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It stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan and is a practical system to help you turn wishful thinking into reality.
Write down your wish, outcome, obstacle, and plan to make it concrete.
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It involves attaching positive thinking to realistic goals.
This approach also connects positive thinking to a realistic assessment of one’s possibilities, an awareness of obstacles is inevitable, and that leads to a second aspect of successful mental contrasting.
There is a correlation between positive thinking and ineffective performance, because expectations of a successful outcome demonstrably relaxes a person so much that they lack the energy to achieve the desired outcome.
When you pretend you’ve achieved something you want, the brain th...
It involves developing if-then strategies for things that may not go as well as hoped as you work to achieve your goals.
With these in place, you’re ready to “improvise” — in quotes because you’ve actually planned out your response in advance — as need be and keep moving forward.
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We can go for a planned approach to achieve a goal, however small.
If you would like to try mental contrasting yourself, remember the acronym 'WOOP.'
Gabriele Oettingen's research bore this wish-fulfilment strategy called Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan, WOOP for short.
WOOP is a mental contrasting action where we place the four protagonists (the dreamer, the dream, the fantasy, and the obstacle) tog...
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