My friend Lou is the most positive and upbeat person that I know. We met in college, and my life is better for having her in it. I hope everyone has a Lou in their life.
Yesterday, I had a short conversation with Lou as she was driving to an appointment. Lou is feeling very stressed and unmotivated right now. I think Lou is burned out.
For me, Lou being burned out is a “canary in the coal mine” sign of an impending apocalypse.
“I suddenly find myself needing to know the plural of apocalypse.” ~Riley Finn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
As validating as it is to have Lou join my party of burned-out professionals, it is also my mission to help us all move forward.
To that end, I give you WOOP. Yes, WOOP.
As non-scientific as the name sounds, WOOP is a research-based methodology to help us improve our lives through visualization and goal setting. In scholarly journals, you will see WOOP (more boringly) called Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII). Dr. Gabriele Oettingen of NYU is the psychologist behind MCII/WOOP.
So, move past the mental images of whooping people and/or coughs and read on.
WOOP involves answering these four questions:
- What is your wish?
- What is the best outcome?
- What is your main inner obstacle?
- What is your if-then plan?
On Dr. Oettingen’s website, woopmylife.org, there is a lovely, gentle explanation of how to do your first WOOP. You don’t have to provide any personal information to use the step-by-step guide. <<sigh of relief>>
I went to the website and WOOPed this morning. Don’t worry, nothing came out of any orifice.
It was enjoyable. I took deep breaths, did my visualizations, filled in the blanks, and downloaded the text file of my WOOP.
If motivation is a long-lost friend right now, try WOOP.
Invite the Quad City DJ’s to your burn out party.
Are you ready to finally achieve what you set out to do?
Read my eBook Set Goals…even if you’re not convinced you’ll achieve them.
Melissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.