The Gift of Experience

by Hugh Anthony, Certified Lifestyle Speaker • Author • Lifestyle Coach

Is there a greater gift you can give than leisure time? Is there any more important present to bestow upon yourself and the person you love than the chance to make quality time to see and experience the world, to enjoy new experiences, to interact with friends [current and new] to have their life irrevocably altered through the act of leisure time and the adventure of experience?

 

Are you making time for self and others to experience the beauty that is alive around you? Have you had the chance to meditate to sound of nature’s beauty, share a cup of coffee, a meal or sent a thank you card to show your appreciation? Or did you treat yourself to an ice-cream, a trip to the local market [for art & craft | fruits | antique shopping] or a trip to the art gallery, a musical, a concert, a play, the movies or a spa weekend? Or better yet, supporting a local initiative [entrepreneurial or lifestyle] in your community or travel to help make a difference?

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In a study conducted by both the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management; the researchers found that “there’s been a growing body of work that suggests that from a happiness perspective, a good way to spend your money is buying experiences rather than material goods. Research finds that people are much happier and that happiness is lasting when treating themselves to a nice dinner or going on vacation or going to a concert, rather than buying the latest electronic or a piece of jewelry. That is something for everyone to keep in mind when they’re purchasing for themselves.”

Related Article: The Science of Gifting, How to Pick a Better Present

 

The gift of experience and quality leisure time allows you to bask or relish in the moment. One of the reasons that giving yourself, others and even your clients the gift of leisure experiences, it is better because you always have that memory or help create memories [life moments] for others they can remember for long time to come.

In his article, The Power of Curiosity Tosh Kashdan cites that one of the keys to happiness is cultivating and exercising our innate curiosity. Experience is the fuel to satisfy our curiosity because it brings us more happiness than possessions do. Furthermore, curiosity helps us as human beings by bringing our minds to a state of active interest or genuinely wanting to know more about something. It creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, laying the groundwork for greater opportunities to experience discovery, joy, and delight.

 

The experiences of leisure and lifestyle moments are powerful than you can ever imagine. The journal Psychological Science  underscored the importance of spending money on experiences because it “provide[s] more enduring happiness.”  The anticipation of an experience act as a driver of happiness and the key benefit is instantaneous, given that spending money on experience creates eustress and excitement to accrue before the actual event happens.

There are tons of reasons and more to make time for the gift of experience.  It is one of the greatest things we can give ourselves and others. Life at the end of the day is a tapestry of our experiences and a mosaic of our memories. For all that life has to offer, memories matter and so do you.

 

© Hugh Anthony 2017

 

About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach for executives, creative and transitioning professionals.  He is committed to helping individuals transform their passions into possibilities to enhance value creation by harnessing their lifestyle and experience to be more meaningful, profitable and purposeful.

Hugh Anthony is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate| Milieu®, a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm based in Toronto, Canada that specializes in coaching, live and virtual events, training workshops and avid lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele.  He is an authority on public speaking and presents on topics relating to speaking and presentation, leadership and value creation.  His forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery will be published Summer 2018.

Making Your Life a Living Masterpiece

Life is a series of encounters, moments, lessons, imagination and experiences. Every day you are alive, you choose to exercise your life’s energy to create brush strokes of greatness and develop mastery. The need to know you are enough and have enough is a step to changing core beliefs that lead towards mastery of your emotions and what you want to do for the world. Learn to eliminate beliefs of self-doubt, limiting fear based beliefs and perspectives that create unhappiness in your life and relationships.

“Everyday is an opportunity to create a living masterpiece.”

Dr. Michael Gervais

Today you have an opportunity to take a moment to begin to cultivate a mindset of life mastery. Take the time to slow down, listen to your breathing, and appreciate the awesomeness in every moment.

We live in a world, where instant gratification seems to trump the concept of self and otherness; you can lose yourself in not actualizing your possibilities. Life is not about making money alone, it is also about self-discovery and being of service to others. Start working on building your dream, the life you want to create and the mastery you have to share with the world. You might ask, How can I start doing this?  Here are three simple steps to explore:

  1.  Developing Mindfulness

Mindfulness helps you to focus your energies, attention, thoughts, behaviour and actions to be more self-aware. Mastering mindfulness helps you to take responsibility for our actions and allows you to develop approaches to be better vanguards of your life and purpose. How will you help find ways to create your life’s masterpiece is through being mindful about the things that matter to you. Mindfulness helps to enhance the relationship you have established with self and others, by allowing you to be present in the moment and be emotionally aware of your goals, purpose and contribution to others.

