Research has proven that the right kind of negative thinking can actually increase your chances of getting those goals you really want.
Try WOOP for a healthy dose of realistic optimism that’s been proven time and time again to help people reach their goals, no matter how ambitious those goals may be.
W-O-O-P is a four-step process created by psychologist Gabriele Ottingen, who wrote the book “Rethinking Positive Thinking.” WOOP allows you to think through what might go wrong so you’ve got back up plans when the unexpected happens.
It works like this:
W stands for “What’s your wish?” Say you want to write a book.
O stands for Outcome. What’s the best result that will come from getting your wish? You’ll jump start your consulting business, help people all over the world, and be able to quit your day job.
The second O stands for Obstacle. What internal barrier is holding you back from already writing your book? You have self-doubt. You ask, who am I to write this book?
You’re now self-aware of a likely obstacle, so it’s time for your last step in the WOOP process which is
P which stands for Plan. What are you going to do to get over this obstacle you’ll likely face?
Your answer is to create an if/then scenario.
Your plan could be, IF I start to doubt myself, THEN I’ll remind myself that I bring my unique perspective to this subject, and I’m doing to help a lot of people. Every author had to start with her first book!
You might think that anticipating a problem with your plan is negative thinking and would work against you.
But actually, exciting studies show that people who imagine what could go wrong, and have a clear plan on what to do if and when it does, are much more successful than people who think they will have no problems at all.
People who wanted to lose weight were put into two different groups.
Group One was told to only think positively about the result of having lost weight.
Group Two was told to imagine the difficult times they would face along the way, and how they would deal with those challenges so that they could reach their goal of losing weight.
Who do you think did better?
Of course, you’re right!
It was Group Two, who thought about what might go wrong on their journey of weight loss and then planned how they would handle those barriers.
In fact, those who visualized obstacles and how to overcome those challenges lost 24 more pounds than the people who only thought happy thoughts.
Bottom line, the WOOP process works, have fun using it and watch some very cool things happen!