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Oh, those pesky new year’s resolutions.  The new year usually heralds a chorus of “I’m going to go to the gym!” or “I’m going to eat right!” and then nothing happens except for lost motivation and gyms make more money.  Been there, done that, let’s find way that helps keep the motivation going all year.  Here’s a list to help you keep all those New Year resolutions:

Start a journal (paper or electronic) to record all your hopes, fears, goals, motivations, dreams, etc.

I’m a mom and small business owner.  I have a lot of things to worry about.  So at least once a week, I bust out my Bullet Journal and do a brain dump.  Yes, I even label the new page “Brain Dump”.  It’s similar to the stream-of-consciousness writing style called Morning Pages developed by Julia Cameron.  For me, it’s part to-do list and part griping.  But getting it down on paper makes things less scary and more doable.  It helps me prepare for the week and what I want to accomplish.

Write down your goals everyday

If you want to make things happen, you have to show up everyday.  You also need to write things down.  Penelope Trunk makes a good case for writing things down.  She’s good at doing all the obsessive research.  But seriously, just grab paper and pen and start making that list.  You don’t have to cross everything off tomorrow.  This is a solid way of manifesting those dreams.

Get an accountability partner

Sometimes sheer willpower isn’t enough motivation to get ourselves to the gym or to learn how to eat better.  So find someone who takes your best interests to heart.  My man BFF lost an absurd amount of weight through continuous, obsessive diet and exercise.  He encourages me to go to barre and to eat less carbs.  Jesse does the same, but sometimes it’s easier to listen to someone who isn’t family.  And it’s really hard to give up those French fries.

Try something new

Don’t get discouraged

Life happens.  Give yourself some grace and just keep on going.  Believe me, I have 2 boys under the age of 5.  Acknowledge your feelings and frustrations, then move on.  It’s easier to dwell on your misfortunes than it is to move forward, but imagine how much better you’ll feel when you’re making progress.  You’ve got this.  We’ve all got this.