Editor’s Note: Not all persons interviewed for this story were photographed.
Every year it seems, billions of individuals make a resolution to improve some aspect of their life.
Less than half of American surveyed, only 45 percent, claim that they usually make a resolution, with 38 percent stating they absolutely never make a resolution.
For those who did make a resolution in 2015, the top 10 resolutions, according to Statistic Brain Research, were to:
• Lose weight
• Get organized
• Spend less, save more
• Enjoy life to the fullest
• Stay fit and healthy
• Learn something exciting
• Quit smoking
• Help others achieve their dreams
• Fall in love
• Spend more time with family
While there are countless debates over the best methods of how to establish a New Year’s resolution, and perhaps even more importantly how to keep one, most sources say the best way to accomplish the goal is to consider something meaningful to you but also set a goal that can be obtained.
For example, don’t set a goal of “I’m going to run in the Boston Marathon this year,” if you’ve never run in a marathon in your life.
Instead, start small with the goal of running 45 minutes three days a week. Make the goals smaller and once those are accomplished you will build confidence to make the big goals less daunting in the future.
One of the most successful was to accomplish any resolutions is to focus on what is good with your life.
Celebrate the successes that you make along the way and forgive any missteps that may happen as well.
“People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions,” according to Statistic Brain.
The Democrat recently asked 16 well-known residents what their resolutions for the upcoming year are.
David Dick, Pettis County Presiding Commissioner
“I usually don’t make a resolution,” Dick said. “I think since this is my first full year in elected office though, I want to be as helpful as I can be to the residents of Pettis County. I’ll continue to the best of my ability to be as constructive and efficient as I can be in serving our residents.”
Brent Hampy, Eastern County Commissioner
“I resolve to be as open and available to the citizens and to look for economic opportunities for the County to create more jobs for area residents.”
Jim Marcum, Western County Commissioner
“Helping to find ways to keep improving the roads in the best economic manner and to continue the commission’s relationship with the city.”
Barbara Clevenger, Pettis County Recorder of Deeds
“I really want to get more exercise and work on maintaining and even improving my health.”
Kevin Bond, Pettis County Sheriff
“We are going to start a systematic and structured cleaning schedule of our offices. Along with that task we are going to assign roles so everyone knows what they are responsible for and when the task needs to be completed by.
“Personally, I’m going to try to develop that too. I saw a Facebook post for each day of the week and for each month of short-term and long-term goals that I am going to try to implement.”
Sedalia Mayor Stephen Galliher
“I want to see the city continue with the growth we have started. That includes moving forward with keeping the citizens safe and bringing in developers to the city. We need to do all things in a responsible manner financially. We have a wonderful city and I want to work to maintain the good things we are doing.
“On a personal level, I want to work on dieting. That’s one area that doesn’t need to see additional growth.”
Beverly Dillion, Pettis County Auditor
“I want to use my time to volunteer for the betterment of others in community service projects.”
Kim Lynne, Pettis County Treasurer
“I really want to spend more time with my family, and not just time necessarily, but quality time with them. We are all in such a rush in the world today and I just want to slow down and spend time with my family so we can all appreciate and enjoy the time we do have together.”
Nick La Strada, Pettis County Clerk
“I’m really not a resolution guy, but I decided that I was going to sit down on New Year’s Eve and write down a list of goals I would like to accomplish.
“First, I am going to work harder to be a better dad. I think I am, but I think I can try harder to improve what I am doing, especially when it comes to my children.
“I want to work to make my office and job more efficient. This year will be a busy one for us with all of the upcoming elections.
“I want to get back in shape and watch what I eat and be more active.”
Dave Clippert, Director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency
“I really don’t make them, but I do plan to continue with my exercise program including my running. I just really want to maintain my good health.”
Skip Smith, Pettis County Coroner
“I really haven’t thought about it until you asked, but I really think I want to focus on getting in better shape this year and working toward that goal.”
John DeGonia, Sedalia Police Chief
“I usually don’t make any resolutions but this year I am going to focus on achieving personal and professional growth for the department.”
Sue Heckart, owner of Heckart Funeral Home and PALS Pet Loss Services
“In keeping with my mother’s philosophy and motto, ‘We care, we share, we love,’ my resolution is to continue carrying out her words and I am going to care more and share more and love others more in 2016.”
Billie Barnes, agent/broker at ReMAX of Sedalia
“To have a better balance with work and family time and, of course, the usual one of eating better and excersing more.”
Brad Pollitt, Superintendent of Sedalia School District 200
“I really don’t make resolutions but I do create goals for myself.
“One goal that I have for my job is that I want to get out into the schools and be in the classrooms throughout the district more this semester. I really enjoy spending time in the classrooms with the students and the teachers and so I want to do more of that this semester.”
Dr. Joanna Anderson, President of State Fair Community College
“I usually try and not make too many resolutions but this year I have made some.
“A professional goal is to work with the Board of Trustees at the college to figure out how we will finance and build the Career and Technical Center at SFCC.
“Personally I want to work on being healthy and strong and finally I want to treat people kinder. I really try to do that now, but I think everyone in the world needs to work on that as a resolution for mankind.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484