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The last few days of the year after Christmas and before the beginning of a new January has undertones of self-reflection built right into them. So, we wanted to know: “Do you make New Year's resolutions? Why or why not? If you do, do you usually stick to them? How do you feel about your chances this year?”

Your answers

“Yes I did and I will win this year.” — Peggy Shelton

“I do! I do because I feel the ‘New Year, New Me’ vibes. I set goals throughout the year, but I seem to push myself harder once a new year approaches. Last New Year’s Eve I had the resolution of many people, to lose weight. I lost 15 pounds by March. Last year, my husband's resolution was to quit smoking. This January he will be one year tobacco free! There is just something about out with the old and in with the new that seems to work for me. I know everyone is different. Also, this is the time of year that MANY people have common goals and resolutions which makes for a great support system.” — Cylee Bevers

“Every year I make a resolution to make a real resolution next year, but I always fail to keep my resolution.” — Mario Walker

Our answers

“No, never. Figure if I decide to do a given thing, starting on Jan. 1 isn't important.” — Pedro Velazco

“Why wait? I make resolutions weekly. I like to play the odds. Statistically, I’m bound to keep one of them … eventually.” — Steve Mullen

“I just read over the list of the most common New Year’s resolutions and it’s funny how similar mine are to most everyone else’s. In a sense, they all seem to echo the last few lines of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ which concludes ‘we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.’ At the end of every year I try to make a list of my accomplishments of the previous year and my overall goals for the next year. What I haven’t done, and what I resolve to do this year, is to put my ego aside and take a hard look at how I failed to meet my goals during this past year and what I need to do to make the coming year a success. Being defensive won’t get anyone anywhere.” — Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at rob.burgess@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/robaburg.

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