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For The Record!!! I haven’t lost my mind but I have lost my car; on purpose! It’s no secret that my Jackie and I have made a semi-radical shift by moving into Midtown Atlanta from the suburbs of Johns Creek. Some of the unintended consequences of a downsized super urban lifestyle may surprise you.

For example, the subject of this article, ditching my vehicle. An audacious move by most native Atlantan standards….. well at least for my suburban Atlantan friends. Atlanta is quite a car town; frankly a status symbol by which most cast some level of judgment upon you and your status in society.

 

Uber for productivity no name

 

For in-towners or as we say ITP (for Non-Atlantans, that means “Inside The Perimeter” which encompasses the city) not having a vehicle to maintain and pay to park is quite normal. This new Midtown lifestyle has made me want to follow suit. So, after a few weeks of experimenting I have completely made the shift to being “car-less”. Below are some of the details about my move into this new era of a Mass-Transit/Uber combination and increased productivity.

Utilizing Mass Transit in Atlanta means using MARTA , our light rail system that operates within the Metro Area only. A train station conveniently located just behind our building means being able to hop on a train and avoid traffic all the way to the perimeter of the city or slightly beyond. From there, I simply request an Uber or Lyft service to carry me through the remainder of my journeys. Have you tried Uber? Give it a try for Free by using my Invite Code: n9sns

This combination allows someone else to do the driving and navigating while I safely return calls, e-mails, texts, social media messages and more. Not to mention the absolutely freeing feeling of being unencumbered.

 

Allowing someone else to drive has literally doubled my productivity!

Time

Utilizing the travel time to enhance the service to our Drive Planning Members or Team Members is extremely valuable. Likely an hour or more is gained each day on the days that I travel to our offices located in Sandy Springs or Johns Creek; both in the northern parts of Atlanta. These tasks being completed during travel time allows me new freedom at the end of each day in not having to do them once I’ve arrived at home.

Cost

Living in town has presented itself with some additional expenses that OTP (Outside The Perimeter) friends do not have to endure. One small cost is simply Parking your vehicle. In my case, that meant $50 per month at home plus each time you go somewhere.

In addition, there is the actual cost of ownership of a vehicle. Fortunately, I did not have a car note, but there are still gasoline, maintenance and insurance costs that are always present. For me…. Not anymore.

Stress

Road Rage or any kind of rage quite frankly has never been my thing. I tend to operate at a pretty stress free level. I know who my creator is and that he loves me, I have a great wife and family; generally feeling grateful for most things. Therefore, I wasn’t a stressful driver. Moving into Midtown and opening an office here meant that I didn’t drive near as much anymore (only a couple days per week) but when I did it was usually a time where I still wanted to be productive. You can read about my drive time in a recent article, Making the Most of Traffic. Even with a stress free nature and making the most of the time it has felt good to turn the driving over to someone else.
I will conclude by saying, I will miss the occasional rush of accelerating through an open winding road, the great suspension and handling of my Infiniti G35x! The lifestyle of walking to my new Drive Planning – Midtown office, increased pace and productivity has improved me as a person. So, for now I’ll stick with this new “car-less” commuter role until it’s time for another change. Thankfully, I’ve learned that change almost always means growth and that we certainly always need growth.

 

What are your thoughts? Could you go “car-less”? Connect with me for a conversation on Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

 

Stay Tuned for more information on my upcoming book for Financial Professionals. Advisor’s Edge: The Sharp Edge of The Skilled Advisor – How to create the financial practice you’ve always desired.

Waiting

May 26, 2017 — Leave a comment

Waiting

 

Why are you waiting? What are you waiting for? These questions may be haunting to you. Haunting particularly if you aren’t one who makes decisions easily. For the indecisive person they are waiting on well….. almost everything. Indecision or the mere unsettled nature of waiting creates tension, stress and holds you back from the life you desire.

