What do I do with it?: New Year's resolutions

HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- The new year, 2018 is here and many people started with their New Year's resolutions. Some people started with a long list, while others started with a small one but they hope they can complete it by the end of the year.

"My resolution is to live my life with less negativity," said Haylee Hickman, who hopes to put her resolution in motion soon. "I just plan trying to focus on being more happy."

Just like Hickman, every year many have a resolution in mind.

"All my friends are in different places and getting new opportunities it's just a lot to handle so I'm just trying to be more positive," she said.

According to the Marist Poll, being a better person and weight loss share the top spot as the most popular New Year's resolution of 2018, following exercising more, eating healthier and getting a better job.

However, most do not make it past February, so what to do to keep it going?

First, be realistic.

Experts say not to get overwhelmed. It's best to set a small goal instead of overwhelming ones. For example, if you want to exercise more, schedule your workouts three to four days a week instead of seven.

Second, plan ahead.

It's best to outline your plan. Make a list on how on you're going to fulfill your goal and the steps you plan on taking.

Third, share your experiences.

Talk about your goals with family and friends. Also, consider joining a support group.

Fourth, don't beat yourself up.

It won't be perfect, so don't give up if it becomes difficult. If you miss the gym for a week, don't end it there. Start over and recommit