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No More Resolutions in 2011

A Vision

Do you have a vision?

It goes without saying that resolutions often turn into something we despise instead of something we look back at as a milestone in our personal growth. The reasons for the negative connotations associated with resolutions could be as simple as our inability to “Keep it Simple” or as difficult as simply not understanding what we really need to accomplish in the first place.

I’ve done my fair share of reading in the past week trying to understand how peers and members of the blogging community are going about setting their own agenda for 2011 in the hopes of having a better understanding of where we go wrong. I’ll include links to some of the better representations of what I have discovered, even if these items are not specifically labeled as resolutions. I have come to the conclusion that it may be better to stay away from the term resolution altogether. Let’s take a look at 2011 from a different point of view. Let’s take a step back and see where one actually comes up with what some define as a resolution.

Dreams, Visions and Goals
In quoting a few items from Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership course that I took part in while employed at The Lampo Group, I hope to give you an idea of where you can lay the groundwork for a more successful year.

“Dreams only become reality when they become your vision”

Dreams alone will get you nowhere fast. You have to take those dreams you have and turn them into what you envision happening in the short and long term. You may start with a dream, but until you get a vision it will be difficult to move forward.

“Vision that is ready to go to work is called a goal”

You have to take that vision that you have and turn it into something that can be applied. Some people have difficulty with their goals because they never sat down and thought about what their long-term vision for their family, career, and life goals are. Until you know where you want to go, setting goals that aren’t backed up by “the meat” of a vision will only leave you with resolutions that fail.

I’m going to look at a template that I learned from Dave Ramsey while I worked there, and see if we can use that to take us somewhere different to give us a better chance at success.

Let’s look at these areas of your life and come up with some visions and goals. Feel free to modify these if they don’t meet your needs exactly, but they should work for most.

1. Career
2. Financial
3. Spiritual
4. Physical
5. Intellectual
6. Family
7. Social

Now add three sub-sections under each one of these for the following time frames:
a. 3-6 months
b. 1 year
c. 5 years

So in 2007, I pulled up my Financial section and it looked like this:

2. Financial
a. 3-6 months
-manage money to handle the pregnancy.
b. 1 year
-be in a home.
-have the truck paid off.
c. 5 year
-have the student loans paid off.

In the coming days, I’ll be creating a modified list that is updated to meet my current stage of life. I want to encourage you to go through this exercise if you’ve never looked at a new year this way.  Take a chance on trying something a little different in order to get different results. Develop a vision for your life, and set goals that are in line with that vision. Break it down into bite-size chunks and allow yourself a certain amount of time to meet your goals.

On a side note, you might have noticed that the blog has a new look and will be undergoing additional changes in the coming days as I try to focus on other things besides SQL Server. I feel that I have put myself into a box and that has prevented me from sharing items that I feel could help others. The title of the blog will be changing as well, and hopefully I can do that with as little interruption to subscribers while still providing SQL content mixed in with information like Active Directory, Group Policy, IT Administration, PowerShell, Personal Development and Tech info that I feel can be useful.

Thanks for taking the time to allow me share and have a great 2011.

Here are the links that I mentioned above:

http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2010/12/goals-where-were-going-we-dont-need-goals/

http://blogs.lessthandot.com/index.php/ITProfessionals/ProfessionalDevelopment/review-of-my-2010-goals

http://sql.richarddouglas.co.uk/archive/2010/12/end-of-year-review-2010-and-goals-for-2011.html

http://www.kendalvandyke.com/2010/12/2010-goals-review.html

http://sqlinthewild.co.za/index.php/2011/01/01/looking-back/

http://sqlskills.com/BLOGS/PAUL/post/2010-review-the-year-by-the-numbers.aspx

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/brian_kelley/archive/2010/12/31/2010-a-year-without-specific-goals.aspx

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/12/12-geeky-new-years-resolutions-2011-edition/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wiredgeekdad+%28Blog+-+GeekDad%29

http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2010/12/31/ten-top-new-years-resolutions-for-it-professionals.aspx

Comments { 0 } Posted on January 1, 2011 in General, Life

Just a bit hacked

The site got hacked and I’ve taken my sweet time and getting things back up. Hopefully, after a little bit of cleanup things will be back to normal. Sorry for the downtime.

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 19, 2010 in General

Links for the Week

SQL Server Sprawl
Includes a link to 2 free chapters from SQL Server 2008 Administration in Action. Also has a link to another option of scanning your network for SQL Servers using SQL Ping.

SSMS Projects and Solutions
Buck Woody talks about some options for using the Project features in SSMS.

Auditing your Database Server
Colin Stasiuk covers auditing options in SQL Server 2008 as well as previous options.

Microsoft SQL Server Team Blogs
Kevin Kline covers the topics of Blogs from the Microsoft SQL Server Team and also provides some useful links to other resources.

