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

July 17, 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.

 

Rio 2016 Official

All rights reserved  Rio 2016 Organizing Committee

 

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.

 

Christ the Redeemer Brazil

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?
Solidarity

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.

Little Boy with Brazilian Boy

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)

 

Pele with World Cup 1958

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

May 27, 2016

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:

i.  How do you want to be remembered?

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

                                       -Anon

Your passion always provides 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 and coaching along with some measure of creativity and imagination. That will help you uncover your passion, purpose or expertise to serve the world and you will begin to understand and be remembered by that.

 

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ii. 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.  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.

iii. 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 co-collaborator or co-creator to better help your clients to have solutions to their unresolved challenges.  The end result for 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

May 1, 2016

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.

Follow us on Twitter: @HuAnthoni  |  @ConsulateMilieu

Are you a Steward for Mother Earth?

April 22, 2016

Human beings are not owners, but caretakers or stewards who are to image the Creator in their relationship to ‘Mother Earth’ and the other creatures.

 

My recollections of the adventures of life and living from the simple joys that came from having  natural juices in Johannesburg, that juicy mango I ate, the refreshing coconut water and sugar cane juice I drank in Kingston, the brown stewed fish in Port Royal,  the maple syrup glazed baked pacific salmon in Toronto, the banana shake in Bangkok and the juicy melon in Hong Kong; or the exhilarating feeling from biking in Seattle, jogging in Dublin, shopping in Montreal, sightseeing in Dubai, viewing the wonders that is Niagara Falls, walking in Barcelona or basking in the solitude of the Gardens of Versailles or sipping that aromatic cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee… the fruits of the earth and the great outdoors on this Earth Day reminds me how grateful I am for all the blessings I have experienced and have; and the opportunity to bask in the beauty of Mother Earth.

“Mother earth has an abundance for all her inhabitants and provides generously to all who are her stewards, not her exploiters and host to greed.”

                                                                                          -Hugh Anthony

The aforementioned recollections remind me that I am blessed to be and superb experiences I’ve had and that it comes with a duty of care. I  have been given the legacy of my generations before me to be a good steward of all things, but moreso of Mother Earth; where all good things for living come from.   The legacy of caring not just for oneself, but all creatures and mother earth emerge from narratives of my great-grandparents, grandparents and parents who paid homage by farming land, tilling the soil and nurturing it, because they understood that it was a relationship with Mother Earth, in her gifts of abundance to her stewards.

Stewardship is a belief that humans are responsible for the world and should take care of it; by utilising and managing all resources Mother Earth provides for its inhabitants and the betterment of all living things.

The lessons about stewardship of Mother Earth emerged from my teachings and the lessons learnt that human beings are not owners, but caretakers or stewards who are to image the Creator in their relationship to the earth and the other creatures. I am poignantly reminded of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet message in 1991 about ‘Caring for the Earth’, shared:

“The earth is not only the common heritage of all humankind but also the ultimate source of life. By over-exploiting its resources we are undermining the very basis of our own life. All around, signs abound of the destruction caused by human activity and of the degradation of nature. Therefore, the protection and conservation of the earth is not a question of morality or ethics but a question of our survival. How we respond to this challenge will affect not only this generation but also many generations to come.”

 What emanates from the message is what my generation before me shared, the legacy of our interdependence with Mother Earth – our symbiotic relationship and the recognition of it.  We all have a universal responsibility, whether we are ensconced in our homes, the office, the great outdoors on an adventure – sailing, skiing, swimming, driving, flying, biking, walking, farming or just being – we have a duty of care to Mother Earth, given that in all those adventures and experiences we are basking in her offerings to us and in Harmony with Nature:

Mother Earth – the Earth is a living system. It is an indivisible, interdependent and interrelated community comprised of human beings, nature, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the geosphere. Any substantive alteration of one of its components can affect other areas and the entire system. The Earth is the source of life. It is a system that coordinates physical, chemical, biological and ecological elements in a manner that makes life possible. Through the term Mother Earth, we express this relationship of belonging to a system and respect for our home.

Once we have an understanding of Mother Earth, we can develop approaches to practice stewardship to strengthen our relationship; I propose three steps to honour Mother Earth:

Foster Harmony

Everything around us is life and energy. Developing an attitude to foster and understand harmony allows for us to cherish all the things Mother Earth provides for us in her abundance, through stewardship, not destruction. By fostering harmony, we see the beauty of Mother Earth and what she gives – birth to, nurtures and sustains all life. Mother Earth provides us with our food and clean water source; she bestows us with materials for our homes, clothes and tools. Mother Earth provides all life with raw materials for our industry, ingenuity and progress. As human beings, we are an inseparable part of nature, and our well-being is synergistically linked to Mother Earth’s health.

