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Do You Hug Your Business Too Much?

Show Your Commitment


Whether you are a home business owner or a writer, there will come a time when you are asked the following question:

Just how committed are you?

Typically, most people will respond that they are very committed. They may even embrace immoderate doses of hyperbole in their desire to express commitment, and declare that there’s nothing in their life more important than achieving their business goal or dream. To that, I say…

Hmmm. Really? Nothing?

What about your family? What about your health? Show your commitment to your work, but don’t get committed into a professional facility in the process. What you’re doing - if you take this stance – is hugging your business too much and too hard. You’re suffocating it. What do I mean by that? Well, your work needs something outside of itself to be the horizon towards which you sail. If you don’t have an actual destination … if everything is self-referential … you’ll be all at sea for infinity.

Who Do You Want to Hug?

This isn’t a competition. You may not have anyone significant in your life, or you may have a whole tribe of children and a devoted husband or wife. It doesn’t really matter. Who do you want to hug? If you can’t think of someone it would be legal, ethical, and appropriate to hug, buy a pet. You need someone in your life who you can hug. Businesses don’t snuggle you. Fact!

How to Improve Your Hug Rating

When you’ve made your list of people you want to hug (family, friends, pets, etc) write down the last time you hugged them.

Next, write down the number of hours you spend on social networks a day … ‘working’.

Now, work out how long it would take you to travel to where your hug-recipients live. Take that amount of time out of your social networking time (you can use automation to do this) and … hug them.


N.B. Do not leave the scene of the hug without making plans for future hugs. Put those plans in your diary and continue to make actual contact with others a priority in your life. Once you’ve done this, you’ll find that you no longer need to hug your business so tightly, and you can let it serve you and others in a more liberated way.

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  1. Monna Ellithorpe
    Monna Ellithorpe04-06-2012


    I love reading your posts. They are so free flowing and easy to vividly see and know what you want to express. I don’t think any of us can survive any amount of time without “hugs.”

    Thank you, and Hugs to you, Monna
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    • Rebecca Woodhead
      Rebecca Woodhead04-06-2012

      Thank you, angel. :) ((((Hugs))))

  2. Amos

    Great post! Sweet voice you have :)
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    • Rebecca Woodhead
      Rebecca Woodhead04-06-2012

      Glad you like it. :)

  3. Tonya Stephens
    Tonya Stephens04-07-2012

    Hi Rebecca,

    I will definitely hut those I love this weekend.
    You really do need to keep things in perspective. I’ve always been a work a holic so that’s one of the things I have to keep in check.
    Thank you for the post,
    to your success,
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  4. Nancy Hopkin
    Nancy Hopkin04-08-2012

    What a wonderful post. Thanks for the urge to be real and balanced. Delightful writing and listening to you read it was a real bonus. I look forward to more from you!
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  6. Rasheed

    I’ll just hug everyone I see :)

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  7. J.R. Quarles
    J.R. Quarles04-21-2012

    Awesome post Rebecca! You truly have a talent for writing.
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  8. Melanie

    Hi Rebecca!

    I’d like to give you a virtual hug! <<>>


    I really like your post and how your blog is inspiring. Whatever you’re doing keep it up! Also, thanks for replying back to my post in the Challenge group :)

    Have a great day!
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  9. Janelle Wright
    Janelle Wright04-29-2012

    Thank you Rebecca for such a unique perspective on hugging and business. Just imagining how good it would feel to schedule hugs in the diary! Facebook can do many things but hugging definitely isn’t one of them :-)
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  10. Jay Carter
    Jay Carter09-09-2012

    If no one else is around maybe I’ll just hug myself.
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  11. vashikaran

    What a wonderful post. Thanks for the urge to be real and balanced. Delightful writing and listening to you read it was a real bonus. I look forward to more from you!
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