In Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside The New Science Of Motivation, psychologist Gabriele Oettingen shared her findings how those who have stronger, more positive fantasies about reaching their goals are actually less likely to achieve them.
“ A major review of 422 relevant research studies found that goal intentions accounted for only an average 28% of the variance in achievement of successful outcome (Sheeran, 2002). Subsequent research suggests that even this figure of 28% is an overestimate (Webb and Sheeran, 2006). The conclusion is clear — forming a strong goal intention to achieve some desired outcome in no way guarantees success.” *
Pretty odd isn’t it? Specially when we are taught to believe that positive thinking enables us to meet our goals.
But does it?
In the WOOP TECHNIQUE that Gabriele and fellow psychologist, Peter Gollwitzer, developed, it takes into account other factors needed to make our dreams a reality.
This is a 5 page- guide to help you get started on the WOOP technique. Use it for yourself or when facilitating planning sessions with your team, organization or community.
* I offer the facilitator's guides on different levels - some guides are free and others are offered for a small amount to sustain the upkeep of this platform. If in anyway, finances are getting in the way of you using these guides for your community work, please do connect with me.
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