SQL Server Consolidation Tips
Thomas LaRock writes his third tip about SQL Server Consolidation tips. Part 1 and Part 2 are also linked.

SSIS Configuration Files
Jamie Thomson covers a tip on editing the .dtsConfig file. I prefer to use a table to store my configurations and I highly recommend looking at this method.

Document your Environment
Jonathan Kehayias covers the importance of documentation. I would love to see more examples of this on the blogs as well.

I’m Certified, Now What?
Steve Jones covers the topic of what comes after becoming certified.

Elegance of Database Design
Andy Leonard continues to cover the topic of Database Design.

Q&A with Louis Davidson and Paul Nielsen on Database Design
Schema design is important, and these two SQL Server MVPs discuss the need for Normalization.

Free eBook from Quest Software
Marlon Ribunal finds a great eBook offering from Quest Software.

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 7, 2009 in General, Links for the Week, SQL General, SQLServerPedia Syndication

24 hours of free SQL training

From the site:
24 Hours of PASS is a series of live one-hour webcasts broadcast over a 24-hour period that focus on a host of SQL Server topics. The 24 one-hour presentations will begin at 00:00 GMT (UTC) on September 2, 2009

Be sure to take into account the whole GMT issue. Since I’m on Central Standard Time it would start for me at 7:00 pm on September 1. I haven’t seen whether or not they will archive the sessions but I hope they do.

Session 01 (Dev) – Start time: 00:00 GMT
10 Big Ideas in Database Design
Presenters: Louis Davidson and Paul Nielsen

Session 02 (DBA) – Start time: 01:00 GMT
Using PowerShell to Get the Most Out of SQL Server
Presenter: Allen White

Session 03 (PD) – Start time: 02:00 GMT
Team Management Fundamentals
Presenter: Kevin Kline

Session 04 (BI) – Start time 03:00 GMT
Delivering Good Performance Consistently with SSIS
Presenter: John Welch

Session 05 (DBA) – Start time 04:00 GMT
Using SQLdiag to Troubleshoot SQL Server Problems
Presenter: Brad McGehee

Session 06 (DBA) – Start time 05:00 GMT
The SQL Server 2008 Vanishing Act
Presenter:  Peter Ward

Session 07 (BI) – Start time 06:00 GMT
Text Mining
Presenter: Dejan Sarka

Session 08 (Dev) – Start time 07:00 GMT
Tips and Tricks for Writing SET Based Queries
Presenter: Jacob Sebastian

Session 09 (DBA) – Start time 08:00 GMT
Mirrored Databases
Presenter: Thomas Grohser

Session 10 (Dev) – Start time 09:00 GMT
Working with Spatial Data in SQL Server 2008
Presenter: Greg Low

Session 11 (DBA) – Start time 10:00 GMT
Effective Indexing
Presenter: Gail Shaw

Session 12 (BI) – Start time 11:00 GMT
Reporting Services Inside Out: The Things You Should Know
Presenter: Simon Sabin

Session 13 (DBA) – Start time 12:00 GMT
Query Performance Tuning 101
Presenter: Grant Fritchey

Session 14 (BI) – Start time 13:00 GMT
Reporting from Analysis Services Cubes Using Excel 2007
Presenter: Peter Myers

Session 15 (BI) – Start time 14:00 GMT
Data Warehousing: Laying the Foundation to Success
Presenter: Erik Veerman

Session 16 (DBA) – Start time 15:00 GMT
Database Compatibility Settings: What They Really Do… and Don’t Do
Presenter: Don Vilen

Session 17 (PD) – Start time 16:00 GMT
Building a Better Blog
Presenter: Steve Jones

Session 18 (Dev) – Start time 17:00 GMT
Building Flexible Data Services for the Web Using the ADO .NET Data Services Framework
Presenter: Artemakis Artemiou

Session 19 (Dev) – Start time 18:00 GMT
SQLCLR or T-SQL? A Brief Survey of Performance Options
Presenter: Adam Machanic

Session 20 (BI) – Start time 19:00 GMT
Loading a Data Warehouse in SSIS
Presenter: Brian Knight

Session 21 (DBA) – Start time 20:00 GMT
What’s Simple about Simple Recovery Model
Presenter: Kalen Delaney

Session 22 (Dev) – Start time 21:00 GMT
What’s New, Harder, and Easier in SQL Server 2008 Security
Presenter: Don Kiely

Session 23 (DBA) – Start time 22:00 GMT
Analyzing File and Wait Statistics
Presenter: Andrew Kelly

Session 24 (BI): Start time 23:00 GMT
Embed Reporting Services into Your Applications
Presenter: Jessica Moss

Comments { 1 } Posted on August 6, 2009 in Education, General, SQL General

Comparison of database tools

Props to Brent Ozar for sending me this link for a comparison of Database tools. If nothing else it’s a good reference.

Comments { 1 } Posted on March 20, 2009 in Education, General, SQL General