Last week I talked about how if I wanted to get something done, I just had to do it. I had to push aside all excuses, and I can really come up with some doozies. I’m also a genius artist at putting things off. So my technique was basically to shut up and just do it. Yeah, I know, it doesn’t sound scientific at all but it is honest and when I actually do it, it really works.
I recently learned of a scientific technique to achieving your daily goals. It’s called the WOOP method and it even has an app that you can download to help you put the method into action. It is an acronym that lays out the steps. W for wish, the goal that you want to achieve. O for Outcome, what you will get from finishing your goal. O for Obstacle, for that thing within yourself that is standing in your way. And P for Plan, what you’re going to do to overcome your obstacle. (If you want to learn more about WOOP, please visit https://characterlab.org/goal-setting )
If you follow these four steps for each goal that you have, you will achieve success. It’s elegant in its simplicity and honest just like my “technique”. It lays bare the fact that the reason you aren’t already achieving your goals is because you are standing in your own way. When I used the app, it basically took the last two steps and turned them into a statement. It asked me what stood in my way and I said “I hate my writing”. Then it asked what I was going to do to overcome that and I said “I was do it anyway”. So the statement it created was “When I hate my writing, I’m going to do it anyway.” Or something like that. Wow, that sounds…familiar. I think I’m going to make that my mantra.
Whenever you go down any trail in life like the one pictured above where I walked with my husband and son earlier today, you should always travel with a buddy. The buddy-system has been around forever and is used for many aspects in life. I think it’s perfect for achieving your writing goals. I gave it a try this week on twitter. For three days I began my day with a tweet that invited any writer who saw my tweet to tell me what their writing goals were for the day. I promised that if they told me theirs, I would tell them mine and together we would encourage reaching those goals. The first day, I had no takers. The second, two people told me their goals, so I shared mine. At the end of the day, I was able to check back with one of them and they had reached their goal. And so had I. It was a great feeling. The next day, I had charming girl confess that she had writer’s block and only wanted to write 500 more words. I gave her a writing prompt that I thought would help her break through and it worked! I was so happy to have helped her reach her goal, I completely forgot to reach mine. At least some writing was done, even if it wasn’t mine.
I’m going to keep this up. If you want to buddy up with me, just reply to my tweet any day that I send it out. (You can find me @vg.acorngirl )
This week’s cat is Lucky. She wears sweetness like a mask and will lash out at you if you even so much as breath near her wrong. She had come to us from my husband’s brother who had to give her up because of the birth of his daughter. He had found her as a kitten, hitchhiking under the hood of his car, (hence the name). After all these years, she is still very feral and most of the other cats in our herd give her a wide berth. She still likes to snuggle as long as you keep petting her and remain perfectly still.