Don’t Just Change Your Life, Upgrade Your Life

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 Winfrey

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 more so 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 are 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; click the link below:

www.consulatemilieu.com

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 in Toronto, 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 in an agile,  yet concise and purely conversational manner that affirms you the individual, your abilities and the essence of your existence. This is fostered by developing a more direct, easier and authentic way to connect with a  lifestyle that inspires, empower and capture your voice that intentionally; and celebrates who you are.

Be encouraged that your life experience and the lessons learned 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.

Follow us on Twitter: @HuAnthoni  |  @ConsulateMilieu

 

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

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach

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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 a 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-emotional 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 hosting the I-Conic Approach Lifestyle Coaching™ Workshop in a number of global cities. This workshop is designed to show you exactly how to create your lifestyle value proposition –  what you want to do for the world, by having an understanding of the journey that you are on. Furthermore, how you can connect your clientele by having a shared purpose and a value-proposition that enhances the relationship from consumer to co-creator in your business and creative endeavour.

For this workshop space is limited. The workshop is designed only for creative and transitioning professionals –  entrepreneurs, technopreneur, authors, coaches, consultants and creatives – who already have their own business but are struggling to get the desired clientele to offer value and experience lifestyle they deserve.  If this sounds like something you want to do, click the link to learn more:

http://huanthoni.wixsite.com/hughanthony

This workshop is designed as a live training experience. Building on 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 create value, attract not just more clients, but the right ones, so you can be sure to create and offer value to your clientele both as a lifestyle and a profession.

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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

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach
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.

The Land of My Birth..

hugh anthony, certified lifestyle speaker · author · lifestyle coach

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The recently held elections in the “Land of my Birth” have left an indelible mark on my consciousness. The gleanings from the commentaries over the last few days have been nothing short of “let’s get the business of the nation going” for many well thinking and well-meaning citizens.

 

However, there are factions that have been expressing criticisms, egos parading, tribalism, ‘pork-barrel’ politics (reared its ugly head), lack of respect for a plural democratic system, disrespect for individuals who have offered themselves in service to the nation, the sense of entitlement; to what I wonder!! and where the Vox Populi (the voice of the people, is the voice of God) is misinterpreted and misunderstood.

The national voter % turnout was 46%, and a close margin for the two major political parties. There are no winners or losers, we have a new normal – one term governance. Because what parades as the ‘status quo’ – the recycled and entrenched mediocrity is no longer acceptable. The results are an indicator that a new narrative for governance and stewardship is needed for the new Jamaica that has emerged. The 54% of the electorate that did not exercise their franchise to vote indicates a failure of a system that is devoid of solutions to create a just, fair, accountable, anti-oppressive framework and equitable society for all citizens.

Our national pledge should guide all our political candidates and fellow citizens:

National Pledge

“Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.”

The founders, the liberators and the freedom fighters of our nation, requires of us to remember the Nation above self. Their contributions and sacrifices should never be in vain, but for us to create a society that for generations to come will teach us true respect for all no matter an election result. Citizens are stirred to respond to duty’s call of the Nation, to strengthen us the weak to cherish by volunteering, be selfless and unselfish in loving thy neighbour as thyself. To seek God’s guidance, so we have a vision of a new Jamaica, to do otherwise evil will beset us and we’ll perish as a nation.

The power is in our collective existence (not our individual), it is also in our plural democracy where we ought to have the truth be ours forever, respect for the institutions and the laws of the land. Where there is perennial hope for land we love, and no matter where we are from, we embody the National Motto:

“Out of Many, One People”

It is Jamaica land we love, where diligence to duty conquer hardships. Where hope replaces despair, where we sow generational seeds because the land is green and the sun shineth and we will reap a stronger and better Jamaica. A Jamaica where there is spiritual, economic, cultural, social, emotional and societal well-being for all. Where the sounds of cheerful laughter replaces the frigid grimace of untold pain, the birth of new life symbolize hope and not despair, where lives are cherished and not perishing. Where songs of hope, drowns into oblivion the ricochet of bullets and the capacity to be and do good strengthens the community.

 

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This new narrative beckons us all to collectively overcome our differences and embrace our deference. In so doing, we take on the ‘Challenge of Change’ to create pathways to a renewal of nationhood, where the colour of our skin or the stripe we choose doesn’t matter in a negating manner. But represents the strength, creativity and collective consciousness of our people to foster a Jamaica, where we are seen as the overcomers, against all odds.

With that emergence, we will all be singing the words of Robert Nesta Marley, Global Icon | Legend & International Reggae Superstar’s song – Three Little Birds’

“Don’t worry about a thing.
Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”

Encouraging a new way for our people to share collective experiences that are pure and true. This will aid in fostering a renewed Jamaica that is a bastion of hope for all, with a narrative of inclusivity, respect, equity, truth, honesty, justice, love and humility be it on the local or global stage. Let us all foster creating a legacy that makes Jamaica not just being successful, but to become significant to humanity.

I am resonating the rising of the new Jamaica that beckons.

Will you help Jamaica, Land we love?

So she can play her part play in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.

I remain.

 

© 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.