Life, Sport, Running and Spirituality

In Life, ‘Run With Endurance’

“The Real Voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Proust 

“I believe that God made me for a purpose. . . . But he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure. You were right; it is Fun! But that isn’t all. . . .” ~ Eric Little, Chariots of Fire

I find that if you want to use the story to deal with the ups and downs of life that come at you, it helps if you listen with your heart and head, and fill in the story with your own experience to see what is true for you!

Run To Win

1 Corinthians 9:24 – The Need for Self-Discipline –24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Train With Diligence

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 – 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Run With Patience – Let Go of Every Burden

Hebrews 12:1 –  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,


Follow Good Example

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“You must be a good follower before you become a good leader.”

Eat Nutritious Food

Hebrews 5:12-14 “First principles” are fundamental, rudimentary, elementary things. There are things with which we begin, but we have to get off the dime, as it were. Something must be done in order to increase, because if we remain at the starting point, we prove to be not very usable. How much good to human society is a baby? Even so, a newborn Christian is not a great deal of use to. This situation is remedied by growth.

From unskilled to skilled, from oblivious and uncomprehending to discerning—a process happens?

Drink Water Freely – Drink Plenty of Water

Revelation 22:17 – 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Compete According to the Rules

2 Timothy 2:5 – Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.

Be Confident of Winning Your Race and Gaining the Prize

Romans 15:13 – 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It’s not the story; it’s what you take away from it that makes it so powerful. That’s up to you, of course! 

The Olympic ideal of citius, altius, fortius (swifter, higher, stronger) is addressed to everyone, not only runners. It is, ultimately a question of growth, of being more, of being the best version of you. Running however, is as much mental, spiritual, and intellectual as it is physical! 

“I give faith a fighting chance and I still feel small when I stand beside the ocean.”

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“…..They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”


Attitude of Gratitude

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

2016 was a very profound year in my life! In fact, the most profound! In January of 2016, my son Christopher became a victim of suicide. In April of 2016 my brother Michael became a victim of suicide. I was encouraged to further develop and strengthen my personal ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ as part of my ongoing recovery from the trauma of my family deaths. This is what I learned!

Attitude of Gratitude | Hughie Bagnell | The foundation to all growth is being grateful for everything in your life, even if it is not ideal right now! “Gratitude is a high-energy emotion.” When you can feel grateful for the things in your life and view them as opportunities to grow and learn, you develop the necessary skills to bring you closer to your ideal self. In doing so, you become very powerful!

“Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  ~ Brian Tracy

Gratitude will shift your mindset.

Attitude of Gratitude | Hughie Bagnell | www.HughieBagnell.netFor something to change in your life, one of two things has to happen: your life changes or you do.  Waiting for life to change is a pretty passive solution. Open your eyes to an attitude of gratitude and all of a sudden things start to fall into place. Be proactive, not passive and by switching your mindset you will see life change!

How? Start by keeping a daily list of events that you are grateful for each night. It is usually called a ‘Gratitude Journal’!

Gratitude creates solutions and is contagious.

Adopting an attitude of gratitude takes you out of a problem and into a solution. Developing a best-outcomes mindset is a skill we need in life and our decision-making. It allows us to see solutions where others only see obstacles.

How? Watch your words. What you say is usually how you act, so be aware of complaining and replace whines with positive words. Be the change and watch as the world changes around you and your attitude of gratitude.

Be a Giver and Meditate!

Negative feelings, many times can be caused by focusing on the perceived negative aspects of your life. This feeling is instantly shifted by giving unconditionally to others.

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to increase your positivity! The practice and skill of meditation expands your awareness and allows for a very clear connection between mind, body and soul!

Remember these keys!
  • What you focus on you find
  • What you focus on seems real
  • What you focus on grows
  • What you focus on you ultimately become
Attitude of Gratitude | | Hughie BagnellCount your blessings and you will have an attitude of gratitude!

Gratitude nurtures within us a positive, joy-filled flow of life which does give birth to inner peace and fulfillment!

Be curious about what you naturally focus on! Is it positive or negative?

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude and shift your mindset!


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Suicide Is The Most Misunderstood of All | Hughie Bagnell

Suicide Is The Most Misunderstood of All

“Living in Exile”

Death is always painful, but its pains are compounded considerably if its cause is suicide. When a suicide occurs, we aren’t just left with the loss of a person, we’re also left with a legacy of anger, second-guessing and fearful anxiety.

Suicide is the most misunderstood of all | | Hughie BagnellChristopher Bagnell, Age 20, Victim of Suicide January 5, 2016 – Son

So each year, I write a column on suicide, hoping that it might produce more understanding around the issue and, in a small way perhaps, offer some consolation to those who have lost a loved one to this dreadful disease.

Essentially, I say the same things each year because they need to be said. As Margaret Atwood once put it, some things need to be said and said and said again, until they don’t need to be said any more. That’s true of suicide.

