WOOP- Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan By Mike Quigley
So how is your New Year’s resolution going? Or for the MUS students reading this: How is your spring semester aspirations going?
There is a process that Dr. Angela Duckworth, PhD recommends that we engage with when we resolve to change an aspect of our lives. It is called WOOP – Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan.
Wish: Identify your goal. Example: I want to be a better writer.
Outcome: I’ll engage with my coursework more because I will be more confident expressing myself in writing.
Obstacle: Ask your-self: What Holds Me Back?” Example may be: I get sidetracked with my busy school life and don’t meet with my teachers regularly to review feedback on my writing.
Plan: Design a way to overcome your obstacle. Example: Regardless of my assignments due or co-curricular activities, I will block a time in my calendar once a week during pod to meet one-on-one with my history or English teacher to review my writing assignments.
The final step in WOOP can take the longest. Reflection on and adjustments to the plan need to be ongoing to realize your Wish.
In the words of the French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery: ‘A goal without a plan is just a wish.”