Cultivate Respect

We often take from Mother Earth but never give back.  Have you supported a tree planting project, a beach, river or lake clean-up, participated in a cause to protect our forests, oceans, rivers and seas; or simple recycling effort or anti-litter campaign?   As human beings, we need to recognise that we ought to cultivate respect for Mother Earth with thoughts, deeds and actions. This recognition is about that special relationship with the earth and all living things in it. As the First Nation people I interacted with the world over and  my generations before me, they highlight that this relationship is based on a profound spiritual connection to Mother Earth that should guide how all people live – to practice reverence, humility and reciprocity. Respect for Mother Earth is the beginning and the foundation of our very existence as humanity.  Respect allows for prudence in how we treat ourselves and by extension Mother Earth.

Mastering Mindfulness

The recognition that a relationship exists between you and Mother Earth is the starting point. That’s where stewardship emerges for all things including Mother Earth. Mastering mindfulness helps us to take responsibility for our actions and allows for us to modify our way of being to find solutions to preserve, not to destroy and annihilate Mother Earth.  We are stewards and vanguards for Mother Earth, as we are protectors of our children and those we love. How will you help find ways to preserve, not destroy life? Through mindfulness; it helps to enhance the relationship you have established with  Mother Earth, your children and friends by allowing you to be present in the moment and be emotionally aware of your role as a steward. Mindfulness helps you to focus your energies, attention and awareness on the thoughts, behaviour and actions to become more responsible so a better earth and world will exist for our children and generations to come.

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I am resonating the rising of the new approach to Mother Earth that stewardship beckons. By encouraging a new way for humanity to share collective responsibility and experience that emerges from harmony, respect and mindfulness. This will aid in fostering a renewed awareness that Mother Earth is our stronghold of hope for all, with a narrative of inclusiveness, respect, balance, conservation, stewardship, responsibility, justice, equity, love and humility be it on an individual, community or global stage. Let us all foster creating a legacy that makes our awareness of Mother Earth become of significance importance by preserving her resources for generations to come and their wellbeing.

In recognition of Earth Day, and everyday….I challenge you to foster stewardship.

 

© 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.

 

Follow us on Twitter: @HuAnthoni  |  @ConsulateMilieu

Don’t Just Change Your Life, Upgrade Your Life

March 31, 2016

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

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“Your life’s journey is about becoming more of who you are.”

– Oprah

You are destined for greatness!! You are living in the best of times and you have the opportunity to live your best life. I share this with you having no profound knowledge or details about your life; however I am convinced that you are here for a purpose.  Your life is a story that carries with it myriads of your shared experiences – about our common humanity – joy, sorrow, challenges, sadness, triumphs, redemption, pain, dreams and adventures. All the experiences have some life lessons, some you have learnt and you have probably struggled in the lessons.  They all are part of your life’s journey and it helps you to understand your life’s work and refine your purpose to humanity.

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Your experiences provide reinforcement for your daily living. If you are honouring the voice in your head or moreso your heart that shares the fact that you are not doing the work that will manifest the miracle that is your life.  I’m here to remind you that your life is a miracle to help you discover who you are.

“Your life has a purpose,

your story is important,

your dreams count.

Your voice matters.

You were born to make an impact.”

–   Unknown

I have had one too many conversations listening to friends, colleagues and clients who are terribly unhappy with what they do for work, life and living.  In those momentary encounters, it reinforced what Esther Hicks noted below:

“”It’s stunning the level of mediocrity you put up with in your life!”

My question for you reading these words and I having no idea about your life, is

Are you fully utilizing your talent and abilities to your highest calling or are existing in a recycled and entrenched mediocrity that allows you only to exist and not experience living your purpose?

Do take a moment to reflect and give some thought to your journey thus far to figure out if you are on the right path to creating a meaningful purpose and make a difference to humanity.

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water; the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects.

