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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps

Are you on the right track to achieving your 2019 goals? Or have you fallen behind in amongst the hustle and bustle of January?

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Source: @TalentHubNews

A recent poll we held on our twitter @TalentHubNews, showed that 36% haven’t set out any goals and 25% had given up.

These numbers are understandable, with the chaos of life, setting goals may not be high on your list of priorities, but this shouldn’t be the case if you knew the enormous impact it could have on your life and your career!

Setting out, committing and achieving goals can be so beneficial in more ways than just carrying out the task. Ever hear of the dopamine release? When we experience even small amounts of success, our brains release dopamine, which is connected to feelings of pleasure, learning and motivation. When we feel the effects of dopamine, we’re eager to repeat the actions that resulted in success in the first place.

By sharing my journey on how I had the most successful year in my career to date, I hope it encourages you to stick to your goals, or even start from scratch (Feb 1st – is a great day to start)

From carrying out the daily habits mentioned below, I was able to achieve my 2018 annual target by May, I was invited to speak at 4 industry events and got to deliver an interview on RTE radio while also being promoted.

It became clear that the daily habits that I put in place were working, as I really started to enjoy my work and experience the best work-life balance in my 20-year professional career.

My daily habits were simple…

I got up an hour early to make time for some meditation and yoga.
I set 3 power goals and didn’t leave the office till I achieved them
I took energy breaks (every 55 minutes) throughout my day
I did 30 minutes of cardio, drank 3 litres of water and really watched my food intake

Awareness and responsibility

For years every January, I would tell my wife, that this was going to be our year. But the problem was I never defined “what’s our year” meant to me.

So I would start with a Dry January (or dry Feb if you’ve missed the boat), go to the gym and eat better only to find by midway thru the month I was slipping back into my old habits.

There was no awareness that it was my responsibility (and mine only) to define what good looked like…. So once the penny dropped and I realised this I embarked on the start of my (hero’s) journey.

So before I set any goals, I made it my mission to find people that I could share them with in order for me to really step up, think big and make a commitment to them.


You have an idea or goal is only 10%
You consciously decide you will do it is 25%
You decide when you will do it is 40%
You plan how you will do it is 50%
You commit to someone you will do it is 65%
You have a specific accountability appointment with the person you’ve committed to it is 95%

Enter me finding 3 accountability partners (thank you Aidan, Taragh & David) and what we did was arrange for 1 meeting per month.

In the first session we shared our goals, challenged our goals and got each other to sign them. This provided me with the perfect motivation to show up at the next accountability appointment proud to present what I had achieved.

What I didn’t realise at the time was we were both coaching each other with the simple agenda of wanting to help the other person become the best version of yourself.

So, when selecting your Accountability Partner, look for people outside your comfort zone that you know won’t be afraid to ask you the hard questions that enable you to deliver on your goals.

I didn’t know my Accountability Partners well to begin with so there was no agenda and made thing way more productive. We served one purpose and one purpose only in each other’s lives – to hold each other accountable.

Once we say what we’re going to do, we do it.

So, if you want to disrupt the current version of yourself —if you’ve really decided you are serious—get an accountability partner.

And if you don’t know where to look, I will personally help you find your perfect accountability partner. All you need to do is email me at and we can then do a little matching exercise as there are lots of likeminded people out there like you and me that really want to live our bests lives.

morgan_cumminslAuthor: Morgan Cummins

Morgan is an experienced marketer who has been lucky enough to work in markets like Australia, the Middle East and Ireland. After an 18-year (award winning) career in advertising, He transferred his skills and knowledge of Industry into Recruitment. Morgan goes that extra mile by helping people identify the peak performance in their career and apply that to their next role.


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