Achieve Your Goals Using The WOOP Method

Psychological way to transform wishful thinking into a reality.

Nawal Alansaari
8 min readMay 19, 2020


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We all love to dream big. Dream of a mansion as cool as Drake’s, dream of the perfect body, dream to travel the world.

But what use is dreaming if we do not set goals to achieve it?

Goal-setting has been a common phenomenon for many of us who strive to achieve our dreams. It gives us a sense of purpose. For personal development, we aim to set our goals to workout, wake up earlier, eat healthily, meditate, write regularly, and so much more.

However, the reality is that, once an obstacle comes in our way, we quickly move on to accomplish other things. It doesn’t even have to be a huge obstacle, we easily get carried away by a movie to watch with our partner or a zoom call with friends. Next thing you know, you have completely given up on your goal, but continue to dream of them every now and then.

You may have heard of books like The Secret, that promises visualization and positive thinking can help you achieve your biggest dreams.

Spoiler alert: The WOOP method isn’t like The Secret.

In addition, one of the most popular methods of effective goal setting is creating SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

This article goes beyond SMART goals as it does not bridge the gap when faced with obstacles.

Through the WOOP method, I learned to identify what hurdles can get in the way of my goal.

When I was 19, I was struggling with stress and anxiety as a university student. I wanted to manage it by working out. I desired for the rush of endorphins as a result of exercise.

As a university student, one can only imagine the distractions. Apart from the usual course submissions, there were parties, gatherings, study dates, coffee dates, and the list goes on.

One of my greatest obstacles was I always felt like there was not enough time to workout. I had lectures all day, and by the time I was done, I was exhausted.

I experimented on different ways to fit in my workout schedule. I worked out at 5 AM…



Nawal Alansaari

MBA, BA Economics, & minor in Psychology. Lover of life & learning. Sharing my words to make your day a little bit brighter.