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The Key to Success Is to Focus on Goals, Not Obstacles

By Bob Vargo posted Feb 01, 2021 09:22 AM


There were so many challenges and obstacles this past year; however, we set our sights on finishing 2020 together and are truly blessed to have been able to do so. We quietly rang in the New Year with hopes that 2021 would turn out to be a good year. News that the COVID-19 vaccine would begin distribution brought us so much hope for what is to come. We look forward to getting back to some form of a “normal” way of living, being able to move about freely in public, visiting with relatives and friends, and maybe even taking a family vacation. 

We started off this year just like so many, complete with our list of our New Year’s resolutions, plans, dreams, and goals. We did not spend even a minute on what obstacles lay ahead as we are determined that 2021 must be better than what we all just went through in 2020. No do-overs allowed. We have hope in our pocket and our list to propel us into the new year!

Until…the realization that we are not out of the woods just yet. The new strain of COVID-19 is rearing its ugly head across the globe, and there won’t be enough vaccines for everyone until well into the summer. This is the time we need to reassess our goals for the year, focus in on what we can do to reach those goals, continue to learn new ways to deal with the obstacles that we know about, and make some concessions on potential changes in our plans. 

IDUG, like all of us, continues to tread the muddy waters of our business and economic environments due to the pandemic again this year. We need to unite and agree on clear, relatable goals for 2021. What can we accomplish this year amid the chaos? What can we offer to our members, sponsors, and vendors? We need to continue to think outside of the box, from traditional event and seminar planning and prepare for another difficult year ahead. We need to set goals to continue to nurture and develop our relationships personally and professionally to maintain and grow the IDUG community across the globe. Strong leadership, strong mentorship, and strong relationships are needed more than ever to get us over this next hurdle, and I am confident with your help, IDUG will come out on the other side better prepared to embrace 2022 with actionable in-person plans and events.

Here is what we have been working on for 2021 thus far:

IDUG Australasia Conference | March 15–19, 2021
The Australasia Conference has been moved to March 2021 as a virtual event. Although the grid is nearly complete, the call for presentations for 2021 is still open, and I hope that you will consider submitting an abstract. Registration is now open, and the virtual conference will feature over fifty technical sessions.

IDUG North America Conference | June 7–11 and June 14–16, 2021
The North America Conference will also be a virtual event. The first week will consist of technical sessions, SIGs, VSPs, and keynotes, and the second week will feature educational seminars, workshops, and hands-on labs. Registration will be open soon!  


Your time and expertise are welcome and needed. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to us via our Volunteer Page for more information on what opportunities are available.

We have a lot to look forward to in 2021 and your help will allow us to continue IDUG’s community and educational opportunities. Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or suggestions. I can be reached at