“If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am”
— Cyril Cusack
While it’s a good thing to want to improve ourselves, it needs to be done in a way that “connects” with who we are and what we’re about. If we just set things to be done without taking this “pre-step” the odds of success are much lower, which means we only get more frustrated/negative and pessimistic about our ability to actually change.
Our ability to make changes in our life (in almost every area) often comes down to creating new habits and changing our behaviors. Think about it, if we don’t know what our “default” behaviors or habits are, how can we expect to change something we don’t even know exists!
Here’s some tips on turning resolutions into reality based on my own experience as well as lots of research into the “science of resolutions”.
I hope these tips help you set your own resolutions and make them a reality. The process of setting and achieving goals, no matter in what area of life it is, is one of the things that makes life more enjoyable, productive and FUN.
I’ve long been a “budget audiophile” meaning I love reproducing and listening to music on affordable high end equipment. Over the years I’ve “invested” some of my money in various amplifiers, music players, turntables, headphones and speakers in search of a great listening experience without busting my budget. I’ve built up a decent collection of CD’s that I have lovingly ripped to the lossless FLAC format and stored them on a hard drive. And while the quality of the music is great I’ve often had trouble taking full advantage of my music due to limitations in playback equipment/software.
In 2005 I purchased a couple of Squeezeboxes that allowed me to stream music to my audio system. After 12 years of loyal service my 2 squeezebox players wore out and stopped working (the screens failed 1st and then the wifi board). I began a search for an affordable alternative that would give me the high-quality music I’d gotten used to with the Squeezeboxes. After researching options in a few different audiophile forums I came across a product called Roon.
Roon is a music management and player application that pitches itself as the “music player for music lovers”. You subscribe to the service ($119/year or $499 for lifetime), install the “core” on a system that will serve as your music server, link your digital music files and start listening. Roon’s biggest advantages over most other music management/player apps is it’s deep metadata capabilities (helping you discover new music) and no compromise playback quality. In addition to your own music Roon integrates with Tidal, a music streaming service that offers high quality streaming. I’ve been using Roon for almost 3 years and really enjoy it.
Roon is a luxury item, no doubt. When you can load everything on iTunes for free, paying $119/year is definitely a bit of a splurge, but for those of us that enjoy well reproduced music and have something halfway decent to listen to it on (cheap earbuds don’t count), Roon is a great option.