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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

Worship Wednesday: I AM WITH YOU!

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

From Josh: I’m excited today not only because Worship Wednesday has a new permanent home but because today’s post is from someone who has meant a great deal to me over the years. Have you ever known someone who just seems to constantly and consistently point to the truth? No matter what sort of chaos seems to distract and disturb, Eric Hill, is one of those guys who you can rely on to show you what unconditional love looks like and sounds like. He doesn’t just write about it, or preach about it, he lives it! Eric lives outside of Atlanta with his wife Kristen and 3 daughters. You should follow him on Twitter and Facebook.



In Exodus chapter three, God reveals Himself to Moses and speaks to him through a burning bush. He tells Moses that He has seen the misery of the Israelites and has chosen Moses to go before the Pharaoh and deliver them out of Egypt. Moses, feeling overwhelmingly inadequate and incompetent asks, “Who am I, that I should go?” We might think God would give Moses a pep talk here, reminding him of his innate wisdom or natural leadership, but God reassures Moses with a life-breathing, game-changing phrase.

“I will be with you.”

I don’t always ‘feel’ like God is with me.  If I’m really honest, I want signs and wonders.  I want physical proof of His presence.  I want a burning bush too!

The excerpt below (taken from the book ‘Real Church’ by Dr. Larry Crabb) challenges my ‘burning bush syndrome’ to the core.

After he had open-heart surgery that led to two long weeks of life threatening complications and kept him in the hospital, I was driving him home to recuperate.  From the backseat, my 79-year-old father, lying down as best he could, broke a sober silence by quietly saying, “You know, I had many visitors during my difficult hospital stay, and I appreciated every one.  But the one visitor I most wanted to come never showed up.”
Who? I asked with real curiosity.
“God,” he answered.  “I prayed every day that I would feel His presence and I never did.  And I’m so grateful.”
Why?  I blurted out, this time with wild curiosity.
“God counted me worthy to trust what He said in His Word in the absence of His felt presence in my experience.  And His Spirit empowered me to do just that, not without struggle of course.  But I never turned away from Him.  I think that made Him really happy.”
I remember wondering, Who is this man that I’ve called Dad for half a century?  What planet does he live on?  I wanted to go there.  I still do.

“God counted me worthy to trust what He said in His Word in the absence of His felt presence in my experience…”

Wow!  Talk about nailing it.

I will be with you.”

God’s answer really wasn’t about Moses or how well Moses was expected to perform, produce, or even lead.

So it is with us as well.

His answer was then, is now, and always will be, “I will be with you.”

Itʼs first, and foremost, a matter of who you are, because He is with you. The “what, when, where, and how” will follow, if we embrace this truth.

What do you think? What does this mean to you to know that in-spite of your feelings and felt presence God, He emphatically says “I will be with you.” How does this change everything?

Share in the comments below.

Posted on: May 1, 2013

3 Things Great Leaders Teach Us About Reframing Your Vision

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Leadership

Studying and learning from great leaders, past or present, has become a hobby of mine over the years. Mostly because I love history and I love culture. But I love asking the hard questions too and engaging the places of life most simply choose to ignore.

One of those hard questions I have been asking for years is, “what separates those who do great things from those who do not?”

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They are constantly reframing their vision to overcome fear and doubt.The picture above is a great example of someone, who despite the odds, despite fear and opposition, at some point made a choice to use his voice and make a difference. Whether it is Martin Luther King Jr. or Bono, or even the local pastor, they all have one thing in common.

Here are 3 things that great leaders like these can teach you about reframing your vision.

1. Doing great work that matters takes time. If you think about any great building or monument, they don’t get built overnight. Of course character and reputation don’t get built overnight either. The same holds true for the great work you dream of doing. Reframing your vision to understand that any great work truly worth doing will indeed involve the investment of time.

2. Making a difference will always invite critics. This has been witnessed over and over throughout the course of history. It never fails that when you name yourself and name your intentions to do something great, up pops every critic and intimidator seeking to keep you from accomplishing your goals. Reframing these obstacles will be the key to success. Critics’ math by Jon Acuff is a helpful tool.

3. Remaining clear about your purpose is quintessential. Success, fame, and the allure of celebrity will always try to pull you away from your truer purpose. That’s why the get rich quick scheme will always be around. But for you to get to where you want to go, you have to constantly reframe and remain clear about your purpose. Jeff Goins makes this case pretty clear when he talks about writers who write only to get published or noticed instead of just writing because that’s what writers do.

What things have you learned from great leaders, past and present, as you pursue work that matters?

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

I’m excited today because this is the last post on this site. Monday I launch the BRAND NEW thejoshcollins [dot] com and will be releasing my first eBook “The Awesome Manifesto!” You will be able to purchase it on Amazon for a whopping $1.99 but I’d rather give it away to you for free for simply subscribing to my newsletter.

There honestly isn’t much point for a communicator like myself to be in a conversation alone, so I’d love to hear from you and get to know your story too!

Posted on: April 26, 2013

5 Keys To Unlock Where You Want To Go

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Leadership

In the past 15 years of traveling the world and touring full-time with artists and entertainers, inevitably, without fail, I always get asked this question,

“How do you get to do what you’re doing?”


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To which I reply asking them, “Well how do you get to do what you do?”

That’s when the awesomeness starts.  You can see the gears turning and synapses firing in their brains by the look on their face. Then almost without fail, they say, well I’ve never thought of it like that.

And that’s the point.

Rarely, if ever do we think about all the time, effort, and energy spent to get to where we are in the present. All too often, we just look at life and think the grass is greener on the other side. But over time, what I’ve been able to identify and learn from the people I respect and trust the most are 5 Keys To Unlock Where You Want to Go.

  1. Start With You.
  2. Ask For Help.
  3. Be Teachable.
  4. Have A Vision.
  5. Create A Plan Of Action.

Let me explain.

Start With You

Ask yourself the really hard questions. Including the most important: The Why? Be willing to look in the mirror and face the darkness that may result. You’ll only be able to move forward if first you look at yourself.

Ask For Help

It’s important to note that asking for help is not weakness. I’ve talked about the power of asking before and the fact is there are tons of people who would love to offer some kind of help!

Be Teachable

This is such an important key and I can personally account for its truth. Just about every expect in any given field will tell you, they’d rather work with someone less qualified, who is teachable and willing to learn, than someone who has a know it all attitude.

Have A Vision

Having a vision is so crucial to unlocking the door of success. There really is something about having a vision, that attracts others. Think about it this way, if we don’t know what we don’t know, how can we achieve success, if we don’t have a personal vision for what that looks like.

Create A Plan Of Action

While having a vision is essential to success, vision without action, results in nothing. There are hundreds of resources available that can help with creating action plans. Michael Hyatt offers several that I personally love, but whats important is that you stick to whatever plan you come up with readjusting as you go, if needed.

As I began thinking through these steps, I started to see that although they certainly apply to embarking on a new career path, they really apply just about anything in life.

Question for you:

How could these 5 keys help you with where you want to go in life?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: April 4, 2013

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