And I can go really deep into this, I can imagine all the details. I can describe all the mental images, via various senses (image, audio, sensorial, smell).
  • Imagining the best outcome helps me really get involved. I can see the positive final result.
  • Potential obstacles are also useful because I can try and manipulate the image. How do I refer to the obstacles? How much of an obstacle are they, really? I can also get used to them.
  • If I can get to love the obstacle, I can relate to them much better.
  • The if/then plan allows me to set up a thing that will help me avoid a bad outcome.

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