Master Your Game: 1001 Heart to Heart Hugs
Have you ever decided to do something that was a little odd, but nonetheless followed through on it; then learned some big lessons? The story that follows is something I did on a whim, just to see if I could do it. I had no idea how profound it would be for me, or the impact it would have on others. This crazy idea occurred on my journey to living a balanced game of life. I wanted to move from needing to be in control of everything, to living life with a sense of ease. In golf it is about having a great pre-shot routine, then just letting the swing rip and letting go of the results. This is the secret to working in "the zone."
Enjoy this story. Each hug represents one swing at the driving range of life to master my game.
1001 Heart to Heart Hugs
It all started as a lark.
At a Jack Canfield seminar in August 2004, I set a goal of giving 100 Hugs by the end of the event on Saturday.
By day two, I was sitting at the front of the room, dancing to the music when we arrived in the morning and being noticed. It began feeling safe and comfortable to be hugging fellow participants.
I asked my subconscious "I wonder what it would be like giving hugs outside of the room? People would see me as off the wall and strange." It felt scary! And strange. I let go of those thoughts and decided to have fun. Hey, I was in Vegas. I had set my goal but didn't take it seriously.
I hugged strangers in the elevator, in the bar and in the restaurant. I hugged gamblers and businessmen, the serving staff for the seminar, and my waitress at breakfast. Whenever I asked from my heart, people welcomed a hug and by Saturday night I had shared over 100 hugs with people more different than I could have imagined. It felt connected and I was high on life.
I began thinking about putting this into action in the real world; wanted to see if I could take something that I was learning at a seminar, in a safe room, and extrapolate that into the real world. Vegas was safe, but what about home where people know me and I know myself. How could I face rejection? I just don't go around hugging people in the real world. It's not my style.
But . . . I began thinking. Read the rest of the story.