Posted by: David D. Daggett | January 3, 2012

Resolution Ride

Resolution Ride

        Do you ever make resolutions for the New Year? Every year for the past 25 years or so I have done my annual “Resolution Ride” on my mountain bike. I leave home very early New Year’s morning so that I can sit on the little hill on the west bank of Salem Lake and watch the sun rise. I have been out in cold, snow, rain, and everything in between. The last couple of years have been cloudy and/or rainy, but this year was spectacular! 

Daybreak 2012!

          Resolution is a decision to do, a commitment. Commitment is a sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose; binding yourself emotionally to a course of action; or, to make a pledge or dedication. Wow, these are powerful words!

         So, let’s spend some time reviewing resolutions. Resolutions can take many forms. They seem to divide into two big categories of pragmatic and aspirational. Pragmatic are specific such as a goal to lose ten pounds. Aspirational goals are not as empirical rather more like becoming more patient, a better dad, or strengthening relationships.

        Resolutions typically fall into categories like weight loss and health, personal betterment, professional development, volunteer more, educational advancement, and spiritual growth. Many people make more than one resolution every year. Interestingly, folks rarely actually keep their resolutions.

        So, how do we make resolutions stick? Find a partner to make a similar resolution so you can help keep each other on track. Experts say it takes about 30 days to break a bad habit and form a new one, so stay at it. Post your resolution in a place where you will see it often such as your bathroom mirror, dashboard, or computer screen. Most of all, be your own cheerleader.

         I aslo want to share some additional inspiration tips from my friend Rajesh Durbal. Rajesh is a triple amputee Ironman Finisher. Rajesh says:

It’s a great experience to live with passion in every area of our lives. Every major invention, innovation and industry changer. It’s all built  on the core trait of people’s passions. Identify your passion:

                           1. Write the feelings you envision your life to have.

                           2. Associate those feeling into 5 goals.

                           3. Visualize yourself in that very moment hitting the goal, and how you feel.

                           4. Do at least one action each day towards that goal. (Emphasis added)

                           5. Protect your Journey and Dream, of leeches.

Together, we can make 2012 a great year,



  1. […] the beginning of the year it is a common tradition for many people to have New Year resolutions.  During this time at the beginning of the year we have an annual brief period of time where we […]

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