Goal: Step Up to the Podium
I’m a very goal oriented person. As everyone should do, I make goals and strive to meet them. The majority of my goals are what I call “personal” goals but they are generally related to my career in some way or another. Historically these goals referred to learning a new skill set, earning a new certification, or exploring new ways to improve my areas of responsibility.
One of my goals this year was to write a blog post to document my 2015 personal goals, something I never got around to composing. However, that’s not to say I haven’t made any and that I’m not actively working towards them. Since VMworld 2013, one of my biggest goals was to become more active in the IT community as a whole. This goal included items such as being more active on Twitter, getting involved with local user groups, and figure out a way to give back to the community. Accomplishing these goals would ultimately set me up to reach more prominent goals.
In the past year, I feel like I’ve accomplished so much. I started helping lead the Louisville VMUG, became more active within the community, and worked on personal items such as improving my communication and soft skills. To top it off, I created a lab environment and even started my new blog in which I was able to create 50+ posts.
With the confidence gained from my accomplishments above, I decided that one of my goals for 2015 was to do my first presentation(s), one that I’m quickly jumping right into. Already this year I’m scheduled to speak at the Louisville VMUG in April and was invited to lead a round-table at a user conference in May. I’ve also had a few discussions with folks about opportunities to co-present at a few additional events this year.
It’s only February and I’m really excited about where 2015 will take me, all because I set goals and do what it takes to achieve them. You should be doing the same!