WISHWe listened to an interview at WNYC online with researcher Gabriele Oettingen*, and we checked out the webpage WOOPMYLIFE. Here's a summary: "roadblocks can lead to success," and pawsitivity has its place, but may need to be reconsidered.
It's super usable... basically, you coach yourself (or I coach Mom). For example, here's my WOOP for today:
OUTCOME: Go on walkies.
OBSTACLE: I need a human to walk me on leash.
PLAN: Stand by the front door until human gets a clue.
Mom's WOOP is a little more complicated:
WISH: Be a dog.
OUTCOME: Become a dog.
OBSTACLE: Mom is human.
PLAN: No plan. Not possible. Mourn not being able to be a dog in this lifetime.
Okay, so it didn't work for that.
But it works for this, for Mom:
WISH: Meditate daily.
OUTCOME: A more regular meditation practice.
OBSTACLE: Life is a total distraction. Mom gets uncomfortable, stiff, and sore sitting still. Mom forgets to set her sights in a more reasonable fashion.
PLAN: Meditate 4x / week / for ten minutes each time.
IT WORKED! Mom and I have been meditating for two weeks now with the above plan. Super helpful. Thank you, WOOP!
* The interview was on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC -- "Optimism Can Make You Unhappy" -- here is that link.