“Your life experiences all contribute to the mosaic that creates a soul stretching, empowering and transformative way of being that provides a blueprint for inspired and focused living.

Hugh Anthony

According to Mirabai Bush, mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. Mindfulness, with its focus, openness, inquisitiveness, and humility, seemed like the perfect approach to help us see things with new perspectives and understanding.

  1. Developing Boundaries

The expression, ‘there is a time and place for everything under the sun’, applies to your life. Focusing on making a difference for others, doesn’t translate in the need to please everyone. It is having an understanding of the concept of self and others while learning to set boundaries for your life. Understanding that boundaries are not barriers contextually is important. It is a healthy skill that you need to develop to sustain both a great life and meaningful relationships. According to Andrea Mathews, PhD a psychotherapist, writer and a speaker in Psychology Today espouses that boundaries have to do with knowing who we are and what is possible for us to do.  They have nothing whatsoever to do with making others do anything.  The purpose is so that we can contain ourselves within the parameters of where I stop and others begin. By understanding that, boundaries help to increase your awareness, empower you to guard your energy and foster harnessing your relationships.  For your life’s work to have optimal impact, it should be guided by powerful thoughts and plans. Those that are empowering, engaging and enduring, that allow you to listen and honour self. By developing this understanding, it allows you to be present, aware and mindful about how to give your best through your time, commitment and enthusiasm for what you do, not out of obligation, but moreso out of duty to humanity.

  1. Discovering Your Lifestyle Value Proposition

What are the things you love to do and the very thought of it brings joy, vibrancy and excitement to making the world a better place? Your purpose doesn’t necessarily reflect what you are doing now or where you currently are personally, professionally or creatively. By asking yourself, I am ready to discover what I really want to do to make a difference? The next logical move is to make the change, by deciding to commit and follow through discovering your lifestyle value proposition.

Your lifestyle value proposition is your statement to the world that explains what you are offering, the benefit you provide, for whom and how you are able to do so exceptionally well. It defines who you are willing to serve, the challenges you want to solve and clearly articulate why you are uniquely positioned to provide a pathway for solutions.

According to the American Psychological Association, lifestyle changes are a process that takes time and requires support. Once you make a decision to discover the why,  the what and the how; they create pathways for exploration. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking help from a professional lifestyle coach.

What you create from your brush strokes in developing mastery emerges from your thoughts, perception and concept of self. Discover your power, understand that you are enough; share your expertise and mastery to make the world a better place, not just for yourself, but also for others with your work of art – life.  Be reminded that you are a work of art, appreciate that; and make time to discover the masterpiece that you are.

Ask for help with this process of discovery. Do your research and make a decision to find a lifestyle coach that will help prepare you for success. Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen, strengthens your resilience and commitment to make your life’s work brush strokes of mastery.  In developing your life’s mastery, coaching, training and mentoring will help you grow in your ability to manage self, become mindful, understand boundaries, self-awareness and your decision-making skills.  These will engender the capacity needed to shape the direction of your life and what you offer to the world. Do not keep humanity waiting for the masterpiece you have to unveil to the world.

 

 © Hugh Anthony 2017

About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach for executives, creative and transitioning professionals.  He is committed to helping individuals transform their passions into possibilities to enhance value creation by harnessing their lifestyle and experience to be more meaningful, profitable and purposeful.

Hugh Anthony is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate| Milieu®, a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm based in Toronto, Canada that specializes in coaching, live and virtual events, training workshops and avid lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele.  He is an authority on public speaking and presents on topics relating to speaking and presentation, leadership and value creation.  His forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery will be published Summer 2018.

 

Today….I am excited about everything!!

“Today, I choose to embrace being alive, being me – wholesome- wanting of nothing, but have a life filled with everything.”
Hugh Anthony
You may be wondering, why I am posting this…Your question what is there to be excited about? Of interest, I am alive and so are you reading this right now….For that not only am I grateful.. I am excited, given that its another day, another opportunity to work on being the best version of self.

