The new bit of New Year's resolutions - value setting?

Save money. Enjoy money. Make more of the day. Relax more. Be more fun. Take things more seriously. Do more socially. Take more time for yourself. Eat better. Eat less. Read more. Read better.

Activate and cancel subscriptions. Start a gym membership. Sign up for online courses. Join social media, take a break from social media. Clean out the closets.

It’s that week. When we set our intention for the year. We mull over resolutions, write them down, say them out loud or tweet/instagram/facebook them for all to see and to create some public accountability. Maybe there’s a new yoga practice, a new diet, a workout regimen - things to get you moving after seasonal inertia. Or maybe there’s a new job to get, a new career path, a professional life to get into shape.

We’ve made resolutions like that too. But we also started thinking that maybe we should resolve to work on who we are, figure out what’s important to us and why, and how that all lines up with what we do day in and day out. What if our resolutions were not just around setting goals, but really getting to know our values? So rather than simply balancing that checkbook, we resolved to figure out the underlying values we have around money. Rather than trying to find a mate, we focus on working out what we really think and feel about commitment and love. Instead of trying to shed pounds, we practice listening to our bodies and thinking about how that changes our expectations, our sense of self, and our goals for our physical selves.

We all need help to do things differently – and better. Which is why we go to personal trainers to help with fitness goals, meditation retreats to teach us mindfulness, life coaches to get us to a place where we can map out a career path and next steps. And that’s why we do what we do at Storefront Institute – we’re for the new bit of the resolution, where we value our emotional and psychological lives as much as our ability to touch the floor, do downward dog, or run that 5k. What if you began 2016 with what you think about something important in your life and why, what your values are, and how you might apply them to what you do everyday? Then see where that takes you.