“What needs to be said, and said again, about it?”

First of all that it’s a disease and perhaps the most misunderstood of all diseases.

Suicide is the most misunderstood of all | | Hughie Bagnell

Michael Bagnell, Age 60, Victim of Suicide April 9, 2016 – Brother

We tend to think that if a death is self-inflicted it is voluntary in a way that death through physical illness or accident is not. For most suicides, this isn’t true. A person who falls victim to suicide dies, as does the victim of a terminal illness or fatal accident, not by his or her own choice. When people die from heart attacks, strokes, cancer, AIDS and accidents, they die against their will. The same is true of suicide, except that in the case of suicide the breakdown is emotional rather physical —- an emotional stroke, an emotional cancer, a breakdown of the emotional immune system, an emotional fatality.

This is not an analogy. The two kinds of heart attacks, strokes, cancers, breakdowns of the immune system, and fatal accidents are identical in that, in neither case is the person leaving this world on the basis of a voluntary decision of his or her own will. In both cases, the person is taken out of life against his or her own will. That’s why we speak of someone as a “victim” of suicide.

Given this fact, we should not worry unduly about the eternal salvation of a suicide victim, believing (as we used to) that suicide is always an act of ultimate despair. God is infinitely more understanding than we are and God’s hands are infinitely safer and more gentle than our own. Imagine a loving mother having just given birth, welcoming her child on to her breast for the first time. That, I believe, is the best image we have available to understand how a suicide victim (most often an overly sensitive soul) is received into the next life. 

Again, this isn’t an analogy. God is infinitely more understanding, loving and motherly than any mother on earth. We need not worry about the fate of anyone, no matter the cause of death, who exits this world honest, over-sensitive, gentle, over-wrought and emotionally crushed. God’s understanding and compassion exceed our own. 

“Knowing all of this, however, doesn’t necessarily take away our pain (and anger) at losing someone to suicide. Faith and understanding aren’t meant to take our pain away, but to give us hope, vision, and support as we walk within it.”

Finally, we should not unduly second-guess when we lose a loved one to suicide. 

“What might I have done? Where did I let this person down? If only I had been there? What if . . .?”

Suicide is the most misunderstood of all | | HughieBagnellIt can be too easy to be haunted by the thought: “If only I’d been there at the right time.” Rarely would this have made a difference. Indeed, most of the time, we weren’t there for the exact reason that the person who fell victim to this disease did not want us to be there. He or she picked the moment, the spot and the means precisely so that we wouldn’t be there. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that suicide is a disease that picks its victim precisely in such a way so as to exclude others and their attentiveness. This should not be an excuse for insensitivity, especially for those suffering from dangerous depression, but it should be a healthy check against false guilt and fruitless second-guessing. 

We’re human beings, not God. People die of illness and accidents all the time and all the love and attentiveness in the world aften cannot prevent a loved one from dying.

“Suicide is a sickness and there are some sicknesses that all the care and love in the world cannot cure.”

A proper human and faith response to suicide should not be horror, fear for the victim’s eternal salvation, or guilty second-guessing about hoe we failed this person. Suicide is indeed a horrible way to die, but we must understand it (at least in most cases) as a sickness, a disease, an illness, a tragic breakdown within the emotional immune system. And then we must trust in God’s goodness, God’s understanding, God’s power to descend into hell, and God’s power to redeem all things, even death, even death by suicide. 

***Thank you Rev. Ron Rolheiser, OMI. This information is a reprint of an article written by Rev. Rolheiser, OMI.  It was given to me on January 17, 2016; twelve (12) days after my son, Chris, became a victim of suicide. Rev. Rolheiser’s words have been a valuable resource in my recovery process and journey! 

Yours sincerely,

Hughie Bagnell

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What is Friendship? | Hughie Bagnell

We Need Friends to Win!

We need friends to win. We need friends to speak well of us to others. We need friends to stand by us and to believe in us. We need friends to point out our shortcomings and show us how we can improve ourselves. We need friends to inspire us. We need friends who use their influence to help us succeed.

The best way to have friends is to be one. “If you see a friend slipping away from you,” wrote David Grayson, “stop whatever you are doing and bring him/her back, for friendship is one thing you cannot afford to be without.”

Hughie Bagnell | www.HughieBagnell.netAristotle described philia as loyalty to friends, family, and community, requiring virtue, equality, and familiarity. Philia, symbolizes brotherly love; like Philadelphia, “the City of Brotherly Love”, the love between true friends.

True friends are trustworthy, maintaining all confidences shared with unimpeachable honor and self-respect, knowing that gossip separates the best of friends. True friends appreciate one another, encouraging, serving, and believing in one another’s talents and gifts. True friends celebrate one another’s success, proud of each other’s accomplishments without a hint of envy.

Barbara Colorosa, in her parenting classic, states; “Kids are Worth it!” I believe, as well; “Friends are Worth it!”