Your perspective matters in creating the life that you want – find your purpose, meaning, fulfilment and happiness.  I do encounter challenges everyday, today some will appear!! However, it is my outlook on what I encounter that will make the experience worthwhile and conquerable. My outlook about being   excited, it isn’t so much about ignoring the challenges,

It is an  attitude of openness and what lessons am I to learn, that matters. Is it a new skill, trusting the process, acceptance, checking my emotions, my mindset (+/-), or focus my efforts on actions that have personal meaning?

Being excited about everything is a choice. I encourage you to pursue your day, passion, purpose, work and your life with excitement and enthusiasm. They make life more meaningful by bringing forth possibilities, actively and purposefully. Make today a day you get excited about living, loving, laughing, exploring, discovering and creating excitement in everything you do.

Namaste!!
Hugh Anthony

Four Ways to Develop a Culture of Gratitude

 

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by Hugh Anthony

 

We live in a world where feeling and being grateful doesn’t come naturally. Becoming aware that there is always something to be thankful for, conjures a state of thinking and then the question: what is it that I am grateful for?  I am not saying that you ought to in a perfunctory manner go make a list, just for the sake of it now. However, I would encourage you to be reflective and explore how you can cultivate a culture of gratitude.

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“Expressing gratitude instantly shifts your energy. It puts you in harmony with your source of supply, so that the good in everything moves toward you.”

–   Bob Proctor

Understanding what gratitude is helps us to ‘pay it forward’. Gratitude emerges from the simple ability to breathe and an emotional acknowledgment that you’re alive. That is one of the greatest things to be thankful for.   Positive psychology contends “that gratitude is more than feeling thankful for something; it is more like a deeper appreciation for someone (or something,) which produces more long-lasting positivity”. Let us start from there, carpe diem the act of making the most of the day and thankful for being alive. Interestingly, it is giving energy or effort to a process that requires a deep appreciation and acknowledgment of the impact and manifestation of gratitude. Our individual experiences may be different; however, gratitude allows us to experience life in meaningful ways and connects us with the possibilities within us and the world we live in.

“Today I choose gratefulness in this moment; I’m alive, happier, healthier, wiser, stronger and richer because I choose to celebrate this moment with gratitude.”

–  Hugh Anthony

I have been living in the state of gratitude for a very long time by making a commitment to consciously cultivate an ‘attitude of gratitude’. How did I do this you might ask? It emerged from a childhood conversation I had with my beloved mother about being thankful and having good manners. In a candid and powerful way, she advised me to be thankful in all things and to cultivate good manners, noting “it will carry a far way.” In my curious and hubristic state at the time, I retorted…”but Mom, manners is not money!!” and she responded by sharing a story. The story was about a piglet who asked his mother a question: ‘why his mouth was so long? The mother pig responded by saying, “[my son] be thankful for it, you are growing, you will understand one day, that you need it to live.”  Indeed, I am grateful for that parental advice and it has affirmed goodness in my life ever since.

“Gratitude is the moral memory of [hu]mankind. If every grateful action were suddenly eliminated, society would crumble.”

–   Georg Simmel

By cultivating a culture of gratitude and good mannerism, it has allowed me to be thankful for the amazing experiences I have had in my life. They have brought happierness, wisdom, healthier and more enriched life experiences, perspectives and well-being.  You can start with the simple act or gesture of acknowledgment by saying thank you for…. your help or your time…..I appreciate what you have done for me, my family, our customers and the organization.   A research done by the University of California Berkeley titled Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude found that people who practice gratitude consistently reported a host of benefits ranging from being healthier, experiencing positive emotions, enriching relationships, more joy, optimism, happiness, generosity, compassion and heightened sense of community and camaraderie.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

–  Brian Tracy

 

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You cannot develop a sense of gratitude unless you acknowledge that there is something to be thankful for. Here are four ways to develop a culture of gratitude:

  • Acknowledge and Affirm Goodness – By acknowledging that you are grateful to be alive and waking up to another day is a good start. By affirming the aforementioned it fosters endless possibilities and engenders more good around you. It reinforces that you appreciate the gift of life and you are willing to make the most of the 1440 minutes in the day. Robert Emmons in his book Why Gratitude is Good, highlighted that “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”  When you make time to acknowledge and affirm the goodness around you, it can have an amazing impact on the quality of your life.
  •  Voicing with Meaningfulness and Intentionality – Give voice to the things you are grateful for and the goodness you experience. In so doing, you breathe life into your voice with intentionality and meaningfulness.  Psychiatrist Monisha Vasa noted that “…words or conversation can be brief, but when they come from the soul, they can be life changing.” So give voice to gratitude by expressing what you are grateful for. Sharing that you are happy, joyful and healthy or experience a challenge that hast taught you a lesson or two can bring different perspectives and outlook on life and living. By giving voice to gratitude it becomes more meaningful for yourself and others, and you will start making gratitude your mantra.

