Using ‘WOOP’ Goals to beat your blocks and do your ‘Work’
For my clients ‘work’ is:
What you do that has a lasting impact and value to people
What you do when you’re thriving and doing what you do best
What you love doing and doing what you love
Loving the work that you do and finding out just what it is you want to be doing is something that many people struggle with. Are you putting up with ‘dead end’ jobs, feeling stuck and unfulfilled? This is why finding and doing your ‘work’ is such a valuable goal to achieve.
Setting goals with clients is an integral part of the approach that I use and since 2014 I’ve been using the WOOP goal method; it’s really transformed both my approach to client work and the results that clients have been getting.
Having tried a number of goal setting methods over the years without really being satisfied with any of them, this approach is one that actually does what it sets out to achieve.
WOOP goals are the brainchild of Gabriele Oettingen, a Professor of Psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg. Her book, Rethinking Positive Thinking has recently been published and it shows both the results of her research and practical ways in which WOOP goals can be used. You can find out more about WOOP Goals at http://www.woopmylife.org/
The approach uses two key elements, mental contrasting and implementation intentions, to make it a really effective method of both goal setting and of getting people to take the required action to make their goals actually happen.
WOOP Goals can be used to develop an action plan for anything that you want to achieve; I use them with people to help them beat their blocks around their ‘work’ related issues and fellow Cognitive Hypnotherapists use them with issues ranging from weight loss to sports performance coaching.
The following is an example of how you might use this particular approach if you’re one of those people who too want to find and do your ‘work’.
When I work with clients I start off by asking them what is it that’s stopping them from being able to achieve, change or do what it is they want to be doing. This is often termed the ‘Problem State’ or as I term it the ‘Blocks’
Perhaps you feel ‘stuck’ and don’t have a clear idea about what you want to do; you might have always wanted to be doing something but have never done it or you are doing some kind of ‘work’ that you enjoy but you want to take it further.
Your problem might be that you know what you’d love to be doing but you lack the knowledge or skills to do it.
Maybe your problem is your lack of confidence or fears about what might happen if you did go for what you want to be doing.
Whatever it is that’s blocking you or is a problem for you and is stopping you from being able to achieve, change or do your ‘work’ write it down.