– Dalai Lama

You are destined for greatness, and it is time to change your perspective, outlook and your mindset. It is time to be uncomfortable to discover your truth that strives to capture and deliver the authentic miracle that you are; by making every act going forward a stellar performance. It is time not just to change your life, you need to upgrade your life, take it to the next level – where there is meaning and purpose.  You might be thinking how am I going to do that? I can help you, by taking on a journey away from what is familiar to experience what is superb about your life.  Let me share with you how to; check out the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-conic-approach-lifestyle-coachingtm-workshop-tickets-24222816095

You were meant not just to survive, but to thrive and do so prosperously, joyfully and extraordinarily, by experiencing the best things life has to offer.  It might be challenging, albeit scary…yes!! However, it is time to stop parading in mediocrity be it at work, in your relationships or with friends – stop surviving and start with purposeful living.

“Stop waiting for the “perfect time” to pursue your dreams; you have just what you need to begin right now.”

                                                      –  Carmen Sakurai

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Come and share with me this Summer inToronto, Canada the I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ Workshop that is built on a deep value proposition and strategic narrative that intersects three core aspects of your life and their influences. The program that is designed to engage you to expect, in an agile, concise and purely conversational that affirms you the individual, your abilities, the essence of your existence by developing a more direct, easier and authentic way to connect with a  lifestyle that inspires, empower and capture your voice that intentionally celebrates who you are.

Be encouraged that your life experience and the lessons learnt is deep and soulful, and there are ways for you to share your collective experiences that are pure and true, that you ought to be sharing with the world.  Right now you are one choice a from a new beginning that beckons!!  Do not let your fears stand in the way of your hope – and inhibit others from experiencing the miracle that you are.  Join me and let us foster creating a legacy that makes your life not just being successful, but to become purposeful and significant to humanity.

© 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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Just Do It : The I-Conic Approach to Lifestyle Coaching

March 27, 2016

Hugh Anthony
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The process of becoming your best self is guided by you; harnessing your experiences through learning, training and coaching along with some measure of creativity and imagination.”

                                                                                            – Hugh Anthony

It was Winter 1992 with bated breath that I anticipated the annual swimsuit issue of the now world famous magazine. There was mystery about which supermodel would grace the cover of this coveted issue of the popular glossy magazine!! Yes, this magazine had record sales of over one million, not only because it was the most anticipated issue, it was every man’s dream and every woman’s envy. The supermodel that made the cover of that issue of the magazine Dina Specter expressed…

“…. should excite tons of readers who giddily await the glossy’s once-a-year release featuring page after page of barely-dressed models on beaches.”

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The magazine under the direction of its first editor, Jule Campbell former fashion writer and reporter, transformed the publication from a provocative glossy featuring a few bikini-clad women into a commercial behemoth and the first magazine with circulation over one million to win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice. Its swimsuit issue, which has been published since 1964, is now an annual publishing event that generates its own television shows, videos and calendars… You have figured it now….it is Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit edition.

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You might be asking – What does SI have to do with the title of this article or how it relates to you? Well, that is where I first read the powerful and iconic Nike advertisement – JUST DO IT. With its powerful narrative, the ad espoused the authentic character of Nike’s brand values and purpose. It radiated a vibe, an energy and an iconic feel as that was so symbolic….as captured in the following quotation

“…it must evoke transcendent qualities of human soulfulness. And to do that it has to express deep insight into its unique purpose in the world.”

                                                                                                   –  Derrick Conlon

That issue of the SI magazine with its powerful and iconic ad with its strategic narrative from Nike – Just DO IT is a special kind of story. It espoused Nike’s essence as a company and provided a pathway for me to ask who am I as an individual?  Where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going. How I believe value is created and what I valued in relationships. That iconic ad provoked candor and thought -it challenged and explained why I existed and what made me unique. It challenged me to get uncomfortable and do extraordinary things – it beckoned me to JUST DO IT. Nike’s mission is “to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.” What makes this a shared purpose is that Nike actively encourages people to inspire each other. Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan is a key part of its narrative and the very influence on my being and what I do for my clients the world over.

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Albeit, two decades later, I have the ad still and it has inspired me to do great things, the great inspiration by being the Co-Founder of Consulate | Milieu® a boutique lifestyle firm based in Toronto, Canada, an outlet through which we offer our I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program that builds on the powerful circles of influence that is your lifestyle which we explore and help you curate.

Melding the SI Swimsuit edition and that powerful Nike ad, I am excited to remind you that – your life is your gift, how you share it in a meaningful, positive and rewarding way with others in an authentic manner through inspired living is your lifestyle the essence of our I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program.