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.”

–  Dalai Lama

  • Cultivate Good Mannerisms and Altruism – This is an understated aspect of building a culture of gratitude is your mannerisms. It tells more about you without you being vociferous. This is where your actions align with your attitude. The attitude of gratitude often speaks louder than words can say about you and the things you do. Start using attitudinal expressions ‘please’ and ‘thanks’; I appreciate you for…..I am grateful for.  Foster a spirit of altruism, by doing something for others who cannot afford to pay you back. Volunteer at a hospice, a food bank, youth camp or find ways to pay it forward.
  • Practice Gratitude Exercises – Take a leap of faith and explore activities you can do, even if it is a random act of kindness. Positive Psychology highlights that “…acts of gratitude and gratitude exercises are not only beneficial to the people receiving the praise, but even more so, to the one who performs the act.”  There are a number of activities from simply writing a thank you letter to someone, you did not get a chance to properly thank.  Start by doing a 21-day exercise of writing a gratitude list of the things you are thankful for. For example, write three things down every day for three weeks that reflects gratitude. Or better yet, start a journal on the things you acknowledge and affirm as you live, breathe and experience acts of kindness, lessons learnt from challenges, what makes you more mindful, compassionate and selfless. There is no right or wrong way to start a gratitude exercise; however noting your activities will help you become emotionally aware, mindful, become more resilient and foster well-being.

By being host to behaviors and habits that reinforce gratitude, your best self will always emerge. Start by taking simple steps and think about how they can improve your life and well-being. These steps will contribute to a life where you celebrate more about you and your experiences, those who have helped along the way; rather than focusing on complaining about your mistakes or what is not going okay.

About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach for executives, creative and transitioning professionals. He is committed to helping individuals transform their passions into possibilities to enhance value creation by harnessing their lifestyle and experience to be more meaningful, profitable and purposeful.

Hugh Anthony is the Co-Founder | Consulting Lifestyle Director of Consulate| Milieu®, a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm based in Toronto, Canada that specializes in coaching, live and virtual events, training workshops an avid lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele. He is an authority on public speaking and presents on topics relating to speaking and presentation, leadership and value creation. His forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery will be published Summer 2017.

We R.I.S.E!! – Rallying for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity for Rio 2016

In a few weeks, the world’s attention will be on Brazil the host of the biggest event in history and the city of Rio de Janeiro will be in the spotlight for the XXXI Olympiad (Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games) this Summer (Rio 2016 Official Site). The host country has been preparing zealously not only to host the world and also to welcome athletes, officials, dignitaries, enthusiasts and supporters of the Olympic ideals, amidst its own national challenges, upheavals and turmoil notably from the zika virus to political instability, recession and socio-economic challenges.  However, the nation’s resolve and enthusiasm hasn’t waned and will culminate with fever-pitch performances that are characterized by the dreams, determination, transformation and victories of the human race that the Olympic Games manifest.

 

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Rallying for Rio 2016

Interestingly, the media narratives on Brazil have been vitriolic and questioning the country’s ability to host the games without carte blanche offers of help to the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.  Are we to wonder if those who been so critical have forgotten the ideals of the Olympic Games and why nations bid to host them?  The ideals, pride and promise provide a platform for the celebration of collective athletic prowess and purposeful global unity (an ideal that seems yet elusive…). There is the need for recognition that we all need to rally around the ideals of the game, albeit amidst the challenges, globally.  Where help is needed, we ought to give it our energies, where criticism trumps combined effort for solidarity, we need cautiously weigh what emerges.  Mario Andrada, Director of Communications, Rio 2016 Organizing Committee told the BBC that “No other country in Olympic history has lived through such difficult political times so sharply close to the Games.”

