10 January 2011

Lies, Damned Lies, and Resolutions

Thank you to Microsoft MVP and rampant blogger, tweeter, and silver-screen maven Jen McCown for hosting this month's T-SQL Tuesday (#14).  Congratulations, Jen! (Yes, I'm a fan of the Midnight DBAs)

Many people claim they don't make new year resolutions.  A few of them are telling the truth.  The rest have secret resolutions they won't disclose for fear of failing publicly.  I fall in the latter category.

With this in mind, I have not resolved to get a SQL Server Certification: I have pre-purchased an Exam 4-Pack to cover a double MCITP and am sitting the MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Developer today.

I have also not resolved to participate in a T-SQL Tuesday:  I am writing and submitting my first post right now. Insecure?  Yep.  Letting it trip me up?  Not this time.

These things started off as secret professional resolutions, but I've decided to take action on them.

I still have other secret resolutions, mainly recycled secret failures from years past.  Will I be acting on them?  Some yes, and some no.  Will I put them out there as "resolutions" and risk the public failure?  I guess so.
  • That 100 extra pounds (45 Kg / 7 stone) I've acquired since settling down?  Nope.  Not going to resolve it.  I am, however, "resolving" to spend some quality time with the exercise bike so I can manage the stairs better and let the weight take care of itself.  You have my permission to call me on it in a couple months.
  • Replace the broken dishwasher?  Nope.  I'm going to hire somebody who's good at it to do it for me.  I make my living specializing in SQL Server and don't expect my clients to be especially brilliant with database systems.  Why should I expect to hack together a home repair that's anything but mediocre?  A quick note here: my house of full of mediocre but largely functional do-it-yourself jobs, so letting this go is a bit of a challenge for me.
  • Speak at the local SQL Server User Group?  If they'll have me again.
So, nothing spectacular, just a few public steps out of the comfort zone.  Won't you join me?


slowder said...

Dropping 100lbs may sound hard, but it isn't as hard as you think. Making the resolution, and holding on to it... that's the hard part. It took me seeing my health report to make that change. That was a little over a year ago. In one year I dropped 90 lbs, and it's been off for over 6 months!

One of the things that helped me most was having a network of people to support me. To call me out when I wasn't eating right, or holding me up when I passed a new goal.

If we can be there for you, that'd be awesome. We set up ourbodytransformations.com to help keep us on track.

If I can help in any way, let me know!

Tom Powell said...

Press on brother! I like your dishwasher comments. I have turned a 15 minute washer replacement into an all day plumbing extravaganza!