It’s amazing what you can do when you believe anything is possible, just as it is mind-blowing what the human mind can accomplish when it is stretched beyond its limits. Also, it’s magical what you can achieve regardless of who you are and what you perceive as a limitation, be it your background, race, lack of education, financial incapacitation, physical challenge, industry or even your field of specialisation. There’s no barrier powerful enough to stop you from achieving your dreams except the one you erect in your mind.
“There’s no barrier powerful enough to stop you from achieving your dreams except the one you erect in your mind.”
Until 1954, running the mile under 4 minutes was considered impossible. In fact, doctors proved that 4 minutes for a mile was the limit of human ability. Physiologists conducted tests to scientifically prove that the limit of the human ability is running the mile in 4 minutes. And to validate this point of view; the best of athletes ran the mile in 4 min:02 secs, 4 min:01 sec and no more. Then came Roger Bannister; a runner and medical doctor at Oxford University who decided to believe that it is possible to run the mile under 4 minutes regardless of the limiting beliefs. He went on to prepare himself; trained, exercised and made himself ready to prove that anything is possible.
“Once the mind is stretched by a new idea, it will never return to its original position.” – Richard Branson
On the 6th of May 1954, Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3 minutes 59 seconds and so smashed the records. He defied expert views, made headlines and inspired people all around the world. The so-called impossible feat suddenly became possible, all because he refused to be trapped by dogma but believe that you can make anything happen if you believe that it is possible.
ROGER BANNISTER BREAKS THE 4 MINUTE MILE JINX
Inspired by this accomplishment, six weeks later, John Landy, an Australian runner ran the mile in 3 minutes 57.9 secs. The following year 1955, 37 runners ran the mile in under 4 minutes. In 1956, over 300 runners broke the 4 minutes barrier. All became possible not because of any new technology, new running shoes, new training tracks or techniques but because someone chose against all odds to believe in the power of possibilities. What the doctors, physiologists and scientists thought was a physical barrier was actually a mental barrier and what Roger Bannister did was to break down the barricading walls of limitation that until then had been erected in the mind of humans in relation to the 4 minutes mile.
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