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Even When Lebron Loses, He’s A Winner!

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Leadership

I’m not the biggest basketball fan. More like a casual observer, but when it comes championship time, I’m tuned in.

The other night Lebron James and the Miami Heat were completely blown out in-game 3 of the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.

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Afterwards, while still sweating and cooling down from the game, Lebron, surrounded by reporters in the locker room, was asked dozens and dozens of questions. Most of which he just simply answered by saying he had to be better, play better, shoot better, etc.

But then one reporter asked him a question, that caused Lebron to turn his head and look directly at him.

His question?

It’s hard to hear, but it was something along the lines of how did it feel to get beat so bad.

Ouch, right?

The best part was Lebron’s response. It was awesome.

“It’s just one game. Doesn’t matter how many points you score. It’s still just one game.”

WOW!

Lebron’s still sweating from the game, and some reporter is trying to put it to him by asking him a question like that, and he just simply says, listen, it’s just one game. You have to win 4 to get the trophy.

That’s awesome.

That’s perspective.

That’s BIG picture thinking.

That’s what set’s people apart from those that Create the Awesome and those that do not.

Not everyone will be a Lebron James, nor should everyone try. But no one can be you or ever will be!

I’ve heard it said over and over again, and have finally began to believe it myself, but when we change the story we tell ourselves, we change our world!

Change the story, change the world! [awesome starts with tweeting that]

So what if one thing or another today doesn’t go our way, Creating the Awesome is more a marathon, than a sprint.

What change in perspective do you need in order to stay focused on the bigger picture and move past the temporary disappointments and setbacks?

Leave a comment in the comments below!

Posted on: June 13, 2013

Learning How To Hit The Reset Button Through Gratitude

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

People have often come to me over the years looking for a new way to see a set of problems or for new ideas on how to solve a particular issue. I love when this happens because I am great at solving problems, coming up with new ideas, and I get a tremens amount of joy from listening to the stories of other people. I especially love being a part of any story where obstacles and fears are overcome.

Believe it or not one of the greatest needs I see in solving problems is the need for hitting the reset button. And because I’ve needed this myself, I decided I would share my process on how I’ve learned to do it.

First of all, hitting the reset button on any given problem, circumstance or conflict doesn’t happen automatically by a simple 3 pronged approach. Life and it’s hurdles are far too dynamic and complex for that. But what I have learned through some very hard providences and difficult lessons is that by taking this initial step, many times the necessary shift is created, leading me to a fundamental reset.

This initial step I’m referring to begins and ends with gratitude.

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Photo Credit: mtsofan via Compfight cc

I love what Einstein says about gratitude,

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Einstein

Isn’t that true? We can either act like we have all the power and can control everything or we can find rest through gratitude.

Now when times are tough, conflicts are intense, and life seems overwhelming, getting to a genuine place of gratitude can be a challenging feat in and of itself, but luckily there is a short cut. It’s called a gratitude list.

I have written gratitude lists time and time again over the years and each and every time I ended up in a much better place then when I started. Here is the list I needed to write out last week:

  1. I’m grateful for my family, I don’t deserve to be loved as well as I am by them.
  2. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, too many people in the world are struggling and currently do not have the safety and security that I do.
  3. I’m grateful to have a job. Even if it’s not perfect and even if it requires I occasionally preserver through the mundane, I know far too well what it feels like to not have one, so therefore I’m grateful I do.
  4. I’m grateful my kids are not going hungry at night. This is a blessing.
  5. I’m grateful to be have several people I could call at a moments notice and they would answer and remind me of who I really am.
  6. I’m grateful that I can call any one of those people and they would also remind me that I’m out of touch, and missing the point.
  7. I’m grateful that I can feel, and am in touch with my emotions. I’m present.
  8. I’m grateful that I’m healthy and have access to the basic necessities of life.
  9. I’m grateful that I live in the United States.
  10. I’m grateful that I am today, one step farther down the road then I was yesterday.

Now I’m not a big self help advocate, quite the opposite actually, but I have to give props where props are due. And in this case I have to give some props to the king of self help himself, Tony Robbins. He famously says, “When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears.”

The simple fact is that when we change the story we’re telling ourselves, we change our world. That’s the power of gratitude! [you can tweet that if you like]

Here’s some thoughts for you:

First of all, what are some things on your gratitude list? 

How can hitting the reset button with gratitude impact the way you engage and connect with those around you?

Lastly, what are some of your tips on hitting the reset button in life?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: May 13, 2013

The Top 6 Reasons Why There Should Be One Other Person Who Knows Everything About You

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

As a communicator, I have spent my entire life believing and living the importance of community. Even before I had the proper language or knew how to appropriately name what this groaning was in my inner-most being, I knew that life somehow was better when spent in the crucible of community.