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Success Is On Your Horizon

Success Is On Your Horizon 

You can start at anytime if you want to be successful. But you have to start. You won’t accomplish anything if you wait for all the possible objections to be overcome. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people tend to fear the most.

Success is On Your Horizon | | Hughie BagnellDon’t be afraid to live. Don’t wait for things to change. Don’t wait until you have more time, until you are less tired, until you get the promotion, until you settle down, until, until, until. Don’t wait for a major event in your life to occur before you begin to live.

Success Is On Your Horizon | | Hughie BagnellBegin where you are. Work where you are. The hour you may be wasting now, dreaming of some far off success, is crowded with tremendous possibilities. When you take the first step, your mind will mobilize all its forces to assist you. Once you have started, all that is within and around you will come to your assistance.

The only way to start down the path to life success is to start!

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Successful People are Dreamers

Motivation Morning – Triumphant Thursday – November 13, 2014

People with Goals succeed because they know where they are going!

Successful People are Dreamers | | Hughie BagnellDreamers never dream of going half way, they are not content with mediocrity and they are not fearful of thinking big, walking the walk, talking the talk and daring to be great.

It is simple, you must decide what you want. This is the first crucial step to being who you want to be and achieving the things you want out of life. Start with solid objectives which are called goals. Your vision and dreams are where you want to go, goals are the how you get there.

Successful People are Dreamers | | Hughie Bagnell



Establish a willingness to work hard and have discipline in your life. This is a necessity, or all of your dreams will never materialize,

Indeed, ‘Successful People are Dreamers’ supported by a strong vision and goals on their journey to success!



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How to Close More Sales | Hughie Bagnell

How to Close More Sales

Have you ever noticed how successful you are on those days that you feel great? You know, those days when everyone who walks and talks is there to buy from you.

How to Close more Sales | | Hughie BagnellIn business you must learn to sell! Marketing which attempts to attract affiliates, internet marketers, network marketers, home business people by suggesting that you do not need to sell is fictitious. There is nothing further from the truth. It is quite simple; in order for a business, your business to make money and for you to turn your dreams into a reality a product must sell and somebody must sell it. The first product that you must sell is you! 

The product doesn’t sell itself! A presentation alone doesn’t sell the product. Marketing and advertising doesn’t sell either, and price sure doesn’t sell anything for the long term. Enthusiasm gets the credit because it charges the emotions positively! Your business will not grow without consistent advertising and promotion which is your marketing strategy, however, people don’t buy product and they don’t buy price, they buy people that are pumped, that are excited. Why? 

Because “Buying is emotional….ENTHUSIASM sells!”

How to Close More Sales | | Hughie Bagnell

How to Close More Sales

5 things you can do, to close more sales:

  1. Understand your  customers/clients. Slow down and find their real reasons for buying. And NO, it isn’t price!
  2. Build rapport. Before you try to sell, find some common ground, build a relationship. It helps you break down the natural resistance people have in a buying situation. The clues are everywhere.
  3. Take control. The person asking the questions controls the conversation. You have to learn how to ask the right questions, at the right time.
  4. Be prepared. Being good and being prepared are not the same. Plan tomorrow, tonight!
  5. Speed kills selling ~ so slow down. The more time you spend with them the stronger your personal relationship develops, the higher your closing ratio.

How to Close More Sales | | Hughie BagnellGet out of Your Shell – And Learn to Sell

Educate your way out of fear, take it one step at a time and in real life put your fears into perspective!


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Condition of Your Mind Creates Your Reality

Condition of Your Mind Creates Your Reality

If we believe in a progressive, forward-moving existence with wonderful potential, we will live an interesting life. A big difference between happiness and misery, success and failure, effectiveness and uselessness, cannot be blamed on circumstances or other people.

The condition of your mind creates your reality!

When we Love | | Hughie BagnellWhen the pattern of your life is woven around a positive, generous approach to life, people will often react the same way toward you. Our importance to others depends on showing through our actions that we sincerely care about them.

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Direct From The Heart

Direct From The Heart

To be liked and appreciated is a natural and deep-seated human desire. So, the experience of getting along well with others is no small matter. It is an important skill that must be mastered if we are to be effective and happy.

Direct From The Heart | | HughieBagnellThe gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are gifts of a humble and sincere individual and come directly from the heart.

You are sought after if you reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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Being a Blessing

Being a Blessing

Giving love consciously through thoughts, words, and deeds can help you become your own force-field of love. The gift, the giving, and the receiving can be one harmonious flow of the most powerful force in the universe.

Love given is love received! 

Being a Blessing | | Hughie BagnellOften, being a blessing requires nothing more than a word of encouragement and hope to someone who may be experiencing discouragement and despair. A real part of our life’s work may be to help others’ burdens become easier to bear, and what a wonderful awareness to know that as we open ourselves to rich blessings, those blessings flow through the channel of our love to bless and help others.

As you are active in blessing others, they find their burdens easier to bear.

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