Don’t Treat Your Life Like a Roundabout

Photo of a yield sign at the entrance to a roundabout

Roundabouts are becoming more and more prevalent in the United States. Many cities are taking a closer look at building modern roundabouts as an alternative to intersections controlled by traffic signals. The research is pretty clear that roundabouts offer distinct safety advantages to regular intersections. Roundabouts typically experience far fewer crashes; and those crashes that do occur are of a far less serious nature.

One of the primary rules for driving through a modern roundabout is to yield to traffic already in the circle. Yield signs are typically installed on the entrance legs to a roundabout. This is very different from other roadway circles that are either controlled by traffic signals (many of this type can be found in the DIstrict of Columbia) or have a yield to entering traffic rule.

Are you treating your certain aspects of your life like a roundabout?  I sometimes feel like I am doing that. I started this blog last year with grandiose plans to blog at least every other week and possibly every week. But I quickly lost what little momentum I had and started making up all sorts of excuses in my own brain: I’m too busy; I don’t have enough time; plenty of others are already blogging.  And that last excuse is like a roundabout. I was yielding to those already in the circle. But then the problem was that I never got in the circle. I was frozen on the outside looking in; never taking the opportunity to go in the circle.

So now I’m going to try and get in there. I may have set the bar a little too high on my first go around. Your goals should be both ambitious and realistic. Once a week blogging was ambitious but not realistic for me with a regular day job, a wonderful wife, two very active boys, a sometimes hectic travel schedule, and a lawn to mow. But twice a year seems a bit unambitious (even though I could probably hit that with very little effort).

So instead of treating some aspect of your life like a roundabout; treat it more like a freeway entrance ramp. Start it up, accelerate, and merge in with others already on the freeway. You can always take an exit if you find a more interesting place to go. Need some help? Then I strongly urge you to get Jon Acuff’s new book: Start. You’ll find a link to it on my Good Reads page.