mocha man style bass guitar

I’m always striving to get better. Whether it’s going to the gym regularly, breaking bad habits, spending more time with family and friends, or learning new skills, I make a point to set goals for myself at the beginning of each new year. Unfortunately, I don’t have the best track record when it comes to sticking with New Year’s resolutions (BTW – only about 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions achieve them). Some time around March, I start to lose interest and revert back to my old habits.

This year I decided to make a resolution that I would stick with. It had to be fun, interesting, and something I’m passionate about. After several weeks of deep introspection, I decided to learn to play a musical instrument. I love music and I’ve always dreamed of being a rock star. This was perfect. Now I had to pick an instrument. To narrow it down, I listened to several of my favorite songs. Two instruments stood out to me – the guitar and the bass. While it would be cool to shred onstage like Jimi Hendrix, I picked the bass because it seemed easier to learn.

I didn’t want to spend too much money on an instrument so I went to to search for a starter bass. Within a few minutes, I found one for less than $100 with free shipping. WIN!

The bass arrived two days later. I plugged it into my son’s amp and started jamming. I found a video on YouTube on how to play one of my favorite songs, “7 Nation Army” by the White Stripes. After a week of diligent practice, I was able to play the full song. Small victories such as this one will make it easier for me to stick with my new year’s resolution. The next step is to find a bass instructor who can help me learn the fundamentals and increase my skills.

Thanks to Sears, I’ve started my journey towards rock stardom. Even if you don’t dream of being the next Bootsy Collins, Sears still makes it possible to achieve your New Year’s resolutions with a variety of products and services to help you along the way. Is your resolution to get fit in the new year? Sears is America’s #1 fitness retailer. Find great brands like NordicTrack or Life Fitness at Sears to help you achieve your resolution. Sears carries a huge selection of fitness equipment and sporting goods to help you stay in shape – from treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, weight sets and more so you can easily and affordably create a personal gym in your own home.

To help with your New Years Resolution, I’m giving away a $100 Sears gift card to one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section:

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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Mocha Dad’s “Sears New Years Resolution Gift Card Giveaway” starts on Friday, January 22, 2016 and ends on Friday, January 29, 2016f at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans 18 years old and older in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Goodall Family Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this website within the past 30 days. One (1) winner will be chosen via and announced soon after the ending date. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my website. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All opinions are my own. Allow 3-6 weeks for giveaway fulfillment. While Sears has provided promotional support in the form of prizes, Sears is not administering the giveaway on this website. Prize value is approximately $100.