W.H.O.O.P.I.E

What is WHOOPIE?

The acronym was developed by Gabriele Oettingen, author of Rethinking Positive Thinking, and built upon by Ben Bergeron, the author of Chasing Excellence as well as a host of the Chasing Excellence podcast.

People are good at stating a goal, but when it comes to planning and executing, most are at a loss of how to outline the steps to achieve their goal.

The acronym provides a template for setting and reaching your goals. The breakdown:

  • Wish – What’s your grand vision/goal?
  • Hope – What excites you? 
  • Outcome – SMART goals
  • Obstacles – What could get in the way of you reaching your goals?
  • Plan – Step-by-step process of how to achieve the goals.
  • I’m the kind of person who… – Don’t allow yourself to make excuses.
  • Execute – No plan B, only plan A so get it done.

Check out my WHOOPIE goals for 2019 & beyond

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Personal Goals
Business Goals
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Fitness Goals

Wish/Hope

  • Save $5,000-$10,000 in the next 12 months

Outcome

  • SpecificSave $5,000-10,000 in 2019 to have available for emergencies, traveling, etc.
  • Measurable – need at least $5,000 to achieve goal for 2019.
  • Achievable – Yes…as long as I don’t dip into the savings or need it for any emergency purposes. 
  • Relevant – Attainable – yes. Worthwhile – yes.
  • Time – 12 months

Obstacles

  • Income change — decrease in income = less money to put away — decrease the amount/week to put away if necessary 
  • Emergencies — can’t really avoid if this happens + money is needed
  • Competitions — these things are expensive + tend to pull a lot of my savings —  save money separately NOW for the shows
  • Travel — to my parents/brothers = money on gas/food —  plan accordingly…bring food, etc.

Plan

  • Look at all of my monthly expenses & calculate how much I can put away each week (max/min)
  • Set up automated weekly transfers
  • DO NOT TOUCH SAVINGS ACCOUNT…unless absolutely necessary for emergencies

I’m the kind of person who…

  • Will save money weekly when I don’t have to think about it (automated transfers)
  • Will not touch her savings account unless funds in checking are low + bills need to be paid

Execute – get it done!

Wish/Hope

  • Grow + develop MariahLyn Fitness

Outcome

  • Specific: Reach more people and potential clients through my monthly newsletter, online training, social media.
  • Measurable: I have no specific numbers in mind, but seeing followers/subscribers increase consistently is desired. 
  • Achievable: Yes, be consistent on social media platforms.
  • Relevant: Definitely a realistic goal for MLF.
  • Time: Reassess in 6 months, seeing changes I want?

Obstacles 

  • Current job: putting more hours into my current job/taking on more in-person clients
  • Procrastination: Working on things that aren’t a priority.

Plan

  • Send out monthly newsletter, post to social media – photos, videos, promos, etc. 
  • Track numbers through IG/FB + mailchimp.

I’m the kind of person who… 

  • Will prepare her content ahead of time.
  • Will set time out to work on the material that is to be presented.
  • Poll clients/followers to see what content they want to see more of.

Execute – get the 1st newsletter out & keep going!

Wish/Hope

  • Compete in 2 figure/physique competitions and place top 3 in the Open Class Overall

Outcome

  • Specific – Place top 3 in the Open Overall for Figure
  • Measurable – Placing top 3 = accomplished
  • Achievable – Conditioning and diet on point.
  • Relevant – Very realistic + worthwhile. I want my Pro card…
  • Time – 15-17 weeks, enough time to adjust diet + cardio as needed

Obstacles

  • Work — work increasing and limiting training time/being too tired to train
  • Time — see above, cooking/meal prepping, workout planning
  • Friends/Family — traveling to family + having the ability to enjoy going out/eating with them
  • My Body — soreness, fighting against diet, etc. 

Plan

  • Decide on shows
  • Create a diet plan & training plan with 3-4 week phases
  • Schedule posing practices 1-3x per week
  • Register for shows + everything that goes with it
  • Step on stage

I’m the kind of person who…

  • Gets up at 4:30am to train if that’s the only time that I will be able to.
  • Prepares a meal plan, grocery shops, and cooks her food for the week every Sunday.
  • Will eat out of her tupperware at family/friend events rather than the meal that is served or offer to cook.

Execute – begin training…

Going into 2019, I wanted to focus on the 3 main areas of my life – my career, fitness, and personal goals. The above are my main goals for 2019, I have smaller ones that will be achieved along the way of accomplishing these bigger goals.

Your goals can be as in depth as they need to be. Under my obstacles, I wrote out what I would do to work around my obstacles (seen under my personal goal), which then also applies into the “I’m the kind of person who” category.  In some areas I went into further explanation than what I have above. Hopefully this layout helps to get you started on your evolutions and start kicking ass in the New Year!

What are your goals for 2019? How will you accomplish them? Let me know in the comments below!

Look out for the 30 Day Habit Challenge that will be starting in February! More details to come!

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