Holy crap, that was intense….but not in the “good” way, like a roller-coaster or an exciting movie. 2020 was more of a drawn-out root canal without anesthetic. That being said, there were quite a few highlights for me personally (in no particular order):
- First full year with a new company. Seriously, I can’t recommend WWT highly enough. I haven’t found a person I don’t enjoy working with.
- Moved back to Texas. If asked “why?,” I’d probably respond with “To be closer to family!” If pressed, I’d more than likely say “It’s really the TexMex…”
- Knocked out some pretty major professional goals:
- Wife still did NOT smother me in my sleep, even after 13 years of marriage….though, the serial killer podcasts are getting somewhat concerning/suspicious…hmm…
- Made it to 2021…
(Yeah, that last one seems obvious, but oh well…)
I’d say that a huge motivation for last year was goal-setting at the outset. Simply writing down a direction and plan-of-attack kept me focused and moving in the right direction. It really helps to decide whether you’re going on a stroll or a road-trip. The stroll is useful for clearing the mind, but a road-trip has a destination….at least, that’s the analogy I’m sticking with, darn it.
Sharing your goals is another thing that really helps. The team I work with establishes team and individual goals and publishes them on an internal site. You can see where everybody is at in their progress and either pitch in or offer encouragement…which leads to the last point: collaboration. I’ve never made as much progress as when I’ve teamed up with like-minded colleagues working toward the same goals. For certifications, study groups are great for keeping each other motivated. For large projects at work, a second set of eyes is invaluable, especially where another person may have more experience or a different perspective.
So, in summary: it was the best of times, it was the worst of…wait, no, that’s another book.
So, in summary: good times were had by all, set goals, find friends to help reach them.
So, what’s next? I’ll aim to share some of my own goals here, soon, within the next couple of weeks. You can either point and laugh or join in the fun…up to you…