When Brazil won the bid for the XXXI Olympiad, it was the 10th largest economy in the world; they carried the aspirations of generations and an entire continent.  Of importance with events of this magnitude, the host nation agreed to invest approximately US$26 billion dollars in the Olympic ideals, the most after London (2012) and Beijing (2008).  The World Bank predicted then, Brazil would be the 5thlargest economy by 2016 and the nation fervent hope is that it would lead to economic and social transformation.  Albeit, it is now 2016 and the aforementioned was a future projection of where the country would be and I still believe they will get there, maybe not now but eventually.

 

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Christ the Redeemer overlooking the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro (source LA Times)

Inclusion

The Olympic Games provides a platform that fosters and encourage gender equality and universality in the Olympic ideals and its programming. As HuffPost contributor, Allison Hoit notes “inclusion promotes a universal design concept that permeates a sports organization’s programming, policies and attitudes, stretching beyond basic physical access to the whole environment. Achieving that requires commitment. The commitment to inclusion must come from all stakeholders, sports organizations and mainstream sports organizations alike.”  The Olympics and its organizing committee reflect this ideal, which recognized and embrace the need to unite in the commitment to building an inclusive community. The Olympic Committee and Brazil have taken the leadership and approach respectively to spearhead the triumphant return of golf to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.

Brazil is a resilient nation, and its people are exceptionally warm, vibrant and welcoming.   They have a track record of hosting the 2014 World Cup and other events.  Furthermore, inspiration also emerges from the powerful words of Katie Perry’s ‘RISE’ that embodies the ideals of a game that will transcend the myopic views of the those who ridicule and bring scorn to the efforts of a nation and its people…and most importantly the athletes globally who have been preparing to bring their best performances for us to witness.

“When, when the fire’s at my feet again

And the vultures all start circling

They’re whispering, “you’re out of time.”

But still, I rise

This is no mistake, no accident

When you think the final nail is in; think again

Don’t be surprised, I will still rise..”

 Excerpts from Katy Perry’s RISE (Rise)

Solidarity

 

If there is ever a time in the world we need hope, optimism and solidarity is now.  With all the political upheavals, the divisiveness of our days and ugliness of inequity and social injustices, Rio 2016 will bring the world’s best together…amidst the notable absence of golfers, NBA players, tennis stars and others whose selfishness, woeful fears and disdain for collective expression, will not and cannot outshine the ideals of the XXXI Olympiad.  Given the personal withdrawals, what matters is that the worldwide Olympic partners and official sponsors of Rio 2016 are in solidarity with the ideals that the Olympic Games represent.   In the words of Black Uhuru (British Reggae Group)…words….

 “What’s the matter, people?

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Everybody wants the same thing, don’t they?

Everybody wants a happy end

They want to see the game on Saturday

They want to be somebody’s friend

 

Look at me, I ain’t your enemy

We walk on common ground

We don’t need to fight each other

What we need, what we need

 Solidarity

Solidarity

Solidarity

Solidarity.”

 

Excerpt from Solidarity, Black Uhuru, Universal Music Group (Solidarity)

Regardless of the tensions of the Olympic Games, it’s historically proven that sports have acted as a liaison between nations and have immensely contributed to their evolution. By showing solidarity and support for Rio 2016, it provides an outlet to aid in the development of the nation and could bring an entire continent of people closer to the Olympic movement.

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Little boy smiles and poses with brazilian football. All rights reserved  Getty Images

 

Equity

The XXXI Olympiad provides a platform where equity is triumphant yet again, given that all the athletes are representing their respective countries as Olympians regardless of class, color or creed.  Their focus will be not just on their personal victories, record-breaking performances and triumphs; they also bring the hopes and dreams of their respective countries.  This is an opportunity not just for our athletes, but the world collectively to embrace a forum where equity and peace have a chance.  Rio 2016 is yet another opportunity that provides a platform for every human being to be espoused to the ideals of the Olympic, experience collective success, equity and equality.  This will emerge when we promote fairness but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place. There needs to be a recognition  that we all need help at times. In the spirit of the Olympics, Brazil is in need of the world’s help.  Instead of the vilotric and damning expressions, that does not reflect our collective will but the individual and abhorrent selfishness of other nations.

Whether or not you choose to believe it, Rio 2016, will be the biggest and best Olympics; and the highlights from The Guardian (UK) espouses that “this will still be an epic, city-changing undertaking. Rio expects 15,000 athletes, 45,000 volunteers, 93,000 staff and 380,000 visitors for the two and a half weeks of the Olympics and the following 11 days of the Paralympics.”

