Nashville Mass Transit – or BUST!

Nashville’s Transit Referendum failed in 2018.

My opinion is that exactly the right thing happened.

That plan had splashes of brilliance in a sea of ill-conceived and illogical notions.

Establishing “nodes” tied into the greenways in areas in need of neighborhood development was the brilliance, albeit perhaps too “visionary”. We’re not aiming for Utopia . . . This transit system has ONE job to do well . . . Transport the workforce from the outlying areas to their jobs in the city.

The rest was a Frankensteinish amalgamation of disfunctional pipedreams.

Thankfully, the sponsors of that plan were dismal marketers. The best parts of their plan were never communicated effectively thereby resulting in the discourse being all about the money. This was an ostrich approach that failed miserably . . . “Let’s conjure up something huge and pretty and focus on getting the funding approved FIRST . . . Then we can muddle through the practicalities of spending that money on a plan that may of may not ever accomplish the ONE job we had” to begin with . . . Establish a transit system that replaces the necessity for Middle Tennesseans to use their automobiles to get from home to work and back home with minimal hassle.

Interestingly, I chose today to write this post, and coincidentally, I see a story in the news that the next transit is queued up to arrive in 2024 . . . hmmm . . . good timing! I hope they read this blog post.

I have a plan I conjured up @ 5 years ago.

This is a plan that the current “Leaders” of Nashville will indubitably NOT adopt because it’s WAY too simple. Politicians don’t understand “simple” . . . without complexity, what would they have to do?

Let’s start with assets we already have . . . Buses.

We already have a bus terminal in the heart of Downtown Nashville.

We’ve got this wonderful road (“Parkway”) called Briley Parkway (Real irony here – but truth – same name as our Mayor). Briley Parkway encircles the city and touches or is close to all 3 of our interstates (24 – 40 – 65) twice each.

Build Parking facilities at or near each of these 6 areas . . . Each of these could begin with simple parking decks and evolve to include “services” (restaurants, bathrooms, etc) and would eventually become Transit (Rail) terminals

  • I 24 @ Harding Place to the southeast
  • I 24 @ Briley Parkway to the Northwest
  • I 40 @ Briley Parkway (White Bridge)/Charlotte to the West
  • I 40 @ Briley Parkway (BNA – Airport) to the East
  • I-65 @ Briley Parkway (Inglewood) to the North
  • I 65 @ Harding Place to the South

Establish BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) with buses running dedicated routes directly from each terminal to the downtown hub and back throughout every day. Begin this NOW!

Now that we’ve got that rolling, let’s start building above ground Rail Transit in the medians of each of the interstates beginning at these 1st terminals and build OUT from the city to 840. (Perhaps other Terminals between Briley and 840 depending on volume.

Once the connection to 840 is complete, shift construction to bring the Rail into the city core and divert the BRT assets to inner city commute.

My plan outlined above should be a fraction of the initial cost of the first proposal because we’re using assets we already own (Buses) and building only 6 parking garages . . . no need for a tunnel under the city. The LAST phase of this plan could end up being that tunnel, but let’s not start with that.

I’d venture to say that, if we were to go with this plan I’ve laid out above, why on earth would we need to wait until 2024 to look at a different plan. This plan could be implemented tomorrow a insanely low cost . . . Just prepare surface parking at eack of the 6 terminal areas and start the BRT NOW!

What d’ya think?

Opportunities are possibilities

You’re smooth sailing along, happy as a lark, and tickled pink that you are where you are doing what you’re doing with not a worry in your world. THIS is EXACTLY the place you’ve wanted to be for all those years of blood, sweat, and tears.

AHHH!

This is comfortable!

The phone rings, and it’s someone you haven’t seen for years . . . She’s calling to talk about an “opportunity” she thinks has your name all over it. These days, the word “Opportunity” sends a red flag up the pole.

Is this the next MLM (Multi-level marketing) scheme, or what?

Your mind works feverishly to figure out how much energy you’re willing to give this new idea.

Do you take the call and listen to the schpiel?

You think about the person who’s calling . . . Would SHE be the type to try to sell you a bill of goods?

Would she risk a relationship with you by trying to sell you stuff you don’t need, or is this truly an opportunity that has potential to be worthwhile – beneficial?

You decide to continue the conversation with your radar on high alert for bullshit. After all, you’re happy and content where you are, doing what you’re doing, so you’ve got nothing to lose by listening.

Next thing ya know, there’s a shift in the conversation that has converted this “Opportunity” into “POSSIBILITIES” . . . Blood pressure rises and you sit up on full alert.

You’re doing your best to poke holes in this scheme because it sounds too good to be true.

This is the point at which I pause the game by saying: “I’m interested enough to do some diligence around this idea. Will you email me any info regarding this opportunity, so I can do some homework and then call you next week?”

If that question results in a hard sell approach: “If you don’t take advantage of this TODAY, you’re going to miss out on this great pricing” then the conversation is over. That question communicates to me that the caller is more interested in getting my sale than being sure that this thing is right for me now.