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. The I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program is designed to engage you to expect, in an agile, concise and purely conversational tones capturing the voices gleaned with intentionality, which will create the quilt that becomes the premise upon which you strengthen the values that hold you as an individual together, celebrate your abilities, the essence of your existence, and provide a resounding affirmation of being self-aware, deeply connected, emotionally attuned, emotionally wired, and authentically understood.

The I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program is built on a deep value proposition and strategic narrative that intersects three core aspects of your life and their influences:

  • Exploration of Unresolved Expectations – The understanding of self and the unmet expectations  and/or needs that create social tensions which are psycho-emotionally that requires ownership to resolve.
  • Standing in the Truth of Who You Are – What are the things that bring meaning and truth that fuels your reasons for living versus existing?
  • The Narrative Circle – A collaborative approach to creating narratives in a holistic manner that encapsulates  and connect specific desires, goals and unmet need in a way that creates pathways to authentically address the essence of your ideal lifestyle.

The cornerstone the I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program will assist you with curating your lifestyle – as a purposeful narrative – from your collective experiences. This purposeful narrative is the outcome meaningful reflections, understanding and engaging conversations that you will share with others. The outcome will be powerful; it creates your  lifestyle value proposition about what you have to share with the world. Or even more interestingly, your carpe diem – your mission about now and what you will do for the world. This now becomes the journey for your life’s work that inspires you to be transformative and engaging throughout your encounters. The I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ program fosters a shared sense of purpose that is focused on the strategic and meaningful relationships that augment your energies on being a collaborator to a co-creator.
Your role as a collaborator and co-creator emerges from your awareness of your responsibility to learn how to live an inspired, focused, empowered, strategic, transformative, youthful, lifestyle that is exuberant with mindfulness, to ensure that you connect with your authentic self at all times.

We are holding an I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ Workshop in downtown Toronto, Canada on Tuesday June 7th that is going to show you exactly how to create your mission of what you want to do for the world, by understand the journey that you are on. Furthermore, how you can connect your clients and customers by having a shared purpose and a value-proposition that enhances the relationship from consumer to co-creator in your business and creative endeavour.

This workshop is limited on spaces and is only for professionals who are transitioning careers, entrepreneurs, technopreneur, authors, coaches, consultants and creative professionals who already have their own business but are struggling to get the amount of clients they want and live the freedom lifestyle they deserve.  If this sounds like something you want to do, you can find out how to get access by clicking here:

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By the way; this live training workshop is going to be exceed your expectations and move you from success to significance.

First of all, we don’t give you ‘theory’.

We teach you the exact methods to successfully attract more clients, so you can be sure to create value not just for your customers, but also yourself as a professional.

To uncover more, claim your position and we’ll give you all the details (plus some extra goodies along the way!!

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 About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and lifestyle coach, with interests in the creative industries, tourism and hospitality, and not-for-profit sector.  He is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate | Milieu® a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm in Toronto, Canada that specializes in creative, avid and exciting art-based and lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele – corporate, creative and transitioning professionals. Hugh Anthony is currently a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo, Canada where he is undertaking research on the Film Festival Industry, with his current focus being on The Role of Programming in the Film Festival Experience: Curating the Cinematic Muse.

Hugh Anthony is an enthusiastic and consummate thought leader who loves to write and is the author of the forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery to be published Summer 2016.

 

The Audience of One: Three Key Strategies to Connect

March 16, 2016

by Hugh Anthony
     Certified Lifestyle Speaker & Author

The Audience of One is a strategy for both public speakers and storytellers to develop a more direct, easier and effective manner to connect with the individual in your audience throughout your speech presentation. You can address each person that is in your audience with intentionality and capture their attention without a break in their gaze. Your role as the public speaker and storyteller is to ensure you focus your energies and enthusiasm to keep connecting with the individual – the audience of one – until you’re done speaking.

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When I have the opportunity to speak, I am always reminded of the importance of presenting to an audience of one.”

Hugh Anthony
The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery

An exceptional public speaker knows that when speaking to an audience it is the individual that matters. The individual in your audience is your singularly most important person and as a speaker, you acknowledge that. Often times probably, you have heard speakers, make the cardinal mistake of addressing the audience in a plural tone such as ”ladies and gentlemen” or “good morning to you all” or “good afternoon to you all” or “good evening to you all”. There are strategies that guide the exceptional public speaker, which I will share with you along with The I.N.D.I.V.I.D.U.A.L Roadmap™.

