Lasting success with goals is never accidental – it takes work. I think it was Samuel Goldwyn who said ‘the harder I work, the luckier I get’. The Haney-Sirbasku system introduced in the first post in this series gives you a great tool for focusing that sauccess work success into a single 15-minute daily routine. Here’s how to use your system.
Having populated your Haney-Sirbasku folder, the approach for working the Haney – Sirbasku system really couldn’t be simpler. All you need do is review this folder EVERY day, reading through each page in order – from front to back.
However, the way you read and review it is important too.
How to review Your Haney-Sirbasku System
Read through each section thoughtfully in the order indicated in Figure 1. Start with the ‘Accomplishments’ section and work from there. Savor each word and briefly visualize what each sentence means for you. This sounds easy, but it can be quite a challenge – after four or five days you’ll be so familiar with the content that you may be inclined to speed read – to rush through some of the sections. I find that reading like a child, with my finger tracing out the words as I read, helps me avoid the temptation to speed read material which very quickly becomes very familiar.
- Accomplishments. The first section, “Accomplishments”, is a case in point. You are entirely familiar with the content of this section – so much so that you’ll be inclined to take it for granted and sweep through it quickly. Don’t! It is important that you read through this section deliberately – carefully reminding yourself of all of your accomplishments will help shake off the negative impact of inevitable setbacks that will confront you during your working day. Think of the impact of a daily reinforcement of all that you have achieved to date. Think how that sets you up for a productive and positive day.
- Current Goals. Next comes the ‘Current Goals’ section – this is key because there may well be some action you can take today to further or even complete these goals. Just reading them again like this brings them to the front of your mind, reprograms your brain’s RAS to be on the lookout for anything that comes your way during the day that might help you further them. This simple ‘eyes open’ visualization of your goals sets your conscious and subconscious minds on full alert for opportunities to further what you’re aiming to achieve. As you work through this section there will come a day when a goal is completed. Put a line through that goal and allow yourself to enjoy the satisfaction of that achievement. Don’t rewrite your list – there is a very positive motivational value to seeing a page that has some completed goals already crossed out. If you continually rewrite the page so that all you have is a perfect list that never seems to get any shorter you can create a sense of being a hamster on one of those exercise wheels – going around and around but never quite getting anywhere. Leave the evidence of your progress in place. When you mark that goal out decide to celebrate it in some way during your day. Depending on the magnitude of the goal the celebration may be as little as a treat with your coffee or as much as a week or two in the Cayman Islands. Celebrate your achievements.
- Medium / Long-term Goals. Now read through your section on medium-term goals. Again, be sure not rush through them – focus upon them enough to create a visual image of what it will be like to have achieved each goal. On some days you will realize that a medium-term has moved forward sufficiently that it is now really a short-term goal. This is another success – you have progressed a larger goal closer to completion. Draw a line through that goal, and transcribe it into your ‘current goals’ section. This is an import ritual – the marked out goal in your medium section will be a positive fillip for you every day you read that section from this point forward – it will remind you of your continual progress.
- Long Term Goals. Do exactly the same with ‘Long Term Goals’ and ‘Dreams’ sections as you did medium term goals. Reviewing your long-term and medium-term goals as much as your current goals is a critical element in the success you’ll enjoy with this system. Long-term goals become medium-term goals when you spot opportunities to bring them closer to completion; medium-term come closer to short-term, and so on. Opportunities to progress these will often pop up unexpectedly and may go unrecognized unless these goals are clearly drawn in your mind. Reading through these sections reminds you of your priorities – of why you’re doing everything you’re doing, and reassures you of your ongoing progress.
- Affirmations. So, you’ve reviewed your success and triumphs in full living color. You’ve reminded yourself of and visualized your current, medium and long-term goals. You’ve set yourself up for a great day. Now, to put the icing on the cake, send yourself out into the world on a diet of affirmations that kill any negative self-talk and reassure you of your ability to recreate your previous triumphs, and to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. Starting your working day with positive sets you up to make the most of each day.
This simple ritual keeps a focus upon developing your current successes into even greater future successes a completely normal part of your day to day life – all for about a 15 minute investment daily.
That’s is – success in hitting your goals is really no more difficult than investing a focused 15 minutes daily in revisiting them.
In the final post in this series I’ll make a few final suggestions on how to get the best from your system.
Have you a daily rital that focuses you upon the success you crave?
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