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What the story of my life, thus far, has given me, as it pertains to community, are some pretty clear distinctions as to why it is so important. So I’ve put together the top 6 reasons why there should be at least one other person who knows everything about you.

1. We were created to be in relationship. This should be obvious but what’s surprising is the simple fact that our actions will always speak louder than our words. And our actions tell one another that we would often times rather be left alone, leaving each other alone, in order to not be bothered, or bother, as well as not be disturbed in our own way of thinking. It’s clear though, through the creation story that even God noticed and declared it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18).What the story of my life, thus far, has given me, as it pertains to community, are some pretty clear distinctions as to why it is so important. So I’ve put together the top 6 reasons why there should be at least one other person who knows everything about you.

2. Community provides us with the evidence that we are not alone. I don’t think I can quite describe the first “Aha” moment I had, when I realized I wasn’t the only one who struggled with one thing or another. Having the rush of peace sweep over me, forever convincing me that I’m no longer alone, is something everyone deserves to experience. C.S. Lewis describes this well in his work, The Four Loves.

“Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.”
… It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision – it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.”

3. Being known helps us stay grounded and avoid entitlements. This proves true over and over again. Even last night having a conversation with a friend, I was describing a situation and how I was feeling and he quickly replied that how I was reacting sounded like an old tape I was telling myself. When we expose ourselves and invite others to speak into our lives, we provide the right conditions for growth.

4. Corrects our vision, reframing our perspective to know we are not at the center of the universe. Perspective is such a powerful tool. Have you ever heard the phrase change the story, change your world? What and how we think absolutely shapes how we react to the world around us. And when we open ourselves up to community and invite relationship, we actually create the mechanisms that can help us change the stories we tell ourselves.

5. Because it heals and gives us peace. If you have ever participated in any kind of counseling or therapy you know this to be true. There is a direct correlation between vulnerability and the amount of healing and peace we experience. The beauty of what happens when we unburden ourselves with our secrets is we allow room for the peace and healing to take their place.

6. Life is most abundant and fulfilling when enjoyed through the context of community. Consider for a moment the opposite, if we held on tight to our secret selves, not trusting another human being, not loving another human being, what a sad place that would create. Once again we gain some tremendous wisdom from C.S. Lewis in The Four Loves.

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

Here’s a question for you today.

Is there at least one other person who knows everything about you, every secret, every dream, every passion? If not perhaps it’s time there was.

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

Posted on: April 22, 2013

Worship Wednesday: Making Soup

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

From Josh: Its Worship Wednesday and if you’re new to the.josh.collins [dot] com then welcome and thanks for stopping by! Today’s post is a guest post from a dear friend of mine, David Hampton [@dbh4asong]. He is the Worship Pastor at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tn. You can find his brilliance here.

I was part of an interesting discussion recently with staff members from various churches and denominational backgrounds on the subject of worship. Ultimately, we found ourselves discussing instrumental configurations, styles, song choices, form, and tradition all encapsulated by the topic, “what makes great worship?”

It soon occurred to me that what I was hearing sounded akin to a couple who when asked to describe true love responded with talking about their terrific sex life. Not much about chasing one another around the kitchen requires truly loving devotion and not much about our “great worship” makes us true worshippers.

Back to the discussion with my friends, after I challenged the conversation with my somewhat base analogy they asked me in what context I viewed true worship.

After taking a moment I said, “Until we view things like making soup as an act of worship then we will never have a proper view of what it means to truly give God his worth with the daily parts of our lives and we will always feel as if we have to abdicate to the experts on Sunday to do it for us. We will have a very codependent relationship with experience if we lose site of the ordinary miracles in the moment. What the church needs to know is that when we lead worship it is we, the ‘worship leaders’ making our soup. We just happen to make our soup in front of a lot of people. My soup happens to include art, story, and music. You’re soup may be literally making a meal for a friend who is on her second round of chemo. The Sunday Soup was never meant to be THE soup.”

If the main thing that comes up when we talk about worship is how we do it then we are very much like the people mistaking love for how often they swing from the chandeliers together. If our view of worship is one that understands sacrifice and living a life that matters we are less likely to be satisfied with simply slurping down the soup that someone else serves up to us once a week hoping they season it to suit our own persnickety taste buds. Trust me, my Sunday Soup will never be so good that it will quench our need to glorify God in the unseen moments of our daily lives.

I understand that when a bunch of consumers come together and decide to call themselves a church, expressions of art, music, and story in worship will be a matter of specific taste (and even propriety in the opinions of some). However, the more we can see ourselves as part of a body of past, present, and future soup makers we can begin to embrace their various expressions and place less focus on our need to brand the soup.

Maybe it would be a good thing for our perspectives of worship and intimate relationships alike to step back from the hooha and just make soup together.

From Josh: Be sure to click on over to David’s site and subscribe to his blog, I promise you won’t regret it!

What do you think it would look like for your worship to resemble this idea of making soup?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: April 3, 2013

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