How many of us have felt or made the excuse, “I just don’t have the motivation to practice.”? The excuse is flimsy, but what if the very idea of “motivation” itself is just as flimsy and nothing more than a myth? Jeff Haden shows us how to reframe our thinking about the relationship of motivation to success in his book The Motivation Myth. The book is filled with practical advice and strategies on how to forge a forward path on your way to any goal. Many of us pipers know how difficult it can be to stay on track and keep working to improve on the instrument. The secret ingredients to accomplishing anything, bagpipes included, aren’t some mysterious feeling or burst of inspiration or energy, it’s clear repeatable processes and simple hard work. Haden is living proof of these ideas. His series of articles at Inc. magazine, as well as the personal experiences he relays in his book, detail his own process of training for bike races, losing weight, and yes, as you’ve already read, doing 100,000 pushups in a single year. A read that is sure to cut through the bull&%$ for anyone coming up with excuses for their own lack of motivation.