Cornhole Is The Solution

For the past 12 years, I have made it my personal mission to understand human behavior and motivation. It started out as a quest to figure out why people work so hard to lose weight and still can’t. And why others could sit around and do nothing and not gain a pound. This of course stemmed from the fact that I couldn’t lose weight no matter how hard I tried. And when I accidentally lost weight injured on the couch I knew there were a lot of unknowns when it came to the human body.

After tons of research and education, I began to gain a better grasp on the missing piece to the puzzle. And it all comes down to one word.

Connection.

I know what you’re thinking… how could connection heal the body or accomplish more than just generally make people feel good?

But after countless peer-reviewed studies digested, hours of books read and workshops attended, and a Ph.D. program (graduating class of 2022 here I come!) I can honestly say it’s absolutely true.

Why do I bring up the topic of connection on a cornhole blog? It’s simple… cornhole is the solution to so many problems and it’s not because of a beautifully designed bag or wooden boards.

It’s because cornhole fosters connection and community. 

We’ve heard the stories…

So why is this so effective and how can it help in other areas of your life?

Think about it… an infant will literally die if it does not receive love from another human. It has to be connected to survive.

And while we won’t directly die from disconnection as adults, it can greatly impact our lives.

I started to teach women to connect to their bodies as a way to help them achieve their ideal bodies. It didn’t take long for me to realize it was more than just connecting to their bodies that was the cure… they needed to connect to other people as well.

But session after session I kept hearing the same story over and over again. These women had no hobbies, no community, no sense of belonging outside of their work and homes. And oftentimes, not even there.

I would advise them to stop trying to lose weight and start trying to find social circles and activities to “fill them up” in a way food and work never could. But they struggled.

And then I found cornhole. And I sit back and relish in the deep sense of community and sense of belonging it provides for so many including myself.

And it happens instantly and regardless of age, demographics, ethnicity, gender, or anything else that would typically divide people into groups.

It’s an “insta-family.”

And therefore, it can be an “insta-cure” too.

Now there’s quite a bit one would have to do to allow this sport to manifest physical changes such as weight loss from playing cornhole. It’s an enormous mind shift and a whole lot of reprogramming.

But here are a few steps to take to allow cornhole to change your life:

  1. Relish in the connection cornhole brings. Allow some of your cornhole events to be about simply that. There’s always a time and a place for focused competition but try to separate those times in your mind and allow connection to be a goal for some events as well.
  2. Do some research or take my word on the fact that connection can actually change our lives in physical ways. Start to eliminate some of the other “have to’s” to reach your goals and try to replace them with connection. See how this changes things for you.

3. Lead with connection in all areas of your life. If you don’t like something see if connecting more can help you move forward more powerfully. For example, if you’re not happy with your weight instead of punishing your body which creates further disconnection try to connect more deeply to what your body needs.

4. Try to connect before you judge. As I’ve made my way deeper into the cornhole industry I have seen some unfortunate displays of judgment that I truly believe couldn’t exist if people were more connected. In other words, if you really knew me, and my story, would that change what you say and think about me when I am not around? It’s much easier to create a story about people and cast judgment than to truly attempt to know them. 

I believe cornhole can do so much more than help people get better at throwing bags in a hole. I think it can bring people together. And for those of us already addicted to the sport, it’s our job to show people how it can create more connection. 

And for the cornhole brands and pros, you are the leaders. Let’s make the industry proud.

About The Author

Michelle is a women’s wellness expert & cornhole personality using her passions for both mindfulness and cornhole to help women thrive and receive truly connected and fulfilling lives. For the past 12 years, Michelle has been publishing books and appearing in the media helping women release physical, mental, and emotional weight to discover the essence of who they really are and find their place of significance and belonging in this fast-paced, disconnected world. She believes that a combination of soulful hobbies, like cornhole, and deep connection to ourselves and others can not only transform women, but the world. 

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