Next week rolls around, and I’ve researched and have decided not to pursue the project, so I write a letter that is full of gratitude for having the opportunity to consider this possibility, but respectfully declining.

This is REAL gratitude because, during that week of considering options, I did a lot of soul searching and thinking and taking stock of where I am with whom doing what we’re doing . . . This opportunity gave me the gift of taking some time to clarify my purpose and worth and usefulness doing what I’m doing.

Guess what?

EXACTLY the right things are happening now . . . and I WILL answer the phone next time it rings.

Keep on growing and stretching especially when you’re content.

Maybe it’s time to get wobbly

Even the top notch notch performers have bad days.

In fact, some of these elite masters might even have a bad week – or bad month – – or bad year(s).

Tiger Woods won Major Tournaments in every year from 1996 – 2009

Then this:

2012 (3)
74. AT&T National
73. The Memorial
72. Arnold Palmer Invitational

2013 (5)
79. WGC Bridgestone Invitational
78. The Players Championship
77. Arnold Palmer Invitational
76. WGC Cadillac Championship
75. Farmers Insurance Open

2018 (1)
80. Tour Championship

2019 (1)
81. The Masters

What happened?

2010 broke the winning streak, and consistency all but disappeared culminating in ZERO wins for a 5 year period.

Tiger Woods didn’t quit during those down years. For sure, he had some “issues” happening in his life (Health, relationship, etc) that were huge distractions for his career. I don’t, for a minute, believe Tiger ever quit. He was in a MAJOR funky slump.

This happens to all of us. When things are going well, we are in rhythm. Opportunities seem to present themselves. Of course, we must do the work of seizing these opportunities and getting the most from them.

It seems that there are opportunities than we can handle, and this feels great because we can start making some choices. We can begin to specialize and be more choosey about who we will serve what and where.

These winning streaks happen because we are doing the right things consistently and diligently. We are “ON our game”

Then it comes to a grinding HALT, and the stuff we’ve been doing that has always worked mysteriously stops working.

Where’d the good mojo go?

Lest ye starve, you’ve gotta do something to get back into production.

STOP! Doing the same things isn’t yielding the same or better results, so it’s likely time to take your flow out of balance.

Pause the game!

Think back to that 1st successful year of business you had eons ago.

What did you do then to build the business from scratch?

I’m betting it was along the lines of Building a database, feeding it every day, and communicating with all of your peeps in a systematic way.

In short . . . you put your full effort into building relationships with everyone in your sphere of influence.

Those are the relationships that lead to business.

Now that those relationships are re-established, you can return to your healthy rhythm and flow.

Channeling Freedom Shock to good purpose

Freedom Shock is unbridled passion!

These things – obstacles – shackles – chains – overbearing people – stupid rules . . .

They hinder our creativity.

They’re holding us back.

Sometimes, they’re self imposed limiting beliefs or believed boundaries.

We’ve been told this cannot be done – It’s impossible, so don’t even waste your time trying it.

Some folks will say you’ll make a fool of yourself if you do that.

Others will say they tried it, and it didn’t work for them, so it won’t work for you.

I say: What if they’re WRONG?

How long will we allow “them” to define our realized potential?

How great will it feel to prove them WRONG when we try and succeed at that which everyone thought not possible?

For sure, that’ll be a great feeling . . . exhilarating to say the least.

We will want to celebrate, and we SHOULD celebrate!

Beware the energy of Freedom Shock. This is that adrenaline rush we get when we achieve the impossible. Pure energy bursting forth . . . POWERFUL energy that, if channeled appropriately, can propel the accomplishment to even higher degrees of success.

This is where wisdom is important. Wisdom knows that “unbridled passion” can be dangerous if not channeled towards useful purpose . . . resulting in “flash in the pan” – “Burn-out” – “Crash and Burn” – “short-lived” pursuits that dash dreams.

This we CAN control!

Are your 2019 Goals still relevant?

For many folks, May is about that time of year when folks start realizing they’ve fallen off the wagon of diligently pursuing their goals for the year. We don’t do this intentionally. It happens naturally as we gravitate towards that comfort zone where life is a bit less dynamic. It’s nice to be “familiar territory.”

Next thing ya know, you’re having the same 2019 as was 2018 – and 2017 – and 2016

Is it time to adjust and renew our vows/commitments in 2019?
Can you believe it?
We’re 1/3 the way through 2019 already!
Where are you with respect to your goals for the year?
Do you see need for adjustment of your priorities?
What are you doing now that isn’t providing the benefit you thought you’d get from it?
If you’re disappointed, what happened?
Have you (honestly) given it your ALL?
Most folks who don’t achieve their goals blame the goal and/or process . . . when the reality is usually lack of consistent effort and focus.
Those folks who trust the process and simply DO go further faster – Just ask the hare!
Unless, of course, it’s time for a change – a shift – new goals.
If that’s the case for you, now is a great time to shift your mindset to permission based goal setting. We are all in a world full of opportunity, and it’s up to us to claim our individual fair share of the unlimited abundance available.

Trust the process of setting goals and achieving them.

Trust the people who help you by supporting your efforts and holding you accountable.

and THRIVE!