Trying Out WOOP

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10 min

WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) is a catchy acronym for the science-based concept of mental contrasting. This tool was developed as a result of multiple studies showing that positive thinking alone was not enough to help people achieve their goals.

WOOP has proven helpful with people of all ages as a tool to both discover the goals that you are most passionate about and to increase your chances of attaining them.


  1. Click on the link below and follow the instructions to set a goal using WOOP.
  2. When you are done, take a minute to reflect on what you came up with.
  3. Discuss with your coach at your next check-in.

Practice Using WOOP

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