It’s an accepted part of the self-help culture in the West that visualising your success ‘attracts’ that success to you, making it more likely that you will achieve your goals.
Unfortunately that idea doesn’t stand up well to research. Many research studies have shown that people who just visualise their success are less likely to achieve their goes.
In ‘Rethinking Postive Thinking’ Gabrielle Oettingen, who is responsible for a lot of the research on visualisation, shows that a simple change to the visualise your success approach can make a big improvement to your chances of success.
She calls her four step process WOOP:
- Wish – what do you want to achieve.
- Outcome – how will it make you feel when you achieve it.
- Obstacle – what obstacles will get in your way
- Plan – what plan can you make to deal with those obstacles.
It’s a very simple process (you can find out more on woopmylife.org) that I’ve been experimenting with.
One of the things I’ve noticed is that the Obstacles are often limiting beliefs – these limiting beliefs are amenable to tapping – which leads to WOOT:
- Wish – what do you want to achieve
- Outcome – how would fulfilling that wish make you feel when you get it.
- Obstacle – may be a limiting belief
- Tapping – resolving the limiting belief
Join Andy Hunt at the EFT Cafe to explore WOOPing and WOOTing on Wednesday 14th February, 7pm 9pm at St Oswald’s Hospice Education Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne