Saturday, April 27, 2013

How To Drive Into And On A Roundabout



Round and round we go . . . where we stop nobody knows!

Definition of a Roundabout: A circular arrangement constructed at the intersection of two or more roads in order to facilitate the passage of vehicles from one road to another.

ROUNDABOUT FACTS:

Roundabouts are designed to keep the flow of traffic moving more steadily. I is also a proven fact that roundabouts reduce side impact collisions, and the severity of those accidents at intersections. Traffic generally slows down to under 20 mph entering a roundabout verses the normal speed one would travel through a regular four way intersection. (Generally 30, 40 or 50 mph at a normal stoplight controlled intersection.)

ROUNDABOUT HISTORY:

The roundabout design generated in Europe and has been used on the East Coast for many years. In the last ten years we have been seeing an increasing number of roundabout in western states and sprinkled around Northern Colorado. They have been placed in small neighborhoods and at large volume intersections. They have worked well at increasing the flow of traffic through intersections.

Although, the traffic seems to flow well at times, sometimes I feel like I am risking my life on a roundabout. I lived in England for a year and I tell you, everyone knows the roundabout protocol and you actually feel safe negotiating through a roundabout. Roundabouts work well as long as everyone knows what to do and does it.

ME FIRST!

Unfortunately there are some people, out there, that have a "Me First" attitude, and this shows when it comes to roundabouts. It is these same people who don't yield the right of way and decide not to stop or slow down and blaze right into the roundabout with reckless abandonment.

ROUNDABOUT PROTOCOL:

Yield Going Into the Roundabout: FYI-Drivers in the circle are not supposed to let people in. It is the vehicle entering the roundabout that is supposed to yield and wait their turn to enter the roundabout. By blazing in, it makes the person on the roundabout stop. There may be another vehicle behind them expecting the flow to be uninterrupted and can cause an accident. Let me repeat: CARS IN THE ROUNDABOUT HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY!

Use Your Indicators: Signal your intended route as you approach the roundabout. The proper use of turn indicators is critical in a roundabout. The indicator tells other drivers what you intend to do, which means they know whether they have to yield to you or whether you'll be exiting the roundabout before you cross their path (in which case they can proceed forward).

If you are turning right (taking the first exit from the roundabout)

  • Approach in the right lane (if there are multiple lanes) 
  • Signal right as you approach the roundabout 
  • Continue to signal right as you pass through and leave the roundabout. 

If you are going straight (second exit)

  • Approach in either lane (assuming there are two lanes) 
  • Signal left, (indicate you are going around the roundabout past the first turn. 
  • Signal right after you have passed the first exit and before you reach the second exit 
  • Continue your right signal as you leave the roundabout. 

If you are turning left (third exit of a 4 way intersection, going 270 degrees around the roundabout):

  • Approach in the left lane (assuming there are two lanes) 
  • Signal left, (indicating you are going around the roundabout past the first and second turn. 
  • Continue signaling left as you go around. 
  • Activate your right signal after you pass the exit before the one you want. 
  • Continue to signal right as you exit. 

NOTE: These directions are different if you are in a country with a right hand drive vehicle and drive on the left side of the road.

Going The Wrong Way: If you want to turn left (right in some countries) you have to go three quarters of the way around. Roundabouts are a one way street. Do not attempt to take the short cut to your left and cut across the roundabout. You may be faced with oncoming traffic.

Don't Stop: The whole purpose of the roundabout is to keep traffic flowing. Unless someone cuts you off or there is an accident, keep driving. If you miss your turn, the good news is that you can go around and come back to the turn you want. It is all right to go around again.

Look Before You Leap: This old adage is true on roundabouts. As you are approaching, yield and look before you go. Also, if you are on a multiple lane roundabout and you are in the wrong lane or just decide to turn, make sure there are no other vehicles next to you. Remember, it's OK to go around again. Just take a deep breath, look, and then maneuver yourself into the proper lane to exit.

DRIVE SAFE!

Friday, April 26, 2013

What Is The Funniest Thing?


We all do things in our day that you look back, laugh, and say, "What a bone headed thing to do!"

QUESTION:

What is the funniest thing you have done lately?


ANSWER:

"Yesterday, I was at the convenience store, parked at the pump, went inside to get a coffee, and prepaid for gas.  I went outside, put my coffee in the car, sat down, and drove off.  About a block away my gas light on the dash flashed on.  I realized I had not filled up.  I turned around and returned to the gas pump.  Luckily no one was there getting the gas I paid for.  What a bone headed thing to do!  I just laughed at myself and filled up my car."


The Darth Writer

(Please share your bone headed thing, comment below)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Strangest Secret By Earl Nightingale




Soar to great success with "The Strangest Secret!"

Earl Nightingale in his book, "The Strangest Secret" explains the simple principle of how to live the life you desire. Learn what it takes to become a success in whatever it is that you want in life. In his book he shares the opportunity we have for reaching success, how we define success, setting goals, and the factors we need to put into our lives, if we are to become a success.

Great Opportunity


Our lives are what we make them. Everything we do, we do by choice. Fate has a few things to do with it but it is our choices in the face of our fate that determines our outcome--our successes and failures.

In his book, "The Strangest Secret" Earl Nightingale describes how 100 people at the age of 25 have wild ideas of what their life could be. Those 100 people have a similar enthusiasm for success, and idea of what success will look like in their lives. Each one believes they will be a huge success and simply will not fail at reaching it. He says, "...you'd notice that they were eager toward life, that there was a certain sparkle in their eye, and erectness to their carriage, and life seemed like a pretty interesting adventure to them."

What he described next surprised me about those 100 people. Only five percent will be successful and really achieve their idea of success. "One will be rich, four will be financially independent . . ."

What is the difference between the top 5 and the other 95?

He mentions it is the difference between Intention and accomplishment.

Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary says:

"INTENTION implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about and ACCOMPLISHMENT is the act of completion."

Many of us never really accomplish the wild goals we set four ourselves in our lifetime and we end up conforming to our "regular day jobs." We never really learn how to tap into the greatest opportunities that our life has to offer. We never really progress towards our goals. By the time we realize it, it is too late. Our opportunity is lost.


A Definition of Success

Earl Nightingale defines success:

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."

When we are working towards our goals, dreams, desires, or anything we want in life we are successful. If we are not working towards what it is we want out of life then we are "failures."

Set Goals

Goals give us a direction in life. In order for us to be successful we need to take a direction in life verses just letting things happen to us. Goals are the things we want to do. Without goals we will not know where it is we want to go. It would be like taking a trip with no destination.

Earl Nightingale writes that goals say, "I am going to become this!" Earl also writes, "You are successful when you are doing what you want to do."

Working towards our goals, is deliberate. When you follow your goals you are deliberately doing what it is that you set out to do.

Having specific goals in our lives becomes the road map to success.

We Are What We Think!

The Strangest Secret also explains that the main key to success and failure is, "We become what we think about." Deep in our subconscious our mind is constantly working on things. The things we think about daily become rooted in that subconscious.

If we are afraid of losing our job and it is weighing heavily in our minds, it also manifests itself in our unconsciousness. If we are thinking about not wanting something to happen to us, it brews in under the surface. As we think these things, an underlying force works upon those thoughts. Many times they become reality simply because we thought about these things for so long.

If you want to change your life then you have to change the things you think about. Think about the positive things you want. Think about good things that might happen instead of the bad things that might happen. Don't dwell on the negative, because your subconscious mind will dwell there as well.

"Whatever you believe to be true, will be true!"

I heard this quote when I lived in England and I don't recall who said it, but it has stuck with me for eleven years. I have come to the realization that the quote is true. If you believe you are bad at your job--you will be right. If you believe you are a failure at relationships--you will be right. On the converse, if you believe everything you touch turns to gold--you will be right!

Our mind is an incredible thing. We only use 10% of it and are barely understanding that part. It has been found, in clinical drug trials, that many of the people taking the placebo pill have the same results as those taking the actual medicine. That is because the people taking the sugar pills actually believe they are getting the medicine, and therefore are getting better.

Start thinking about the things you want in life. Write them down in goals and then concentrate on them. If you think about your goals you will reach them. Earl said it best, "The human mind does not care if you plant . . . success . . . or failure."

Laws of Physics

"All you have to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, work steadily toward your goal, and it will become a reality."

--Earl Nightingale

The laws of physics pertain to our thoughts. It is the same principles that allow us to fly a metal plane, the same forces that control the tide, and the same constant laws that govern gravity that allow our thoughts to come to fruition.

What you think about, so you shall become! The only thing we can control is our thoughts. By controlling our thoughts we control our actions, behaviors and responses to those thoughts, which in turn give us what we want; right or wrong, good or bad.

Learn to control our mind and we learn to control our success.




What is the Secret of Success?

If you ask people what success is, you will get many different answers. Some will say money, a big house, power, influence, friends, cars, fabulous vacations, and more. Most of the time, those are all results of success.

Success is figuring out what it is you want to do and actually doing it! You just can't hope for a big fancy boat. You have to do something and get something in return to buy that big fancy boat. Something had to happen in order for you to have the money to buy it, or have someone give it to you.

You had to have a worthwhile goal, take action toward that goal, and then get the financial means to buy that boat.

You see, for a lot of us, we strive for a goal and then give up. It is easier for negativity to take hold of our thoughts and influence ourselves to throw in the towel. We give up completely or settle for something less. We end up with a row boat instead of that shiny speed boat. Those few of us that are successful, we fight through the pain and discomfort as we hold steady to our thoughts and work towards our goals.