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Images: L-R Fabiana Murer, Usain Bolt and Mayra Aguiar

 

The people of Brazil will emerge victorious yet again, not just as World Cup champions and host, but as they did with winning the bid after their third attempt to host the Olympic Games and becoming the first South American nation to become its enviable host.   This I think is embodied in the words of Queen’s song ‘We are the Champions’

 

“I’ve paid my dues

Time after time.

I’ve done my sentence

But committed no crime.

And bad mistakes

I’ve made a few.

I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face

But I’ve come through.

……

But it’s been no bed of roses,

No pleasure cruise.

I consider it a challenge before the whole human race

And I ain’t gonna lose.

 (And I need just go on and on, and on, and on)

 We are the champions, my friends,

And we’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end.

We are the champions.

We are the champions.

No time for losers

‘Cause we are the champions of the world.”

 Excerpts from Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’ (We are the Champions)

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Pele with the World Cup Trophy 1958

 

Brazil will be hosting the biggest festival of sports for the world. This is a welcomed event and the globe is deserving of it amidst the political upheavals, socio-economic exigencies, the chaotic tensions and terrorism. For the next few weeks, let’s call a truce; let us rally for Rio 2016 and celebrate the Olympians they are all champions (win or lose).  The host nations offer vistas, the views, cultural excitement, the fever pitch moments that will emerge. Be beholden to the ecstatic performances that will be unveiled and reveal the spirit of the Olympic Games that foster the ideals of a world that epitomizes R.I.S.E.

 © Hugh Anthony 2016

 

About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach for executives, creative and transitioning professionals.  He is committed to helping individuals transform their passions into possibilities to enhance value creation by harnessing their lifestyle and experience to be more meaningful, profitable and purposeful.

 Hugh Anthony is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate| Milieu®, a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm based in Toronto, Canada that specializes in coaching, live and virtual events, training workshops an avid lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele.  He is an authority on public speaking and presents on topics relating to speaking and presentation, leadership and value creation.  His forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery will be published Summer 2017.

 

Three Ways to Build your Lifestyle Value Proposition to Harness Your Passion, Purpose and Expertise

by Hugh Anthony

Certified Lifestyle Speaker | Author | Lifestyle Coach

Value Proposition

“Let your passion be the reason for your existence and your successes the product of your persistence.”

-DxL

Your passion matters to you as a person, even if you are not pursuing it professionally, especially when it is a given fact that it brings you joy, make you smile ever so often, because of how it makes you feel, act or even see the world. You may not be doing what makes you happy daily; however whether you want to believe it or not, your passion helps to shape your personality and contributes to your identity,  which is your brand.  That is what you share with the world, so do what gives you the fuel to wake up and pursue your dreams of an enriching life.

For a moment, think …interestingly, you have decided you want to use your passion and your purpose to offer a service to the world.  Before delving into your passionate and purposeful offering, you ought to consider sharing your lifestyle value proposition about your passion, purpose and expertise. That is, what you want to do for the world, your carpe diem (your mission).  

Your lifestyle value proposition is your statement to the world that explains, what you are offering, the benefit you provide, for whom and how you are able to do so exceptionally well. It defines who you are willing to serve, the challenges you want to solve and clearly articulate why  you are uniquely positioned to provide a pathway for solutions.

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Here are three ways to develop your lifestyle value proposition for your passion, purpose and expertise:

1.  How do you want to be remembered?

“Life is short, live your dreams and share your passion.”

                                       -Anon

Your passion always provide a way to make you smile, and your passion to serve the world can be your purpose. That’s a great way to start your offering to the world. However, you need to be clear about what your passion, purpose or expertise will be.   This will help people remember who you are, not necessarily the product or your job title, but the person who builds a relationship in offering their service.  You begin by sharing what it is exactly that you are offering to the world in terms of your experience and expertise….. “I am here to help people transform their passions into possibilities.” Build on your collective experience to harness your passion and discover your purpose whether it is from your professional, voluntary or personal experience.  The process of becoming your best self is guided by you; your collective experience through learning, training, mentoring and coaching, along with some measure of creativity and imagination. That will help you uncover your passion, purpose and expertise to serve the world; and you will begin to understand and be remembered for that.

 

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2. What are the offerings you bring?

