The Gift of Experience

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.

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Making Your Life a Living Masterpiece


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