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Perhaps You’re Doing it Wrong

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

“Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey”

Have you ever heard that phrase? It’s pretty much the shortcut to remember which way things turn and it’s question #4 on the test of manhood. Except it’s not always right.

For example, if you’re trying to put new pedals on a bicycle by following the above rule, than you’re going to quickly become frustrated because they screw on the opposite way. Having three kids, I learned this the hard way, and taught my neighbor this the other day as well.

Perhaps You're Doing It Wrong

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Sometimes rules and shortcuts aren’t as helpful as we think they are. (tweet that)

We are a people of habit though and we love our rituals. We can’t help it. Our brains are designed so that once a habit is learned, neural pathways are formed that make that habit easier over time.

That’s the physiology behind developing discipline and habits. That’s also why changing habits are so incredibly hard. There’s only one problem with that though. Habits and discipline don’t always lead to doing things the right way. And what is the right way anyways?

One of my most favorite stories takes place in John 21.

Let me set the scene for you.

Some of Jesus’ disciples are out at night on the lake fishing. Again. That’s what they did after all, and I can only imagine that normally they gained some peace and clarity from that exercise. Only today is different.

It’s been awhile since their teacher, leader, mentor, Jesus, was brutally killed and they all ran and fled like scared little kids. They probably weren’t feeling too good about themselves. So they went out to do something that normally made them feel good. They were doing things the same way they always had, they were doing it the right way, or so they thought, but it wasn’t working.

They weren’t catching any fish.

Then, as the sun is coming up, from a distance they see a man on the shore. He was calling out to them, and asked them if they had caught anything. With what I can only imagine sounded like shame, they responded with a no.

What follows next is perhaps the most amazing sentence for you to read today.

He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in. (verse 6)

Can you just imagine what that moment must have felt like?

Of course they come ashore and realize it’s Jesus and are elated even further.

What this has made me realize is that for quite some time this year I’ve been doing some things according to what others have said is the right way, or even by what I have thought to be the right way. But frankly, it hasn’t been working out all too well. So I’ll be spending the fall on changing things up and trying new ways of doing things.

I won’t go into more specifics now, but let me ask you this question.

Are you doing whatever it is you’re doing, because someone has said it’s the right way of doing it? Is it producing the results you want?

If it is, then great! Ignore this and move on, but if not then dig a little deeper with me.

Maybe it’s time to throw your nets on the other side of the boat and see what happens.

Maybe it’s time to ignore those people telling you how to do it and maybe it’s time for you to write your own script.

What are you doing that could benefit from throwing your nets on the other side of the boat?

Posted on: September 11, 2013

Why You Need To Have An Experience Architect On Your Team Yesterday!

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

Without taking up too much time going into the many details of what an Experience Architect is, and how they are the biggest reason why you are not engaging  your audiences, watch the latest ad from Apple.

Having such a large focus on the “experience” of their products from top to bottom, is one of the primary reasons why Apple remains a juggernaut of innovation and success.

It’s a part of their DNA, and probably in my opinion, the greatest facet of the late Steve Jobs’ legacy.

I’ve been saying this for years, and every one I’ve coached or worked with has benefited greatly from it, but if you’re focus isn’t on how your audience experiences you, then you’re missing out on the greatest opportunities to make change and impact the world around you.

Everything is about the experience.

And everything creates an experience.

Each any every interaction we have throughout our day provides us with an experience. The reality is most of the time, we just aren’t present enough to pay attention and recognize them.

Billions and billions of dollars are spent every year to help create experiences that will either result in us buying one product instead of another or visiting one destination instead of the other.  In the case of politics, billions of dollars are even spent to convince us that one person is more trust-worthy and therefore more electable than someone else.

I love the example that Starbucks provide.  With Starbucks, you have not only great coffee in my opinion, but a rich, warm, inviting atmosphere.  An atmosphere, by the way, that just seems to attract beautiful things.  I mean seriously, it never fails, there are always beautiful people in Starbucks.  Have you ever noticed that before?  And what do these beautiful people more often than not have in front of them, a beautiful Apple product.

A simple convergence of awesome.

And that’s by design, folks!

If you haven’t read Howard Schultz’s book “Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time,”  then you should.  It’s incredibly insightful about the attention to detail, and deliberate ways they go about creating their experiences.  They have invested countless numbers of resources into the research, experimentation and ultimately the creation of those experiences, all with long term goals in mind.

Apple and Starbucks give us just one version of powerful awesome experiences.

Have you ever had an awesome concert experience?

I’m thinking along the lines of U2, Coldplay, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Fish, or even Mumford & Sons.

What do they all have in common?

They deliver awesome performances which create awesome experiences!

I could go on and on specifically about this, but each and every facet of their performance and production posses such a high value that they reinforce one another and therefore provide continuity throughout.

