In a recent piece on NPR, the guest, a psychologist who has conducted studies on New Year’s resolutions, stated that approximately 46% of people who make New Year’s resolutions are successful in fulfilling their resolution. I was amazed by the numbers; I would have guessed the success rate to be in the low teens at best. She also stated that people who are considering taking on a new goal or activity, but don’t make a specific resolution (New Year’s or otherwise), are only successful in reaching their goal 4% of the time. I’ve never been one much for New Year’s resolutions, thinking that if I want to do something, I should just get on with it, but these numbers make me think New Year’s resolutions may not be such a bad idea after all.
With that in mind, here are a few things I’m going to set my sights on for 2009:
- Maintain a regular off-bike workout routine to increase my flexibility and strengthen my core with the goal of preventing injury. This could take any number of forms, but most likely it’ll be some combination of yoga and free weights.
- Improve my skills as a photographer. I’d like to participate in at least one or two workshops with the goal of more thoroughly understanding how to use my new equipment. I’m particularly interested in learning more about off-camera lighting techniques.
- Reduce my dairy intake. We’re vegans at home, but we sometimes eat a little dairy when we’re out at restaurants, mostly because we don’t want the hassle. I’m going to work a little harder at it this year. (Please don’t give me a hard time about how I eat – it’s definitely off limits and I’ll delete your comment if you do — sorry.)
- Figure out our cargo hauling solution. We’re doing most of our non-kid-hauling trips by bike, but we’ve yet to work out a way to carry oversized items that can’t be hauled on a pair of bikes with large panniers. I’m thinking it’ll likely be either a Big Dummy, or if the budget allows, a bakfiets.
- Chill out on the bike maintenance thing. I baby my bikes too much for someone that uses them on a daily basis. I need to think of them more as tools, maintain them to the minimal level that’s reasonable, and quit sweating the nicks, scrapes, and road grime.
- Stay focused. Most importantly, I hope to stay focused on the core mission of this site:
This site is the public expression of our personal commitment to reduce our impact on the environment by employing bicycles as our primary mode of transport. By sharing what we learn from this endeavor, while also providing an aesthetically pleasing experience that celebrates the beauty of the bicycle and the joys of everyday bike riding, we hope to inspire others to make a similar commitment.
Please feel free to share your resolutions in the comment section below. Wishing you a prosperous, healthy, and happy 2009! —Alan