Do You Road Rage? Why We Do, and What We Can Do About It

Living in a city like Los Angeles requires a commute on some form of Freeway (too many to list), a journey through bumper to bumper surface streets, and possibly a walk. All of this is cemented between our daily stressors of work and family.

It’s often common for us to leave home upset around time management issues, conflicts with loved ones, or the dread of going to a place of employment. How can this not affect us? Most of us are also aware that there is an unofficial “Rules of the Road” handbook that establishes polite behavior, which is not followed by many. The perfect storm of impolite driving (unsafe, or self-righteous), and an average person’s bad day can lead to escalations that are unsafe for all parties. Most of us would call this sudden explosion of anger, Road Rage.

While the actions of others remain out of our control, we can be more mindful of our own state as we enter our cars. When a person makes a physical check of possible obstructions prior to pulling out of a space, they are hyper aware. Their eyes search all mirrors for people, dogs, and other cars as if life depended on it, and in many ways this is true. We can also look inward, within ourselves. Creating an awareness of how you are feeling prior to starting the ignition, can be helpful in creating awareness of where you are at.

Road Rage is related to the tipping point of our agitation. What is your frustration tolerance at that particular time, on that particular day? Some people appear to always be at a high frustration level, but for others, irritation can sneak up more slowly. What are the daily obstacles we still have in front of us? Maybe there is a specific meeting, appointment, or a time we have to pick up our kids. It could be the time of day we depart such as rush hour, or a work related task that still lingers on our mind. Are we late? There is an infinite amount of possible stressors, and personal drama or what we might call personal crisis situations (hey it seems like a crisis to us!), but when paired with inconsiderate drivers things can explode.

If we were to rank our personal wellbeing on a scale of 1-10, with one being Buddha, and 10 being Hulk, most likely we all live in a 3 most of the time. It’s once we cross 5 or 6, that we want to become more mindful of Road Rage triggers, and our own body awareness. This is the time we can course correct, prior to further and potentially more dangerous escalation.

Every person has a different anger response. If we begin to track our outbursts, we become more aware of the patterns in our triggers. This is where we can consciously begin to change patterns and replace or alter behaviors. Tracking body symptoms prior to outburst (twitching eye, flushed face, rapid breathing, warm forehead, watery eyes, itchy shoulders or neck, clenching, etc..), can be helpful in establishing patterns, but we need to work on better planning to implement prior to these escalations.

Listening to the radio, taking deep and purposeful breaths, or talking to a good friend or family member can be helpful. Avoiding conflicts while driving is a good rule of thumb as well. When a person is riding at an 8 or 9, it does not take much to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. As our mindfulness and self-awareness increase, it’s easier to make better choices, and do the things we need to do to be safe.

Why Your Business Needs a Web Promotion Strategy

The web is the preferred channel for increasing numbers of people who want instant access to information and services whenever it suits them. 72% of searches for products and services are now carried out online, it is the #1 research tool for businesses and half the UK population now go online at least once a day. On a single day in July 2010 Britons spent an eye watering £5 billion online and annual spending on the web is set to grow by 56% to £35 billion in the UK over the next four years (a year on year increase of 12%). Whether you love or loathe the internet, it is an inescapable fact that any small business without an effective web promotion strategy in this day and age is at a serious competitive disadvantage.

Your website is the powerhouse of your online marketing and as a small business owner the time and money spent developing your website will probably represent one of the most significant marketing investments you ever make.

But the sad fact is that 95% of websites fail to get traffic let alone leads and sales. It is simply not the case that “if you build it, they will come”. That is why before investing in a new website you need to have a clear web promotion strategy.

This involves:

Setting measurable objectives
Prioritising the actions that are going to deliver most value for your business
Establishing design requirements from a customer perspective
Carrying out keyword analysis to identify the key search terms that will drive traffic to your website
Building a site structure with search engine optimisation in mind
Analysing your online competition to determine how well positioned you are to compete effectively in your online marketplace
Developing a compelling and distinctive online value proposition that will grab visitors’ attention and make you stand out from the crowd.
Putting together a blueprint for engaging, relevant and high quality content.

Only when all of these elements are in place will you be ready to begin developing your website. Once the site is built you should then configure web analytics and learn how to use the tools and reports to monitor your web performance. Then you will have a way of checking that you are on track to achieve the objectives you set at the beginning and adjust your strategy as you go along.

If you follow this process you should ensure that your website is one of the 5% that are successful in attracting targeted traffic and converting your visitors to warm leads and customers.

Jan Willis is Director of WOW Consulting, an Essex online marketing and website design company specialising in helping small businesses increase their visibility on the web and generate more traffic and leads.

How to Choose Your Ultimate Shoes That Will Get You Oozes of Compliments a Day

Buying the right shoes is an investment.

An investment in your foot health, but not just!

It’s also an investment in yourself, your look and the presence you project.

Why?

Because the shoes you wear say a lot about you.

They reflect who you want to be and what you want to show the world.

Different shoes will distinguish you,

Redefine you,

Tell a lot without saying a word.

We all know our self-image also depends on what we wear, and we change it,

And we can change how others perceive us.

But how can we find the right shoes to match our feet as well as our nature?

When you buy new shoes:

- Wait until the afternoon to try on new shoes – your feet tend to swell during the day, especially when it’s warm outside.

- Put on the right pair of socks, comfortable enough to wear with shoes.

- Our body is unsymmetrical, and often, one foot is slightly bigger than the other. Buy the shoes that fit well with the bigger foot.

- Always try out both sides, right and left. Finding out, much later that one side fits well, while the other is extremely painful, is not a great idea.

- Walk around. See how you feel. Enough room for your fingers? Check there is enough distance between your longest toe, and the tip of the shoe.

- If you’re not comfortable, do not presume the fit will improve in time. Find the shoes that’ll perfectly slip on your feet and make you feel wonderful from the second you put them on.

- Feel the inner part to check if any stitches or bumps might cause inconvenience, irritations or blisters.

- Test the soles. Are they strong enough to protect your feet? Try walking on solid, rough surfaces to see how resistant the soles are.

So, now that you know how to pick the right shoes without compromising on your comfort, it’s time to pay attention to design.

Here are a few style-selecting tips to add that life-changing presence:

How to choose your ultimate shoes that will double your presence in life and get oozes of compliments a day and remind you how special you are.

- Pick the shoes that will match your look and challenge your personality. Encourage a profound change in your style.

- Choose unique colored shoes that will fit your wardrobe and wonderfully upgrade your overall appearance. Colors add freshness and vibrancy.

- Pick the shoes with that intriguing design. You will probably be the only one wearing them in miles. Careful. Unique shoes draw the attention of complementing strangers in the street.

Prepare for ‘where did you get those.’

- Pick the shoes with quality, strong soles, and soft body, because when you’re comfortable, you’re beautiful.

- Search for hand-crafted shoes and feel proud supporting local manufacturing.

You can’t miss fine craft. Quality radiates with the prestige that declares who you are and what interests you.

- Keep away from overused trends. Purchase shoes you can wear for years.