Help students set meaningful goals

When students set their own goals and have a plan to achieve them, they feel empowered and successful. The WOOP method can help.

How it Works

WOOP enables you to identify an important wish, imagine both the outcome and obstacle, then make a plan to overcome the barriers preventing you from accomplishing your desires. Here is the process:

  • Wish

    Something you really want to accomplish. A wish is exciting, challenging, and realistic.

    i.e. “I wish I turned my homework in on time more.”

  • Outcome

    The best outcome that would result from accomplishing your goal. How would the outcome make you feel? Let your mind go and imagine this outcome.

    i.e. “I would feel good about myself.”

  • Obstacle

    The personal obstacles that prevent you from accomplishing your goal. Let your mind go and imagine this obstacle.

    i.e. “When doing homework, I get distracted by my phone.”

  • Plan

    What can you do to overcome your obstacle? Name one action you can take or thought you can have. Make an if/then plan and imagine it.

    If / When _________ (obstacle), then I will __________ (action to overcome obstacle).

    i.e. “When I am distracted by my phone, I will put it in the drawer.”

Wish

Something you really want to accomplish. A wish is exciting, challenging, and realistic.

i.e. “I wish I turned my homework in on time more.”

Outcome

The best outcome that would result from accomplishing your goal. How would the outcome make you feel? Let your mind go and imagine this outcome.

i.e. “I would feel good about myself.”

Obstacle

The personal obstacles that prevent you from accomplishing your goal. Let your mind go and imagine this obstacle.

i.e. “When doing homework, I get distracted by my phone.”

Plan

What can you do to overcome your obstacle? Name one action you can take or thought you can have. Make an if/then plan and imagine it.

If / When _________ (obstacle), then I will __________ (action to overcome obstacle).

i.e. “When I am distracted by my phone, I will put it in the drawer.”

Start WOOP Now!

Use the materials below to get more acquainted with the process and download useful tools for implementation.

...and don’t forget to download the free posters for your classroom!

The Science

Developed by Dr. Gabriele Oettingen and Dr. Peter Gollwitzer, WOOP stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan. WOOP has been shown to significantly improve effort, homework completion, attendance, and even GPA when the method is done with fidelity.

Learn More

Dig deeper into WOOP by reading Dr. Oettingen’s new book, articles, and exploring the WOOP App that she developed.

Woop book

Rethinking Positive Thinking

Inside the New Science of Motivation

By Gabriele Oettingen

Visit www.woopmylife.org to learn more.