I learned this lesson as a swimmer in High School. My swim coach used to tell us that, "If our goals didn't hurt, then they wouldn't be worth achieving." He really believed in the no pain, no gain philosophy. There were several kids that quit the team. They could not work through the pain of the intense workouts and training.

We have to do that with our goals. Sometimes there will be times that we just want to give up. The mental or physical fatigue we endure may become too much and you will want to pack it in--throw in the towel, so to say.

Where does that want to quit come from?

It comes from worry, anxiety, frustration, and anger. It turns to doubt and then changes to fear. Our fear becomes unbearable and it then becomes crippling. We give up.

Focus on What You Want
The easiest way to overcome our crippling fear is to get rid of worry, anxiety, frustration, anger, and doubt.

"Yeah right," you say. "It’s not that is easy!"

Correct. It is very difficult. We can train our minds. We can form good habits with out thoughts and actions.

In the book, "The Strangest Secret" you learn how to form good habits. Earl Nightingale gives you a formula for instilling positive thoughts and the ability to focus clearly on your goal.

Take a note card and, "On one side write your goal, whatever it may be. On the other side write these words, you become what you think about."

Earl tells you to look at this several times a day, for 30 days. When the seeds of doubt appear, look at your card. Change your thinking. When the grip of fear takes hold, look at your card. Focus on what you want. When the pains of worry wash over you, look at your card again. Realize you become what you think about.

He also tells us, "If you should fail during your first 30 days--by that I mean suddenly find yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts-you've got to start over again from that point and go 30 more days. Gradually, your new habit will form, until you find yourself one of that wonderful minority to who virtually nothing is impossible."

Give and Take

The road to success is full of give and take. Many think it is all take. If you give to others you will receive in return. In 1998 I set place a philosophy into my life. It is so simple that anyone can put this five word phrase into their lives.

"You get as you give!"

To get what you want in life you have to give something. Give time, wisdom, help, encouragement--something and you will get the things you desire.

Earl said it perfectly, "No man can get rich himself unless he enriches others."

There are two problems I see, when it comes to working towards success. One, we are not always willing to give. Two, we want it YESTERDAY!

Many people feel entitled to the things they want out of life. They go through the world with that self entitlement. Really that turns out to be a success repellent. Maybe that person sees success, but is usually just a quick flash and they lose it.

Others expect it, "RIGHT NOW." In a world of instant coffee, fast food, and microwave ready meals we expect things to happen immediately. Success is not immediate. It will show up on its own time. We may not see it overnight, or the next day, but it will come if we keep working at it. However, many are not willing to take the time to see the rewards of their effort.

In Conclusion

The Strangest Secret is knowing, what it is you want, setting goals, taking action to get what you want, giving yourself to others and believing wholeheartedly that you can do it!

You can do it--Don't give up!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Author Spotlight #36 - Simone Ravicz


Thriving with Your Autoimmune Disorder:
A Woman's Mind-Body Guide
By Dr. Simone Ravicz




A thorough mind-body guide to assist women with autoimmune diseases and related conditions (Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) to reduce pain and distress and boost well-being and health.

Buy The Book On Amazon



Visit Her Website:  Essentials Coaching



High On Stress:
 A Women’s Guide to Optimizing the Stress in Her Life




A comprehensive guide to assist women to achieve success in all aspects of their lives while maximizing positive stress (prostress) and minimizing negative stress.

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Dr. Simone Ravicz is a highly acclaimed life coach and therapist who uses a synthesis of strategic coaching approaches and mind-body techniques with a solution oriented focus and cutting edge modalities to provide caring, empathic assistance to her clients. She views coaching as a joint venture with both parties contributing to the relationship and the success of the outcomes.

The client is central and she helps the client uncover his or her true potential to lead a life that is worth celebrating! She keeps people focused, challenged and motivated to live their professional and personal lives on PURPOSE and per their GOALS which come out of their work together.

Her clients report tremendous gains and are always pleased with the speed with which they obtain desired changes and self-selected goals. They attain balance and integration in their lives through generating financial success, increasing self-esteem and assertiveness, improving relationships, solving difficulties in the home, enhancing communication skills, improving health, and replacing negative stress with positive stress (prostress) and joy.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Faith In The Intangible



What is it that keeps us going?

In life we spend so much of our time studying, learning, working and striving towards that which we desire. Whatever it is you are wanting to accomplish you have to have faith in something to keep you going.

In business you have to have faith in your company, product or service so that others will buy whatever it is you are offering--or your business will fail.

In relationships you have to have faith in others. Faith that they will be there, help out, care and reciprocate.

I have learned this as I pursue my writing career. As a writer we spend so much time creating, writing, editing, submitting and waiting for that agent to respond or that publisher to finalize that book deal. We also pitch and promote and/or attend seminars, conferences and expos. I have wondered myself, many times, why I keep trudging on. What is it that keeps me striving towards my goal?

What is it that keeps you going?

THE ANSWER: FAITH IN THE INTANGIBLE!



Let me explain with this simple example. Let's look at the farmer. He just does not throw seed down and go out the next day and expect the crops to be ready for harvest.

Here is what he does:
  • He prepares the land.
  • He tills it
  • He mixes some manure in the top soil.
  • He plants his seeds in an orderly fashion.
  • He waters it.
  • He weeds it.
  • He manages the pests. (Organically or not.)
  • He waits.
  • He harvests his crop. 
The farmer knows that if he does the right things, (bar any acts of nature) he will eventually have a crop to harvest. He has faith that one day the seeds will grow and he will be able to reap the benefits of his hard work and patience.
 
I have learned that in life, business and relationships you have to lead the life of the farmer. You have to have faith in the intangible. You have to have faith that all of the work you put in will eventually pay off.
 
As a sales manager, I tell many of my sales people that you have to plant as many seeds in the ground as possible then one day it just happens. BANG! You will have success. You will get that sale. You will get that promotion. You will get that book deal. You will get what you want!
 
Eventually it comes around. What effort you put in today will be the results you get tomorrow. I believe in the intangible and incorporate the motto, "You will get as you give!" in my life.
 
Keep working, studying, preparing, learning, loving and making contacts and it will come back around. You just have to have faith in that which you can not touch or see.
 
IN LIFE--YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Is Your Favorite Song?




Do you have a song that just sticks in your head and brings back some kind of memory? Whenever you hear it you perk up and listen to it. I do.


QUESTION:


What is your favorite song?



ANSWER:

"My all-time favorite song is Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. This song came out in 1998 when I lived in England and it has stuck with me. I like the lyrics and the mixture of symphony sounds with the beat is brilliant. Whenever I hear it, I am reminded of England and the places I visited."


--The Darth Writer


(Comment below and write what your favorite song is.)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Author Spotlight #35 - Monica Kinsky

The Adventure of Being
By Monica Kinsky



The Adventure of Being: self-knowledge through life experiences, is the result of 19 years of living and discovering that life can be difficult, that yes, we are going to have a lot of challenges that we might think the challenges can brake us, but if we look deep inside of us, we have the strength as well as all the answers that we need to live our lives. Life is an adventure that can be pleasant or not, with changes that we might need to make to be able to learn, grow, overcome obstacles and continue our journey through life. After a challenging marriage and separation I was able to turn around my life with trusting in myself and in all what I found inside of me. We all are connected to our source, even if we recognize it or not, we all are part of life and it depends on us in how we want to live, victorious or martyrs, to be happy, positive every moment of our lives, or be miserable. The decision is ours and the more you recognize that if we want love, acceptance, respect, motivation, trust, we need to start with ourselves. I really hope this book can help you as it has helped me discover that we all have a gold mine inside of us!




View her book trailer:


About the Author

Monica, positive, open minded, passionate for knowledge, is a transformational author, English/Spanish Teacher, graphic and web designer, entrepreneur and mother of 2 beautiful children. In 1993 the book : "La Aventura del Ser" "The Adventure of being" was given to her through life experiences. it was published in Mexico City in 1993 with help of Julia de la Portilla from Ediluz. In 1997 the second edition was published and after 15 years the first edition in English "The Adventure of Being" is now available. Like her mentors and guides have mentioned to Monica, all of the knowledge she receives from them, she needs to live through her life, and after she has lived all the experiences and figures out on how to find the answer in solving her life, is when "Kinsky" writes all the experiences in a deep and profound manner so she can share her experiences and knowledge she has learned from life, and this has been the process of 20 years. Monica has learned philosophy (eastern and western), meditation, yoga, tai chi, assisted many self-help seminars and read many books of great authors that has helped her balance her life.

Monday, April 1, 2013

How to Make A Cheap Meal - Hot Dog Soup






A Cheap Meal!

This is a cheap, simple meal that college students or bachelors can make. It is also a recession-proof soup that fits any budget.

INGREDIENTS
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 Package of Hot Dogs (Any brand)
  • 1 bag of mixed vegetables
  • 1 Package of Ramen Noodles

DIRECTIONS


  • Put water into pot and heat to a boil.
  • Cut up hot dogs into small circular slices and add to boiling water.
  • Break Ramen into quarters and add to boiling water.
  • Add full bag of vegetables to boiling water.
  • Add Ramen seasoning to taste.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes to cook hot dogs and soften vegetables.
  • Serve and eat.


This is not a joke.

I got this recipe from my uncle who lived off of this when he was in college.