It’s no wonder people become fans for life, and say things like going to a U2 concert changed their life.

There is tremendous raw power in the awesome experience.

There is no doubt in my mind that we have been uniquely created with a very specific vacuum inside each and every one of us.  And that space, that vacuum, can only be touched and accessed thru the power of the awesome, authentic experience.

And when that space is accessed, that’s when change happens.

That’s when movements are created.

That’s where culture can be created or shifted.

What awesome experiences have you had lately?

How have they inspired you or touched you personally?

How could having an Experience Architect on your team help you get to the next level?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Posted on: June 17, 2013

Intent Is King

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience, Leadership

Do you want to know what Creating the Awesome is all about?

Do you want to know the secret to creating Awesome Experiences in your life that are sure to impact the world around you?

Then watch this video below. In it, John Hockenberry gives a Ted Talk about design and the secret to all good design. The beautiful thing, as he alludes to, is that this secret goes way beyond just design.


Intent is everything.

Ever heard the phrase being intentional?

Leaders often use the term respond as opposed to react, and the assumption is that a response includes intent, where as a reaction is uncontrolled and chaotic.

All of us can relate to this in one shape or another. I know I have asked my kids several times about their intent after hitting their brother or sister. Most of the time their answer and our answer to a question of intent remains unanswered.

And that’s the problem isn’t it.

Most of the time, we live life without intent. We are on auto-pilot, cruise-control, standby, waiting for something to drop, hoping something will change.

Change involves intent.

It requires it.

No, scratch that, it demands it!

Sure it’s easy to imagine something like an engineer designing a car with intent, and certainly we would all be first in line to blast that same said engineer if the opposite was true, but how much more is true for you today?

Are you loving your kids with intent?

Are you loving your neighbors with intent?

Are you leading your family, church, team, executives, or volunteers with intent?

Probably not, and that’s ok if average and ordinary is all you’re after.

But Creating the Awesome and creating Awesome Experiences that engage others in ways that manifest a rippling effect in our world will require intent.

Perhaps it’s time to say to yourself, enough is enough and live with intent.

How could living with intent dramatically change the way you go about living your life?

Share your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear them!

Posted on: June 7, 2013

Change comes from being present.

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

Have you ever noticed in the New Testament, especially the gospels, that whenever a story is being told about Jesus, it always begins with something like: “then Jesus crossed the lake, and people gathered, or Jesus came to a place and a crowd began to form?”

Why is that?

Why is it, that wherever Christ went, people followed and seemed to always gather?

There are TONS of obvious christian platitudes that would serve as very good answers here, but I’m trying to look deeper.  

I’m trying to connect with why that doesn’t still happen today.

It makes sense to me that God incarnate, God made flesh, would attract people to himself.

  1. First of all, He’s God.
  2. Second of all, there has never ever been anything like him before.  He speaks differently, he acts differently, and he reacts differently.
  3. Lastly, there are the stories spreading like wildfire, about all the amazing miracles he is performing.

Those things naturally make sense to me.  And since I know that we have been created to be in relationship with Him and wired to worship Him, I can see why in New Testament times, that happened.

But still, why doesn’t it seem to be happening anymore?

How come each and every statistic out there say that a large percentage of 18-35 year olds are leaving the church in droves?

Now I’m an expert at many many things, but this I would never come close to being an expert at but I wonder and believe that its probably because you are I aren’t really that different from anyone else.  

I mean we don’t really stand out that much.

  1. Our speech patterns aren’t that different.
  2. Our giving patterns aren’t that different.
  3. Our families aren’t that different.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that may sound harsh and crawl up on some people toes’ a bit, but can we just be honest with one another for a few more minutes?

Scripture tells us in James 2:22 that

“You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.” (NLT)

So what else are we going to reasonably and logically conclude about our lives other than, our faith and our actions, quite simply don’t really attract all that much.

So what’s the response then, you may be asking?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!

I’m convinced, now more than ever, that the journey to living authentic lives, that result in actions of profound faith, attract our culture like bugs to our windshields, and dynamically effect, not just our families, but the world at large, is wrapped up in being present.

I plan on unpacking this further in my e-book that is coming out soon, so be looking for that, (shameless plug I know) but let me just briefly state, that being present is much bigger than simply “living in the moment.”  

Living in the moment is culture’s way of tempting us to do whatever we want whenever we want.

Thats not the Gospel! 

You see, I believe with all my heart that the Americanized version of church we have today, is on the verge of a massive renewal and revival.  I believe that as much as I believe what I’m breathing in right now, as I type this, is called oxygen.  

The question for us all today is:

What are you and I going to do?

How will we respond?

Posted on: February 27, 2013

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