“He who knows others is wise: he who knows himself is enlightened”

                                    –  Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher

Understanding your ability or inability to make decisions is hyper-critical to one’s success in business and life.  Early in the Discovery Phase of Drive Planning’s #BeIntentional process are efforts to gain a deeper understanding of you and where your strengths lie. One method of self-discovery is understanding someone’s Kolbe A Index. This measurement seeks to find your strengths in four categories; Fact Finder, Follow Through, Quick Start and Implementer. You can learn more about this from a previous blog post, How To Find Your Superpower.

For now, let’s get back to the person who is playing the waiting game. Referencing the Kolbe A Index, I have found that most often times those who struggle with taking the step tend to score high in the Fact Finder category of the Kolbe Testing. To generalize, a high Fact Finder is always seeking more information prior to deciding. Even when intuitively they know it is a decision that is likely in their best interest.

Not surprisingly to me; the most successful people are great decision makers and do not always need all the facts to support their decision. This “Quick Start” wiring is the makeup of most of the CEO’s and business leaders in America.

The brilliant Seth Godin recently wrote, Facts are not the antidote to doubt. A brilliant blog post citing that indecision is almost always rooted in fear. He continues by stating, enrollment or engagement is the way to earn trust and ultimately move forward.

So, my encouragement to anyone who is waiting to move forward is that you begin with a deep understanding of your personal DNA or simply how you are wired. This journey in self-discovery may help you to identify areas where you are operating out of fear. It may help you to realize that there are areas where you may not have all the facts but you need to trust by engaging.

 

Maxwell Getting Started

 

My goal, along with each of the Drive Planning Team members, is to help you go further faster. If there is a decision you need to make or something that you know that you should do; allow us to encourage you to have faith or possibly assist you with understanding your best next step.

 

October 4, 1993: The Mogadishu Mile

Our troops are under fire. Casualties are mounting and The US Army Rangers Commander instructs a young Ranger to Drive the Humvee! He responds, “But sir, I’ve been shot!”. The Army Ranger Commander, “Everyone’s been shot! Drive The Humvee!”

This scene was portrayed in Director, Ridley Scott’s 2002 movie Black Hawk Down. Follow this link to watch The Mogadishu Mile Scene.

 

Drive the Humvee

 

This past weekend I spent 3 days at The Souly Business Conference. Set on beautiful Lake Allatoona at Camp High Harbor; 200 men have gathered each quarter for the past 14 years to experience the grace of Jesus and the acceptance, love and fellowship within this community of men. I highly recommend Souly Business to any man who desires to experience life with a community of men who strive for greater authenticity, intentionality and purpose.

 

While at Souly Business we had the honor of hearing from Retired US Army Colonel Paul Trotti, Sr. on the topic, Finishing Well. His presence and resume certainly gave him credibility to speak on the subject. He recounted The Mogadishu Mile Scene in Black Hawk Down from his friend’s perspective, The US Army Ranger Commander, played by actor Tom Sizemore in the movie. Colonel Trotti a commanding silver haired man in fatigues, combat boots and an impressive physique for anyone, particularly someone near 70 years of age.

 

Colonel Trotti, a regular attendee to Souly Business knows that all humans, certainly men, are broken. Broken in that we all struggle with regret, lack of confidence, guilt, greed, impure hearts and this list could go on and on, ultimately sin. However, his encouragement was that we are all in this together and that everyone has a past, “we’ve all been shot.” Though wounded we can’t allow that to define us. We must pick ourselves up and keep living intentionally in order to finish well. Certainly a message that sounds familiar to our Drive Planning Members!

 

If this message finds you at a point of despair or wanting to give up. Remember We’ve all been shot. You aren’t alone nor should you try and work it all out alone. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss moving forward in a group or simply with greater accountability.

 

The group of guys (My Northpoint Men’s Leadership Group) that I attended with became a much closer Band of Brothers over the weekend.  If you aren’t familiar with the idea of a Band of Brothers, follow this link to David Robertson’s article, Band of Brothers. Personally, I am thankful to have them in my life.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

 

As a group, we have adopted the rallying cry, Drive the Humvee! So, I’ll finish with this; We all have experiences, great ones and not so great ones in our past. In Christ, you are forgiven. Regardless of how wounded you may feel, it may be time for you to Drive the Humvee and Finish Well!