While some people agree that positive thinking is a key aspect to success, others think it is a bunch of BS.
I tend to agree with both sides. It can be a key aspect to success and it has certainly been a huge motivator in my life and helped me win championship titles and become an internationally recognized instructor…
…but there is more to it than just saying or thinking positive thoughts.
This WOOP technique will help ensure you actually follow thru with any positive thinking instead of leaving it as a thought inside your mind and never actually doing anything.
I actually used this technique to write this article in about 3 hours, when it would normally be something I would say that I was going to do someday and then put it off for months or even years.
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WOOP stands for “wish, outcome, obstacle, plan”
Here’s an example of how it works.
Wish: Any of the following could be my wish.
Choose your own wish that is most exciting to you!
Outcome: Next, I imagine what would happen if I achieved my goal. This is my desired outcome. Here are some examples that could work for any of the above wishes (but you will want to choose your own examples that are most exciting for you).
Which ever of these outcomes are most powerful for me are the ones I will choose to focus on and picture in my imagination.
Obstacle: Then, I brainstorm the internal and external obstacles that might get in my way of achieving the goal. For example:
Plan: The final step is to create a plan that ensures you have a method to easily overcome each obstacle: “if obstacle x happens, then I will do action y.” For example:
In my experience, it is helpful to keep these plans simple and just make sure they get the ball rolling in your favor. If they are too difficult, you are less likely to do them. If they are simple, you will probably not only do them but also get the momentum to keep going and do even more.
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Andrew Sutton is a World Champion Lindy Hop Instructor, and one of the original founders of the Fusion partner dance movement. He uses his extensive research in over 244 cities across 38 countries (& 44 dance forms) to help dance instructors be more successful financially during their pursuit to help their students Make Every Dance Amazing! Impossible? Maybe...but if you shoot for the moon and miss, at least you'll land amongst the stars!
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