A Lifeline for Overcoming Obstacles
As I tried to make sense of some concerning news I’d recently heard, I searched for answers online. Every article I read said the same thing, yet none of the information adequately assuaged my worries. So I continued clicking away for 20 minutes!
Meanwhile, there were things on my actual to-do list that weren’t getting done.
This was an obstacle I was prepared to navigate. I grabbed a lifeline to pull myself out of the rabbit hole so I could focus on the important work. I joined a Groove
- a virtual coworking app, and viola, I was back on track.
Anticipating and preparing for obstacles is essential for crafting effective goals. Researcher Gabriele Oettingen
, found that positive thinking alone is insufficient for turning big dreams into reality. A key feature of her WOOP (Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan) goal setting framework is to imagine the Obstacles you will encounter and how you will overcome them.
With the month of March upon us, this is a choice time to reflect on the progress you’ve made so far this year. How are your goals coming along? What obstacles have you encountered? What obstacles do you anticipate encountering? How will you set yourself up to overcome them?