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Make the New Year Yours, Day 1
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Make the New Year Yours, Day 1

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The start of a new year is always a time of reflection and a redoubling of purpose and goals. There is also no shortage of advice from all sources on the best ways to keep your resolutions for the year. It can be hard to parse the details and figure out what works. Bottom line: what works for you is what “works” and that might not be something that works for the guy or gal next to you.

In a recent piece from The New York Times, we learn that sticking to our goals is not about “willpower” or the lack thereof. Our brains will always be fighting with us when we try to exert “self-control” to stick to our goals and make us feel miserable. Instead, it is the emotions we feel, emotions like gratitude and compassion, that make it easier to discipline ourselves when confronting unpleasant tasks. When your piping progress has got you down and seems like a chore, think about those feelings that can help you be more patient.

The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions

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Vin Janoski Vin is a long-time piper based on the east coast of the USA. He has been on the Executive Committee of the EUSPBA and been the editor of the acclaimed Voice magazine. Recently, he has played in the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band, and the Grade 1 Stuart Highlanders pipe band. He currently produces the websites Pipehacker.com and WhiskyTunes.com.... And, needless to say, he spends way too much time than is allowed for any one person playing, writing about, and thinking about bagpiping.

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