“Be a people builder. Look for opportunities to encourage others to bring out the best in them.”

                                 Joel Osteen

What are the experiences you want your clients to have? That should be the focus of your offerings to the world.  Are you a collaborator, a venture capitalist, creative genius, digital marketer or an entrepreneur with an outgoing and dynamic personality?  Or are you an introverted person who has a penchant for creative, vivid and imaginative ideas, events, services; or you love to work with people? Once you define what your offerings are, your next consideration will be your lifestyle offerings.  Do you radiate the qualities that espouse your passion, purpose or expertise?  Are you able to express exactly what you desire to do for your clients…..“I am certified lifestyle speaker and author of the book on…..and I help organisations, creative and transitioning professionals to identify and articulate their lifestyle value proposition.” The offerings you bring to the should evoke your soulfulness, vibe and energy, given that they are what excite you and express your insights into your purposeful offering to the world.  So your prospective clients, collaborators and partners will get a better understanding of who you are:  the essence of your unique and authentic character that you bring to share with the world.

3. What’s the challenge you want to help solve?

“The ability to help someone overcome a challenge provides a unique opportunity for renewal of self and others; whether we choose to believe it or not, given that relationships have always been a currency for well-being.”

                                   Hugh Anthony

There is always an opportunity to solve a challenge for someone, somewhere in our world.  Challenges, like problems are always present and they are opportunities in disguise. Your passion, purpose or expertise should be directed to providing pathways to solutions for a challenge or problem identified.   …What is the most significant challenge that I can help you with?  Once you have a clear understanding from your client what the challenge is and discuss alternates to solutions, it creates a pathway for exploration. When you are able to utilise your passion for solving a challenge, being it large or small there’s reward for that. By honing your abilities to act as a collaborator or co-creator to better help your clients to have solutions to their unresolved challenges.  The end result, is that you and your client would have fostered and contributed to a win-win situation.

In understanding what your lifestyle value proposition is and espousing it, be it through networking or on the various social media platform such as LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook helps you to unleash your passion, purpose and expertise.  As human beings, our minds and spirit are wired to be creative at solving or resolving something, protecting and having compassion for someone, something or a cause.  The thoughts shared are to inspire you to embrace your passion, purpose and expertise that provides joy for you and how you can utilise it to bring happiness to others.  I am always reminded that we can in our own small way; create a safer, more secure, healthier, productive, and sustainable life for all by being passionate about the good you want to do for the world.

 © Hugh Anthony 2016

 

About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach for executives, creative and transitioning professionals.  He is committed to helping individuals transform their passions into possibilities to enhance value creation by harnessing their lifestyle and experience to be more meaningful, profitable and purposeful.

Hugh Anthony is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate| Milieu®, a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm based in Toronto, Canada that specializes in coaching, live and virtual events, training workshops an avid lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele.  He is an authority on public speaking and presents on topics relating to speaking and presentation, leadership and value creation.  His forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery  will be published Summer 2016.

5 Unfolding Ways To Drive Happiness In Your Life

10 - Put Some (Quiet) Happiness in Your Life

by Hugh Anthony

Certified Lifestyle Speaker | Author | Lifestyle Coach

 

Each day provides us with the opportunity to bask in the satisfaction that our encounters bring. Here are five new ways to think about how to you can unfold happiness in your life.

Do you find yourself spending an exorbitant amount of time and energy, trying to keep up with the encounters of a given day, week, month and wondering how to navigate all the demands and still feel and be your best self?

Your life is a creation of your mind, this was resonated powerfully by Napoleon Hill who shared with us, ‘that whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve.’ In your efforts, to make the most of your life and time, it is your energy and attitude that will be the fuel that fosters how you achieve greater levels of happiness and well-being throughout your life.

“Happiness resides not in possession, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”                               

                – Democritus, the Ancient Greek philosopher

Every encounter is an opportunity to create well-being for ourselves and those around us.    However, when it comes to your well-being that is often not thought of as something you have the opportunity to cultivate and direct, because we are wired to think it is extrinsic versus intrinsic.   What makes your happiness possible is by cultivating a healthy concept of self and developing a relationship with others, that will help you to foster a sense of camaraderie in your encounters and build a life that experiences happierness and success on your own terms.

s-Julia-Roberts

Here are the five habits of driving happiness in your life that emerges from the P.O.W.E.R. Technique™. you need to start cultivating right now, to develop a the mindful habit of pleasantness, openness, willingness, engagement and respect that allows for you to be more aware, playful, creative, be less distracted, be present in every moment and experience more of life:

1. PLEASANTNESS

“Life is a celebration, a rhythm, an unfolding of magic.”

