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The Importance Of Solving Our Identity Crisis

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

I love asking questions. Thats one of the things I’ve always been really good at in life. There is something about my personality, I suppose, that just looks at the world around me and wrestles asking the really hard questions.

Usually rarely, if ever, do I come up with great answers, but I definitely love to ask great questions.

So one of the things that creates in me is a constant desire to learn.


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So as someone, who is stepping out and trying to create something new, I continue to be amazed over and over again when I read someone else’s expert opinion on how to build something successful. My mind is always wrestling with ideas, and looking at the unknown, asking why. Which in part, is why I  digest a tremendous amount of information, reading on average 2 books a month searching for answers to those questions.

What I’ve learned though, by looking at the so-called experts, is that there is a very seductive, secretive trap lying in wait for you and I.

That trap leads to struggling to fit into one of their tiny boxes in an attempt to do what you’re attempting to do. Which, at its core, is an identity crisis.

I’ve read many a writer, author, and blogger talk about this issue and reference it to finding your voice. Of course they will all advise finding your voice and sticking to it, and then immediately suggest to do any 3 of the next 6 steps, to be more successful.

Awesome right?

Well, the more I experience this and struggle with it myself, I realize that this identity crisis is about a whole lot more than just discovering your voice. It actually is the very foundation from which, you step out in the world and engage everything around you.

I love how Tim Keller says this:

Our need for worth is so powerful that whatever we base our identity and value on we essentially ‘deify.’ We will look to it with all the passion and intensity of worship and devotion, even if we think ourselves as highly irreligious.

My point is this.

Inside you exists a war and one of the biggest battles in that war is being fought over identity. [Tweet that and you’ll be awesome.]

Until you solve this crisis of your identity, everything you touch, create, build, write, sing, and do, will be tainted, misaligned and therefore ineffective.

There is hope though! Oh so much hope!

The hope is found in the fact that you do not need to figure this out for yourself. It has already been done. You merely just need to step into it. I’ve written a short little eBook called The Awesome Manifesto that discusses that and you can have it for free! That’s right, F-R-E-E!

Just sign up to the newsletter and you’ll be taken to a page that will instruct you on the rest of the details.

Are you wrestling with this same identity crisis and how is it effecting the stuff you create? 

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Josh Collins

Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.

Posted on: April 8, 2013

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