in his well-known book on the psychology of marketing, "influence: the psychology of persuasian", robert cialdini, talks about how if people commit, orally or in writing, to an idea or goal, they are more likely to honor that commitment because of establishing that idea or goal as being congruent with their self image.
with that in mind, i am committing, in writing, to my goal of achieving my very humble new year's resolutions. they are as follows:
1. read more, specifially:
a. finish "a feast for crows", book 4 in george r.r. martin's series, "a song of ice and fire"
b. finally finish reading "underworld" by don delillo. i got about half-way through a few years ago but plan on starting anew. the book was rated by the new york times as a runner-up for best work of american fiction in the last 25 years (in 2006) and is a seminal work in the field of postmodern fiction
c. read cormac mccarthy's "blood meridian"
2. work towards getting a legal article published (i want to be clear that the goal is not to be published, but to work towards getting published. as i said, these are humble goals).
3. be less arrogant and condescending... unless nbc cancels "community" at which point the level of arrogance and condescension will become unbearable. don't test me nbc!!
4. not get completely incensed when my mom repeatedly asks me seemingly simple/basic questions about using the computer, surfing the internet and checking her email. i promise to take a deep breathe and stay calm.
5. keep podcasting with colin.
6. become more politically active.
7. learn to cook.
9. finish rehabbing my hip.
10. be less cynical and have a great 2012.
to everyone out there, have a happy and healthy new year! good luck with all your resolutions...