                                –  Julian Pencilliah

This emerges when you start celebrating the small things about you and by acknowledging the manifestations of good things in yourself and people around you.  Learn to suspend judgements and pointing out mistakes, instead cultivate and be a host to healthy and happy thoughts by spreading a shared sense of contentment with self, while radiating genuine care with family, friends and colleagues.  This will help you and those you interact with to feel better about themselves, the relationships, and even their encounters in your daily life.   Being pleasant effectively helps you to recognise your strengths and how it impact others and foster a healthier perception of self and others.

2. OPENNESS

“Today I choose to be forever grateful because it is in the moments of gratitude that my life has clarity, wisdom, abundance and possibilities.”

                               – Hugh Anthony   

Every day brings possibilities, being open and willing to learn from others and sharing your knowledge, harness collaboration and new opportunities, helps us to cultivate skills and talents to be our best self.  Being open to listening, without needing to respond, helps us to become better learners and by mastering our thoughts, our actions become more supportive and empathetic of others.  Being open helps us to recognise our purpose by reminding us that what is real,the authentic expression of ourselves being enriched by our encounters.

3. WILLINGNESS

“Through our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy, rather than depressed.”

                                  – Gerald Jampolsky

While you are encouraged to do things for you, being mindful of others that need your help. By assisting others you reveal your true self and experience the joy of sharing with others.  When you foster a willingness to help others, it reminds us of what is real – our humanity – to show and experience kindness, genteelness and resilience to live your best life.  By sharing positive and healthy habits to help others, teaches us to better help ourselves and become clearer about our purpose through our encounters to help and when we are in need  of help.  By becoming willing to help others, we learn from them about their happiness and that experience assist us to become better individuals  and collectively become more successful.

4. ENGAGEMENT 

I am not what you see.  I am what time and effort and interaction slowly unveil.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Our encounters help us to connect with others and can create opportunities to make a difference.  Through your engagements with others, it allows you to connect while showing empathy, enthusiasm, emotional intelligence and encouragement where and when needed. Engagement fosters  a culture of interdependence and reinforces that together we achieve more than we would be able to do on our own. By harnessing an engaging and collaborative outlook, we become more flexible to do things cooperatively and significantly bring more value to our self and others.

Engagement is a commitment to foster an awareness, responsibility and willingness to be positive and cultivate a sense of purpose and camaraderie.   It compliments your willingness to help and espouses a display of initiative, effort and a consistent pattern of behaviour that allows for the authentic self to thrive.  Through engagement, your ethic of service to do and be well transcends your encounters and creates loyalty.

5. RESPECT

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” 

                                           – Bono

Our lives are reflections of the respect we have for self and others around us.  By developing a healthy dose of self-respect you will be aware of your actions and behaviour with self and those you interact with. It helps us to strive to create understanding and act demonstrable for self and others, and take the opportunity to be more aware of the concept of self and otherness.  Respect allows us to learn facts, instead of making assumptions. It is by recognising and being aware of your individual differences and qualities, that you are able to develop the habit of respect that fosters a better understanding of both you and the individuals you interact with. It is humans that make up organisations too, that we interact with in our daily lives, and it is through respect for a way of being and doing that organisational culture or habit emerges.   Respect allows for you to curate your communication style both with individuals and organisations to espouse relationships, mutual interests and benefits.  It allows for us to reinforce in an ideal way our differences and also our collective need to be understood.

Repeat the following to yourself…

Today I choose to live life on a full blast, the truest and fullest heights of my expression with purpose and possibility.

© Hugh Anthony 2016

 

About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach for executives, creative and transitioning professionals.  He is committed to helping individuals transform their passions into possibilities to enhance value creation by harnessing their lifestyle and experience to be more meaningful, profitable and purposeful.

Hugh Anthony is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate| Milieu®, a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm based in Toronto, Canada that specializes in coaching, live and virtual events, training workshops an avid lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele.  He is an authority on public speaking and presents on topics relating to speaking and presentation, leadership and value creation.  His forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery  will be published Summer 2016.

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