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TSQL Tuesday 14: Committed

Woohoo, It’s TSQL Tuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuesday!!! This month we are being hosted by one-half of the MidnightDBA – Jen McCown (Blog | Twitter), and she has asked us to speak on resolutions.

If we look in the dictionary we will find that resolution is closely related to several other words such as resolve and commit.  One form of resolution is the formal act of declaring your personal resolve or personal commitments.  For me, maybe it is just the act of having been committed.

More seriously – a resolution is just a fancy way of saying that you are making a personal commitment or personal goal.  As with all goals, you should track it.  Otherwise it’s not really a goal, nor is it really a strong commitment.

My Commitments

For this TSQL Tuesday post, I will just add a short list of my professional goals for this next year.  Otherwise, this post would be mostly about my non-professional goals.

This goals are nothing earth shattering.  But at least they are goals to keep me going, even with all of the other stuff still going on.

  1. Certification – I will complete my MCITP certification this year.  I wanted to do it last year, but never really focused on it or gave myself a firm deadline.
  2. Build out a Virtual Environment – this involves setting some VMs for Oracle, MySQL, FireBird, and SQL Server.  I may add other RDBMS’ to that list.  I want to use this environment to learn how to interface between them using SSIS.
  3. Public Speaking – Through brown bags, SQLSaturdays and User Groups – I want to speak more often.  I hope to do 2 SQLSaturdays (we’ll see how that pans out), 2 UG presentations, and then quarterly brown bags.
  4. Writing – I have two more articles in queue that I need to write and I want to write two beyond that for a total of four this year.  I also need to write more technical blog entries.  This has been extremely beneficial to me.  Writing in an effort to share knowledge has helped me learn the subject better.

Again, that is just a short list of goals, but it should keep me busy in addition to how busy I will be with my other goals, with life, and with family.

As I pondered these goals a bit more, I am somewhat stoked about them.  These goals will help with other goals.  These goals will help me to learn quite a bit – even though they may seem a bit generic.  I put a fair amount of thought into these and know I can achieve them, but also know that I have stepped them up a tad from last year.  I am looking forward to meeting some of you at SQL Saturdays as well as I am stoked about my Virtual Environment.

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