I’ve been skipping years on these, but I’m trying to keep them going because I’m a firm believer in healthy goal-setting habits help you achieve more.
1) Take at least 1 SQL certification test. I live and breathe in SQL every day but haven’t taken the time to dig into a certification.
2) Finish paying off student loans.
3) Join the 800(lb) club for squat/deadlift/bench.
4) Become a better listener and be more considerate of my wife.
Previous Expectations and Commentary:
1) Take the test in August. – I did take a test in July of 2015, and failed it. It was a big reality check. I worked on my learning skills with 2 certifications through Coursera in 2015 and came back to SQL certifications with 6 (!!) tests taken in 2016. I passed 2 and the results are still out on 4.
2) Pay off the loans by the end of June. – Student loans are long gone.
3) 300lb squat during the summer. – I’m still chasing the 300lb squat. I got up to 295lb in summer 2016 for the barbell squat. I also hit a 225lb bench and a 305lb deadlift, which is a 825lb total!
4) Feel more in tune with her perspective so when she explains something to me I’m not as clueless. – Still a work in progress, but made big improvements to my listening, especially active listening, skills in 2015/2016.
2017/Next Year/Moving Forward
- Finish up at least 2 MCSA SQL certifications and get on the road to MCSE.
- Keep my Ranger running in good shape.
- Participate in a powerlifting meet.
- Be more involved in making the world a better place – nonprofit work, volunteering, contributing to disadvantaged communities.
- Work is going to be extra busy due to a new CEO this year. I tend to forget that I’m already giving it 110%.
- It’s easy to take a running car for granted.
- This is way outside of my comfort zone, both emotionally and physically.
- I’m only connected to the animal rescue communities, and I want to go beyond those contributions. I’m a bit overwhelmed by options that has me paralyzed by choice before getting started.
- Pass 70-483 (C#) in the first quarter of the year since I’ll be brushing up on C# for a training in January anyway. Take 70-762 before the end of the year to upgrade the 2012 MCSA to a 2016 MCSA. Start learning the intricacies required for 70-473 (MCSE).
- Do proactive maintenance (beyond oil changes) at least twice during the summer to catch any aging parts before they become a problem.
- Starting to confront my physical angst about wearing a singlet to compete and will pick a meet before mid year.
- Work with my wife in listing our levels of interest so that some of our engagement in making a better world is a part of our partnership.
- Have 1 MCSA complete and be confident that MCSE can be achieved in 2018.
- Know my Ranger will make it into 2019 (15 years old).
- Have competed in a meet or have one scheduled early in 2018. Have purchased and be comfortable lifting in a singlet.
- Have reached out 2-3 times with communities or organizations.
In case you’re new here, this is my quasi-annual GOTE. GOTE stands for Goals, Obstacles, Tactics, and Expectations, and can be a useful tool for setting and achieving character-building goals.