Your role as an exceptional public speaker is to be aware of your responsibility to address the individual in your audience by being direct, aware and mindful, to ensure that you connect with the individual. To address the individual in your audience in a more appropriate and conscious manner; your expressions for greeting the individuals in your audience is “good afternoon to you” or “good evening to you” or just a simple and genuine “Hello”. That sure resonates, because the individual came to hear you speak, and it is the individual that forms the collective audience, they all did not arrive together at your event, the individual made the time, effort and energy to connect with you, be respectful of that.

“You are not speaking at the audience; you are speaking to the individual in the audience. This strategy not only allows you to create a deeper connection with individual, but the entire audience can feel it because they are engaged individually with intentionality.”

Hugh Anthony
The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery

The I.N.D.I.V.I.D.U.A.L Roadmap™ helps you to identify what matters to the individual audience member – the ideas, beliefs and stories you want to express. It provides a pathway for you to focus on curating your presentation to the individual and utilize proven strategies to make you develop mastery in communicating in a connected manner with – the audience of one – with competence, confidence, and expert authority.

Strategies for the I.N.D.I.V.I.D.U.A.L. Roadmap™

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The individual is there to take a cultural tour of your life and curating their own understanding of your shared experiences – because they can relate anecdotally to lived-experiences in our common humanity – love, joy, happiness, kindness, sadness, pain, failures, successes, dreams, and adventures. Therefore, your responsibility as an exceptional public speaker to your – audience of one – is having an awareness of the individual, what are their expectations; their interests and how their demographic contributes to the composition of your audience members and the collective interests of the individuals that make up your audience, for example, entrepreneurs, volunteers, coders, researchers, and psychologists.

To better help you as a public speaker, here are three strategies to help you interact effectively with your audience of one:

Cultural Sensitivity

Having an understanding of the cultural nuances of the country or region you are speaking in is important for as an exceptional public speaker, as this is crucial to your success and connecting with the individual in your audience. Our world is very diverse and cultural sensitivity plays a role in bridging the differences and builds an awareness of your audience and enhances your speech presentation.
Engage with Intentionality

As an exceptional public speaker engaging your audience is your key responsibility. Speaking to connect with the individuals in your audience is your primary focus; hence, your gaze should be on the individuals in your audience. Speaking with intentionality comes from your heart, a place of authenticity, your passion and being thoughtful; will assist you in sharing your ideas to creatively engage your audience. This creates empathy with the individual in your audience as you become relatable during your presentation. Here you would have created an opportunity to have a conversation that engages the individual in an authentic manner.
Mindfulness

Speaking to your – audience of one – is the recognition that a relationship exists between you and the individual in your audience. Mindfulness helps to enhance the relationship you have established with your audience of one by allowing you to be present in the moment and be emotionally aware of your role as a public speaker. Mindfulness helps you to focus your energies, attention and awareness on the individual in your audience of one- during your presentation who is there to listen, share and learn from you as a public speaker. Being cognizant of your role, relationship, and responsibility to your audience, this helps to reduce anxiety, nervousness and assist in your presentation with your audience, because you are attentive to the individual in your audience and meeting their needs.

Hugh Anthony’s training and coaching techniques for The I.N.D.I.V.I.D.U.A.L Roadmap™ evolved from his work as a certified lifestyle speaker, lecturer, debating and public speaking coach working with both corporate and private clients over 20 years. Lifestyle partners (clients) learn through demand response, communicating with the audience of one, understanding generalizations, storytelling, role playing and how to use your authentic voice to connect with confidence, expert authority, and influence.

© Hugh Anthony 2016

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 About

Hugh Anthony is a certified lifestyle speaker, author and researcher, with interests in the creative industries, tourism and hospitality, and not-for-profit sector.  He is the Co-Founder | Consulting  Lifestyle Director of Consulate | Milieu® a boutique lifestyle consultancy firm in Toronto, Canada that specializes in creative, avid and exciting art-based and lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele. Hugh Anthony is currently a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo, Canada where he is undertaking research on the Film Festival Industry, with his current focus being on The Role of Programming in the Film Festival Experience: Curating the Cinematic Muse.

Hugh Anthony is an enthusiastic and consummate thought leader who loves to write and is the author of the forthcoming book The Ultimate Guide to Public Speaking: 7 Steps to Professional Mastery to be published Summer 2016.

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