Keeping your New Year's resolution starts with the PAST

Keeping your New Year's resolution starts with the PAST

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The countdown is on to 2017 and with a new year, usually comes new resolutions. Some people will meet their goals and others will not.
Last year, these were the top five most popular goals, according to

  • Lose weight
  • Get organized
  • Spend less and save more
  • Enjoy life
  • Stay fit

If you're set on keeping your resolution in the New Year, experts say to use the acronym P.A.S.T. to remember your end goal.

First - Make a Plan. Identify your goal, and the steps to take to get there.

Second  - Arrange your environment. For example, if you want to get up earlier each morning, place your cell phone or alarm clock across the room, rather than next to your bed, which will force you to get up.

Third - Stick to one thing. Doctor Stephen Graef is a Sports Psychologist for Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and compared keeping goals to rabbits.

"If we try to chase too many rabbits, we catch none," said Dr. Graef. "So we want to be able to focus on one rabbit, one resolution, one goal, and just go hard and obsessive at that particular type of goal."
Fourth - Make it Too easy to fail. Instead of committing to an hour of exercise each day, try starting with just a few minutes, then work your way up.

Having social support can also be beneficial when it comes to following through with those New Year resolutions. Go to the WAVE 3 News Facebook page and let us know what you hope to accomplish in the new year.
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